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Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy involves the administration of ionizing radiation for the treatment of cancer and other related conditions. The field of Radiation Therapy presents the professional with the unique opportunity to blend the knowledge of mathematics, medical science, psychology, and critical thinking while providing hands-on patient care.

Degree Offered                                                                             
Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy

The program is administered by:

  • Dean: Shirley Richmond, Ed.D.
  • Program Director: Shaun T. Caldwell, M.S., RT( R)(T)
  • Education Coordinator: Kameka Rideaux, M.B.A., RT(R)(T)
  • Senior Health Professions Educator: Delores Whiteing-Williams, M.A.,RT(T)
  • Senior Health Professions Educator: Sandra John-Baptiste, BS,RT(T),CMD
  • Medical Advisor: Eric A. Strom, M.D., MD Anderson Cancer Center

Faculty Roster

FacultyDegree and School Teaching Assignments
Shaun T. Caldwell
M.S., RT( R)(T)
M.S. Utah State University
  • Radiation Physics and Medical Imaging
  • Problem Solving, Decision Making and Radiation Therapy
  • Medical Law
  • Research Techniques in Radiologic Sciences
  • Research Project
  • Instructional Design
  • Diversity and Cultural Competence
Kameka Rideaux
RT (R) (T)
M.B.A.
University of Phoenix
  • Anatomy for Radiation Oncology
  • Introduction to Radiation Therapy
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Directed Readings
  • Technical Radiation Oncology
  • Clinical Radiation Oncology I and II
  • Clinical Radiation Oncology Lab II
  • Individual Projects
  • Quality Management in Radiation Oncology

 

Delores Whiteing-Williams
M.A.,RT (T)
M.A.
Texas Women's University
  • Patient Care in Radiation Oncology
  • Simulation and Treatment Techniques, I & II
  • Clinical Education I - III
  • Adaptive Radiation Therapy
Sandra John-Baptiste
BS, RT (T), CMD
B.S. McMaster University
B.A. Brock University
  • Clinical Education IV-VI
  • Clinical Radiation Oncology I Lab
  • Radiation Therapy Physics
  • Treatment Planning and Dosimetry
  • Special Applications in Radiation Therapy
Scroggins, Deborah
RT (R) (CV) (M) (CT)
M.S.R.S.
Midwestern State University
  • Introduction to Computed Tomography
  • Sectional Anatomy
Adjunct faculty
Mary Ann Ball
Lecturer
M.S.
University of Texas at Tyler
  • Diversity and Cultural Competence
Harry R. Gibbs
Associate Professor
M.D
Harvard Medical School
  • Diversity and Cultural Competence
Laurel R. Hyle
Lecturer
M.P.H., J.D.
The University of Houston Law Center
  • Medical Law
William Undie
RT (R)(T)
Assistant Professor
Ed.D.
Clark Atlanta University
  • Radiation Safety and Protection
Peter Balter
Associate Professor
Ph.D.
University of Texas Houston
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Digital Imaging
Laurence Court
Assistant Professor
Ph.D.
University College London
  • Digital Imaging
Eric A. Strom
Associate Professor
M.D.
Northwestern University Medical School
  • Clinical Radiation Oncology
  • Technical Radiation Oncology

The Program in Radiation Therapy

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.

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

Objectives
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Program in Radiation Therapy is designed to prepare students for a challenging career in cancer treatment through formal education including: human anatomy, physiology, radiation therapy physics, radiation oncology, pathology, radiation biology, treatment planning, medical dosimetry, quality assurance and patient care.

Selection Process

Admission is dependent on factors that include:

  • Cumulative GPA, and pre-requisite GPA
  • Personal qualities such as maturity and professional goals as expressed in the interview and described in reference letters.
  • Clinical site visit evaluation, call the RT Program Office to receive the required Clinical Site Visit form and the HIPAA consent form.
  • Ability to meet the SHP non-academic technical standards.
  • Race, religion, national origin, veteran status, gender, or disability  are not factors considered in the selection process

Applicants should begin the application process three to six months prior to the application deadline to ensure all documents are received and processed by the UTHSC-Houston Registrar’s office

Nonacademic Requirements

For a description of the non-academic technical standards requirements for admission, visit the admission section of the Student Catalog's Policies and Procedures.

Program Admission Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy is a two-year program for certification and degree completion, with entry at the junior level. Application and supporting documents must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Applicants to the Program in Radiation Therapy  must satisfy the following requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Science degree program.

All prerequisite course work must be from a regionally accredited college or university.

The applicant must have satisfactorily completed all prerequisite courses listed prior to graduating. These courses must be lecture and laboratory courses acceptable toward a degree by majors in those fields and cannot be survey courses.

Candidates who completed the prerequisite courses seven or more years before admission may need to update their academic skills. For specific information, contact the program director.

Clinical site visit evaluation Download and print the Clinical Site Visit Form, Download and print the HIPAA Consent Form

Minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) - All applicants must provide proof of successful assessment of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Applicants who have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited Texas College or University are exempt from TSI. Proof of an applicant's readiness to enroll in college level course work will be determined by the Registrar's Office based upon review of official transcripts from previously attended institutions.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Applicants from countries where English is not the native language may be required to take the TOEFL. Internet based TOEFL is now available and a total test score ranging from 74-78 with a minimum score of 18 in each section is required.

Prerequisites


Prerequisites for the two-year program

A minimum of 42 semester credit hours (SCH) that includes:

  • The Texas Core Curriculum (see table below)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and *Physics must be included in the 42SCH Texas Core Curriculum
  •  *Radiographic Physics is acceptable to meet the RT physics program requirement, however the Radiographic Physics credit hours  may not count toward the Texas Core Curriculum's 42 Semester Credit Hours (SCH)

The Texas Core Curriculum – 42 Semester Credit Hours (SCH)

that must include courses from the following specific areas as indicated

SCH

COMMUNICATION (6 SCH)

•           ENGL 1301   English Composition I

•           ENGL 1302   English Composition II

 

 6

MATHEMATICS (3 SCH)

•           MATH 1314   College Algebra or higher

 

 3

NATURAL SCIENCES (12 SCH)

Courses in biology, chemistry, physics, geology or other natural sciences

 

12

HUMANITIES (3 SCH)

Courses in literature, philosophy, modern or classical language/literature, cultural studies or equivalent

 

 3

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS (3 SCH)

Courses in arts, dance, music appreciation, music, drama or equivalent

 

 3

HISTORY (6 SCH)

•           HIST 1301    United States History I

•           HIST 1302    United States History II

 

 6

GOVERNMENT (6 SCH)

•           GOVT 2301   American Government I

•           GOVT 2302   American Government II

 

 6

SOCIAL SCIENCES (3 SCH)

Courses in anthropology, economics, criminal justice, geography, psychology, sociology, social work or equivalent

 

 3
Total Texas Core Curriculum  SCH42

http://statecore.its.txstate.edu/

About the Texas Core Curriculum  Each institution's Core Curriculum applies to all academic degrees. They range from 42 to 48 credit hours, depending on the college or university. Each Core Curriculum is divided into 8 or 9 categories that are common across the state. If you take the approved Core natural science courses at institution A, they are annotated on your transcript with a Core code by A and must be accepted as fulfilling that portion of the Core at institution B or any other Texas public institution. If Astronomy is a Core natural science at A and is not at B, it must still be accepted at B. This is a whole new way of doing things because the school where you take the course decides how it will transfer. And that decision is binding on any Texas school to which you transfer.

Advanced Placement

The School of Health Professions accepts and/or awards credit through the following examination programs:

  • College level examination program of the College Board
  • Comprehensive departmental examinations
  • Regionally accredited military training programs

Recommendations from the School's academic departments are followed with regard to minimum score requirements, level of credit and amount of credit to be awarded. Program faculty are consulted to determine if credit recommendations equate to specific School of Health Professions (SHP) courses. The internal comprehensive departmental examination program provides a local means for establishing knowledge of SHS course content in areas not covered by the above examination program. Programs may elect to administer examinations that cover material specific to SHS courses with the results being reported to the Registrar.

Graduation

Each candidate for a baccalaureate degree must complete a minimum of 130 semester credit hours of course work. Within this requirement, students must complete the following at MD Anderson:

  • At least 40 semester credit hours of advanced (3000/4000) course work
  • At least 25% of the total semester credit hours required must be taken at MD Anderson

Upon completion of formal didactic and clinical education, students will have demonstrated the professional skills necessary to plan, deliver and record a prescribed course of radiation including proton therapy.

Graduation occurs in August. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the national certification  exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
Please check with the program director for application deadlines and exam dates. Upon passing the exam, the student is considered a certified Radiation Therapist. The awarding of the degree is not contingent upon a student passing the national certification exam.

Curriculum

The curriculum meets or exceeds the curriculum recommendations of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). This intensive two-year program is composed of a didactic phase followed by directed clinical training at affiliated hospitals and laboratories. During the didactic phase, formal lectures cover human anatomy, physiology, radiation therapy physics, radiation oncology, pathology, radiation biology, treatment planning, medical dosimetry, quality assurance and patient care.

Current Affiliations
During the clinical phase of instruction, training and supervision are provided in a variety of clinical sites at:

  • 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 satellite Radiation Therapy treatment facilities, including:
    • 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, New Mexico

Accreditation

The Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by and has conformed its curriculum to the standards and guidelines published and monitored by the:
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304

Course listings

Two Year Program Curriculum

Hours

Junior Year 
DI 4350 Introduction to Computed Tomography

3

HS 3370 Fundamentals of Writing and Critical Thinking

3

HS 4100 Issue in Health Care Ethics

1

HS 4101 Diversity and Cultural Competence

1

HS 4300 Pathophysiology for Health Professions

3

HS 4303 Advanced Pathophysiology

3

RT 3101 Simulation and Treatment Techniques I

1

RT 3103 Simulation and Treatment Techniques II

1

RT 3205 Introduction to Radiation Therapy

2

RT 3220 Clinical Education I

2

RT 3221 Clinical Education II

2

RT 3222 Clinical Education III

2

RT 4101 Radiation Safety and Protection

1

RT 4210 Radiobiology

2

RT 4302 Anatomy for Radiation Oncology

3

RT 4305 Patient Care in Radiation Oncology

3

RT 4306 Technical Radiation Oncology

3

RT 4310 Radiation Therapy Physics

3

RT 4312 Quality Management in Radiation Oncology

3

RT 4315 Radiation Physics and Medical Imaging       3
Total Junior Courses     45
  
  
Senior Year 
RT 3342 Digital Imaging for Radiation Therapy

3

DI 4300 Research Techniques in Radiologic Sciences

3

DI 4301 Research Project

3

DI 4304 Sectional Anatomy

3

HS 4111 Medical Law

1

RT 4111 Clinical Radiation Oncology Lab I

1

RT 4112 Clinical Radiation Oncology Lab II

1

RT 4211 Clinical Radiation Oncology I

2

RT 4212 Clinical Radiation Oncology II

2

RT 4309 Special Applications in Radiation Oncology

3

RT 4311 Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning and Dosimetry

3

RT 4320 Clinical Education in Radiation Therapy IV

3

RT 4321 Clinical Education in Radiation Therapy V

3

RT 4322 Clinical Education in Radiation Therapy VI

3

RT 4356  Individual Projects

3

RT 4390 Adaptive Radiation Therapy

3

RT 4395 Problem Solving and Decision Making in Radiation Therapy

3

  
Total for 2yr Program

88

Course Descriptions

DI 3345 Directed Readings (1-3 semester credit hours) Directed reading and research, followed by the writing of a report or the creation of a project. Credit hours are based on size, length and depth of paper or project.

DI 3346 Professional Development (Conferences, Workshops, Lectures, Competitions) - Repeatable (1-3 semester credit hours)
Attendance of educational sessions at district, state, regional or national conferences. Consent of instructor required. 12 documented contact hours per each (32 CE) credit for a maximum of 3 credits.

DI 4300 Research Techniques in Radiologic Sciences (3 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the student the principles and methods of conducting practical research in health care.

DI 4301 Research Project
(3 semester credit hours)
This course will prepare the student to complete a research project.

DI 4304 Sectional Anatomy (3 semester credit hours) (3 semester credit hours)
This course will provide a review of the gross anatomy of the entire body. Detailed study of gross anatomical structures will be conducted systematically for location, relationship to other structures and function. Structures are located and identified in axial (transverse), sagittal, coronal and orthogonal (oblique) planes. Illustrations and anatomic images will be compared with MR, ultrasound and CT images in the same imaging planes and at the same level when applicable. The characteristic appearance of each anatomical structure as it appears on CT, MR and ultrasound, when applicable, will be stressed.

DI 4310 Teaching Strategies in Health Care Education (3 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the student how to analyze learning theories with emphasis on adult learners and the elements of quality education.

DI 4311 Instructional Design (3 semester credit hours)
This course will instruct the student in the theory and application of instructional design in health care education and training.

DI 4312 Patient Education (3 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the student how to plan, develop and assess patient education products and methods.

DI 4322 Effective Human Resources Management (3 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the student about staff recruitment, retention techniques, and laws related resource management. Topics include hiring and terminating personnel, and the issues of harassment and discrimination.

DI 4350 Introduction to Computed Tomography (3 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the Radiation Therapy student how to produce quality Computed Tomography images while  ensuring the well-being  and safety of patients.  The course content will allow the student to understand basic CT physics so that they are able to identify deficiencies in images and how to take corrective actions. The Student will develop an understanding between the connections of choices they make when selecting scan parameters and the radiation dose delivered to the patient. CT simulated laboratory sessions will be included as part of the course content.

HS 3370 Fundamentals of Writing and Critical Thinking (3 semester credit hours)
This basic writing course stresses both reading and writing skills and is designed to teach students to improve their ability to write logically and develop short essays, brief formal summaries, and reports.

HS 4100 Issues in Health Care Ethics (1 semester credit hour)
This course content is designed to establish a foundation and set parameters of professional practice for health care professionals. The emphasis will be on developing the background for the resolution of ethical dilemmas through ethical reasoning, ethical obligations in health professional-patient relationships and just allocation of scarce health care resources.

HS 4101 Diversity and Cultural Competence
(1 semester credit hour)
This course is designed to provide each student with a fundamental  understanding of  the concepts of cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion. The course content of each module emphasizes the following seven culturally competent areas of diversity: Building Relationships across Culture; Communication Across Differences; Conflict resolution Across Cultures ; Microinequities within the Workplace;. Diversity and Inclusion;  Abilities: A Journey from Exclusion to Inclusion; Spirituality and health care practices.

HS 4111 Medical Law (1 semester credit hour)
This course introduces the student to medical law and case studies in medical imaging and radiation therapy.

HS 4300 Pathophysiology
(3 semester credit hours)
This course is designed to provide basic knowledge in pathophysiology in preparation for professional studies in the health sciences. Topic covered includes central concepts of pathophysiology of the cells and tissues and alterations on organs and systems with an emphasis on carcinogenesis.

HS 4303 Advance Pathophysiology (3 semester credit hours) (Offer for 08-09 for Juniors)
This course presents the imaging disease process and its effects on image quality.

RT 4199 Special Topics in Radiation Therapy
This course is designed for individual projects, research, special seminars, or further investigation of emerging technology or treatment in radiation therapy. Semester credit hours are assigned in relationship to the complexity of the individual student’s goals.

RT 3101 Simulation and Treatment Techniques I (1 semester credit hour)
This course is taught in the laboratory setting. Students are required to demonstrate accurate simulation and/or treatment set-up procedures and patient immobilization for basic to immediate radiation therapy treatment protocols.
 
RT 3103 Simulation and Treatment Techniques II (1 semester credit hour)
This course is taught in the laboratory setting. Students are required to demonstrate accurate simulation and/or treatment set-up procedures for intermediate to advanced radiation therapy treatment protocols.

RT 3205 Introduction to Radiation Therapy (2 semester credit hours)
This course includes roles and responsibilities of radiation oncology personnel, medical terminology, basic patient care, practice standards of a radiation therapist and the hospital staff hierarchy.

RT 3220 Clinical Education I
(2 semester credit hours)
This course provides supervised clinical education in which students are assigned to a specific patient. The student will observe the patients from consultation through treatment. Students are required to present in a formal setting the educational findings related to their patient’s treatment regime. Students must demonstrate competency in block fabrication, patient immobilization, patient transfer techniques, bolus, vital signs and basic patient care. Students are assigned a mentor for the development of a master-apprentice relationship.

RT 3221 Clinical Education II (2 semester credit hours)
This course provides supervised clinical education in which students are required to demonstrate basic to intermediate ARRT and Programmatic competencies in treatment planning and delivery, quality assurance, patient care, brachytherapy and professional growth. Students are assigned a mentor for the development of a master-apprentice relationship.

RT 3222 Clinical Education III (2 semester credit hours)
Continuation of RT 3321.

RT 3342 Digital Imaging for Radiation Therapists 
This course will teach the student about digital imaging in routine and specialized 2-D and 3-D images, data management and fusion practices

RT 3345
Directed Readings (1-3 semester credit hours) Directed reading and research, followed by the writing of a report or the creation of a project. Credit hours are based on size, length, and depth of paper or project.

RT 4101 Radiation Safety and Protection (1 semester credit hour)
This course requires the student to demonstrate a detailed understanding of atomic structure, types of ionizing radiation, radiation detection devices, units of measurement, personal and public radiation safety practices and dose limitations from brachytherapy sources and external beam radiation devices. The course identifies radiation regulatory and advisory agencies and the specific requirements of each.

RT 4111 Clinical Radiation Oncology I Lab (1 semester credit hour)
Hands on practical application of treatment concepts covered in RT 4211 Clinical Radiation Oncology I.

RT 4112 Clinical Radiation Oncology II Lab (1 semester credit hour)
Hands on practical application of treatment concepts covered in RT 4212 Clinical Radiation Oncology II

RT 4199 Special Topics in Radiation Therapy (1 SCH)
This course is designed for individual projects, research, special seminars, or further investigation of emerging technology or treatment in radiation therapy.  Semester credit hours are assigned in relationship to the complexity of the individual student’s goals.

RT 4210 Radiobiology (2 semester credit hours)
This course presents the students with cellular, subcellular and tissue biology. The course requires the students to discriminate between types of cellular damage caused by ionizing radiation. Additionally, students are exposed to proliferation kinetics, fractionated radiotherapy, acute and chronic effects of radiation on human cells and body systems, principles of linear energy transfer and relative biologic effectiveness and the impact of radiosensitizers and radioprotectors on patient treatment.

RT 4211 Clinical Radiation Oncology I (2 semester credit hours)
This course presents an in-depth study of multidisciplinary treatment of the cancer patient from the clinician’s viewpoint. Students are required to master concepts specific to site-specific disease including: histopathology, etiologic and epidemiology factors, detection and diagnosis, tumor stage and grade, routes of metastases, dose fractionation and prognostic factors. This course is designed to approach each cancer type by anatomic system, addressing treatment factors with increasing degrees of complexity.

RT 4212 Clinical Radiation Oncology II
(2 semester credit hours)
Continuation of 4211 Clinical Radiation Oncology I
Prerequisite for Radiation Therapy students: RT 4211

RT 4302 Anatomy for Radiation Oncology (3 semester credit hours)
This course addresses the anatomical study of the human body in topographical, sagittal, transverse and coronal planes.

RT 4305 Patient Care in Radiation Oncology
(3 semester credit hours)
The focus of this course is providing the student with advanced skills in oncologic patient care and assessment. Students are required to demonstrate, under varying patient conditions, physical and psychological assessment, cause and effect of clinical laboratory values, management of oncologic emergencies and treatment regimens of radiation induced site-specific treatment side effects. This course contains a laboratory component.

RT 4306 Technical Radiation Oncology
(3 semester credit hours)
Students master basic concepts of radiation therapy and the technical aspects of radiation oncology, including: custom block, mold and immobilization fabrication, B-mode acquisition and targeting, intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, intraoperative radiotherapy and brachytherapy. Principles of surgery and chemotherapy along with routine simulation procedures in radiation oncology are presented. Students are required to participate in hands-on simulation laboratory activities.

RT 4309 Special Applications in Radiation Oncology
(3 semester credit hours)
This course presents principles of advanced practice -- such as fusion imaging, respiratory gating, stereotactic radiosurgery -- and current advancements in treatment techniques.

RT 4310 Radiation Therapy Physics (3 semester credit hours)
This course reviews atomic structure, interactions with matter and inverse square law. A detailed study is presented of the operation and function of radiotherapeutic equipment to include linear accelerators, cobalt units, superficial and orthovoltage units. Students are required to identify equipment faults and the appropriate responses to clearing faults. Equivalent Square and interpolation of data are introduced. Acquisition of radiation beam data, parameters required in accurate dose calculation, the effects of wedges, blocking, filters and beam configuration are discussed. Students are required to demonstrate accurate dose calculations for various beam configurations.

RT 4311 Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning and Dosimetry
(3 semester credit hours)
This course stresses the application of brachytherapy calculative techniques, evaluation of distributions to calculate implant duration, analysis of emerging technology and terminology as they relate to current practice, comparing and contrasting hand calculations and combinations to computer output and applying formula calculations to advanced and complex treatment problems. Specific disease and site-specific concepts of treatment planning and medical dosimetry are presented. Students demonstrate their understanding of external photon and electron beam treatment planning in the production and analysis of treatment plans for head and neck, central nervous system, thoracic, breast, abdominal and pelvic tumors.
Prerequisite:
RT 4310

RT 4312 Quality Management in Radiation Oncology (3 semester credit hours)
This course is an in-depth study of quality management and quality assurance components in radiation oncology. Students are required to demonstrate the knowledge and skills to develop a quality management program that includes: allocation of human and physical resources; quality assurance and acceptance testing of linear accelerators, simulators and brachytherapy sources; patient and personnel
protection policies; and patient and professional satisfaction. Data collection and analysis of quality indicators are required. Students are required to complete a hands-on laboratory component.

RT 4315 Radiation Physics and Medical Imaging   (3 SCH)
This course will address basic concepts of radiation sciences, atomic structure, radiations interaction with matter, radiographic techniques used in image production, production of therapeutic radiation, electron and proton beams.

RT 4320 Clinical Education in Radiation Therapy IV (3 semester credit hours)
This course provides supervised clinical education in which students are required to demonstrate ARRT competency in treatment planning and delivery, quality assurance, patient care, block and mold fabrication, brachytherapy procedures along with advanced program competencies and professional growth. Students are assigned a mentor for the development of a master-apprentice relationship.

RT 4321 Clinical Education in Radiation Therapy V (3 semester credit hours)
This course provides supervised clinical education in which students are required to demonstrate ARRT competency in treatment planning and delivery, quality assurance, patient care, block and mold fabrication, brachytherapy procedures along with advanced program competencies and professional growth. Students are assigned a mentor for the development of a master-apprentice relationship.
Prerequisite: RT 4320

RT 4322 Clinical Education in Radiation Therapy VI (3 semester credit hours)
This course is a continuation of RT 4321. Students are assigned a mentor for the development of a master-apprentice relationship and will be responsible for a demonstration of final competency.
Prerequisite: RT 4321

RT 4356 Individual Projects
This course is designed to provide a review of knowledge in clinical oncology in preparation for the registry examination.  Topics cover the concepts of various cancers, staging, and treatment techniques. Appropriate diagnostic and treatment procedures are also covered. Students are required to design, develop and present specific individualized projects.

RT 4390 Adaptive Radiation Therapy (3 semester credit hours)
Students will demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills related to the daily issues of a radiation oncology department.
Situations presented will require technical and professional judgment as they relate to accuracy of patient treatment. Continued professional development through national certification, state licensure and life-long learning opportunities will be emphasized.

RT 4395 Problem and Solving and Decision Making in Radiation Therapy (3 semester credit hours)
This course will require students to demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills related to real life radiation therapy challenges. Situations involving patient care, patient set-up and treatment, simulation and issues of a psychosocial nature are covered. The course serves as a capstone in the curriculum and prepares the student for national certification and professional employment.


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