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Curriculum and Courses 

 

 

RADIATION THERAPY PROGRAM COURSES:             

YEAR ONE:

FALL:

RAT 2001c       Introduction to Radiation Therapy  -  2 credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to the field of radiation therapy.  The course will cover patient care, the profession, ethics and legal issues. A self directed medical terminology course is part of RAT 2001 c. 

RAT 1614        Radiation Therapy Physics I - 2 credits

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of physics and its importance in the field of radiation therapy.

REMINDER:  Students must also complete BSC 1086, BSC 1086L & ENC 1102 this term. 

Students are also encouraged to complete any 3 credit Humanities elective this term.

 

SPRING:

RAT 1618        Radiation Therapy Physics II  - 2 credits

This course goes over the fundamentals and concepts related to the formation of radiation. 

RAT 1800        Introduction to Radiation Therapy Clinic I -  1 credit

This class prepares the student for the clinical placement. Students will gain knowledge in concepts regarding the clinical rotation. Review of the pendant, machine, table, devices, charting and issues related to patient treatment will be covered.    

RTE 1157         Medical Imaging -  3 credits

This course prepares the students in recognizing images.  Types of images, formation of images and the use of imaging in radiation therapy is discussed.  The use of a CT simulator is introduced. 

RTE 1782         Pathology of Medical/Surgical Diseases -  3 credits

The course is designed to study the pathology of diseases. Special emphasis will be placed on tumors, neoplasms, and malignant tissue.

 

SUMMER:

Rat 1810         Introduction to Radiation Therapy Clinic II  - 2 credits

Students will work directly with radiation therapists to treat and simulate cancer patients applying the didactic and clinical together in the clinical setting. 

RAT 2303        Psychosocial Aspects of Oncology -  2 credits

This course describes the effects of cancer and its treatment on the patient, the family and caregivers. The class will examine the behavioral and psychological components of the disease. 

RAT 2023        Principles and Practices of Radiation Therapy I  - 3 credits

This course looks at an overview of cancer and its risks, causes and side effects. Epidemiology and etiology of cancer will be discussed.

 

YEAR TWO

FALL:

RAT 2804        Radiation Therapy Clinic I  - 3 credits

In this course students will use the skills learned to treat and simulate the cancer patient. Students will work one on one with board certified radiation therapists in the treatment of cancer. 

RAT 2242        Principles and Practices of Radiation Therapy II -  4 credits

This class will study cancer in the body systems looking at staging, grading, histology, lymphatics, and the general treatment of the patient as a member of the cancer care team. 

RAT 2620        Radiation Therapy Physics III  - 3 credits

This course provides the students with the fundamentals of physics, radiation protection, and practical application of dose calculations. 

RAT 2901        Simulation Lecture I  - 1 credit

This course provides the student with all information & parameters needed to complete the lab. Lab handouts are distributed & discussed in depth prior to the actual hands on laboratory.  

RAT 2901L       Simulation Lab I  - 1 credit

This course is designed to give hands on experience in the lab utilizing a CT Simulator for patient simulation. Students will use an anthromorphologic phantom in the lab. Labs in this session will start with simple fields using single field techniques, SSD, beam placement and simple blocking. 

 

Spring: 

RAT 2021        Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning  - 3 credits 

In this course factors involved in the development of treatment plans are explained. Students will learn about the doses required for patient treatment and changes in the plan that are based on individual patient needs.  

RAT 2621C      Radiation Therapy Physics III -  3 credits 

This course provides the students with information regarding radiation protection, nuclear transformation and the interaction of radiation with matter. The measurement of ionizing radiation, the quality of radiation, measurement and calculations of absorbed doses will be covered. Students will learn how to Integrate practical experiences in radiation therapy measurements and calculate  radiation therapy patient doses.   

RAT 2814        Radiation Therapy Clinic II  -  3 credits 

In this course students will use the skills learned to treat and simulate the cancer patient. Students will work one on one with board certified radiation therapists in the treatment of cancer.

RAT 2902        Simulation Lecture II  -  1 credit

This course provides the student with all information & parameters needed to complete the lab. Lab handouts are distributed & discussed in depth prior to the actual hands on laboratory.  

RAT 2902L       Simulation Lab II  - 1 credit

This course is designed to give hands on experience in the lab utilizing a CT Simulator for patient simulation. Students will use an anthromorphologic phantom in the lab. Labs in this session will consist of setups using blocks, contours and complex field arrangements. 

RTE 2385         Radiation Biology  -  3 credits

This course provides the students with information regarding the biologic effects of radiation and its absorption in tissue. The use of sensitizers & radiation protectors will also be discussed. 

 

Summer:

RAT 2619L       Computer Applications in Treatment Planning  -  2 credits

This course provides the students with development of treatment plans utilizing radiation therapy treatment planning computers. 

RAT 2824        Radiation Therapy Clinic III  - 3 credits

In this course students will use the skills learned to treat and simulate the cancer patient. Students will work one on one with board certified radiation therapists in the treatment of cancer 

RTE 2473L       Quality Assurance in Radiation Therapy  - 2 credits

In this course students will learn and use the fundamentals of quality assurance as it pertains to radiation therapy equipment such as linear accelerators, simulators, and treatment planning computers. 

RAT 2061        Radiation Therapy Seminar  -  3 credits

This course provides the students with the opportunity to evaluate their cumulative retention of the radiation therapy curriculum content. Some areas may be identified as areas that require more reinforcement and study.  

 


College Credit Certificate students will enter the program

in the summer semester of year 1.

 

 


This page last updated July 8, 2014 eab

Please report any problems with this page to Eugene Broda gbroda@hccfl.edu