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Award: AAS Degree
Total Credits Required to Graduate: 61.5 (AAS)
First Semester (Fall)
|RTH||200||INTRODUCTION TO RADIATION THERAPY||2 credits|
|This course is an exploration of the foundation of radiation therapy practices and the variety of roles for the professional in the delivery of health care. Principles of practice, professional responsibilities, medical law and ethics will be addressed along with program expectations.|
|RTH||201||NURSING AND PATIENT CARE ISSUES||2 credits|
|This course will focus on the role of the radiation therapist in overall disease management. It will prepare students to work directly with patients in a health care setting and covers assessment, examination and monitoring of patients, symptom management and the management of oncologic emergencies. Patient issues such as pain control, nutritional counseling, patient education, death and dying will be explored. Chemotherapeutic drugs will be introduced and discussed.|
|RTH||202||RADIATION THERAPY PHYSICS I||3 credits|
|This course applies the concepts of radiation oncology physics as it is practiced in the clinic. Interactions of ionizing radiation, measurement of ionizing radiation, nuclear transformation and the quality of X-ray beams are discussed. This course provides the student with an understanding of the different types of radiation treatment units and their operating principles. This course contains a review of mathematics, basic principles of physics, atomic structure, electro-magnetic and particulate radiation.|
|RTH||203||RADIATION THERAPY PHYSICS II||3 credits|
This course will explore the concepts of radiation physics as it applies to the practice of radiation therapy. Scatter radiation analysis, isodose curves, patient contouring, dosimetric calculations, treatment planning procedures and electron beam therapy are introduced.
|RTH||205||CLINICAL RADIATION ONCOLOGY||4 credits|
|This course will explore cancer: its detection, diagnosis and prognosis. The management of neoplastic disease and its mechanism of spreading through a multidisciplinary approach will be discussed. Rationale for treatment techniques such as beam type, dose fractionation, volume, simulation, beam modification devices, field arrangements, dose limiting critical structures as well as surgical and chemotherapeutic considerations are presented.|
|RTH||206||SIMULATION AND MEDICAL IMAGING||3 credits|
|This course introduces simulation equipment and techniques. Topics include patient immobilization, localization, simulation, documentation, patient positioning, treatment delivery parameters, prescriptions and patient care. Imaging techniques specific to radiation therapy will also be discussed. A lab component is included in this course.|
|MA||100||BASIC LIFE SUPPORT FOR HEALTH CARE||0.5 credit|
This course meets CDC, OSHA and NFPA guidelines for basic life support. It focuses on immediate life-threatening situations, demonstrates quick, effective responses and presents perspectives on how frequently these situations occur. It is ideal for professionals such as firefighters, police, paramedics, lifeguards, athletic trainers, medical assistants and other medical professionals. Topics covered include the professional rescuer’s role in emergencies; victim’s condition assessment; basic life support; rescue breathing; cardiac emergencies; airway obstructions; AED use; and resuscitation in special situations. This class is offered for credit as a Pass/No Pass course.
Total Semester Credits: 17.5 (AAS)
Second Semester (Spring)
|RTH||207||RADIATION BIOLOGY (ONLINE)||1 credit|
This online course covers the biological effects of ionizing radiation in living tissue, including specific cell and tissue radiosensitivity, radiation syndromes and related effects, as well as basic biological mechanisms that bring about somatic and genetic effects.
|RTH||209||RADIATION THERAPY TOPICS (ONLINE)||2 credits|
This online course is designed to explore various radiation therapy topics such as quality control programs and protocols for the radiation therapy department, various radiation therapy operational issues and CQI project development, evaluation and assessment techniques. Infection control and pharmacology will be reviewed. Students will become HIPAA certified during this course. The course will provide the student with the basic concepts of radiation sources: detection and measurement, shielding and room design, source handling, surveys and personnel monitoring and maximum permissible dose. Prerequisite: RTH 202 and RTH 203.
|RTH||210||CLINICAL PRACTICUM I||10 credits|
|35 hours clinical experience per week for entire semester) -The clinical practicum serves as an orientation to radiation therapy where students are given an opportunity to develop technical and patient care skills and knowledge through structured rotations and assignments in the radiation therapy department. Treatment competencies and related objectives will be used to measure clinical outcomes. Prerequisite: All technical courses.|
|RTH||212||REGISTRY REVIEW I||1 credit|
This online course is designed to prepare students for the required national certification exam. Mock board exams will be given along with various assignments geared to reinforcement of previously discussed concepts. Prerequisite: All technical courses.
Total Semester Credits: 14 (AAS)
Third Semester (Summer)
|RTH||211||MODERN RADIATION THERAPY RESEARCH||3 credits|
This online course is designed for the student to research and prepare a written scientific paper and oral presentation on an emerging technology in radiation therapy. Prerequisite: All technical courses.
|RTH||213||CLINICAL PRACTICUM II||8 credits|
(35 hours clinical experience per week for entire semester) A continuation of RTH 210. Students are expected to complete all required competencies in this rotation. The final section of clinical education ensures that the student is ready for employment. Prerequisite: All technical courses.
|RTH||214||REGISTRY REVIEW II||1 credit|
Continuation of RTH 212. This online course is designed to prepare students for the required national certification exam. Mock board exams will be given along with various assignments geared to reinforce previously discussed concepts. Prerequisite: All technical courses.
|AMI||110||CROSS-SECTIONAL ANATOMY (ONLINE)||3 credits|
This online course reviews gross anatomy of the entire body. Detailed study of anatomic structures will be conducted systematically for location, relationship to other structures, and function. Gross anatomic structures are located and identified in orthogonal and oblique axial (transverse), sagittal, coronal planes. Illustrations and anatomic images will be compared with CT and MR images in the same imaging planes and at the same level when applicable. The characteristic appearance of each anatomical structure as it appears on CT, MR and ultrasound images, when applicable, will be stressed.
Total Semester Credits: 15 (AAS)
|CIS||105||INTRO TO COMPUTERS||3 credits|
Overview of computer applications with emphasis on e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation tools, and Internet-based technology. The student will gain hands-on experience with the Microsoft Office Suite--Outlook, Word, Excel Access, and PowerPoint; Skype for Business; and cloud-based technologies such as GoogleDrive/OneDrive.
|COMMUNICATIONS ELECTIVE||3 credits|
|BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE||3 credits|
|SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE||3 credits|
|COLLEGE ALGEBRA||3 credits|