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Radiation Therapy Course Descriptions
“P” refers to a course prerequisite and “C” to a course that must be taken concurrently.

  • RAON-J 300 Simulation/Treatment Procedures (6 cr.) P: RADI R110, RADI R112, and RADI R108. Lecture and laboratory sessions emphasizing the clinical utilization of simulators and treatment machines.
  • RAON-J 301 Orientation to Radiation Oncology (4 cr.) P: R.T.(R). An overview of radiation oncology and the role of the radiation therapist. Presentations will orient students to the physical and biological basis of radiation oncology equipment, procedures, tumor pathology, and patient interaction.

  • RAON-J 302 Radiation Oncology Techniques I (3 cr.) P: R.T.(R) or RADI R118, RAON J300, and RAON J350. Lecture and laboratory sessions presenting concepts of treatment-planning techniques of the head, pelvis, spine, lung, and brain. To include implant localization techniques.

  • RAON-J 303 Clinical Oncology I (3 cr.) P: R. T.(R) or RADI R118, and RAON J300. Examines the roles and principles of tumor pathology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology. To include the characteristics, growth patterns, and treatment modalities utilized for tumors of the lung and central nervous system.

  • RAON-J 304 Radiation Oncology Patient Care (2 cr.) P: R.T.(R) or RADI R112. Concepts of radiation oncology patient care, including considerations of patients' physical and psychological condition. Factors influencing patients' general health during and following a course of radiation therapy treatments will be identified.

  • RAON-J 305 Clinical Dosimetry I (2 cr.) Review of fundamental mathematics concepts as they relate to practical dosimetry and performing routine calculations pertaining to patient set-up and treatment.

  • RAON-J 306 Clinical Dosimetry II (2 cr.) P: RAON J305. Development of computer treatment planning skills in radiation oncology.

  • RAON-J 307 Medical Imaging and Processing in Radiation Oncology (2 cr.) Fundamentals of radiologic exposure techniques, latent image formation, and processing of radiographs utilized in radiation oncology.

  • RAON-J 350 Clinical Experience: Basic (3 cr.) P: RADI R110 and RADI R112. Clinical observation and assistance in the clinical skills of radiation therapy technology under the direct supervision of a registered radiation therapist or equivalent.

  • RAON-J 351 Clinical Practicum I (3 cr.) P: R.T.(R) or RAON J350. Clinical application of patient positioning immobilization, block fabrication, patient simulation techniques, treatment delivery, dosimetry, treatment planning, patient care management, and radiation protection under the direct supervision of a registered radiation therapist or equivalent.

  • RAON-J 400 Physics of Radiation Oncology I (2 cr.) P: R.T.(R) or RADI R241; MATH 153 and 154 or MATH 159; PHYS P201 or PHYS 218. Fundamental principles of the physical quantities of radiation and atomic and nuclear theory. To include discussions of radiation oncology equipment.

  • RAON-J 401 Physics of Radiation Oncology II (2 cr.) P: RAON J400. Continuation of RAON J400 with emphasis on the interactions of ionizing radiation with matter, radiation detection and measurement devices, radiation units, equipment calibration, brachytherapy, and calculation techniques. Principles and concepts of radiation protection are discussed.

  • RAON-J 402 Radiation Oncology Techniques II (3 cr.) P: RAON J302. Lecture and laboratory sessions present concepts of treatment-planning techniques of breast, esophagus, mantel and inverted-Y, pituitary, total body and hemi-body, and common palliative portals.

  • RAON-J 403 Clinical Oncology II (3 cr.) P: R.T.(R) and RAON J303 or RADI R108, RADI R110, RADI R112, RADI R118, RAON J300, and RAON J303. Examines the characteristics, growth patterns, and treatment modalities utilized for tumors of the female genital, urological, male genital, breast, head and neck, bone and soft tissue, hematopoietic, alimentary tract, lumphorecticular, and pediatric sites. Student case presentations required.

  • RAON-J 404 Quality Management in Radiation Oncology (3 cr.) P: RAON J300 or RAON J301, RAON J305, and RAON J350. Identification and application of a comprehensive quality- management program in a radiation oncology facility. Includes discussion on the operations and functions of a radiation oncology facility with emphasis on quality improvement techniques.

  • RAON-J 406 Radiation and Cancer Biology (2 cr.) Emphasis on the modern principles of cellular and molecular biology as they relate to normal and cancer cell response both in vitro and in vivo to various radiation types, e.g., X/gamma rays, neutrons, and charged particles. Topics include dose time, fractionation, repair, tumor kinetics, hyperthermia, and radiation protection.
     
  • RAON-J 409 Senior Project in Radiation Oncology (3 cr.) Individual research in radiation oncology. Research proposal requires the approval of the program director.

  • RAON-J 450 Clinical Practicum II (4 cr.) P: RAON J351. Clinical application of patient positioning immobilization, block fabrication, patient simulation techniques, treatment delivery, treatment planning, patient care management, and radiation protection under the direct supervision of a registered radiation therapist.

  • RAON-J 451 Clinical Practicum III (6 cr.) P: RAON J450. Clinical application of patient positioning immobilization, block fabrication, patient simulation techniques, treatment delivery, dosimetry, treatment planning, patient care management, and radiation protection under the direct supervision of a registered radiation therapist.

  • RAON-J 452 Clinical Practicum IV (5 cr.) P: RAON J451. Clinical application of patient positioning immobilization, block fabrication, patient simulation techniques, treatment delivery, patient care management, and radiation protection under the direct supervision of a registered radiation therapist.

  • RAON-J 453 Clinical Practicum V (5 cr.) P: RAON J452. Clinical application of patient positioning immobilization, block fabrication, patient simulation techniques, treatment delivery, dosimetry, treatment planning, patient care management, and radiation protection under the direct supervision of a registered radiation therapist.

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