Curriculum

Below are examples of how a student may complete the program curriculum in 24 months. These schedules are subject to change.
Junior Year

Junior Summer - B Term

ANAT 411
Foundations of Clinical Anatomy
5 credits
RDTT 305 Medical Terminology 3 credits

Junior Fall

ANAT 412
Foundations of Clinical Anatomy
2 credits
RDTT 303 Practical Radiation Therapy 1 credit
RDTT 309 Clinic 3 credits
RDTT 311 Introduction to Radiation Therapy 3 credits
RDTT 313 Radiographic Technique 3 credits
RDTT 320 Basic Patient Care Skills in Radiation Therapy 3 credits
IPE 401 Fndn Pt Safety & IP Practice 1 credit

Junior Winter

PHYS 311
Physiology8 credits
RDTT 303 Practical Radiation Therapy IP
RDTT 309 Clinic 3 credits
RDTT 340 Radiobiology 4 credits
IPE 401 Fndn Pt Safety & IP Practice IP

Junior Spring

RDTT 303 Practical Radiation Therapy IP
RDTT 309 Clinic 3 credits
RDTT 314 Simulation 3 credits
RDTT 321 Patient Care in Radiation Oncology 3 credits
RDTT 328
Quality Improvement and Change Management
1 credit
RDTT 341 Pathophysiology 2 credits
IPE 401 Fndn Pt Safety & IP Practice IP

Junior / Senior Summer - A Term / B Term

CONJ 311
Aging for Health Care Providers
1 credit
CONJ 312
Intro to Medical Research & Biostatistics
1 credit
RDTT 309 Clinic 6 credits
RDTT 331 Radiation Therapy Physics I 3 credits
RDTT 401 Independent Research 1 credit

Senior Year

Senior Fall

RDTT 401 Independent Research 1 credit
RDTT 403 Practical Radiation Therapy 1 credit
RDTT 405A Radiation Oncology I
3 credits
RDTT 409 Clinic 5 credits
RDTT 411 Dosimetry I 2 credits
RDTT 430 Radiation Therapy Physics II 3 credits

Senior Winter

CONJ 412
Medical Law
2 credits
RDTT 401 Independent Research 1 credit
RDTT 403 Practical Radiation Therapy IP
RDTT 405B Radiation Oncology II
3 credits
RDTT 409 Clinic 5 credits
RDTT 412 Dosimetry II 2 credits
RDTT 431 Radiation Therapy Physics III 3 credits

Senior Spring

RDTT 401 Independent Research 1 credit
RDTT 403 Practical Radiation Therapy IP
RDTT 405C Radiation Oncology III
3 credits
RDTT 409 Clinic 5 credits
RDTT 413 Dosimetry III 2 credits
RDTT 432 Radiation Therapy Physics IV 3 credits

Senior Summer - A Term

RDTT 407 Treatment Planning Seminar 5 credits
RDTT 409 Clinic w/ Senior Capstone Project
7 credits

Full Curriculum

ANAT 411: Foundations of Clinical Anatomy – 5 credits

ANAT 412: Foundations of Clinical Anatomy – 2 credits

CONJ 311: Aging for Health Care Providers – 1 credit

Basic geriatric foundation needed for clinical practice with older adults including: sensory changes, mental health, health promotion and disease prevention, functional assessment, social supports, common health problems/disease, interdisciplinary team approach.

CONJ 312: Introduction to Medical Research & Biostatisitics – 1 credit 

Introduce skills needed to interpret medical research. Specific skill areas include maintaining a critical, current and operational knowledge of new medical evidence. An introductory knowledge base for individual research projects will be addressed.

CONJ 412: Medical Law – 2 credits

Fundamental elements of Medical Law and its implications in the radiologic sciences along with discussion of the legal ramifications of the "Scope of Practice" for radiation therapists. A broad overview of the sources of law, the litigation process and the legal concept of standard of care are covered as they relate to radiation therapy.

IPE 401: Fndn Pt Safety & IP Practice - 1 credit

PHYS 311: Physiology – 8 credits 

This course is a survey of the physiology in which each of the major systems (neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, digestive, endocrine) is examined in the context of physical principles (diffusion, bulk flow, etc.). The coordination of whole body homeostasis is a recurrent theme that is emphasized with the addition of each new system. The integrative aspects are emphasized by examining the systems compensatory responses to various disease processes.

RDTT 303: Practical Radiation Therapy – 1 credit

RDTT 305: Medical Terminology – 3 credits

Basic structure of medical words including prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms are used to establish a foundation in the language of health care. Correct spelling, pronunciation, and meaning of terms are stressed.

RDTT 309: Clinic – total 15 credits

Clinical education in an affiliated radiation therapy department under the supervision of a registered radiation therapist. Includes application of equipment manipulation and operation, patient care, patient positioning, and radiation protection. Requires clinical objectives, evaluations, patient logs, clinic/didactic journal and attendance. 

RDTT 311: Introduction to Radiation Therapy – 3 credits

Introduces the health care team and various aspects of the radiation therapy field. Includes concepts of surgical, radiation, and medical oncology along with immunotherapy, credentialing, accreditation, professional organizations, hospital organization, and billing and insurance information. Class also includes clinical education in an affiliated radiation therapy department under the supervision of a registered radiation therapist.  

RDTT 313: Radiographic Technique – 3 credits 

Introduces theory and practical application of film/screen composition, care and use, sensitometry, latent image formation and development, automatic film processing, subtractive/duplication of radiologic image and quality assurance.

RDTT 314: Simulation – 3 credits 

Course is designed to provide knowledge base for assessing, comparing, and recommending the type of radiation therapy equipment, procedure and technique, patient positioning and immobilization for appropriate tumor localization and treatment delivery. The responsibilities of the radiation therapist with regards to the treatment prescription, documentation of treatment parameters and delivery, and patient condition and education will be examined. Class activity includes laboratory experience using a treatment simulator.

RDTT 320: Basic Patient Care Skills in Radiation Therapy – 3 credits

Introduction to the basic principles of infection control, asepsis, proper body mechanics, and the application of vital signs. Issues discussed include how ethics are applicable to practice, concept of health promotion, and communication within the context of health care.

RDTT 321: Patient Care in Radiation Oncology – 3 credits 

Concepts of oncologic patient care, procedures, related toxicity's, and patient management as they relate in the radiation therapy setting. Evaluation of the multi-disciplinary treatment approach to care for the radiation therapy patient. Skills in venipuncture technique and equipment are taught.

RDTT 328: Quality Improvement and Change Management - 1 credit

RDTT 331: Radiation Therapy Physics I - 3 credits 

Introduction to basic concepts of radiation therapy physics. Course includes atomic structure, radioactive decay, production of x‑rays, interaction of ionizing radiation with matter, and the various radiation therapy units.

RDTT 340: Radiobiology – 4 credits

Biological effects of ionizing radiation at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels with emphasis on vertebrates; both acute and chronic radiation effects are considered.

RDTT 341: Pathophysiology – 2 credits 

Introduce the causes of disease and the pathophysiologic disorders that compromise healthy systems. Emphasis on disorders of cellular growth, differentiation and maturation, (identify the types of tumors associated with specific body organs and tissues).

RDTT 401: Independent Research – 4 credits

This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to explore a particular area of interest in the field of radiation therapy. The student will work independently, with faculty advisement, in the process of selection, organization, and written paper that will demonstrate results of an investigational research study.

RDTT 403: Practical Radiation Therapy – 1 credit

RDTT 405: Radiation Oncology I, II, III – total 9 credits 

This course includes the fundamentals of clinical radiation oncology in regards to treatment methods and patient management. Given a specific tumor, an evaluation process will be done that includes:etiology, epidemiology, clinical detection, diagnostic procedures, pathology, anatomy, mechanisms of spread, general treatment methods, radiation oncology treatment plans, side effects/patient care and prognosis of disease.

RDTT 407: Treatment Planning Seminar – 5 credits

The student will demonstrate a working knowledge of radiation therapy treatment planning by developing a portfolio of dosimetric treatment plans for a series of specified anatomic sites.

RDTT 409: Clinic – total 22 credits 

Clinical education in an affiliated radiation therapy department under the supervision of a registered radiation therapist.Includes application of equipment manipulation and operation, patient care, patient positioning, and radiation protection. Requires clinical objectives, evaluations, patient logs, clinic/didactic journal and attendance.

RDTT 411: Dosimetry I – 2 credits

Introduction to the basic concepts of clinical dosimetry and treatment planning. Course includes methods of dose calculations and patient contouring, dose definitions, and isodose summations. Treatment planning in the computer lab will accompany lecture material.

RDTT 412: Dosimetry II – 2 credits 

This class builds on the concepts introduced in RDTT 411. The course will examine specific techniques of calculation used in the clinical environment and will develop a rationale for the basic calculation techniques. Treatment planning in the computer lab will accompany lecture material.

RDTT 413: Dosimetry III – 2 credits

Course will cover evaluation and interpretation of treatment planning information. Treatment planning will be covered using specific anatomical sites. Treatment planning in the computer lab will accompany lecture material.

RDTT 430: Radiation Therapy Physics II – 3 credits 

Introduction to basic concepts of radiation therapy physics. Course includes measurement of ionizing radiation, calibration of megavoltage x‑ray and electron beams, dosimetry of radiation fields, manual treatment planning processes.

RDTT 431: Radiation Therapy Physics III – 3 credits

Introduction to basic concepts of radiation therapy physics. Course includes computer treatment planning, computer systems, brachytherapy sources and treatment planning.

RDTT 432: Radiation Therapy Physics IV – 3 credits 

Introduction to basic concepts of radiation therapy physics. Course includes quality assurance for radiation therapy, radiation protection, radiation therapy applications of diagnostic imaging, and special topics.