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This program is an allied health discipline, which utilizes radiation for the treatment of cancer and cancer related diseases. The radiation therapist plays an integral role in the management team of physicians, physicists, and other allied health personnel. The professional has the unique opportunity to blend knowledge and skills of mathematics, medical science, and psychology in his or her everyday work. The radiation therapist has the opportunity of knowing patients over a period of several months, and becoming an integral part of their health care.

Essential Functions

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with classmates, co-workers, clients, and providers in person and through a telephone.
  • Access information from books, reference manuals, computers, and paper and electronic medical records to accurately perform functions and duties.
  • Explain procedures and treatment appropriate to patient’s level of understanding including what will be required while respecting patient confidentiality and privacy (i.e. what to expect during the procedure, proper skin care, maintenance of the treatment field markings and correct diet during course of treatment).
  • Assess patient physical condition, the presence of any side effects or treatment related problems, recognize any errors in delivery of treatment and effectively communicate information to radiation oncologist and other members of the patient care team.
  • Accurately document treatment delivered and changes in the prescribed course of treatment in the patient record.
  • Monitor and respond to patient and accessory medical equipment directly and by intercommunication system during procedure to assess patient response and safety.
  • Obtain optimum image quality for review with radiation oncologist for approval or field modification.
  • Accurately obtain precise measurements and determine appropriate immobilization and positioning aids needed for use in treatment planning and safe delivery of radiation.
  • Provide safe and effective care including but not limited to administration of oral or rectal contrast medium, preparation, and application of bolus material, etc.
  • Utilize equipment safely to fabric individualized immobilization devices and to create custom beam shaping devices (e.g., blocks, MLC) and other beam modifying devices (e.g., compensators, wedges).
  • Perform and document warm-up procedures and quality assurance checks on imaging and treatment equipment (e.g., dose rate verificatioin, positioning lasers, all interlocks, collision safety system, optical distance indicator, emergency switches).
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets), universal precautions and radiation safety standards, and policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional and procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions (i.e. allergic reaction or cardiac arrest) and a distracting environment (i.e., high noise levels, crowding, complex visual stimuli).
  • Adhere to HIPAA, American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) professional standards, Baker College professional conduct guidelines, program requirements and clinical site policies and procedures.
  • For the task inventory for Radiation Therapists go to the ARRT website (ARRT.org) and go to Practice Analysis select task inventory and thenselect radiation therapy.

The scope of practice of the medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals includes:

  • Corroborating patient’s clinical history with procedure, ensuring information is documented and available for use by a licensed independent practitioner
  • Verifying informed consent
  • Assuming responsibility for patient needs during procedures
  • Preparing patients for procedures
  • Applying principles of ALARA to minimize exposure to patient, self and others
  • Performing venipuncture as prescribed by a licensed independent practitioner.
  • Starting and maintaining intravenous access as prescribed by a licensed independent practitioner.
  • Identifying, preparing and/or administering medications as prescribed by a licensed independent practitioner
  • Evaluating images for technical quality, ensuring proper identification is recorded
  • Identifying and managing emergency situations
  • Providing education
  • Educating and monitoring students and other healthcare providers
  • Performing ongoing quality assurance activities

The scope of practice of the radiation therapist also includes:

  • Delivering radiation therapy treatments as prescribed by a radiation oncologist
  • Performing simulation, treatment planning procedures and dosimetric calculations as prescribed by a radiation oncologist
  • Utilizing imaging technologies for the explicit purpose of simulation, treatment planning and treatment delivery as prescribed by a radiation oncologist
  • Detecting and reporting significant changes in patients’ conditions and determining when to withhold treatment until the physician is consulted
  • Monitoring doses to normal tissues withing the irradiated volume to ensure tolerance levels are not exceeded
  • Constructing/preparing immobilization, beam directional and beam modification devices
  • Participating in brachytherapy procedures

Program Status: Limited Enrollment

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