Radiation Therapy Technology Certificate

Code: CERT.RAD.THERAPY

Radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer and is prescribed in more than half of all cancer cases. The Radiation Therapist works with a team of oncology professionals to effectively design and administer a therapeutic dose of radiation to a targeted area.  They use advanced computer systems to operate sophisticated radiation therapy equipment.  Additionally, the Radiation Therapist assists in managing the patient’s well-being by providing care and support for patients throughout their course of radiotherapy treatment.

The Radiation Therapy Program is a one year advanced certificate program. Didactic courses are incorporated with formalized lectures and laboratory training followed by clinical experience.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will perform the tasks and responsibilities of a radiation therapist in a competent and knowledgeable manner.
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication skills and participate as a collaborative team member with other medical professionals.
  • Students will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills essential to the practice of state-of-the-art radiation therapy.
  • Students will demonstrate professional development and growth, and professional ethics in the clinical setting.

Program Length: 12 months.

Prerequisites for admission:

  1. GPA for admissions eligibility: 2.50.
  2. An applicant must be a Registered or registry-eligible Radiologic Technologist possessing an Associate Degree or higher from an accredited college.
  3. Prerequisite courses: BIO-109, BIO-209, MAT-160, MAT-180, PHY-185, MAT-150, WRT-201, COM-100. WRT-201 and COM-100.

Successful completion of all eight prerequisite general education courses is required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

Program Admits: Fall semester only.

Note: Students who are interested in the program should make an appointment to meet with the Program Director regarding admission.

Career Pathways

Radiation Therapist: Hospital, Outpatient, Oncology Practice
Medical Device Sales Representative Educator

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

WRT-201English Composition II

3

RTT-110Introduction to Radiation Therapy and Patient Care Management

2

RTT-120Radiation Therapy Practices I

4

RTT-130Radiation Biology and Safety

3

RTT-150Principles of Diagnostic Radiation Physics

3

RTT-121Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum I

2

Total Credit Hours:17

WRT-201 has a prerequisite of WRT-101 English Composition I.

Second Semester

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

MAT-150Statistics I

3

RTT-200Survey of Diseases

3

RTT-210Dosimetry and Treatment Practices

3

RTT-220Radiation Therapy Practices II

4

RTT-230Advanced Procedures

2

RTT-221Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum II

2

Total Credit Hours:17

Third Semester

RTT-222Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum III

2

Total Credit Hours:2

General Education Requirements

  General Education Course 3
WRT-201English Composition II

3

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

MAT-150Statistics I

3

Total Credit Hours:6

WRT-201 has a prerequisite of WRT-101 English Composition I

Restricted Program Requirements

RTT-110Introduction to Radiation Therapy and Patient Care Management

2

RTT-120Radiation Therapy Practices I

4

RTT-130Radiation Biology and Safety

3

RTT-150Principles of Diagnostic Radiation Physics

3

RTT-121Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum I

2

RTT-200Survey of Diseases

3

RTT-210Dosimetry and Treatment Practices

3

RTT-220Radiation Therapy Practices II

4

RTT-230Advanced Procedures

2

RTT-221Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum II

2

RTT-222Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum III

2

Total Credit Hours:30

Total Credit Hours: 36

Specific Program Notes

*WRT-201 has a prerequisite of WRT-101 English Composition I.

Students enrolled in this program ARE REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by Placement Testing.