Total Hours Needed to Graduate:
120 Hours

Major

90 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
HSC 1010
Introduction to Health Professions
2

Provides students with a foundation for college success, as well as the exploration of various health professions and tools for career planning. Emphasizes concepts of professionalism, health care ethics and confidentiality as well as an introduction to electronic health records (EHR) and relevant medical terminology.

HSC 1210
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
3

Focuses on the essential study of the body and associated terminology with a view toward the structure and function of the body parts, organs, and systems and their relationship to the whole body. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 1211

HSC 1211
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
1

Accompanies the lecture course and if required, is to be taken concurrently. Students will perform minimal dissections and explorations of main anatomical structures using models and virtual explorations to reinforce the material presented in the lecture. This course focuses on the structure and function of the body parts, organs, and systems and their relation to the body as a whole. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 1210

HSC 1220
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
3

Focuses on the physiology of the body system on a cellular level and their relationship to the whole body. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Prerequisite(s):
HSC 1210, HSC 1211

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 1221

HSC 1221
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
1

Accompanies the lecture course and if required, is to be taken concurrently. Students will perform dissections to reinforce the material presented in the lecture. This course focuses on the physiology of the body systems on a cellular level and their relationship to the body as a whole. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Prerequisite(s):
HSC 1210

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 1220

HSC 2150
Pathophysiology
3

Examines general disease mechanisms with an emphasis on the disease processes within each body system.

Corequisite(s):
HSC 1220

MTH 2750
Statistical Methods
3

Focuses on data interpretation and practical application of introductory level statistics. Emphasizes a conceptual understanding of the use of statistics in various fields, including the ability to interpret results. Topics include development and analysis of descriptive statistics, inferential statistics (bivariate), and regression analysis. Students determine appropriate statistical methods, calculate basic statistical values, and analyze/interpret data sets including statistical software study results. MTH 2750 - Statistical Methods satisfies the MTA Statistics Pathway.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1050 OR MTH 1110

RDT 1010
Introduction to Radiation Therapy
3

Provides students with an overview of the foundations in radiation therapy and the practitioner's role in the health care delivery system. Principles, practices and policies of the educational program, health care organizations, radiation and health safety and professional responsibilities of the radiation therapist will be discussed and examined. This course description is from ASRT Radiation Therapy Professional Curriculum 2014. Must complete with a B- or better.

RDT 2110
Radiobiology
2

Presents basic concepts and principles of radiation biology. The interactions of radiation with cells, tissues and the body as a whole and resultant biophysical events will be presented. Discussion of the theories and principles of tolerance dose, time-dose relationships, fractionation schemes and the relationship to the clinical practice of radiation therapy will be discussed, examined and evaluated. This course description is derived from the ASRT Radiation Therapy Professional Curriculum 2014. 30 hours of lecture are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Radiation Therapy program.

RDT 2210
Patient Care Management
2

Provides radiation therapy students with foundation concepts of patient care, chemotherapy protocols, agents and side effects, routine and emergency care as well as psychological aspects of the cancer patient that will confront students in the medical setting. Emphasis on the total patient is presented with regard to the patient's physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. This course description is derived from ASRT Radiation Therapy Professional Curriculum 2014. Must complete with a B- or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Radiation Therapy program.

RDT 2310
Imaging and Processing in Radiation Oncology
4

Establishes a knowledge base in factors that govern and influence the production and recording of radiographic images for patient simulation, treatment planning, and treatment verification in radiation oncology. Radiation oncology imaging equipment and related devices will be emphasized. This course description is derived from ASRT Radiation Therapy Professional Curriculum 2014. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Concurrent requisite(s):
RDT 2310L

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Radiation Therapy program.

RDT 2410
Sectional Anatomy
3

Introduces students to medical imaging methods currently used in the field of radiation therapy including principles related to Computed Tomography (CT). Students will identify normal anatomical structures via a variety of imaging formats. Basic anatomical relationships will be compared using topographical and cross-sectional images. This course description is derived from the ASRT Radiation Therapy Professional Curriculum 2014. 45 hours of lecture are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Radiation Therapy program.

RDT 3110
Radiation Therapy Physics I
3

Establishes a basic knowledge of physics pertinent to developing an understanding of radiations used in the clinical setting. Fundamental physical units, measurements, principles, atomic structure and types of radiation are emphasized. Also presented are the fundamentals of x-ray generating equipment, x-ray production and its interaction with matter. This course description is derived from ASTR Radiation Therapy Professional Curriculum 2014. 45 hours of lecture are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Radiation Therapy program.

RDT 3120
Radiation Therapy Physics II
3

Reviews and expands concepts and theories presented in Radiation Therapy Physics I. Detailed analysis of the structure of matter, properties of radiation, nuclear transformations, x-ray production and interactions of ionizing radiation are emphasized. Also presented are treatment units used in external radiation therapy, measurement and quality of ionizing radiation produced, absorbed dose measurement, dose distribution and scatter analysis. Additionally the basic principles of radiation protection and safety for the radiation therapist are reviewed along with the radiation health and safety requirements of federal and state regulatory agencies, accreditation agencies and healthcare organizations are incorporated. Specific responsibilities of the radiation therapist are discussed, examined, performed and evaluated. This course description is derived from ASRT Radiation Therapy Professional Curriculum 2014. 45 hours of lecture are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
RDT 3110

RDT 3210
Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy I
4

Provides an overview of cancer and the specialty of radiation therapy. The historic and current aspects of cancer treatment will be covered. The roles and responsibilities of the radiation therapist will be discussed. In addition, treatment prescription, techniques and delivery will be covered. Examines and evaluate the management of neoplastic disease using knowledge in arts and sciences, while promoting critical thinking and the basis of ethical clinical decision making. The epidemiology, etiology, detection, diagnosis, patient condition, treatment and prognosis of neoplastic disease will be presented, discussed and evaluated in relation to histology, anatomical site and patterns of spread. The radiation therapist's responsibility in the management of neoplastic disease will be examined and linked to the skills required to analyze complex issues and make informed decisions while appreciating the scope of the profession. This course description is derived from ASRT Radiation Therapy Professional Curriculum 2014. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Concurrent requisite(s):
RDT 3210L

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Radiation Therapy program.

RDT 3220
Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy II
4

Provides an overview of cancer and the specialty of radiation therapy as the second of two courses. The historic and current aspects of cancer treatment will be covered. The roles and responsibilities of the radiation therapist will be discussed. In addition, treatment prescription, techniques and delivery will be covered. Examines and evaluates the management of neoplastic disease using knowledge in arts and sciences, while promoting critical thinking and the basis of ethical clinical decision making. The epidemiology, etiology, detection, diagnosis, patient condition, treatment and prognosis of neoplastic disease will be presented, discussed and evaluated in relation to histology, anatomical site and patterns of spread. The radiation therapist's responsibility in the management of neoplastic disease will be examined and linked to the skills required to analyze complex issues and make informed decisions while appreciating the scope of the profession. This course description is derived from ASRT Radiation Therapy Professional Curriculum 2014. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
RDT 3210

Concurrent requisite(s):
RDT 3220L

RDT 3310
Introduction to Clinical Practicum I
5

Introduces students to the various treatment machines, recordkeeping mechanisms, treatment planning processes, etc., in the clinical education center. This course is a hands-on laboratory conducted at the clinical education center(s) for 256 hours Some early morning and evening sessions may be required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
RDT 2110, RDT 2210, RDT 2310, RDT 2410

Requirement(s):
Student background check.

RDT 3320
Introduction to Clinical Practicum II
5

Continues students experience with the various treatment machines, recordkeeping mechanisms, treatment planning processes, etc., in the clinical education center. This course is a hands-on laboratory conducted at the clinical education center(s) for 256 hours. Some early morning or evening sessions may be required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
RDT 3310

RDT 4110
Clinical Practicum I
6

Provides hands-on opportunities at clinical education centers. This is the first in a series of three courses Students actively participate/observe simulation, treatment planning, custom block making, treatments, and patient care procedures. Students will also attend tumor and other relevant conferences to enhance their knowledge of cancer and its processes, which in turn allows them to procure the skills/competencies necessary to become a radiation therapist. All objectives are competency based. This is a 12 week course. 384 clinical experience hours are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
RDT 3320

RDT 4120
Clinical Practicum II
6

Provides hands-on opportunities at clinical education centers. This is the second in a series of three courses. Students actively participate/observe simulation, treatment planning, treatments, and patient care procedures. Students will also attend tumor and other relevant conferences to enhance their knowledge of cancer and its processes, which in turn allows them to procure the skills/competencies necessary to become a radiation therapist. Some early morning and evening sessions may be required. This is a 16 week course. 384 clinical experience hours are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
RDT 4110

RDT 4130
Clinical Practicum III
6

Provides hands-on opportunities at clinical education centers. This is the third in a series of three courses. Students actively participate/observe simulation, treatment planning, treatments, and patient care procedures. Students will also attend tumor and other relevant conferences to enhance their knowledge of cancer and its processes, which in turn allows them to procure the skills/competencies necessary to become a radiation therapist. Some early morning and evening sessions may be required. 384 clinical experience hours are required. Students must achieve 80% or better in all coursework and 80% or better on all evaluations to receive credit for this course.

Prerequisite(s):
RDT 4120

RDT 4210
Dosimetry
5

Provides the content designed to establish factors that influence and govern clinical planning of patient treatment. This encompasses isodose descriptions, patient contouring, radiobiologic considerations, dosimetric calculations, compensation and clinical application of treatment beams. Optimal treatment planning is emphasized along with particle beams. Stereotactic and emerging technologies are presented. This course description is derived from ASRT Radiation Therapy Professional Curriculum 2014. 60 hours lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
RDT 3120

Concurrent requisite(s):
RDT 4210L

RDT 4310
Senior Seminar I
3

Provides students, in this first of two courses, with the chance to express his/her knowledge of the principles of oncology management, normal/abnormal cytology, pathology, radiation reactions, and patient care, for specific anatomical sites. Students will state the multidisciplinary modality treatments and rationale for these treatments based on the anatomical site of interest. All objectives are based on knowledge previously acquired in the radiation therapy didactic courses and clinical practicums. This course description is derived from ASRT Radiation Therapy Professional Curriculum 2009/2014. 45 hours of lecture are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Requirement(s):
Receive Program Director or Dean Approval.

RDT 4320
Senior Seminar II
3

Provides students, in this second of two courses, the chance to express his/her knowledge of oncology management. The emphasis continues on specific case histories for which students will be required to analyze the contents of the history and define the expected treatment/outcome. As the program didactic capstone course—the second focus of this course is to demonstrate a cumulative knowledge of program content. This course description is derived from ASRT Radiation Therapy Professional Curriculum 2009/2014. 45 hours of lecture are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
RDT 4310

RDT 4410
Quality Management and Operational Issues in Radiation Therapy
3

Focuses on the components of quality improvement (QI) programs in radiation oncology. Topics will include developing a culture of safety through quality control and assurance checks for the clinical aspects of patient care, medical records, treatment delivery and localization equipment and treatment planning equipment. The role of the various radiation therapy team members in continuous quality improvement will be discussed as well as the legal and regulatory implications for maintaining appropriate quality care. Additionally will cover various radiation therapy operational issues. Continuous quality improvement (CQI) project development and evaluation and assessment techniques will be emphasized. Human resource concepts and regulations impacting the radiation therapist will be examined. Accreditation agencies and the radiation therapist's role in the accreditation process will be emphasized. Billing and reimbursement issues pertinent to the radiation therapy department will be presented. The students will develop and use problem solving and critical thinking skills in discussion of the sources of law, causes of action and litigation processes related to the professional practice of radiation therapy. The inter-relatedness of standards of care, law, ethical standards and competence will be examined. This course description is derived from ASRT Radiation Therapy Professional Curriculum 2014. 45 hours of lecture are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
RDT 4210

SCI 1210
Physics Concepts
1

Introduces various topics in physics. Motion, energy, and the dynamics of particles are investigated. The physical concepts of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and wave motion are explored as well as selected topics in atomic and nuclear physics.

WRI 3010
Report Writing
3

Addresses the ability to write professionally and ethically for business and technical purposes relevant to a student's major field or career aspirations. Emphasis is on learning and applying rhetorical principles for writing formal reports including researching published technical information. Less formal aspects of business and technical communication are also studied.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1010

General Education

30 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
ENG 1010
College Composition I
3

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

ENG 1020
College Composition II
3

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1010

HUM 4010
Philosophy of Ethics
3

Identifies and analyzes ethical situations in modern society. Examines the philosophical foundations for personal and professional ethics.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

MTH 1110
College Algebra I
3

Introduces elements of algebra including graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, rational equations, and functions.

MTH 1120
College Algebra II
3

Examines more advanced elements of algebra emphasizing the use of algebra and functions in problem solving and modeling. Key topics include functions, inverse functions, complex numbers, rational functions, logarithms, exponential functions, conic sections, sequences and series. Graphing is by recognition and transformation rather than by plotting points. MTH 1120 – College Algebra II satisfies the MTA College Algebra Pathway.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1110

PSY 2110
Psychology of Death and Dying
3

Equips students with a psychological foundation of theories related to death, dying, and bereavement. Prepares students who are entering a helping profession to work with others to understand and cope with death, dying, and bereavement.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 1010 OR PSY 1110

SOC 3210
Cultural Diversity
3

Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.

SPK 2010
Oral Communication
3

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using organization, research, and technology to deliver effective oral presentation.

WRI 1150
Workplace Communication
3

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

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