Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy

The radiation therapy education program is designed to prepare students for the technical and theoretical aspects of a career in this field. Students acquire the professional skills of dose calculation, treatment delivery, and quality assurance through intensive classroom and clinical education under the supervision of educated, experienced, and credentialed Radiation Therapists, Medical Dosimetrists, Physicists, and Radiation Oncologists.

The clinical education component of the program includes experience at clinical affiliates. Clinical rotations are administered during each year of academic instruction. A well-balanced clinical experience is planned for each student, including interacting with patients and delivering radiation therapy using linear accelerators and brachytherapy. Students will also practice planning treatment using two-dimensional external-beam treatment and brachytherapy planning, three-dimensional external-beam treatment planning, and intensity modulated radiation therapy.

Upon successful completion of the BS Radiation Therapy program:

  • Students will provide clinically competent care to patients
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Students will display effective communication skills
  • Students will demonstrate professional work standards
  • The program will meet the needs of its students and the healthcare organizations it serves

Program Objectives:

  • Prepare clinically competent graduates
  • Demonstrate communication skills
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Model professionalism

Program Application Requirements

  • Letters of reference
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions
  • Personal statement letter
  • Copies of TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable
  • On line application and $35.00 application fee

Clinical Obligations

Some Clinics may require different student clinical obligations such as drug screening, immunization records, and background checks. Clinics that prefer to do their own testing and verification may do so directly with the student. RTU may be asked to perform these services and provide the results to the clinic upon their request.

Due to availability of clinical sites and student schedules, travel may be necessary in order to secure an appropriate clinical site. RTU resolves to make every effort to place student in a location that is within a reasonable distance from their place of residence.

Should students wish to propose a clinical site closer to their place of residence than is currently available, they must do so at least 6 months prior to their clinical start date. In addition, students are expected to serve as a liaison between the university and the clinical setting.

Should a proposed site prove unsuitable, the student may propose another site or choose from sites currently available.

Evening/weekend clinical assignments are not required or encouraged. If measures must be taken in order to ensure adequate clinical time, proposals will be considered and must be agreeable to the student, University and clinical site.

Certification

Graduates are required to attain licensure as a registered radiation therapist demonstrated through successful completion of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination in radiation therapy. Graduates are eligible to take the ARRT examination in Radiation Therapy since ACICS is recognized by the ARRT. The Radiation Therapy program was designed to meet competency requirements outlined by the ARRT.



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