Radiation Therapy Technology Certificate [30-36 credit]

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. Many people become free of cancer after receiving radiation treatment alone or in combination with surgery, chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy (biologic therapy). 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 Therapists assists in managing the patient’s well-being by providing care and support for patients throughout their course of radiotherapy treatment.

The Bergen Community College Radiation Therapy Program is a one year advanced certificate program. Didactic courses are incorporated with formalized lectures and laboratory training followed by actual clinical experience. Upon entry into the program, the candidate must be a registered or registry eligible Diagnostic Radiographer and must have completed an Associate’s degree or higher.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Administer radiation therapy as prescribed by the physician.
  • Display professional conduct essential to the well-being of the radiation oncology patient.
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills; maintain accurate and detailed treatment chart documentation.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal communication skills in the clinical setting.
  • Observe the clinical progress of the radiation oncology patient, use clinical decision making skills to recognize and report any signs of complications.
  • Utilize treatment accessories to accurately reproduce the radiation treatment.
  • Adhere to radiation safety procedure protocol.
  • Safely and effectively operate a variety of computerized simulation and treatment machines.
  • Perform machine safety checks; know safe limits of equipment operations, and report abnormalities or inconsistencies to the proper authority.
  • Construct immobilization devices and employ custom blocking techniques that are conducive to conformal radiation therapy.
  • Utilize sophisticated imaging equipment and treatment planning systems for precise tumor localization.
  • Work closely with the radiation Oncologist and the therapy team in the preparation of a treatment plan that is customized to the patient's needs.
  • Adhere to the Radiation Therapist Code of Ethics.

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: Anatomy and Physiology I and II [BIO-109 and BIO-209]; MAT-160 Intermediate Algebra; MAT-180 Precalculus; PHY-185 General Physics.

In addition to the above-stated requirements, candidates cannot be accepted into the program until at least one of the following three courses have been completed: MAT-150, WRT-201, COM-100. Two of these general education courses may be taken concurrently with the program. Successful completion of all three 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.

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.