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Radiation Therapy Technology

Radiation Therapy Technology program fact sheet (pdf)

Radiation Therapy Technology Associate's Degree  
Radiation Therapy Technology Certificate


  

Radiation Therapy Technology

ALLEGHENY
Associate of Science (565.1)

Radiation therapy involves the use of high energy radiation in the treatment of patients with malignant tumors. Registered radiation therapists are employed in major cancer treatment centers and in hospitals with radiation therapy departments.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Function as competent, technically proficient entry-level practitioners on a cancer treatment team in a clinical setting.
  2. Use critical thinking, problem-solving, computation and written/oral communication skills.
  3. Use electronic medical charting for simulation, treatment and billing purposes.
  4. Fulfill the Radiation Therapy community needs for qualified, employable therapists.
  5. Demonstrate professional characteristics necessary to promote the importance of lifelong learning and medical ethics in patient care.

Applicants must be eligible for all program college-level courses. In addition, applicants must complete MAT-108 Intermediate AlgebraBIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science or BIO-151 General Biology, and PHY-100 Basic Physics or advanced placement high school physics with a C or above.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the national credentialing exam in radiation therapy technology given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Enrollment is limited by the availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to this program. 

This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182 (312.704.5300).  Email correspondence may be sent to: mail@jrcdert.org

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.
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Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 76

First Semester

Course #Course NameCredits

ALH-140

Medical Terminology

3

BIO-161

Anatomy & Physiology 1

4

MAT-142

Pre-Calculus

4

PHY-125

Applied Nuclear Physics

4

RTT-101

Radiation Therapy Orientation

2

RTT-111

Radiation Therapy Skills Lab

1

                   

Total Credits

18

Second Semester

BIO-162

Anatomy and Physiology 2

4

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

PHY-126

Radiation Physics & Protection

4

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology

3

RTT-102

Fundamentals of Radiation Therapy

2

RTT-112

Fundamentals of Radiation Therapy Clinical             

1

                   

Total Credits

17

Summer

RTT-120

Applied Radiation Therapy 1

4

                   

Total Credits

4

Third Semester

BIO-212

Radiobiology

2

BIO-241

Pathophysiology

4

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

RTT-201

Theoretical Radiation Therapy 1

3

RTT-202

Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum 1

4

                   

Total Credits

16

Fourth Semester

RTT-211

Theoretical Radiation Therapy 2

3

RTT-212

Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum 2

4

RTT-215

Medical Imaging & Simulation

2

RTT-218

Radiation Oncology

3

RTT-219

Radiation Seminar

1

                    

Humanities or English Elective

3

                   

Total Credits

16

Summer

RTT-220

Radiation Therapy Externship

5

                   

Total Credits 

5

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Radiation Therapy Technology

Allegheny
Certificate (566.1)

Radiation therapy involves the use of high energy radiation in the treatment of patients with malignant tumors. Registered radiation therapists are employed in major cancer treatment centers and in hospitals with radiation therapy departments.

Applicants are required to have graduated from a JRCERT accredited school of diagnostic radiography and be eligible for college-level courses. Applicants must be ARRT board certified in diagnostic radiography RT(R) with a minimum passing score of 80% or be board certified and employed in diagnostic radiography for at least one year. Graduates of the CCAC certificate program are eligible to apply to take the ARRT Radiation Therapy certification exam.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Function as competent, technically proficient entry-level practitioners on a cancer treatment team in a clinical setting.

  2. Use critical thinking, problem-solving, computation and written/oral communication skills.

  3. Use electronic medical charting for simulation, treatment and billing purposes.

  4. Fulfill the radiation therapy community needs for qualified, employable therapists.

  5. Demonstrate professional characteristics necessary to promote the importance of lifelong learning and medical ethics in patient care.

Enrollment is limited by available clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate applications to this program.

This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60608-3182; 312.704.5300.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Certificate Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 36

First Semester

Course #          Course NameCredits

BIO-212

Radiobiology

2

BIO-241

Pathophysiology

4

PHY-125

Applied Nuclear Physics

4

RTT-203

Radiation Therapy Technology I 

RTT-204

Clinical Radiation Therapy 1

4

 

Total Credits

17

Second Semester
PHY-126Radiation Physics & Protection

 4

RTT-213Radiation Therapy Technology 2

 3

RTT-214Clinical Radiation Therapy 2

 4

RTT-218Radiation Oncology

3

 

Total Credits

14

 Summer
RTT-221Radiation Therapy Externship

5

 

Total Credits

5