The Radiation Therapist works under the direction of a Radiation Oncologist in treating malignant and benign diseases using various ionizing radiation modalities. Responsibilities include following prescribed treatment plans, maintaining accurate records, and providing care and support to the patients and their families.
"To Make Man Whole" reflects the mission statement of Loma Linda University and Medical Center. It is the mission of the program to encourage the personal and professional growth of students through the integrated development of intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of each student as they prepare to serve mankind.
The Radiation Therapy field is very dynamic. It is rapidly evolving due to new technologies. In addition, it is a multifaceted discipline grounded in the science of oncology, and involves the use of sophisticated innovative technology to ensure that high doses of ionizing radiation are delivered to tumor sites with millimeter precision. Prospective therapists should be able to think critically, be computer literate, and be able to work within a team. Patient care and empathy are also important assets.
The Radiation Therapy Certificate Program is a full-time, 15-month program that prepares the student to gain national certification as a radiation therapist. It is intended for diagnostic radiographers who seek additional specialization. The program is also open to other qualified applicants in the allied health field. Applicants must meet the basic requirements as listed in the program brochure.
Essential Job Functions
The essential job functions of a radiation therapist require certain physical, mental and emotional attributes. Physical demands include lifting, carrying, bending manipulation of equipment, patient assistance, walking and prolonged standing, the ability to read orders, computer screens, patient records, and equipment controls; the ability to communicate clearly with physicians, patients and coworkers; the ability to distinguish changes in physical, mental and affective status. Mental and emotional demands include critical thinking, objective decision making, interaction with patients of different ages and health conditions, maintaining patient confidentiality, working with patient diversity, and being able to work under pressure in stressful conditions. Students must maintain the essential job functions throughout the program. A complete list of essential job functions will be made available during the program orientation process.
The certificate in Radiation Technology is accredited by: WASC (Western Associate of Schools and Colleges); JRCERT (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology). Contact information: 20 N Wacker Drive Suite 2850, Chicago IL 60606-3182. Phone (312) 704-5300(312) 704-5300 Fax (312) 704-5304. Website: www.jrcert.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application window for this program is January 1 to May 31. Even though May 31 is the established deadline, the total number of applicants may dictate an earlier or later cut-off date. Check with the department for updates.
Courses listed as course requirements MUST be completed at a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) college or university.
The applicant must fulfill ONE of the following:
A. Be an ARRT registered radiologic technologist at the time of program entry.
B. Be a registered nurse or graduate of an accredited allied health program (2 years minimum training) and have college credits in:
All course requirements must be met before the start of the program.
A minimum of 40 hours of career observation in a radiation therapy department is required. Download a Career Observation Form from the forms page.
During the 15-month Certificate Program in Radiation Therapy Technology, students take formal classes along with instruction in a clinical setting. This includes participation, under close supervision, in the actual procedures within the Radiation Therapy Department. The program is full-time (40 hours per week) arranged around lectures and coordinated with participating clinical affiliates.
This program begins in the Fall Quarter each year and follows the Loma Linda University Quarterly Academic Terms. The program begins each September. The fall quarter runs from the end of September to mid-December. The Winter quarter runs from the first part of January to mid-March. The Spring quarter runs from the end of March to the middle of June. The Summer quarter runs from the end of June to approximately the beginning of September. Please refer to our current Academic Calendar for specific dates/
|Fall Quarter - Year One||Units|
|RTTH 342||Patient Care Practices in Rad. Therapy||2
|RTTH 344||Radiation Therapy Procedures
|RTTH 355||Physical Principles of Rad. Therapy I
|RTTH 364||Radiation Oncology I
||Cross-sectional Radiographic Anatomy
|RTTH 971||Radiation Therapy Affiliation I||1|
|Winter Quarter - Year One|
|RTTH 332||Radiation Biology||1|
|RTTH 356||Physical Principles of Rad. Therapy II||3|
|RTTH 365||Radiation Oncology II
||Radiation Therapy Affiliation II
|Spring Quarter - Year One|
|RTTH 357||Applied Dosimetry||2|
|RTTH 365||Radiation Oncology III||2|
|AHCJ 403||Pathology II
|RTTH 973||Radiation Therapy Affiliation III||1|
|Summer Quarter - Year Two|
|RTTH 974||Radiation Therapy Affiliation IV
|Fall Quarter - Year Two|
|RTTH 348||Radiation Therapy Review||1|
|RTTH 975||Radiation Therapy Affiliation V||1|
Radiation Therapy Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
Goal 1 Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
Goal 2 Students will be clinically competent.
Goal 3 Students will be able to communicate effectively.
Goal 4 Students will demonstrate professionalism.
Goal 5 Students will achieve the following demographic goals.
Current fees are estimated at $21,888 for tuition only. There is a quarterly University fee (currently through Spring 14-$738 per quarter) and books are approximately $500.00. Tuition fees do not include living and transportation costs. International students may incur additional charges. All fees are subject to change and are estimated. Costs usually rise annually.Contact us
Carol Davis, Psy.D, Dr. PH, RT (T) Program Director
Department of Radiation Technology
Nichol Hall A829
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