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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 307: Seminar: Patient Care – 2 credits
Supervised teaching practicum is designed to establish knowledge base of oncology nursing. Clinical rotations, precepted with oncology nurses, in radiation oncology, hematology/medical oncology, and pediatric oncology, will be included. Case study is required to serve as a tool to facilitate a holistic view of the oncology patient.
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 – 1 credit
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 – 2 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.
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 Radiation Oncology – 2 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.
Introduction to basic concepts of radiological physics. Includes radiation science, mathematics review, basic electromagnetism, x‑ray production, x‑ray devices, and overview of special imaging devices.
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.
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).
This course is a comprehensive survey of human gross anatomy using the region approach (extremities, thorax, abdomen, and pelvis). The emphasis is on the spatial relationship between the various tissues and organs and how the anatomy contributes to the function of the body as a whole. This course includes a laboratory with identification of structures on prosected cadavers.
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.
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 – total 2 credits
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.
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 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.
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.
RTT 409: Clinic –total 23 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.
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 RTT 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.
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.
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.
Conjoint, interdisciplinary course designed to introduce student health professionals to an overview of ethical principles. Topics will be presented through guest speakers, multimedia and case-based discussion groups. Interdisciplinary group problem solving will be practiced.
CONJ 412Medical 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