Radiography is a health care science occupation dealing with medical diagnostic images. It is one of the rapidly growing occupations in modern health care. The University of Pretoria offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Radiography in three professional fields, namely Diagnostics, Radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine. The Department of Radiography of the Faculty of Health Sciences is one of two such departments in South Africa offering a degree course. All other training in South Africa takes place at technikons. During training, students are exposed to all facets of health care. Training takes place at primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.
- Pretoria1 years
Detailed course information
Students follow an academic and a clinical programme. The academic programme covers approximately 28 weeks, during which students attend lectures and gain practical experience in the clinical sections. Clinical tuition takes place in accordance with academic progress so as to enable students themselves to assume responsibility for examinations. The clinical tuition takes place in the Department of Radiology at the Steve Biko Hospital, Jubilee Hospital, Pretoria West Hospital and Witbank Hospital, as well as certain private radiological practices. A timetable is drawn up for students to ensure that the compulsory clinical experience is completed within the three years. Students also gain clinical experience after hours. This implies that they may have to work during weekends and on public holidays such as Christmas, Easter and New Year's Day. It is important that this aspect of the training should be approached with the appropriate attitude from the outset.
Radiographers have to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa before starting work as student radiographers. The Council lays down certain requirements for clinical experience to be gained during the student's training, and this is a prerequisite for registration as a qualified radiographer.
Personal characteristics of a radiographer include the genuine desire to help sick and injured patients. In the course of the day, many decisions regarding patient care are taken. Self-discipline, accuracy and responsibility will assist the radiographer in dealing with any situation. The radiographer should enjoy good health, since the work entails a lot of physical movement of the body in supporting and assisting patients and manipulating equipment.
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- George Storrar Dr & Leyds St, Pretoria, 0027