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The 14-month clinical-based internship curriculum provides students with clinical education that includes instruction and experience in a variety of radiation therapy procedures, examinations and equipment operation. Didactic courses are divided into four trimesters. After the initial semester, students are expected to start clinical competencies and case studies.

Summer Semester (July - September)

Medical Terminology
Patient Care
Medical Imaging
Introduction to Technical Radiation Oncology
Introduction to Clinical Education
Introduction to Radiation Therapy

Fall Semester (September - December)

Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy I
Technical Radiation Therapy I
Radiation Therapy Physics I
Clinical Practicum I
Radiation Safety (Fall/Spring Course)
Pathology (Fall/Spring Course)

Spring Semester (January - April)

Radiation Biology
Radiation Safety (Fall/Spring Course)
Quality Management
Radiation Therapy Physics II
Clinical Practicum II
Principles and Practice II

Summer Semester (May - August)

Principles and Practice III
Radiation Biology (Spring/Summer Course)
Operational Issues in the Healthcare Environment
Registry Review Seminar
Clinical Practicum III

Note: Final course sequence is subject to change.

Program Grading Scale

Didactic Grading Scale

  • A = 100 – 92%
  • B = 91 – 86%
  • C = 85 – 78%
  • D = 77 – 66%
  • F = below 66%

Clinical Grading Scale

  • A = 100 – 95%
  • B = 94 – 87%
  • C = 86 – 80%
  • D = 79 – 71%
  • F = 70 – 0%

Academic Standing

In order to be considered in good standing in the School of Radiation Therapy Program, students must:

  • Maintain a cumulative course grade average of at least a C/2.0 in all didactic and clinical courses
    • Students will be dismissed from the Radiation Therapy Program for failure to maintain a final course grade of a C/2.0 or better in didactic and clinical course work

Graduation Requirements

Our goal is to graduate a professional who will understand the concepts of radiation therapy and be able to function as an entry-level radiation therapist. The School will issue a certificate of completion to a student only if ALL of the following are successfully completed:

  1. Didactic courses (course grades of C (78 percent or higher))
  2. Clinical courses (course grades of C (80 percent or higher))
  3. All required General Patient care and Clinical Competencies
  4. All clinical hours
  5. Tuition and Fees paid

Program Hours

The program is scheduled for eight hours a day (first shift only), five days per week.

Students will be off six regular holidays per year. Those are:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas

Students also have a total of 80 hours of personal time off. The program begins early-mid July and ends the last week in August of the following year.

Last UpdateSeptember 6, 2012