Radiation Therapy Degree

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Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester
  BI 195 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 2 4
  EN 120 Communications 3 0 3
# RTH 101 Introduction to Radiation Therapy 3 0 3
# RTH 110 Principles and Practice
of Radiation Therapy I
3 2 4
# RTH 115 Patient Care 1 0 1
# RTH 180 Radiologic Physics for the Radiation Therapist 2 0 2
  17
Spring Semester
  BI 196 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 2 4
  EN 101 English Composition 4 0 4
  PI 242 Contemporary Ethical Issues 3 0 3
# RTH 150 Medical Imaging and Processing 2 0 2
# RTH 190 Clinical Practice I 0 16 3
  16
Summer Semester
  MT 124 College Algebra 4 0 4
# RTH 195 Clinical Practice II 0 18 3
# RTH 215 Sectional Anatomy and Pathology 3 0 3
  10
SECOND YEAR
Fall Semester
  PY 105 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
# RTH 200 Radiation Protection and Biology 3 0 3
# RTH 210 Principles and Practice
of Radiation Therapy II
3 2 4
# RTH 290 Clinical Practice III 0 24 4
  14
Spring Semester
# RTH 205 Treatment Planning 3 0 3
# RTH 220 Radiation Therapy Physics 3 0 3
# RTH 293 Clinical Practice IV 0 24 4
  SO 105 Sociology 3 0 3
  13
Summer Semester
  IT 102 PC Applications 3 0 3
# RTH 280 Registry Review 1 0 1
# RTH 295 Clinical Practice V 0 23 4
  8
TOTAL CREDITS 78

Program Cost Estimates

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

Curriculum for students entering program in 2014-15

Prospective Radiation Therapy Students
For a more in-depth look into the Radiation Therapy Program, please visit our blackboard site at http://ccsnh.blackboard.com/ (username: rthstudent password: nhti)

The degree of Associate in Science with a major in Radiation Therapy is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

The Radiation Therapy Program utilizes didactic, laboratory, and clinical education to train students to work as Radiation Therapists in cancer treatment centers. Radiation Therapists work under the direction of an oncologist to treat patients with malignant diseases using ionizing radiation. A certificate option is available for students with prior degrees in Radiological Sciences. Radiation Therapists work in hospitals, private radiation oncology centers and research centers.

The Radiation Therapy Degree is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). For further information, please contact:

JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL  60606
312-704-5300
FAX: 312-304-5304
mail@jrcert.org

Admission to the Radiation Therapy program is very competitive. Selection is determined by a cumulative point system that is based on the high school prerequisite courses and grades, college courses and grades (only those courses required in the Radiation Therapy Program), an observation essay and a personal interview. It is highly recommended that applicants complete as many General Education courses (non-Radiation Therapy courses) as possible prior to application to the program. This will enhance the application for admission as well as lighten the academic load. These courses can be taken at NHTI through the General Studies Program. Once in the General Studies Program students should consult that program's department head regarding course selection. A "Request for Change of Program" form, available from the Admissions Office, should be submitted during the Fall Semester prior to the program start date.

To learn more about what you can do with this major, click here.

Transfer Information

Specific Admission Requirements

For  Fall 2015 Admission

Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete and received by the NHTI Admissions Office no later than March 13, 2015 (with the exception of the interview) for Fall 2015 admission.

  1. High school or college biology with lab AND chemistry with lab, both with grades of “C” or higher;
  2. College preparatory Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry with grades of “C” or higher or NHTI's MT 093 and MT 094 with grades of “C” or higher;
  3. High school level physics is recommended;
  4. Clinical observation period in a Radiation Oncology Center; criteria established by and available from program faculty; call (603) 271-6484 x4226 for information;
  5. The applicant must complete a course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Airway Obstruction Management for the Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer before program registration;
  6. A personal interview will be arranged with the applicant by the Admissions Office once the admission file is complete.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college's first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Health, Character and Technical Requirements
The student must have sufficient strength and motor coordination required to perform the following physical activities:

  1. Standing for sustained periods of time and walking most of the work day to accomplish tasks;
  2. Frequent reaching and manual dexterity in handling accessory equipment for radiographic purposes including typing on computer terminals;
  3. Frequently transporting, moving, lifting and transferring patients from a wheelchair or stretcher to and from a radiographic table.

In addition, the student must have:

  1. Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment and evaluate radiographic quality. Visual acuity (correctable) sufficient to work with analyzing data and figures, working with computer terminals, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and operation of machines;
  2. Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs;
  3. Sufficient writing skills to communicate needs promptly and effectively. Ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word. Primary functions include activities in which the student must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to patients, physicians, families, and other employees accurately, and loudly or quickly; and
  4. Ability to work with frequent interruptions and respond appropriately to unexpected situations. Ability to work with wide variations in work load and stress levels.

Radiation Therapy Clinical Sites
Elliot Regional Cancer Center, Manchester, NH
The Kingsbury Center for Cancer Care, Keene, NH
Nashua Regional Cancer Center, Nashua, NH
Newburyport Cancer Center, Newburyport, NH
Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Lebanon, NH
Payson Cancer Center, Concord, NH
Seacoast Cancer Center, Dover, NH

Additional Information

Amy VonKadich
Radiation Therapy
Program Director

(603) 271-6484 x4332
avonkadich@ccsnh.edu

Admissions
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011
nhtiadm@ccsnh.edu