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Radiation Therapy Program

The Program in Radiation Therapy is sponsored by MD Anderson's School of Health Professions and is supported by the Division of Radiation Oncology.

Students are educated in our state-of-the-art radiation oncology center, where more than 4,000 new patients are treated each year.

Program Mission

The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program is to provide the highest quality of education to radiation therapy students through formal didactic and state-of-the -art clinical experiences that prepare the student to deliver superior patient care and treatment in all aspects of radiation therapy.  

Program Vision

We shall be the premier provider of education for radiation therapy professionals based on best practices and research in radiation oncology.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Our students will:
1.  be clinically competent
2.  be critical thinkers
3.  be effective communicators
4.  demonstrate professionalism.

Goal:  Clinical Competence
Student Learning Outcomes
The student will:
1. Accurately assesses the patient’s status prior to discharge from their care.
2. Demonstrate reproduction of the patient’s initial setup.
3. Check a variety of sources for current patient information

Goal:  Critical Thinkers
Student Learning Outcomes
The student will:
1. Evaluate and interpret data.
2. Recognize discrepancies in treatment.
3. Develop solutions to clinical situations.

Goal:  Effective Communicators
Student Learning Outcomes
The student will:
1. Communicate with patients
2. Demonstrate written communication skills
3. Demonstrate oral presentation skills

Goal:  Demonstrate Professionalism
Student Learning Outcomes 
The student will:
1. Discuss patient information and setup out of hearing of inappropriate people.
2. Assume full responsibility for their actions.
3. Take instruction, discipline, correction, guidance and direction.
4. Model professional behavior under specific scenarios.

Curriculum

Didactic classes include:

  • Issues in Health Care Ethics
  • Anatomy in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiology
  • Introduction to Computed Tomography
  • Diversity and Cultural Competence
  • Radiation Therapy Physics
  • Dosimetry and Treatment Planning
  • Clinical Radiation Oncology
  • Patient Care in Radiation Oncology
  • Human Pathology
  • Research
  • Quality Management in Radiation Therapy
  • Simulation Techniques
  • Radiation Biology
  • Registry Review
  • Radiation Safety and Protection
  • Technical Radiation Oncology
  • Clinical Radiation Oncology
  • Practical Radiation Oncology
  • Medical Law
  • Special Applications in Radiation Oncology
  • Digital Imaging
  • Adaptive and Proton Therapy
  • Computed Tomography

Students also attend many of the numerous medical conferences offered at MD Anderson. Courses are offered via audio-video conference systems.

Please see the Health Professions Student Catalog for a review of the objectives of the Program in Radiation Therapy. The Catalog contains additional information about curriculum and course descriptions.

Clinical Experience

The Program in Radiation Therapy provides a clinical education experience at the following facilities. Students may be required to travel to clinical sites outside the Texas Medical Center. Radiation Therapy students attend clinical education 16 to 24 hours each week during the academic semester.

  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston’s Radiation Therapy clinics, including: Main Building, Mays Clinic and Proton Treatment Center
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Regional treatment facilities, including the:

Radiation Treatment Center – Bay Area, Nassau Bay, TX
Radiation Treatment Center – Katy, TX
Radiation Treatment Center – Sugar Land, TX
Radiation Treatment Center – The Woodlands, TX
Radiation Treatment Center – Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital Albuquerque, NM

The well-balanced clinical experience, planned for each student, includes:

  • Therapeutic treatment
  • Treatment planning and dosimetry
  • Patient care and management
  • Simulation
  • Quality assurance

For more information on joining the MD Anderson Radiation Therapy program, view "How to Win at the Application Process."


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