Radiation Therapy (RTH)

RTH 221 | Principles of Radiation Therapy I

Lecture Credit: 3

Introduces the radiation therapy profession. Develops understanding of the principles of the cancer management team emphasizing patient care and assessment, detection and diagnosis, and imaging and processing. Introduces treatment machines and quality assurance fundamentals for treatment procedures.

RTH 222 | Principles Radiation Therapy II

Lecture Credit: 2

Develops ability to think critically about therapist’s role for continuous quality improvement in Radiation Oncology. Emphasizes the simulation process for localization of target and treatment volumes. Categorizes treatment machines, immobilization devices, and relates surface and sectional anatomy for simulation and treatment procedures.

RTH 225 | Oncology Pathophysiology

Lecture Credit: 3

Content is designed to introduce concepts related to the disease process. An emphasis on etiological considerations, neoplasia, and associated diseases in the radiation therapy patient. Explain principles of oncologic pathophysiology and the interactions of radiation with cancer cells, tissues and the body as a whole. Discussion of the theories and principles of tolerance dose, time-dose relationships, fractionation schemes and the relationship to the clinical practice of radiationtherapy will be discussed, examined and evaluated.

RTH 242 | Radiation Physics

Lecture Credit: 3

Presents radiation oncology physics as it is practiced in the clinic: structure of matter, nuclear transformations, production of x-rays and interactions, measurement of ionizing radiation and absorbed dose, quality of x-ray beams, radiation protection and brachytherapy.

RTH 243 | Oncology Principles and Practice I

Lecture Credit: 2

Examines and evaluates the management of neoplastic disease applying concepts and principles of the patient condition, treatment and prognosis. Uses case studies to integrate physiology, histology, grading, and staging with treatment of anatomical regions and outcomes.

RTH 244 | Oncology Principles and Practice II

Lecture Credit: 2

Examines and evaluates the management of neoplastic disease applying concepts and principles of the patient condition, treatment and prognosis. Uses case studies to integrate physiology, histology, grading, and staging with treatment of anatomical regions and outcomes.

RTH 255 | CT for Radiation Therapists

Lecture Credit: 2

Introduces the fundamentals of mammography as required for ARRT mammography certification

Prerequisite: RTH 221, RTH 225, and RTH 242

RTH 261 | Treatment Planning

Lecture Credit: 3

Analyses principles of multiple beam planning to determine dose distribution for specific anatomic sites. Applies complex dose calculations. Constructs and compares isodose distributions. Interprets and critiques treatment plans and brachytherapy procedures.

RTH 281 | Internship I

Internship Credit: 8

Synthesizes the leadership skills required for patient care and management in simulation, treatment planning and delivery of treatment. The student completes core competency documentation. There will be a scheduled 2-hour lab time for the learner to use the computer for clinical assignments as needed.

RTH 282 | Internship II

Internship Credit: 8

Synthesizes the leadership skills required for patient care and management in simulation, treatment planning and delivery of treatment. The student completes core competency documentation. There will be a scheduled 2-hour lab time for the learner to use the computer for clinical assignments as needed.

RTH 283 | Internship III

Internship Credit: 8

Synthesizes the leadership skills required for patient care and management in simulation, treatment planning and delivery of treatment. The student continues core competency documentation and assists with a brachytherapy procedure. There will be a scheduled 2-hour lab time for the learner to use the computer for treatment planning assignments as needed.