University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Radiation Therapy (Bachelor of Science)

Overview

This four-year curriculum leading to the baccalaureate degree is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Radiation Therapy is the medical specialty that uses high energy radiation (x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams, etc.) in the treatment of cancer. Radiation therapists are responsible for daily treatments, providing support for patients as they cope with their disease, and contributing as vital members of the medical team responsible for the patient’s treatment plan.

Students who already have an Associate in Science degree in Radiation Therapy may apply for transfer into the Baccalaureate program on a space available basis. Requirements for graduation include 121 credits, which may include approved transfer credits from an associate degree. Additional required courses for the Baccalaureate degree are CHEM 023 (or CHEM 031 and CHEM 032), PHYS 013, PATH 101, NH 120, and twelve credits in the concentration areas of dosimetry, topographical anatomy, patient care, treatment planning, and quality assurance. These independent studies will be coordinated with the student’s advisor.

General Requirements

Curriculum

A model curriculum in Radiation Therapy:

First-Year
Course Credits
Fall Spring
CHEM 023 - Outline of General Chemistry 4
ENGS 001 or higher 3
MATH 019 or higher 3
NH 003 - Medical Terminology 2
NH 050 - Applications to Health 1
Electives/Diversity Courses 3 3
MLRS 034 - Human Blood Cell Biology 4
NFS 043 - Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
PSYC 001 - Psychology 3
SOC 001 - Intro to Sociology 3
Total 16 16
Sophomore
Course Credits
Fall Spring
ANPS 019 and ANPS 020 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 4
MLRS 140 - Radiation Sciences 3
NH 120 - Health Care Ethics 3
STAT 111 or STAT 141 - Elements of Statistics 3
Electives 3
MLRS 141 - Advanced Radiation Science 3
PHYS 013 - Conceptual Physics 3
RADT 152 - Principles of Radiation Ther 3
Total 16 13
Junior Year
Course Credits
Fall Spring
MLRS 175 - Medical Imaging 3
PATH 101 - Intro to Human Disease 3
RADT 173 - Clinical Practicum I 3
RADT 270 - Dosimetry 3
Electives 3 1
MLRS 215 - CT Procedures 3
RADT 174 - Clinical Practicum II 2
RADT 176 - Clinical Radiation Oncology 3
RADT 244 - Seminar, Patient Care Issues 3
RADT 275 - Dosimetry 3
Total 15 15
Senior Year
Course Credits
Fall Spring
MLRS 296 - Leadership and Mgmt in Health Care 3
RADT 223 - Clin Pract III: Radiation Therapy 3
RADT 277 - Techniques Radiation Therapy 4
Electives 3
RADT 274 - Clin Internship 14
RADT 280 - Qual Assurance and Treatment Plan 3
Total 13 17
TOTAL CREDITS: 121

Clinical education takes place at one of the college’s clinical affiliates. The initial experience is obtained at Fletcher Allen Health Care (FAHC). At least one experience will be at an affiliate outside of Burlington which will require additional room, meals, and transportation expenses.

Clinical Affiliations

Central VT Hospital (National Life Cancer Treatment Center, Berlin, VT)
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, NH
Elliot Hospital, Manchester, NH
Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Note: The above list of clinical affiliations is subject to change.

Affiliations

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