Radiation Therapy Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

RDTH 101C Introduction to Radiation Therapy 3-0-3
Content is designed to provide the student with an overview of the foundations in radiation therapy and the practitioner's role in the health care delivery system. Principles, practices and policies of the educational program, health care organizations, principles of radiation and health safety and professional responsibilities, as well as ethics, law and medical terminology of the radiation therapist will be discussed and examined.

RDTH 110C Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy I 3-2-4
Content is designed to provide an overview of cancer and the specialty of radiation therapy. The medical, biological and pathological aspects as well as the physical and technical aspects will be discussed. The roles and responsibilities of the radiation therapist, the treatment prescription, the documentation of treatment parameters and delivery will also be discussed.

RDTH 115C Patient Care 1-0-1
Content is designed to provide the student with foundation concepts and competencies in assessment and evaluation of the patient for service delivery. Psychological and physical needs and factors affecting treatment outcome will be presented and examined. Routine and emergency care procedures will be presented.

RDTH 150C Medical Imaging and Processing 2-0-2
Content is designed to establish a knowledge base in factors that govern and influence the production and recording of radiographic images for patient simulation, treatment planning and treatment verification in radiation oncology. Radiation oncology imaging equipment and related devices will be emphasized. Content will also include quality management programs and continuing quality improvements in radiation oncology. (Prerequisites: RDTH 101C and RDTH 110C)

RDTH 180C Radiation Physics for the Radiation Therapist 2-0-2
Discussion is designed to establish a basic knowledge of physics pertinent to developing an understanding of radiation use in the clinical setting. Fundamental physical units, measurements, principles, atomic structure and types of radiation are emphasized. Also presented are the fundamentals of x-ray generating equipment, x-ray production and interaction with matter.

RDTH 190C Clinical Practice I 0-16-3
Content is designed to provide sequential development, application, analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories in radiation therapy. Through structured sequential assignments in clinical facilities, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development will be discussed, examined and evaluated. All students enrolled in RDTH 190C with be charged at $350 per semester clinical surcharge. (Prerequisites: RDTH 101C and RDTH 110C)

RDTH 195C Clinical Practice II 0-18-3
A continuation of Clinical Practice I requiring two 8-hours days of clinical over 11 weeks designed to provide sequential development, application, analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories in radiation therapy. Through structured sequential assignments in clinical facilities, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development will be discussed, examined and evaluated. All students enrolled in RDTH 195C with be charged at $350 per semester clinical surcharge. (Prerequisite: RDTH 190C)

RDTH 200C Radiation Protection and Biology 3-0-3
Content is designed to present basic principles of radiation protection and safety for the radiation therapist. Radiation health and safety requirements of federal and state regulatory agencies, accreditation agencies and health care organizations are incorporated. Specific responsibilities of the radiation therapist are discussed, examined, performed and evaluated. Content also includes basic concepts and principles of radiation biology. The interactions of radiation with cells, tissues and the body as a whole, and resultant biophysical events, will be presented. Discussion of the theories and principles of tolerance dose, time dose relationships, fractionation schemes and the relationship to the clinical practice of radiation therapy will be discussed, examined and evaluated. (Prerequisites: RDTH 101C, RADT 180C and RDTH 150C)

RDTH 205C Treatment Planning 3-0-3
Content is designed to establish factors that influence and govern clinical planning of patient treatment. Encompassed are isodose descriptions, patient contouring, radiobiologic considerations, dosimetric calculations, compensation and clinical application of treatment beams. Optimal treatment planning is emphasized along with particle beams. Sterotactic and emerging technologies are presented. (Prerequisites: RDTH 101C and RDTH 110C)

RDTH 210C Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy II 3-2-4
Content is designed to examine and evaluate the management of neoplastic disease using knowledge in arts and sciences, while promoting critical thinking and the basis of ethical clinical decision making. The epidemiology, etiology, detection, diagnosis, patient condition, treatment and prognosis of neoplastic disease will be presented, discussed and evaluated in relationship to histology, anatomical site and patterns of spread. The radiation therapist's responsibility in the management of neoplastic disease will be examined and linked to the skills required to analyze complex issues and make informed decisions while appreciating the character of the profession. (Prerequisites: RDTH 101C and RDTH 110C; corequisite: RDTH 290C)

RDTH 215C Sectional Anatomy and Pathology 3-0-3
Content is designed to study normal sectional anatomy via diagrams and radiologic images. The pathology content is broken into two parts: general pathology and neoplasia. General pathology introduces basic disease concepts, theories of disease causation and system-by-system pathophysiologic disorders most frequently encountered in clinical practice. Neoplasia provides an in-depth study of new and abnormal development of cells. The processes involved in the development and classification of both benign and malignant tumors and site-specific information on malignant tumors is presented. (Prerequisites: BIOL 195C & BIOL 196C with a grade of "C" or higher)

RDTH 220C Radiation Therapy Physics 3-0-3
Content is designed to review and expand concepts and theories in the radiation physics course. Detailed analysis of the structure of matter, properties of radiation, nuclear transformations, x-ray production and interactions of ionizing radiation are emphasized. Also presented are treatment units used in external radiation therapy, measurement and quality of ionizing radiation produced, absorbed dose measurement, dose distribution and scatter analysis. (Prerequisites: RADT 180C and RDTH 150C; corequisite: RDTH 293C)

RDTH 280C Registry Review 1-0-1
This course is designed to prepare the radiation therapy student to take the national certification examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Various topics will be addressed each week with a practice registry exam given to complete the program. (Prerequisites: RDTH 220C and RDTH 210C)

RDTH 290C Clinical Practice III 0-24-4
A continuation of Clinical Practice I and II, and the beginning clinical assignment for Radiation Therapy Certificate students, content is designed to provide sequential development, application, analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories in radiation therapy. Through structured sequential assignments in clinical facilities, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development will be discussed, examined and evaluated. All students enrolled in RDTH 290C with be charged at $350 per semester clinical surcharge. (Prerequisites: RDTH 190 and RDTH 195; or admission to the Radiation Therapy Certificate program)

RDTH 293C Clinical Practice IV 0-24-4
The fourth clinical course continues to build on the sequential development, application, analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories in radiation therapy. Through structured sequential assignments in clinical facilities, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development will be discussed, examined and evaluated. All students enrolled in RDTH 293C with be charged at $350 per semester clinical surcharge. (Prerequisite: RDTH 290C)

RDTH 295C Clinical Practice V 0-23-4
The fifth clinical course requires 32 hours per week over 11 weeks and continues to build on the sequential development, application, analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories in radiation therapy. Through structured sequential assignments in clinical facilities, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development will be discussed, examined and evaluated. All students enrolled in RDTH 295C with be charged at $350 per semester clinical surcharge. (Prerequisite: RDTH 293C)

RDTH 296C Clinical Practice VI 0-32-6
The final clinical course is designed to perfect the content of the previous didactic and clinical courses. The content is designed to provide sequential development, application, analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories in radiation therapy. Through structured sequential assignments in clinical facilities, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development will be discussed, examined and evaluated. All students enrolled in RDTH 296C with be charged at $350 per semester clinical surcharge. (Prerequisite: RDTH 295C)

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