1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Imaging and Radiotherapy techniques

Degree programme

Programme type 1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8485
Degree Programme Class L/SNT3 - Technical Health Professions
Years in which the programme is being held I, II, III
Type of access Restricted access
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Paolo Maria Russo
Language Italian

Programme profile

Pursuant to article 6, paragraph 3 of Ministerial Decree no. 502 of 30.12.92 and amendments, graduates from this class are healthcare professionals whose fields of activity and responsibility are determined by the contents of the ministerial decrees which establish the professional profiles and curricula of the respective university and higher education programmes as well as the specific codes of conduct.

Graduates in technical diagnostic and technical healthcare fields manage the technical procedures required to perform diagnoses on biological materials or humans, or implement technical care activities, in compliance with the provisions of regulations concerning the identification of the professional figures laid down in the decrees of the Ministry of Health.

Graduates in this class are appropriately trained in basic subjects allowing them to better understand the most important elements underlying the pathological processes of children, adults and the elderly in order to focus diagnostic activities there. They know and use at least one European language other than Italian in their specific field and to exchange general information.

The teaching facilities will identify and implement learning paths to train the various graduate figures to suit the professional profiles outlined in the decrees of the Ministry of Health.

For this purpose, the teaching facilities shall select the appropriate subjects and learning activities particularly concerning professional competencies, and specific curricula for the healthcare professions in the class.

In particular, according to the above study programmes, graduates shall acquire the professional competencies listed below concerning the identified ministerial profiles. Professional skills and methods of conduct are acquired through theoretical and practical learning activities and in specific working contexts, at the end of the programme guaranteeing a full command of all the required skills and their immediate application in a professional environment.

Clinical internships and practical experience are therefore key elements and an integral part of the vocational training, worth at least 60 CFU and performed under the supervision and guidance of specifically appointed professional tutors, coordinated by a high-level professor for each specific professional profile in line with any European standards in force.

In line with the above curricula, graduates shall develop the competencies laid down in the specific professional profiles in the areas laid down in the aforementioned decree of the Ministry of Health, which is currently being finalised.

The learning areas are:

preparatory studies; assistance studies



During the three-year programme, students will study theoretical areas followed by internship activities aiming to develop practical and interpersonal skills, in line with the learning outcomes of each programme year. The internships focus on the learning of professional skills.

Teaching laboratories are an extension and integration of classroom learning, a protected environment where students are safely supervised, allowing them to gain confidence and first-hand knowledge of procedures and problem-solving of the clinical cases presented.

Specific learning outcomes of the programme and description of the degree programme

The main objective of the degree programme in Imaging and Radiotherapy Techniques is to train professional technicians (by decree of the Ministry of Health no. 746 of 14 September 1994 and amendments), who are able to:

Assess patients/users:

Gather historical clinical data of previous exams using tools such as patient records, interviews with patients and other reference figures; assess the application of appropriate technical protocols and tools through patient and clinical observations;

Ability to understand and relate to patients/users in order to establish empathy;

Design and plan the protocol to be applied:

Involve the patients asking for their active participation and informing them about the diagnostic exam; Define any technical criticalities and relative objectives; Identify possible forms of prevention, select the department resources to be used; Motivate the choice of protocol in line with the acquired theoretical and technical knowledge.

Manage their own work within the health service:

Plan their own work considering the objectives and priorities of the service in line with the organisation needs and the optimal use of the available resources;

In planning diagnostic exams, assess the duration and frequency of the exam also with a view to the possible side effects of drugs or other planned exams which could affect treatment;

Perform the exam;

Pursue diagnostic objectives in line with the protocol applied;

Select protocols considering any other criticalities;

Prepare the setting for the exam;

Implement preventive programmes;

Propose activities consistent with the planned protocol, assuring patient safety and compliance with applicable laws;

Propose and creatively suggest possible alternative solutions responding to the patient's needs;

Use aids/supports where required to facilitate collaboration;

Maintain and assure collaborative relations between patients and caregivers.

Assess the obtained results:

Critically analyse the protocol applied;

Monitor the progress of the results in collaboration with other professionals;

Assess objectives and measure outcomes using validated methods and instruments;

Document professional activities:

Document the diagnostic activities in compliance with the protocol sequence, using radiological forms and notes fields in the PACS system for the required competencies;

Draft appropriate reports in the event of incorrect procedures or equipment malfunctions;

Undertake a professional attitude concerning the code of conduct;

Ensure the confidentiality of patient information;

Respect the individuality, ideas and expectations of the patients;

Work using methodological rigour constantly applying new scientific knowledge to professional activities;

Demonstrate the awareness of and critically assess their own limits in terms of professional attitude, skills and competencies;

Establish effective relations with patients, families and the working team:

Use effective communication in the care relationship through the understanding of non-verbal communication, body language and use behaviour which is consistent with the features of the patient/user;

Illustrate to users how the diagnostic protocol can affect/improve their physical condition;

Manage clinic and professional risk in the work place:

Ensure a physical and psycho-social environment that is suited to patient safety;

Identify and analyse clinical risk;

Prevent and monitor the main sources of clinical risk;

Apply practices to protect staff from physical, chemical and biological risk in the work place;

Adopt staff precautions for manual handling of loads.

2- Learning methods and activities, teaching tools to develop the learning outcomes

Problem-based learning (PBL);

Use of self-learning plans and contracts to increase students' responsibility in planning their own internship and self-assessments;

Workshops on methodologies of paper and electronic bibliographic research;

Tools for assessing results:

Project work, reports on specific scientific research;

Active participation in project work and debriefing sessions;

Punctuality and quality of presented assignments.

Access to further study

It gives access to second cycle studies (laurea specialistica / magistrale) and master universitario di primo livello.

Career opportunities

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