2021-2022 Catalog

Radiation Therapy, BS

Degree Requirements - 126 credits

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree with this major

Radiation Therapy Major Requirements: 22 courses and corresponding laboratories, 89 credits

Core Requirements (17 courses and corresponding laboratories where applicable, 69 credits)

BIO-111Introduction to the Cell

3

BIO-L111Introduction to the Cell Laboratory

1

BIO-203Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BIO-L203Anatomy & Physiology Lab I

1

BIO-204Anatomy and Physiology II

3

BIO-L204Anatomy & Physiology Lab II

1

RAD-206Introduction to Radiation Oncology

4

RAD-315Radiation Physics I

3

RAD-L315Radiation Physics I Lab

1

RAD-318Radiation Physics II

2

RAD-321Clinical Radiation I

4

RAD-323Clinical Radiation II

4

RAD-341Radiation Therapy Rotation I

3

RAD-342Radiation Therapy Rotation II

4

RAD-343Radiation Therapy Rotation III

6

RAD-344Radiation Therapy Rotation IV

6

RAD-415Dosimetry I

3

RAD-L415Dosimetry I Lab

1

RAD-416Radiation Biology

4

RAD-422Radiology

4

RAD-428Pathophysiology

4

RAD-475Senior Seminar for Radiation Therapy

4

Cancer Care Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

SCI-108Introduction to Cancer Care

4

SCI-109SL-Introduction to Community Cancer Care

4

Physics Requirement (2 courses and corresponding laboratories, 8 credits)

Choose one of the following 2-course sequences with corresponding laboratories:

PHYS-111College Physics I

3

PHYS-L111College Physics Lab I

1

PHYS-112College Physics II

3

PHYS-L112College Physics Lab II

1

-Or

PHYS-151University Physics I

3

PHYS-L151University Physics Lab I

1

PHYS-152University Physics II

3

PHYS-L152University Physics Lab II

1

Mathematics Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

MATH-134Calculus for Management & Social Sciences

4

MATH-165Calculus I

4

Biostatistics Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

BIO-273Biostatistics

4

PSYCH-215Behavioral Statistics

4

STATS-250Applied Statistics

4

Notes:

  • Students must apply to this selective program in their sophomore year.

  • If planning to apply to the Medical Dosimetry graduate program during senior year or after graduation, students must take MATH-165.

Required Clinical Hours

14 hours per week; Junior Year

24 hours per week; Senior Year

 

Note: The department reserves the right to refer students to the Academic Standing Committee with the possible outcome of withdrawal of a student from the Radiation Therapy major if, in its estimation, the probability of the student’s success is doubtful. Factors such as academic performance, interest, effort, professionalism, compliance, attendance, and suitability for the field will be considered. Issues or concerns correlated with any one of these factors could result in withdrawal of the student from the program. Students who defer entry into the program, for any reason, will forfeit their space in the program and will be required to reapply for the following year. A student may be dismissed from the Radiation Therapy major if they fail to maintain the minimum GPA of 3.0 or if they achieve a final grade lower than "B" in any of the Radiation Therapy (RAD) major courses listed above.

 

If admitted into the Radiation Therapy major, part-time and full-time students must complete clinical requirements within three years of being admitted. Radiation Therapy graduates may seek employment immediately following graduation and will also be eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiation Therapy Certification Exam.

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

About the Radiation Therapy Major

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Radiation Therapy Major Learning Goals and Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will... Students will be able to...
Know critical thinking and problem-solving skills - Ask relevant questions
- Apply theories to clinical situations
Know principles that demonstrate clinical competence - Use/maneuver equipment in a safe manner
- Apply proper techniques and procedures
- Utilize proper body mechanics and universal precautions
Understand how to communicate in a clinical setting - Explain procedures to patients accurately
- Utilize information acquired to problem solve
- Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
Understand the importance of professionalism, growth, and development - Demonstrate professional behavior
- Become a member of a professional organization such as American Society of Radiologic Technologists
- Exhibit personal growth by continuously demonstrating interest to learn

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Honors

To complete requirements for honors in the major, a candidate must:

  1. Graduate with a major GPA of 3.5 or higher

  2. Graduate with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher

  3. Complete RAD-H503

    Note: a student must meet with the program director in advance to receive pre-approval for a research project

  4. Complete a research project and paper in RAD-H503

  5. CAS Honors Program students only: Present work from the senior honors experience at the Honors Symposium or Pecha Kucha event

To become a candidate for honors in the major, a student must:

  1. Have a major GPA of 3.5 or higher

  2. Have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher

  3. Apply to the program directly by email no later than May 15th of junior year

About the Radiation Therapy Major

Learn more about the experiences and opportunities available within this major.

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