You can access more information about the program by contacting the chairperson / program coordinator at jnpfeiffer@dawsoncollege.qc.ca.

General admission requirements to the Radiation Oncology 142.D0 program can be found here: Admission Requirements

Given the competitive nature of the program, it is strongly recommended that the applicants have higher levels of Math and Physics.

No, you cannot finish earlier however, having a D.E.C. will enable you to have a lighter course load. The program is offered during regular daytime hours.

An appointment with an academic adviser will help you get all the answers you need.

There is a certain level of proficiency in the English language in order to compete in the program. Regarding French, if you have graduated from high school in Quebec there are no requirements. However if you an out of province applicant, there will be a French proficiency test given by the OQLF in order to be eligible to work in the province of Quebec.

It is strongly recommended that you are fluent in French and English in  both written and oral conversation when you apply.

No, at this time it is not possible to do phone interviews.

Students who already have a D.E.C. find it difficult to work more than 10 hrs. per week.

If admitted, you may be tested or be required to take a refresher course in the summer (Physics or Math) prior to starting the program.

By taking college level science courses. We recommend Physics 006, Math 009. However, you should contact an academic advisor to get more specific advice.

The Registrar’s office at Dawson College room 2D.6.

The chance of finding full-time employment are good. However, it is difficult to predict what the job market will be like in three years.

The MUHC Cedars Cancer Centre (Glen Site) and the Jewish General Hospital.

Knowledge about the profession demonstrates that you understand and possess the personal attributes required in order to succeed in the program and as a technologist in the profession. Bring a copy of your Letter of Intent. Even if you have a strong academic background, it may not be enough; you must also impress the interview team, so come prepared.

Be aware that the profession presents physical, psychological and emotional challenges in treating cancer. If admitted, your immunizations must be up to date.

Non-academic standards that students are expected to meet in order to practice the profession


  • sufficient endurance to work while standing  
  • sufficient strength to lift and rotate patients  
  • sufficient fine motor dexterity for manipulation using manual techniques  (i.e. good eye hand coordination) 
  •  Reach overhead to move equipment. 
  • Assist with lifting/moving patients from wheelchairs, stretchers, and beds 
  • Demonstrate good oral expression (speech clarity) 
  • Reach up to 6′ with the use of a step stool if needed to manipulate equipment 
  •  Possess emotional and physical health sufficient to meet the demands of the profession.  

Intellectual and behavioral:  

  • ability to manage time and prioritize work 
  • ability to work under pressure quickly and accurately to complete tasks within pre-established time constraints 
  • ability to make decisions and exercise proper judgment in complex situations (for example: detect errors and carry out quality control) 
  • strong work ethic, intellectual curiosity and intuition 
  • ability and willingness to adapt to changing technologies and to update knowledge when necessary (adaptation to professional and technical change, including pursuit of continuing education as required by the OTIMROEPMQ) 

Interpersonal: ability to work with other medical technologists and health care professionals 

  • ability to work with different people, in different situations, and as part of a team  
  • tolerance for different behaviors and ways of doing things 
  • open to criticism (accepts constructive criticism and looks for ways to improve) 
  • good communication skills (ability to communicate with other professionals and co-workers as well as patients in both English and French) 

Interpersonal: contact with patients  

  • ability to listen, sense non-verbal reactions
  • show discretion (maintain patient confidentiality)  
  • maintain a professional relationship 
  • display respect and willingness to help 


  • behave and dress in a professional manner 
  • manage stress inherent to the profession 
  • recognize one’s physical and intellectual limits (be able to admit that a task is beyond your abilities, or that you do not know the answer to a question) 
  • display honesty, especially in relation to acknowledging errors


Internship 1: in the summer, at the end of semester 2

The third year is  entirely devoted to clinical training.

Yes, but priority is given to those who already have the required prerequisites. Due to the number of applicants, if you are missing courses,chances of acceptance are low.

No, you must take all courses in each semester as per the program grid. Failing one discipline course will place you in a four year program. The College as well as the Radiation Oncology program have specific advancement policies. Failing two discipline courses in the same semester will place you out of the program.

Student Services provide a great deal of support to students. Check the College website to find out about the Academic Skills Center, the Mentor Program, the Peer and Faculty Tutoring Programs, Advising and the financial assistance available. The program also offer regular seminars to assist students in many courses.

Last Modified: February 28, 2022