Mission and Goals

Program vision

To be a nationally recognized leader in radiation therapy education, professional collaboration and career development. Guided by professional and national standards, the program will provide well-rounded career education to radiation therapy students utilizing up-to-date didactic courses, diverse clinical experiences, advanced technologies and individualized mentorship. 

Program mission

Through the integration of both academic and clinical experience the Radiation Therapy Program will provide the means for each student to gain and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to become a competent and ethical practitioner in the art and science of radiation therapy. Built on the three components of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' (ARRT) "equation for excellence" (education, ethics, examination), the program provides the preparatory education through didactic and clinical requirements to qualify graduates to take the ARRT national certifying exam. Promoting a culture of ethical behavior, the program upholds compliance with the ARRT rules of ethics required for initial and continuing certification. The mission and goals of this program are consistent with those of the OHSU and the School of Medicine.

Program goals

  1. Students will be clinically competent
  2. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills
  3. Students will model professionalism
  4. Students will develop critical thinking skills

Upon completion of the Radiation Therapy program, the graduate will be able to:  

  1. Apply foundational knowledge of Physics, Anatomy, Physiology, Oncology and Professional Ethics in clinical decision-making.
  2. Apply radiation safety practices.
  3. Operate ionizing-radiation producing equipment, and recognize any inconsistencies or malfunctions of that equipment.
  4. Review and verify all approved treatment plans, instructions, prescriptions and images to ensure that the information is consistent and valid before delivering any treatment.
  5. Safely deliver an approved treatment plan to patients of all ages and physical conditions.
  6. Recognize side-effects or complications commonly associated with each treatment procedure, and recommend the appropriate patient care.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of current concepts related to organs at risk (OAR), acceptable dose limits and the side effects associated with radiation.
  8. Interact with patients and their family professionally with cultural sensitivity using appropriate written, verbal and nonverbal communication.
  9. Demonstrate professionalism and the ability to communicate and work effectively in an interdisciplinary team.
  10. Understand the value of continuing education and apply research skills towards increasing knowledge and understanding of the current trends in the treatment and cure of cancer.
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of health policy and systems with specific attention towards billing, compliance, and error reporting.