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Radiation Therapy

This selective-admissions program is a highly technical and important component in cancer treatment and cure. To be considered for acceptance into the program, students must follow specific admission and prerequisite guidelines, published annually.

Radiation Therapists are vital members of cancer teams who administer radiation treatments according to the prescription and instruction of the radiation oncologist (physician). Therapists use a variety of therapeutic modalities in the treatment of cancer, including high-energy linear accelerators and radioactive isotopes. They also assist in treatment planning procedures involving computerized treatment planning, simulation, and dosimetry, and are responsible for maintaining accurate treatment records, assessing patient’s psychosocial needs, and providing support and comfort to the patient.

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The curriculum consists of eight consecutive quarters, including summers, of full-time class work combined with clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to apply to take the national examination for certification in Radiation Therapy, which is administered by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Prior to admission, students must arrange with at least two hospitals (preferably an affiliated hospital) for a four-hour visit to its radiation therapy department during a regular workday. Students must have at least eight hours of hospital visits. Please review a current program brochure which will offer the complete list of affiliate hospitals students may choose to visit. This visit must precede the student’s personal interview with the admissions committee.

Students in the Radiation Therapy program must earn a C (2.0) or better in all courses required for a degree or certificate.

A radiation therapist utilizes ionizing radiation in the treatment and cure of cancer. Radiation therapy is a rewarding profession that requires interpersonal communication skills, critical thinking skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks.

Associate in Arts Degree Radiation Therapy

Learning Outcomes

Degree recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Interpret a planned course of radiation therapy and accurately administer it; to include patient positioning, documentation and management of (electronic) patient records.
  • Employ patient care skills and comfort essential to radiation therapy procedures.
  • Appraise and report, within the Scope of Practice for Radiation Therapists, the clinical progress of the patient undergoing radiation therapy.
  • Apply the principles of radiation safety.
  • Analyze the functions of radiation therapy equipment and determine the most appropriate utilization of that equipment.
  • Operate radiation therapy equipment in a safe manner.
  • Evaluate the use of treatment accessories and construct immobilization and other devices.
  • Apply principles of confidentiality of medical records and privileged knowledge and the “Patient’s Bill of Rights” and HIPPA regulations.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication techniques with patients, families and staff.
  • Demonstrate professional attitudes in the work environment (e.g. cooperation, teamwork, attendance and punctuality).

Completion Worksheet

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Requirements

Course No. Course Name  Credit Hrs.

Prerequisite

The Radiation Therapy Associate in Arts is a selective-admissions program.
To be considered for acceptance into the program,
students must follow specific admission and prerequisite guidelines,
published annually. Current information can be found online at
http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/health/radon/.
Core Courses
RADON 100 Principles of Oncology 4
RADON 101 Principles of Dose Calculations 4
RADON 104 Radiation Therapy Physics I 3
RADON 105 Principles & Practice of Radiation Therapy I 2
RADON 106 Imaging and Processing in Radiation Oncology 3
RADON 107 Orientation to Clinical Practice 2
RADON 111 Clinical Practice I 3
RADON 112 Clinical Practice II 5
RADON 113 Clinical Practice III 5
RADON 114 Clinical Practice IV 12
RADON 115 Principles of Simulation 2
RADON 119 Legal Issues in the Radiologic Sciences 2
RADON 120 Radiologic Sciences Patient Care 3
RADON 127 Sectional Anatomy 2
RADON 130 Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer Care 2
RADON 150 Pathology 4
RADON 201 Radiation Therapy Physics II 3
RADON 202 Treatment Planning I 2
RADON 203 Treatment Planning II 6
RADON 204 Treatment Planning III 5
RADON 211 Clinical Practice V 8
RADON 212 Clinical Practice VI 8
RADON 213 Clinical Practice VII 8
RADON 214 Clinical Practice VIII 12
RADON 220 Principles & Practice of Radiation Therapy II 2
RADON 221 Principles & Practice of Radiation Therapy III 2
RADON 222  Principles & Practice of Radiation Therapy IV 2
RADON 224 Concept Integration 1
RADON 240 Radiation Biology  3
Total   120

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