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Radiation Therapy

At the Intersection of Technology and Patient Care

A Radiation Therapist is a highly trained medical professional who collaborates with the Radiation Oncologist, to deliver ionizing radiation to patients for the eradication of pathology, primarily cancer. Radiation Therapy practice includes treatment delivery, treatment simulation, medical dosimetry and patient care. These activities require a solid background in anatomy and physiology, physics, chemistry and mathematics to work in this highly specialized and rapidly advancing field.

Besides the Radiation Therapist, the radiation oncology treatment team includes a physician, who specializes in radiation oncology, medical physicist, medical dosimetrist, oncology nurse and other health care professionals such as social workers and nutritionists. These individuals work together to treat patients, with treatments lasting from several days to several weeks.

The Bachelor in Health Science in Radiation Therapy includes coursework in radiation therapy physics, medical dosimetry, radiation biology, oncology pathology, patient care and clinical radiation oncology. Clinical rotations are performed at a variety of centers giving the student a full range of clinical procedures. Coursework and clinical experiences prepare students to work as entry-level radiation therapists. Students may apply to take the national board exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists once all coursework is completed.

The Radiation Therapy Program utilizes the VERT (Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Trainer) to instruct students in linear accelerator interfaces and clinical oncology concepts. This state of the art 3D technology, allows faculty and students to explore treatment concepts in an in-depth manner previously unavailable allowing for enhanced student comprehension. For more information on the VERT, click here.

Mission Statement of the Radiation Therapy Program

The Mission of the Radiation Therapy Program in the Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences is to develop entry-level radiation therapists who adhere to the Catholic traditions imbedded in Bellarmine University which promote intellectual, moral and ethical decision making in completing professional competencies with a patient centered approach. The program will encourage professional growth and development to improve outcomes, advance radiation therapy practice and create a safe working environment.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal # 1: Students will develop critical thinking skills.
Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will synthesize didactic and clinical information in clinical case studies.
  • Students will complete a research project in radiation therapy.
  • Students will perform treatment calculations.

Goal # 2: Students will communicate effectively with patients and the oncology health care team.
Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will communicate effectively with their patients.  
  • Students will communicate effectively with the health care team.  
  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate oral presentation skills.

Goal # 3: Students will demonstrate professionalism during the program.
Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop and maintain professional behavior.
  • Students will demonstrate ethical behavior in clinical situations.
  • Students will demonstrate ethical decision making about social issues in oncology.

Goal #4: Students will perform as competent, entry level radiation therapists.
Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will perform Treatment Delivery.  
  • Students will perform Simulation.
  • Students will perform General Patient Care Skills.
  • Students will demonstrate consistency and efficiency while working in the clinic.

Goal # 5: The program will demonstrate programmatic effectiveness.
Student Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will function as a competent entry level radiation therapist.
  • Graduates will be satisfied with their education.
  • Students enrolled in the program will complete the program.
  • Students will pass the ARRT exam in Radiation Therapy.
  • Graduates will gain employment.

Accreditation

The Radiation Therapy Program is programmatically accredited by:

Joint Review Committee on Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312.704.5300
Fax: 312.704.5304
mail@jrcert.org

Contact Information

Carol Scherbak, M.S.R.S., R.T.(T), Dept. Chair
cscherbak@bellarmine.edu or 502.272.8355

Shelley McGuire, MSHA, R.T. (R)(T), Clinical Coordinator
smcguire@bellarmine.edu or 502.272.8352