Radiation Therapy Certificate

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Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester
RDTH 101C Introduction to Radiation Therapy 3 0 3
RDTH 110C Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy I 3 2 4
RDTH 200C Radiation Protection and Biology 3 0 3
RDTH 210C Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy II 3 2 4
RDTH 290C Clinical Practice III* 0 24 4
  18
Spring Semester
RDTH 205C Treatment Planning 3 0 3
RDTH 220C Radiation Therapy Physics 3 0 3
RDTH 293C Clinical Practice IV* 0 24 4
  10
Summer Semester
RDTH 215C Sectional Anatomy and Pathology 3 0 3
RDTH 295C Clinical Practice V* 0 23 4
  7
SECOND YEAR
Fall Semester
RDTH 296C Clinical Practice VI* 0 32 6
RDTH 280C Registry Review 1 0 1
  7
TOTAL CREDITS 42

*All students enrolled in clinical nursing, diagnostic medical imaging and dental courses will be charged a $350/per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: RDTH 290C, RDTH 293C, RDTH 295C and RDTH 296C.

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 Certificate Program in Radiation Therapy is an advanced placement option for students with prior degrees in the Radiological Sciences. This program is financial aid eligible. To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must submit an official, final high school transcript, or the equivalent documentation that demonstrates high school completion, to the NHTI Admissions Office.

The Radiation Therapy Certificate 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
www.jrcert.org

An Associate degree option is available for students who do not have a degree in Radiological Sciences. Access the Radiation Therapy Degree and the Radiologic Technology Program here.

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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 with a grade of “C” or higher or NHTI’s MATH 093C and MATH 094C both 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 with the applicant will be arranged by the Admissions Office once the admission file is complete.
  7. Completion of a Radiological Sciences program.

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.

Program Comments:

  1. Prior to the start of clinical Radiation Therapy courses, students are required to have on file in the Health Services Office (603) 230-4043 documentation of: current medical insurance; a complete physical examination; current immunizations; current CPR certification for one and two person adult, infant and child. Professional liability malpractice insurance is arranged by the College and will automatically be charged to the student’s account.
  2. College level science and math courses (i.e., Anatomy and Physiology, etc.) taken more than five years prior to desired entry into the Radiation Therapy program must be either repeated or challenged; final decisions will rest with the Radiation Therapy Program Director.
  3. The Radiation Therapy Program integrates all theory coursework with clinical experience. All Radiation Therapy major field courses must be passed with a “C-“ or above before proceeding to the next level. A grade of “C” or higher in BI 195 and BI 196 is required to enter or progress in the Radiation Therapy courses..

Additional Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the radiation therapy program is to educate and produce highly qualified radiation therapists through an objective based didactic education and competency based clinical education. Student growth and professional development will be instilled through the community college system and atmosphere in conjunction with the Institute’s Mission Statement.

Amy VonKadich
Department Head
Diagnostic Medical Imaging

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

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