Radiation Therapy Degree

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Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester
  BIOL 195C Anatomy and Physiology I 3 2 4
  ENGL 120C Communications 3 0 3
# RDTH 101C Introduction to Radiation Therapy 3 0 3
# RDTH 110C Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy I 3 2 4
# RDTH 115C Patient Care 1 0 1
# RDTH 180C Radiologic Physics for the Radiation Therapist 2 0 2
  17
Spring Semester
  BIOL 196C Anatomy and Physiology II 3 2 4
  ENGL 101C English Composition 4 0 4
  PHIL 242C Contemporary Ethical Issues 3 0 3
# RDTH 150C Medical Imaging and Processing 2 0 2
# RDTH 190C Clinical Practice I* 0 16 3
  16
Summer Semester
  MATH 124C College Algebra 4 0 4
# RDTH 195C Clinical Practice II* 0 18 3
# RDTH 215C Sectional Anatomy and Pathology 3 0 3
  10
SECOND YEAR
Fall Semester
  PSYC 105C Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
# RDTH 200C Radiation Protection and Biology 3 0 3
# RCTH 210C Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy II 3 2 4
# RDTH 290C Clinical Practice III* 0 24 4
  14
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
  SOCI 105C Sociology 3 0 3
  13
Summer Semester
  IST 102C PC Applications 3 0 3
# RDTH 280C Registry Review 1 0 1
# RDTH 295C Clinical Practice V* 0 23 4
  8
TOTAL CREDITS 78
# Indicates major field courses.
* All students enrolled in a clinical course will be charged a $350 per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: RDTH 190C, RDTH 195C, RDTH 290C, RDTH 293C and RDTH 295C.

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
www.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.

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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 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 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.

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.

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

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