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Radiation Therapy

Get a Radiation Therapy Degree

The radiation therapy program prepares you for a challenging career at the forefront of cancer treatment. New radiation therapy techniques and technologies appear constantly, and Baptist College ensures that its students receive the most up-to-date radiation therapy training. New to the radiation therapy program is Virtual Environment Radiation Therapy (VERT). This virtual environment of a radiation therapy treatment room is designed as a simulation platform for teaching and learning. Students have the ability to visualize internal anatomy and divergence of the beam in a simulated setting.

Clinical errors and skill deficiencies in simulated setting can become learning opportunities with no harm to the patient.

To learn more about radiation therapy, please view the video below:

 

Photographs used for video by permission of VERT

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Baptist College recently became one of the first radiation therapy schools in the country to offer clinic experience with the Cyberknife, a state-of-the-art radiation therapy machine, and Varian TrueBeam. This type of educational experience gives our graduates a major advantage in the job market – they possess the skills, knowledge, and first-hand experience necessary to succeed from day one.

Build a Radiation Therapy Career

Radiation therapists treat tumors with high-energy radiation beams. They require not only great technical and scientific expertise, but also the ability to treat cancer patients with great compassion and empathy.

All of these skills are addressed in Baptist College’s well-rounded radiation therapy program. You’ll develop the scientific knowledge, habits, demeanor, and commitment that distinguish standout radiation therapists.

Build the foundation for a long-term radiation therapy career.

The radiation therapy degree program at Baptist College is distinctive because it offers:

  • Small classes that ensure direct faculty interaction.
  • Virtual simulation that offers the experience of a radiation therapy treatment room.
  • Clinical experience that gives students extensive hands-on training, plus one-on-one interaction with working radiation therapists.
  • Integration between radiation therapy training and the spiritual, ethical, and philosophical aspects of health care.
  • A strong education component that emphasizes writing, communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills.

Radiation therapy is a rapidly emerging field, with job growth projected for the coming years. With a Baptist College radiation therapy degree, you’ll be ready to compete for the best jobs.

Mission

The radiation therapy program will graduate competent, entry-level radiation therapists to become members of a multidisciplinary health care team, providing empathic care and therapeutic treatment to those who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Program Learning Outcomes/Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Graduates/students of the radiation therapy program will be clinically competent.
    • Student will perform clinical radiation therapy procedures according to competency standards.
    • Students will perform clinical setups related to lung, breast, and prostate.
    • Students will design a portfolio showing clinical competency.
  • Graduates/students of the radiation therapy program will communicate effectively.
    • Students will be able to integrate communication skills learned in RTT 382 course through a poster demonstration and RTT 310 through a servce learning project.
    • Students will communicate effectively through oral and written communication.
    • Students will design a technology pamphlet for patient education.
  • Graduates/students of the radiation therapy program will be able to problem solve and critically think.
    • Students will correctly analyze a clinical problem for problem-based learning (PBL).
    • Students will interpret correct patient shifts in positioning for treatment.
  • Graduates/students of the radiation therapy program will demonstrate professionalism.
    • Student will demonstrate leadership skills within group projects.
    • Student will interpret appropriate ethical behavior presented in case studies.
  • Graduates/students of the radiation therapy program will meet outcomes consistent with JRCERT Standards.
    • Students will successfully pass credentialing exam on first attempt of not less than 75% .
    • Students will achieve five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within twelve months of graduation.
    • Students will successfully complete the program.
    • Employers will indicate overall satisfaction with the graduates’ performance.
    • Graduates/Students will indicate overall satisfaction with their educational experience.

Accreditation of the Radiation Therapy Program

The radiation therapy program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The contact information for the JRCERT is 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL, 60606, www.jrcert.org, mail@jrcert.org or call 312-704-5300. 

For more information about program accreditation, please click here.

To access program effectiveness data, please click on the Program Outcomes tab to the left and then click on the hyperlinks to access the categories’ data.