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Seven reasons to study Therapeutic Radiography

For those considering a degree in Therapeutic Radiography but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are seven compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Improve people’s lives

Study Therapeutic Radiography, and you’ll learn how to support patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. A professional role as a therapeutic radiographer will see you using your technical skills to care for patients every day. You’ll ensure that they receive a high standard of treatment that helps them have a better quality of life.

2. Plenty of practical experiences

Courses involve a mixture of theoretical, practical and clinical learning. You’ll spend time in placements gaining experience with real patients. For many degrees, placements make up 50% of the course, where you work as a student radiographer – often with an NHS trust.

3. Work with people

You’ll develop excellent interpersonal skills as a therapeutic radiographer. Not only will you be caring for patients and adapting to their individual needs, but you’ll also be working in a team where good cooperation is vital. A lot of responsibility is involved, but you’ll always have someone there with you.

4. Learn with industry-standard equipment

Teaching takes place within modern facilities that emulate real-world clinics. This is to ensure you’re equipped with the right expertise, ready to work professionally after graduating. Facilities could include specially designed mould rooms, treatment suites and virtual simulation environments.

5. Widely recognised qualifications

Degrees are usually approved and accredited by bodies such as the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Society and College of Radiographers. This means you can register as a therapeutic radiographer after graduating. You’ll also have a qualification that’s recognised around Europe and beyond.

6. Graduate prospects

Modern medicine needs therapeutic radiographers. As technology evolves, the demand for those with the right expertise also increases. The majority of students find professional roles or continue their studies within six months of graduating.

7. Career progression

There’s a lot of learning on the job in this career, and organisations such as the NHS offer continuous professional development (CPD) schemes. As your career progresses, you can take on further responsibilities, such as managing or teaching.

Alternatively, you could specialise in a specific area or work with new, emerging technologies. Advance to consultant level, and you can expect your salary to advance a lot, too.

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