Bachelor of Science Major in Radiation Therapy

The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy builds on a broad-based foundation in liberal arts and sciences designed to strengthen critical-thinking and communication skills to work with a diverse population in multiple healthcare settings. Graduates of this radiation therapy education program will be able to understand all aspects of radiation therapy, including effective patient care and education, treatment planning and radiation physics as well as the biological effects of radiation in a rapidly advancing high touch, highly technical profession.

The bachelor's degree in radiation therapy combines radiation therapy classroom courses with clinical experiences to prepare graduates for an entry-level position in the profession as an integral member of the healthcare team using radiation to treat cancer and some benign diseases. Clinical internships are assigned and may require driving up to 100 miles from designated campus. This mileage is based on distance to the clinical setting from National University at each geographic site. Clinical internships require 40 hours per week in a clinical setting. Working while in the program is not encouraged. The radiation therapy program in California allows graduates will use their competencies to assess the physical, emotional and educational needs of the patients they serve, determine the efficacy of a prescribed treatment and carry out the accurate delivery and documentation of treatment. The Radiation Therapy major is a full-time, lock-step program in which each cohort of students progress in unison, taking each of the courses in a sequenced manner. Courses in the program build on knowledge from courses previously completed with medical terminology as an integral component of all courses. Students will also take two courses in one month as scheduled. Students must pass each course with a C or better to progress in the program. Once the program is completed, students will be eligible to apply to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national examination and apply for certification from the California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch.

National University’s Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy program has received accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT):

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
312-704-5300
mail@jrcert.org

Mission Statement
The mission of the Radiation Therapy major is to prepare students to assume the professional role of a radiation therapist. Graduates of the major will be skilled in critical thinking to provide the highest quality of patient care, education and treatment.

Goals
1. Students will be competent in the delivery of radiation therapy treatments.
2. Students will communicate effectively.
3. Students will utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
4. Students will demonstrate professional and ethical behavior.

Student Learning Outcomes
1.1 Demonstrate patient, radiation and equipment safety at all times.
1.2 Demonstrate clinical competence in the areas of patient care, treatment, and simulation.
2.1 Effectively communicate with patient, families.
2.2 Effectively communicate with members of the health care team.
3.1 Formulate priorities in daily clinical practice.
3.2 Demonstrate the ability to think critically to apply knowledge to new situations.
4.1 Demonstrate the concepts of teamwork.
4.2 Demonstrate attitudes congruent with professional standards and actions.
 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate safe practice in all aspects of radiation therapy.
  • Effectively communicate with patients and their families.
  • Demonstrate clinical competence in the areas of patient care, treatment, and simulation.
  • Formulate priorities in daily clinical practice.
  • Apply concepts of teamwork.
  • Evaluate the clinical significance of treatment parameters as prescribed and suspend treatment as appropriate.
  • Develop plans based on patient assessment to address physical, emotional, and educational needs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Analyze clinical data to ensure safety and quality improvement of radiation therapy operations.
  • Evaluate treatment plans to ensure accurate and effective treatment delivery.
  • Demonstrate values and attitudes congruent with the profession's standards and ethics.
  • Analyze current health care research for application to radiation therapy practice.
  • Apply strategies that promote professional development and life long learning.

Requirements

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiation Therapy, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper division level and a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general education electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. Refer to the section on undergraduate admission requirements for specific information regarding admission and matriculation. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.
Preparation for the Major (12 courses; 42.75 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (21 courses; 73.5 quarter units)
Students must pass all courses with a C or better to progress in the program. Students will need 76.5 quarter units of upper division level coursework. In absence of units students may need to take additional upper division electives to satisfy the total upper division units for the degree.
Core Requisite(s):