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Radiation therapy students
Radiation therapy students
Radiation therapy student

UVM Radiation Therapy students gain skills in radiation safety, patient care and cancer management and treatment using a Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Trainer (VERT) and by working side-by-side with radiation therapists in the UVM Medical Center on campus.

A semester-long placement in a hospital setting with one of UVM's clinical affiliates completes the four-year program.

Program Mission

The mission of the University of Vermont's Radiation Therapy program is to educate, train, and graduate professionally competent and ethical individuals committed to lifelong learning and who are prepared to meet current and future workplace challenges in radiation therapy.

Student Learning Goals

Goal one: Graduates will be clinically competent

  • Students will demonstrate competency positioning patients for accurate radiation therapy delivery.
  • Students will integrate didactic and clinical course work to provide appropriate patient care.

Goal two: Students will exhibit problem solving and critical thinking skills

  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in CT simulation in accordance to physician directive and patient needs.
  • Students will recognize and address additional patient needs when appropriate in the treatment process.

Goal three: Students will communicate clearly and effectively with faculty, patients, and clinical staff:

  • Students will demonstrate effective verbal communication in the clinical setting.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication.

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Major Requirements

View major requirements and model study plan for the B.S. in Radiation Sciences >>

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. Learn more about state licensure requirements >>

Accreditation

The Radiation Therapy Program at UVM was re-accredited for 5-years in April 2019 by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The next accreditation renewal is tentatively scheduled for April 2024. The JRCERT maintains standards and reviews the program at UVM for compliance with these standards. It is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education for accreditation of radiation therapy programs. The JRCERT is located at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL, 60606-3182 or at www.jrcert.org. The JRCERT can be contacted at (312) 704-5304 or mail@jrcert.org.

Beyond the classroom

Clinical Practicum

UVM Radiation Therapy students spend their final semester at a hospital affiliate site working with oncology professionals to design and administer radiation therapy treatment plans and learning to develop relationships with patients of all ages prior to taking the national registry (licensure) examination. Assignment of affiliate sites is completed through a lottery system and students are responsible for travel and lodging during the off-campus experience. View clinical affiliates for the B.S. in Medical Radiation Sciences in the University of Vermont Catalogue.

Research with Faculty

Many UVM faculty involve undergraduate students to assist in their research.

Study Abroad

UVM's short-term, faculty-led health sciences travel study options complement the Medical Radiation Sciences major.

Graduate employment rate

98%

Median salary

$80,414

Careers

  • Radiation therapist
  • Simulation radiation therapist
  • Lead radiation therapist
  • Clinical applications specialist
  • Chief radiation therapist
  • Clinical research
  • Healthcare administration (may require master's degree)
  • Graduate school (physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, dosimetrist, medical physicist, healthcare administration/management)

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