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. 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: 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.

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.