Program Mission, Goals, Learning Outcomes

Indiana University School of Medicine
Health Professions Programs
Department of Radiation Oncology
Radiation Therapy Program



The Radiation Therapy Program, sponsored by the School of Medicine on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, is designed to provide academic and clinical education to prepare qualified radiation therapists.  The major purpose of the Program is to provide a quality baccalaureate degree program in radiation therapy dedicated to the health and welfare of the patient through the treatment of disease.



The Radiation Therapy Faculty support the following values:

1. Student learning through the effective use of available educational opportunities including:
 - entry-level professional programs, advanced level educational programs and continuing education offerings.
 - diverse patient populations
 - broad spectrum of technology and health facilities

2. Creative activity and research resulting from the collaboration of faculty and students.
3. Ethical behavior and professional integrity in addition to technical competence.
4. Civic engagement involved in collaborating with a variety of internal and external constituencies including health care facilities, professional organizations, and IUPUI, School of Medicine, and Health Professions Programs Departments.

Student Learning Outcomes
Radiation Therapy , B.S.

Goals for the Baccalaureate Degree Program in Radiation Therapy
1. Graduates will be clinically competent.
2. Graduates will communicate effectively in the healthcare environment.
3. Graduates will think critically and apply problem-solving skills in the healthcare environment.
4. Graduates will have knowledge of the value of professional development and growth.
5. Students will graduate and be qualified to work as entry-level radiation therapists.

Outcomes for the Baccalaureate Degree Program in Radiation Therapy

At appropriate points during the radiation therapy program, the student will be able to:
1. demonstrate appropriate knowledge of radiation therapy procedures [goal 1].
2. apply principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others [goal 1].
3. perform radiation therapy simulation procedures [goal 1].
4. deliver radiation therapy treatments as prescribed by a radiation oncologist.[goal 1]
5. perform basic radiation therapy dose calculations and access treatment plans.[goal 1]
6. evaluate patient for effects, reactions, and therapeutic responses.[goal 3].
7. demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.[goal 2]
8. apply basic research methods.[goal 3]
9. formulate methods for the pursuit of life long learning. [goal 4]

At the completion of the radiation therapy program, the graduate will:
1. pass the ARRT national certification on the 1st attempt [goal 5].
2. be employed within 6 months post-graduation, if pursuing employment [goal 5].
3. complete the program within 22 months. [goal 5]
4. be satisfied with their education [goal 5].


revised July 2013

Department of Radiation Oncology | 535 Barnhill Drive, RT 041 | Indianapolis, IN 46202-5289 | Phone: 317-944-2524 | FAX: 317-944-2486