Radiation Therapy Program.

This page contains online evaluations for all Radiation Therapy courses.

This course provides an introduction to the radiation therapy profession. Emphasis is placed on the multi-disciplinary approach to cancer management and the role of a Radiation Therapist. Topics include organization of the hospital, credentialing and accreditation, continuting education and professional growth, professional organizations, the cancer care teams, the history of radiation therapy, simulation and therapeutic equipment, brachytherapy, medical imaging and processing, record and verify systems, dosimetry and treatment planning, technical nomenclature and set-up techniques, record management, coding, insurance, human resources and quality management.

This course provides a review of basic nursing skills and an in-depth study of oncology nursing procedures. Emphasis is placed on assessment and management of medical conditions specific to patients with cancer. Topics include health safety, medical ethics, introductory law, medical terminology and abbreviations, communication and cultural diversity, death and dying, general and site-specific radiation induced side effects, acquisition and evaluation of vital signs and laboratory test results, assessment of the patient's physical condition, pharmacology and medication administration, pain management, common medical/oncology emergencies, care for patients receiving brachytherapy, nutrition, body mechanics, patient and community education, protocols/clinical trials, alternative medicines, myelosuppression, bone marrow transplants, chemotherpay, immunotherapy, cancer prevention and screening and quality management.

This course provides an overview of common diseases and disorders associated with radiation therapy patients with an in-depth study of the principles of carcinogenesis and neoplasia. Emphasis is placed on cancer development in relation to specific anatomic regions. Topics include terminology, disease causation, mechanisms of disease, diagnostic procedures, common diseases and disorders, nomenclature, carcinogenesis, etiology, epidemiology, presenting symptoms, diagnotic work-up, histology, pathology, tumor grading and staging, prognostic factors, patterns of spread, treatment options, and prognosis for malignancies of the major organs and body systems.  Review of relevant anatomy and physiology will be included.

This course provides a review of mathematics and the fundamental principles of general and radiation physics. Emphasis is placed on applications of mathematical functions relevant to radiation therapy, including introductory statistics, algebra, precalculus, trigonometry and analytic geometric functions. Topics include radiation safety, units of measurement, principles of forces, structure of atoms, structure and properties of matter, the nature of radiation, electromagnetic and particulate radiations, electrostatics, magnetism, electrodynamics, rectification, x-ray tubes and circuits, principles of x-ray production, function and components of conventional and CT simulators, types of radiation interactions, energy ranges and beam characteristics, function and components of linear accelerators, alternate therapy unites, and photon and charged particle interactions with matter.

This course provides an opportunity to practice basic clinical application of key theoretical concepts and gain skills under direct supervision of a qualified practitioner, while encouraging a level of independent performance expected of an entry-level Radiation Therapist. Emphasis is placed on the sequential development, application, analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories in radiation therapy.  Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to demonstrate successful completion of clinical objectives and competencies. This includes the development and refinement of personal and professional characteristics, patient care and assessment skills, equipment manipulation, mastery of simulation and treatment procedures and professional development.  Students will rotate in nursing, simulation, treatment, and dosimetry to achieve competency in patient care, beam modification, simulation and treatment procedures for cancers of various anatomic regions, and treatment planning. Time will be dedicated to demonstration of required competency procedures. Topics include acquisition and evaluation of vital signs, body mechanics, oxygen administration, block and bolus fabrication, patient immobilization, medical imaging and processing, nomenclature, simulator operation, tumor localization and treatment planning data acquisition, linear accelerator operation, quality management, treatment delivery and documentation, radiation protection, and interpretation of treatment plans. Case studies will be researched and presented.  Participation in multidisciplinary conferences and continuing education activities is required.