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
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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.
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.
- MTH 215 College Algebra & Trigonometry
- BST 322 Intro to Biomedical Statistics
- BIO 161 General Biology 1
- BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiol I
- BIO 201A Human Anatomy & Physiol Lab I
- BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiol II
- BIO 202A Human Anatomy & Physiol Lab II
- BIO 203 Introductory Microbiology
- BIO 203A Introductory Microbiology Lab
- PHS 181 Physics for Non-Sci Majors I
- PHS 171 General Physics 1
- PHS 182 Physics for Non-Sci Majors II
- PHS 172 General Physics 2
- RTT 201 Introduction to Radiation Ther
- RTT 310 Sectional/Topographic Anatomy
- RTT 300 Medical Imaging
- RTT 305 Patient Care I
- RTT 320 Pro Ethics and Legal Issues
- RTT 315 Clinical Concepts I
- RTT 480 Internship I
- RTT 410 Clinical Radiation Physics I
- RTT 411 Clinical Radiation Physics II
- RTT 306 Patient Care II
- RTT 415 Clinical Oncology I
- RTT 316 Clinical Concepts II
- RTT 416 Clinical Oncology II
- RTT 317 Clinical Concepts III
- RTT 481 Internship II
- RTT 420 Radiation Biology
- RTT 460 Operational Issues
- RTT 455 Medical Dosimetry
- RTT 440 Research in Radiation Therapy
- RTT 450 Quality Management
- RTT 482 Internship III
- RTT 490 Advanced Capstone