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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.

View goal assessment plan (PDF).

Major Requirements

View major requirements for the B.S. in Radiation Sciences in the University of Vermont Catalogue.

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 the University of Vermont has been re-accredited for the period April 2019 - April 2024 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

Current status: Probation. The radiation therapy program at UVM is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). In 2019 the program went through re-accreditation and one of the findings noted was a lack of a dedicated full-time Clinical Coordinator for the program. At the time, college administration was committed to hiring for this position to start in the fall of 2021. Since then, there was a University of Vermont wide hiring freeze due to the pandemic. Due to the hiring freeze, the program was unable to hire the position. Since it has been 2 years since the accreditation finding and the issue has not been resolved, the program has been placed on involuntary probation. However, the University and the Program are committed to rectifying this situation and is in the process of posting for the position in the coming days. Our plan is to have a successful candidate identified and hired by the end of March 2022. Once the position has been filled, the Program will notify the JRCERT and our probation will be removed. Being removed from probation will reinstitute our accreditation status. What does this mean for you as a student? Currently nothing. The Program has devised a plan that has been approved by the University administration. Should the plan not come to fruition, I will follow up with further details. However, I am confident that the plan devised will place our program in good standing with the JRCERT. If you have any questions, please contact Wade Carson, Radiation Therapy Program Director at wade.carson@med.uvm.edu.

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

100%

Median salary

$71,074

Careers

  • Radiation therapist
  • Simulation 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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