This program is for students who want to work in patient care using technology. This “high touch, high technology” field offers advancement opportunities. The radiation therapist uses creativity in a patient care environment with new technology. NHTI offers the only Radiation Therapy program in N.H. We offer students in northern New England the opportunity to enter Radiation Therapy with state-of-the-art clinical facilities.
The mission of this program is to educate and produce highly qualified radiation therapists through an objective-based didactic education and competency-based clinical education. Upon graduation, students:
- Are clinically competent. They can select appropriate treatment setup factors, practice radiation protection, and be exposed to a variety of alternate treatment setups.
- Can communicate effectively. They can articulate the setup procedure to the patient and practice effective communication with the Radiation Therapist community.
- Use critical thinking. They can create a reproducible patient position in simulation and demonstrate competence when setting up an IMRT treatment.
- Demonstrate professionalism. They can examine the importance of continued professional development and demonstrate professional and ethical behavior when interacting with patients and members of the healthcare team.
This program boasts excellent job opportunities with high employer satisfaction. Graduates are eligible to take
the national certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and find
employment in hospitals and private clinics.
NHTI’s Radiation Therapy degree 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.
For Fall 2021 Admission: Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete and received by the NHTI Admissions Office.
- 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.
- An essay on desire to enter Radiation Therapy field; instructions are available from Admissions Office
- 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.
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, and lifting items up to 40 lbs unassisted
- Sufficient strength to assist patients from a wheelchair/stretcher to and from a treatment/simulation table
In addition, students 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
- Visual acuity to work with analyzing data, figures, and small print, and visual inspection involving small
details. Vision must be maintained within dim lighting
- Sufficient writing skills to communicate needs promptly and effectively.
- Ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word, including activities that convey detailed or important spoken instructions to patients, physicians, families, and other employees
- 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
- 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
|BIOL 195C||Anatomy and Physiology I||3||2||4|
|RDTH 101C||Introduction to Radiation Therapy1||3||0||3|
|RDTH 110C||Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy I1||3||2||4|
|RDTH 115C||Patient Care1||1||0||1|
|BIOL 196C||Anatomy and Physiology II||3||2||4|
|ENGL 101C||English Composition||4||0||4|
|RDTH 190C||Clinical Practice I1,2||0||16||3|
|RDTH 215C||Sectional Anatomy and Pathology1||3||0||3|
|MATH 124C||College Algebra||4||0||4|
|RDTH 150C||Medical Imaging and Processing1||2||0||2|
|RDTH 180C||Radiologic Physics for the Radiation Therapist1||2||0||2|
|RDTH 195C||Clinical Practice II1,2||0||18||3|
|RDTH 200C||Radiation Protection and Biology1||3||0||3|
|RCTH 210C||Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy II1||3||2||4|
|RDTH 290C||Clinical Practice III1,2||0||24||4|
|PHIL 242C||Contemporary Ethical Issues||3||0||3|
|RDTH 205C||Treatment Planning1||3||0||3|
|RDTH 220C||Radiation Therapy Physics1||3||0||3|
|RDTH 293C||Clinical Practice IV1,2||0||24||4|
|PSYC 105C||Introduction to Psychology||3||0||3|
|RDTH 280C||Registry Review1||1||0||1|
|RDTH 295C||Clinical Practice V1,2||0||23||4|
1Indicates major field courses.
2All students enrolled in a clinical course will be charged a $500 per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: RDTH 190C, RDTH 195C, RDTH 290C, RDTH 293C and RDTH 295C.