University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Medical Radiation Sciences

Radiation Therapy Concentration

The University of Vermont’s Bachelor of Science in Medical Radiation Sciences concentration in radiation therapy prepares students for a career in the treatment of people with cancer utilizing ionizing radiation. The concentration educates students in anatomy, physiology, physics, radiation safety, patient care, and cancer management. Radiation therapists operate radiation producing equipment such as CT simulators and linear accelerators, assist the Radiation Oncologist with treatment simulation, and administer daily treatment following the Radiation Oncologist’s prescription. Radiation therapists are able to develop relationships with their patients since they usually see them five days each week. It is a rewarding high tech, high touch profession. (Students are responsible for travel and lodging during the off-campus experience. All students preparing for national certification exams are required to complete the off-campus clinical rotation.)

Mission

The Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences prepares students for careers in the health sciences. Our graduates are well-grounded in both research concepts and clinical practice.

Educational Goals

  • Graduates will be competent to function as entry-level radiation therapists in any radiation oncology environment.
  • Graduates will demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the clinical setting.
  • Graduates will demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Our graduates will demonstrate the highest professional and ethical standards.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree concentration in Radiation Therapy, the graduates will demonstrate:

  • Compassion and holistic care of people requiring radiation therapy.
  • Application of safe radiation principles in the delivery of radiation treatment.
  • The ability to accurately deliver radiation therapy treatment.
  • Effective communication skills necessary for safe, high quality care in a constantly changing and fast-paced clinical environment.
  • Sound judgment and critical thinking skills in the clinical environment.
  • Professional behavior with patients, family and other health care providers.

Curriculum

The radiation therapy curriculum includes focused study in the physical sciences. On-campus clinical instruction occurs in the University of Vermont Medical Center Radiation Oncology Department, which is equipped with the latest technology for simulation treatment planning and the treatment of cancer.

Select year of program entry:

Additional information is outlined in the Radiation Therapy Student Handbook (PDF) and the Radiation Safety Policy (PDF).

The UVM Course Catalogue details specific requirements designated by catalogue year. Academic standards are outlined in the CNHS Undergraduate Handbook.

Clinical Experience

The radiation therapy clinical internship takes place in the spring of the senior year. Working one-on-one with a professional radiation therapist in a hospital setting, students learn to set up treatment units, design treatment plans, and interact with patients of all ages.

Clinical Affiliates

Radiation Therapy Faculty

Learn more about our faculty.

Careers

UVM radiation therapy alumni take jobs providing direct patient care in a variety of settings, including treatment centers, hospitals, and major medical facilities.

The baccalaureate degree provides a foundation for professional certification as a radiation therapist. Medical Dosimetry, sales, research and development, and hospital administration provide additional career options. Students also pursue advanced study in the life sciences, physical sciences, and medicine. Learn more.

Opportunities for Students

Undergraduate research programs and opportunities for involvement in professional organizations and clubs such as the Student Organization of Medical Radiations Sciences are widely available and varied.

With careful planning early in their academic career, radiation therapy students may also elect to study abroad.

Certification

Program graduates may acquire certification by sitting for an exam with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The Board of Radiologic Technology governs licensure requirements for the state of Vermont.

Program Effectiveness Data (2013)

Annual Program Completion Rate
(Class of 2013)

64%
7/11

Five-year Credential Exam Pass Rate
on the first attempt (2009-2013)

87%
32/38

Five-year Job Placement Rate for graduates
actively seeking employment (2009-2013)

94%
33/35

This information has been reported to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

Accreditation

The Radiation Therapy Program at the University of Vermont has been re-accredited for the period November 2011 - November 2014 by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL, 60606-3182; Phone: (312) 704-5304; Email: mail@jrcert.org; www.jrcert.org

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