Curriculum

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Analog data from a film must be digitized for effective treatment planning.

The Master of Radiation Therapy Program is a full-time curriculum that comprises six semesters of intensive study. Students in the program can expect to be involved in either didactic classes or clinical rotations five days a week, Monday through Friday, for approximately 40 hours. Classes and clinical rotations are usually held during normal weekday business hours. The program does not offer weekend or online classes.

The curriculum is a competency-based clinical learning experience that will prepare you to perform as an entry-level radiation therapist. As you begin the program, first-year courses will strengthen your knowledge of the health care industry, patient care, oncologic pathology, radiobiology, medical physics, sectional anatomy, and dosimetry. In your final year, second-year courses will integrate these ideas into more advanced concepts encompassing clinical oncology, treatment planning, patient simulation, and treatment delivery.

From the summer of your second year, your experiences in the classroom are complemented by hands-on clinical experience in radiation simulation, treatment, and patient care. Over the course of three terms, clinical rotations will give you the opportunity to achieve competence and confidence in the treatment of patients with ionizing radiation.

We’ve sequenced the curriculum to create an effective and efficient path for learning. Many of the courses in a given semester are prerequisites for the courses that follow in the next semester. Some sequencing may change from year to year without notice. Please note: If you’re a practicing radiographer who’s already taken radiation biology and pathology courses, you still need to take these courses in our program because of their focus on cancer treatment.

Degree Plan

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Total Program Hours

  • First Year
    • Summer | 13 Credit Hours

      HCS 5308 Human Anatomy | 3 Credit Hours

      HCS 5309 Human Anatomy Lab | 3 Credit Hours

      HCS 5407 Human Physiology | 4 Credit Hours

      RT 5101 Clinical Reasoning and Decision-Making I | 1 Credit Hour

      RT 3201 Oncology Nursing and Patient Care | 2 Credit Hours

    • Fall | 15 Credit Hours

      RT 5201 Technical Radiation Therapy | 2 Credit Hours

      RT 5102 Clinical Reasoning and Decision-Making II | 1 Credit Hour

      HCS 5306 Introduction to Pathology | 3 Credit Hours

      HCS 5106 Professional Development

      RT 3203 Medical Imaging | 2 Credit Hours

      RT 5203 Pharmacology I | 2 Credit Hours

      RT 5207 Health Care and Human Resource Management | 2 Credit Hours

      RT 5303 Clinical Radiation Oncology I | 3 Credit Hours

    • Spring | 19 Credit Hours

      RT 3212 Sectional  Anatomy (MRI Concepts) | 2 Credit Hours

      RT 5401 Advanced Radiotherapy and Medical Physics | 4 Credit Hours

      RT 5307 Radiation Therapy Evidence-Based Research I | 3 Credit Hours

      RT 51XX Clinical Practicum I | 1 credit hour

      HCS 5106 Professional Development | 1 credit hour

      RT 5206 Health Law and Policies | 2 Credit Hours

      RT 5301 Radiobiology | 3 Credit Hours

      HCS 5330 Health Care Research | 3 Credit hours

  • Second Year
    • Summer | 14 Credit Hours

      RT 5308 Radiation Therapy Evidence-Based Research II | 3 Credit Hours

      RT 51XX Clinical Practicum I | 1 Credit Hours

      RT 5211 Healthcare Outcomes and Quality Management | 2 Credit Hours

      RT 5212 Emerging Technology in Radiation Therapy | 2 Credit Hours

      RT 3314 Medical Dosimetry and Treatment Planning I | 3 Credit Hours

      RT 5304 Clinical Radiation Oncology II | 3 Credit Hours

    • Fall | 13 Credit Hours

      RT 4315 Medical Dosimetry and Treatment Planning II | 3 Credit Hours

      RT 5502 Clinical Practicum II | 5 Credit Hours

      RT 5503 Clinical Practicum III | 5 Credit Hours

    • Spring | 12 Credit Hours

      RT 5504 Clinical Practicum IV | 5 Credit Hours

      RT 5310 Capstone Project in Radiation Therapy | 2 Credit Hours

      RT 5505 Clinical Practicum V | 5 Credit Hours

For detailed course descriptions, please view our catalog.

Required Textbooks

Special Requirements

Students are expected to maintain high academic performance and display appropriate professional and ethical behavior during all phases of their education and training. The Radiation Therapy Program’s academic policies are consistent with those of UT Southwestern School of Health Professions as stated in this website.

Trajecsys

The Radiation Therapy Program in the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center utilizes Trajecsys, a clinical student record-keeping system for health professions education, for the following educational purposes:

  1. Keeping student time records for clinical rotations.
  2. Providing students with skill set competencies, professional growth assessments, accomplishments, and feedback.
  3. Tracking cohort trends for purposes of program improvement.
  4. Tracking and documentation for accreditation.

In order to use Trajecsys, students, faculty and staff must enter student information into the application, including student name, phone, e-mail, schedules, clinic hours worked, evaluations, feedback, competencies, and clinical activities. This information constitutes “education records” and “personally identifiable information contained in or derived from education records” and is subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and EDU-201 Student Rights Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

By signing below, I consent to the release of my education records and personally identifiable information by UT Southwestern to Trajecsys for the educational purposes described herein.

  • I understand that Trajecsys is solely responsible for information and data security and privacy, in accordance with the Trajecsys user terms and conditions.
  • I understand that I can revoke this Consent at any time by giving written notice to the Radiation Therapy Program Director. I further understand that unless I revoke in writing, this Consent shall remain in effect and my information will continue to be released to Trajecsys for the specific purposes described herein.
  • I understand that I am responsible for prompt payment of all user fees directly to Trajecsys and for compliance with the Trajecsys user terms and conditions.

I understand that using Trajecys is voluntary and if I do not wish to consent to the release of my information, the Program will make alternate arrangements for me that will not adversely impact me or my education in any way.

Graduation Requirements

A candidate for the Master of Radiation Therapy Program must complete all of the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate a high order of scholarly achievement in radiation therapy, including appropriate professional competencies. The program’s Student Progress Committee determines whether adequate mastery has been acquired.
  • Complete satisfactorily a minimum of 86 semester hours in the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions
  • Discharge all financial obligations to the medical center. (In the event of nonpayment, the Dean may take one or more actions: a) deny readmission; b) withhold the student's grades and official transcript; and/or c) withhold the degree to which the student would otherwise be entitled.)
  • Complete the academic requirements listed in the degree plan, including completion of any academic deficiencies in prerequisite courses, by the times stated in the student's official letter of acceptance, and submit official documentation of successful completion to the Office of the Registrar
  • Maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative grade-point average with no academic deficiencies and no incompletes. All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of C, with the exception of RT 4223 Registry Review, which requires a minimum grade of “B.” Pass/Fail classes must be passed.
  • Complete and pass all clinical competencies
  • Pay a graduation fee designated to partially offset the costs associated with the diploma and diploma cover production, regalia, and the commencement ceremony. All students completing a degree must pay the fee whether they attend the commencement ceremony or not.