This program is for students who want to work in patient care using technology, known as “high touch, high technology,” with advancement opportunities. The radiation therapist uses creativity in a patient care environment with ever-changing technology. NHTI offers the only Radiation Therapy program in N.H.
- 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
|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 III1||0||24||4|
|RDTH 205C||Treatment Planning||3||0||3|
|RDTH 215C||Sectional Anatomy and Pathology||3||0||3|
|RDTH 220C||Radiation Therapy Physics||3||0||3|
|RDTH 293C||Clinical Practice IV1||0||24||4|
|RDTH 295C||Clinical Practice V1||0||23||4|
|RDTH 280C||Registry Review||1||0||1|
|RDTH 296C||Clinical Practice VI1||0||32||6|
1All students enrolled in clinical nursing, diagnostic medical imaging, and dental courses will be charged a $500/per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: RDTH 290C, RDTH 293C, RDTH 295C, and RDTH 296C.
The deadline for Fall 2021 admission is March 5, 2021. The deadline for Fall 2022 admission is March 4, 2022.
Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete (with the exception of the interview) and received by the Admissions Office at NHTIadmissions@ccsnh.edu by the deadline.
- High school or college biology with lab and chemistry with lab, both with C or higher
- College prep Algebra I with a C or higher, or NHTI’s MATH 092C with a C or higher
- High school-level physics is recommended.
- Applicants must write an essay on their desire to enter the field of Radiation Therapy; instructions on how to complete this requirement can be downloaded at this link: Radiation Therapy Essay and are available from the Admissions Office at NHTIadmissions@ccsnh.edu.
- Complete a course in CPR and Airway Obstruction Management for the Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer before program registration
- A personal interview with the Admissions Office
Students who wish to enter this program and are currently enrolled in another NHTI program must complete and submit the Change of Program form to the Admissions Office prior to the application deadline.
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.
- The student/graduate will be clinically competent.
- Student/graduate will select appropriate treatment setup factors.
- Students will practice radiation protection.
- Students will be exposed to a variety of alternate treatment setups.
- The student/graduate will communicate effectively.
- Students will articulate the setup procedure to the patient.
- Students will practice effective communication with the radiation therapist community.
- The student/graduate will use critical thinking.
- Students will create a reproducible patient position in simulation.
- Students will demonstrate competence when setting up an IMRT treatment.
- The student/graduate will demonstrate professionalism.
- Students will examine the importance of continued professional development.
- Students will demonstrate professional and ethical behavior when interacting with patients and members of the healthcare team.
Our program boasts excellent job opportunities to the graduate with high-employer satisfaction.
NHTI’s Radiation Therapy certificate is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program will assure continued excellence through accreditation by JRCERT. For further information, please contact:
|Year||2016||2017||2018||2019||2020||5 yr. avg.|
|Pass Rate on Credentialing Exam||63%||100%||100%||57%||100%||79%|
|Job Placement Rate||100%||100%||100%||100%||100%||100%|
|Program Completion Rate||100%||71%||57%||64%||75%||71%|
The number of graduates under “Job Placement Rate” may differ from the total number of graduates completing the program. JRCERT has defined “not actively seeking employment” as:
- Graduate fails to communicate with program officials on employment status after multiple attempts.
- Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation.
- Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours.
- Graduate is on active military duty and/or is continuing education.
We offer clinical rotations at eight oncology sites in N.H., six in Maine, and two in Mass. and Vt., offering students broad experience in procedures, equipment, and patients. Students can rotate to a different radiation oncology clinic each semester, enabling versatility.
Students must have sufficient strength and motor coordination to perform the following physical activities:
- Standing and walking for up to eight hours during the work day
- Frequent reaching and manual dexterity in handling accessory equipment for radiation therapy purposes
- Frequently transporting, moving, lifting items up to 40 lbs unassisted
- Sufficient strength to assist patients including transfer of patients from a wheelchair/stretcher to and from a treatment/simulation table
In addition, the student must have:
- No medical restrictions concerning operation of radiation producing equipment
- Sufficient hearing to distinguish audio signals from equipment and assess patient needs
- Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment, and evaluate radiographic quality; sufficient visual acuity to analyze data, figures, and small print; work with computer terminals; and inspect small defects, small parts, and operation of machines. Vision must be maintained within dim lighting.
- Sufficient writing skills to communicate needs promptly and effectively.
- Ability to express or exchange ideas includes conveying detailed or important spoken instructions to patients, physicians, families, and other employees, accurately, loudly or quickly
- Ability to work with frequent interruptions and respond appropriately to unexpected situations
- Ability to work with wide variations in workload and stress levels
- Approval of the clinical facility if there is any question of meeting essential functions