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 Ethics, Physics, Anatomy, Physiology, and Oncology in the review and verification of all approved treatment plans, instructions, prescriptions and images, to ensure that the information is consistent and valid before delivering any treatment.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to identify and define problems, critically compare options, make timely decisions or recommendations, identify uncertainties and use findings to improve outcomes in light of evolving evidence.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of current evidence-based literature and treatment standards related to organs at risk (OAR), acceptable dose limits and the side effects associated with radiation.
  4. 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.
  5. Employ effective oral and written communication skills with colleagues and patients of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs.
  6. Demonstrate professionalism as a radiation therapist and the ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary/ interprofessional team in clinical decision-making and ethical problem-solving.
  7. Demonstrate the abilities required to foster and work effectively within collaborative, team-based environments.
  8. Apply radiation safety practices in regards to environmental safety and to safely deliver an approved treatment plan for quality care.
  9. Operate ionizing-radiation producing equipment, and recognize any inconsistencies or malfunctions of that equipment.
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of health policy and health systems with specific attention towards billing and compliance, and patient safety issues.
  11. Interact with diverse patients, families, and communities professionally with integrity using appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication.
  12. Recognize side-effects or complications commonly associated with each treatment procedure, and recommend the appropriate patient care, with respect for patient preferences, needs, attitudes, beliefs and values.