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Radiation Therapy Course Descriptions

RTT 1100 Introduction to Radiation Therapy and Medical Terminology

2.5 credits
This course is an introductory overview of radiation therapy, including its practices and affiliations. The course provides an examination of the therapist role within the interdisciplinary healthcare system with an emphasis on professionalism, professional societies, communication, and medical terminology. There is an examination of the theory and application of the law in relation to the healthcare system. At the conclusion of this course, the student will identify radiation therapy equipment and its basic function; analyze the psychological and psychosocial issues cancer patients experience; communicate with patients and healthcare providers using the correct medical terminology; and define the role of a radiation therapist as part of a team within the Radiation Oncology Department and healthcare system.

Requisite: ANA 1010 (prior to or concurrent with course)

RTT 114C RA-Clinical Education I

2.5 credits
This clinical experience requires active participation in the clinical setting with development of the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver accurately the planning course or radiation therapy with the supervision of the clinical supervisor. At the conclusion of this course, the student will meet clinical requirements as stated in the Radiation Therapy Handbook.

Requisite: ANA 1010 (prior to or concurrent with course)

RTT 1110 Treatment Techniques

1.5 credits
This course provides an examination of the theory and application of treatment techniques within the field of radiation therapy. Strong emphasis on the bony anatomy of the body and how it relates to the simulation and treatment of patients, along with the introduction of cross-sectional anatomy. At the conclusion of this course, the student will identify bones of radiograph’s anatomy and anatomy within cross-sectional films; recite typical treatment techniques for specific areas of the body; narrate immobilization devices, typical doses and fractionation schemes, critical structures, blocking and boost methods, side effects and their treatment; and routes of spread and specific body landmarks as they relate to simulation and treatment setup.

Requisite: ANA 1010 (prior to or concurrent with course)

RTT 1170 Mathematics and Basic Physics Review in Radiation Therapy

1 credit
This course provides instruction, review, practice and evaluation in mathematics skills specifically relevant to radiation therapy technology and the operation of a scientific calculator. Basic concepts of physics that are needed in preparation for subsequent radiation physics courses are explored, learned, and developed. At the conclusion of this course, the student will perform basic arithmetic operations and use negative numbers; formulate and evaluate ratios; translate verbal statement into algebraic expressions; solve simple linear equations; linearly interpolate; describe the nature of graphs of exponential expressions; analyze and state the fundamental qualities of physics; state nuclear structure; and explain electromagnetic radiation and the duel nature of the photon.

Requisite: ANA 1010 (prior to or concurrent with course)

RTT 1200 Introduction to Patient Care

2.5 credits
This course provides a comprehensive exploration of patient care techniques, including detection and prevention, blood values, patient assessment, nutrition, skin care regiments, infection control, and support services. It also offers an explanation of radiological and digital imaging related to radiation therapy and identification of body landmarks when simulating and treating radiation oncology patients. There is also an investigation of diagnostic technologies and their use in radiation therapy. At the conclusion of this course, the student will perform aseptic technique; be knowledgeable of contrast media and contraindications; recognize normal and abnormal vital signs; recite normal and abnormal ranges of blood values in patient receiving radiation therapy; be able to evaluate a patient’s nutritional status and make recommendations; and demonstrate radiology concepts, including exposure factors, imaging quality, and film processing.

Requisite: ANA 1120 (prior to or concurrent with course) Prerequisites: ANA1010, RTT 1100, RTT 114C, RTT 1110, RTT 1170

RTT 124C RA-Clinical Education II

2.5 credits
This clinical experience encourages active participation in the clinical setting with development of the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver accurately the planning course of radiation therapy with the supervision of the clinical supervisor. At the conclusion of this course, the student will meet clinical requirements as stated in the Radiation Therapy Handbook.

Requisite: ANA 1120 (prior to or concurrent with course) Prerequisites: ANA 1010, ANA 1120, RTT 1100, RTT 114C, RTT 1110, RTT 1170

RTT 1270 Principles of Mathematics and Physics

3 credits
This course offers a review of physical units, measurements, principles, atomic structure, and types of radiation. There is also an introduction to the fundamentals of x-ray generating equipment, x-ray production and its interaction with matter as well as the basic comprehension of the physics pertinent to developing an awareness of radiations used in the clinical setting. At the conclusion of this course, the student will compare the characteristics and functions of a proton, neutron, and electron; describe the process of ionization; differentiate between the radiation of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum; identify the components on a schematic resistance circuit diagram; apply Ohm’s Law and power formulas to determine power consumed; list the characteristics and functions of a cathode and rotating anode; identify parts of an x-ray tube and a complete x-ray circuit; state the principles of x-ray production; and define photodisintegration.

Requisite: ANA 1120 (prior to or concurrent with course) Prerequisites: ANA1010, RTT 1100, RTT 114C, RTT 1110, RTT 1170

RTT 100P RA-Clinical Practicum I

5.5 credits
This clinical experience provides an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in applying learned techniques and applications in the treatment of radiation oncology patients. It also offers experience in the physics division with emphasis on imaging and treatment planning and integration into the team approach to radiation therapy. At the conclusion of this course, the student will meet clinical requirements as stated in the Radiation Therapy Handbook.

Prerequisites: ANA1010, ANA1120, RTT 1100, RTT 114C, RTT 1110, RTT 1170, RTT 1200, RTT 124C, RTT 1270

RTT 2100 Introductory Pathology and Radiobiology

3 credits
This course provides an investigation into the effects of radiation therapy on a molecular cellular and tissue level with explanation and examples of radiosensitivity and late somatic effects of radiation. It also provides a summary of the disease process and pathology with emphasis on hyperplasia, neoplasms, and cancer. At the conclusion of this course, the student will identify acute and late effects of radiation therapy; recite radiobiological interactions; recognize structural changes in tissues following radiation; explain total body radiation response; identify cell composition, structure, and division; recite the fundamentals of pathology and the measure of disease frequency; classify disease diagnosis and responses to injury; and distinguish and identify hyperplasia, neoplasms and cancer.

Prerequisites: RTT 1100, RTT 114C, RTT 1110, RTT 1170, RTT 1200, RTT 124C, RTT 1270, RTT 100P

RTT 214C Clinical Education III

2.5 credits
This clinical experience provides for active participation in the clinical setting with development of the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver accurately the planning course or radiation therapy with the supervision of the clinical supervisor. At the conclusion of this course, the student will meet clinical requirements as stated in the Radiation Therapy Handbook.

Prerequisites: RTT 1100, RTT 114C, RTT 1110, RTT 1170, RTT 1200, RTT 124C, RTT 1270, RTT 100P

RTT 2170 Radiation Physics I

3 credits
This course offers a review and expansion of theories and concepts introduced in RTT 1270. It provides an analysis of the structure of matter, properties of radiation, nuclear transformations, x-ray production, and interactions of ionizing radiation. Explored also is the differentiation of specific radiation therapy treatment units and photon and electron beam dosimetry related to the treatment of patients. At the conclusion of this course, the student will compare and contrast atomic structure and composition of elements, atomic number and mass number; compare isotope, isotone, isobar and isomer; categorize the four fundamental forces of nature; describe the processes of ionization and excitation; define and compare radioactivity, decay, constant, activity and half-life; calculate rate of decay, change in activity, average life, and attenuation requirements for a given isotope; define fission and fusion; describe x-ray production and all components of a linear accelerator; define and describe all Cobol 60 elements; calculate half value layer; discuss the purpose and importance of the National Institute of Standards and Technology; choose the appropriate radiation detector for given clinical applications; participate in external beam calibration; and describe the quality of a gamma-ray beam.

Prerequisites: RTT 1100, RTT 114C, RTT 1110, RTT 1170, RTT 1200, RTT 124C, RTT 1270, RTT 100P

RTT 2200 Radiation Oncology

3 credits
Building upon knowledge obtained from previous courses, this course examines and evaluates the management of neoplastic disease. Epidemiology, etiology, detection, diagnosis, treatment options, histology, classifications, grading, and patterns of spread will be explored for each neoplastic disease. Presentation of weekly case studies to evaluate and analyze the course of treatment, potential side effects, and prognosis will be compared and contrasted to published tumor site-specific information. At the conclusion of this course, the student will analyze the rationale for treatment decisions; discuss and compare the characteristics of each neoplastic site; describe etiology, signs, and symptoms and diagnostic tests associated with sitespecific tumors; analyze staging, grading, and routes of spread of common neoplastic diseases; differentiate the characteristics of benign versus malignant neoplasms; and define screening procedures and prevention programs.

Prerequisites: RTT 1100, RTT 114C, RTT 1110, RTT 1170, RTT 1200, RTT 124C, RTT 1270, RTT 100P, RTT 2100, RTT 214C, RTT 2170

RTT 224C RA-Clinical Education IV

3.5 credits
This clinical experience provides for active participation in the clinical setting with development of the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver accurately the planning course or radiation therapy with the supervision of the clinical supervisor. At the conclusion of this course, the student will meet clinical requirements as stated in the Radiation Therapy Handbook.

Prerequisites: RTT 1100, RTT 114C, RTT 1110, RTT 1170, RTT 1200, RTT 124C, RTT 1270, RTT 100P, RTT 2100, RTT 214C, RTT 2170

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RTT 2270 Radiation Physics II

3 credits
This course emphasizes the principles of clinical application in treatment planning, brachytherapy, and quality assurance. Isodose descriptions, patient contouring, radiobiological considerations, dosimetric calculations, compensation and clinical application of treatment beams are examined along with stereotactic and emerging technologies. At the conclusion of this course, the student will compare photon and electron Isodose curves; determine factors that influence beam distribution; identify organs and tissues at risk and their dose limitations; compare fractionation schemes; apply appropriate factors for manual treatment calculations; perform dose calculations for external photon and electron beam treatments; explain algorithms incorporate into treatment planning computers; evaluate treatment plans for clinical use; examine hot and cold regions associated with various matching methods; describe the International Commission of Radiological Units recommendations; describe the physical characteristics of an electron beam; describe how inhomgeneities influence beam path; analyze shielding materials and uses; determine clinical usefulness of various beam types and the clinical implications; describe clinical implications of radiosurgery and discuss the procedure and equipment used; describe configurations, considerations and differences of multileaf collimators; compare low dose rate to high dose rate brachytherapy; summarize components of brachytherapy; state radiation safety requirements for brachytherapy; and identify and describe the process and applications for using IMRT.

Prerequisites: RTT 1100, RTT 114C, RTT 1110, RTT 1170, RTT 1200, RTT 124C, RTT 1270, RTT 100P, RTT 2100, RTT 214C, RTT 2170

RTT 2290 Seminar Radiation Therapy

1.5 credits
The seminar provides for an examination of selected readings, discussions, and projects in the field of radiation therapy. It also offers a comprehensive physics/dosimetry review for preparation of the radiation therapy board examination. At the conclusion of this course, the student will prepare a detailed project on a selected radiation therapy topic; participate in mock board registry examinations; compute calculations performed in a radiation therapy department (e.g., GAP calculation, MU calculation, and extended distance calculation); analyze CT and MRI radiographs and identify structures; and summarize and recite radiation protection quality assurance statistics.

Prerequisites: RTT 1100, RTT 114C, RTT 1110, RTT 1170, RTT 1200, RTT 124C, RTT 1270, RTT 100P, RTT 2100, RTT 214C, RTT 2170

RTT 200P RA-Clin Practicum II

2.5 credits
In a clinical setting, the student will demonstrate proficiency in applying learned techniques and application in the treatment of radiation oncology patients. The clinical will provide experience in the physics division, with emphasis on imaging and treatment planning and integration into the team approach of radiation therapy. At the conclusion of this course, the student will meet clinical requirements as stated in the Radiation Therapy Handbook.

Prerequisites: RTT 1100, RTT 114C, RTT 1110, RTT 1170, RTT 1200, RTT 124C, RTT 1270, RTT 100P, RTT 2100, RTT 214C, RTT 2170, RTT 2200, RTT224C, RTT2270, RTT2