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 prepare learners to perform as an entry-level radiation therapist. First-year Program courses strengthen knowledge of the health care industry, patient care, oncologic pathology, radiobiology, medical physics, sectional anatomy, and dosimetry. Second-year courses integrate these ideas into more advanced concepts encompassing clinical oncology, treatment planning, patient simulation, and treatment delivery.
Beginning in the second year’s summer term, 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 give students the opportunity to achieve competence and confidence in the treatment of patients with ionizing radiation.
The curriculum is sequenced 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: Practicing radiographers who have already taken radiation biology and pathology courses still need to take these Program courses because of their focus on cancer treatment.
The Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850; Chicago, IL 60606-3182; 312-704-5300).