Radiation therapists operate machines called linear accelerators, which are used to deliver radiation therapy. These machines direct high-energy x-rays at specific cancer cells in a patient's body, shrinking or removing them.
Radiation therapists are part of the oncology team that treats patients with cancer.
This program is an articulated 3-1 agreement with Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Upon completing all program requirements in Medical Imaging/Radiography at Mount Aloysius College and successfully passing the national certification exam, students can apply to Washburn University. The radiation therapy courses at Washburn University are offered online and are a 13-month program.
Once the certification program is completed, the student will be granted a Bachelor's Degree from Mount Aloysius College and a certificate from Washburn University.
Students complete the Associate of Science in Medical Imaging during the first two years, then complete the prerequisites and core requirements for the articulation in their junior year.
You may be interested in this path if
you are interested in cancer treatment
you are interested in how diseases like cancer progress
you want to play a critical role in patient care
Program goals and learning outcomes:
Have an education rooted in the liberal arts that will enable responsive, competent, and compassionate patient care
Learn effective modes of communication that will be used within the professional workplace
Comprehend equipment operation and be able to employ basic interventional procedures to facilitate the performance of high-quality radiation therapy
Possess advanced knowledge of radiation therapy equipment and accessories, techniques, and procedures;
Be able to assess various radiation therapy procedures and assist in attaining pertinent information in the diagnosis and treatment of the patient;
Understand the code of ethics for radiation therapists, learn to work collaboratively, and attend to patient needs
Have developed a commitment to life-long learning and the pursuit of personal and professional growth through participation in educational and professional activities.
State, local, and private hospitals
Medical and treatment centres
Medical and diagnostic laboratories