At a Glance:

Advisor:

Floyd: Susan Lanham

Susan Lanham, Program Director & Instructor of Radiation Therapy
Office: H218
Phone: 706-295-6962
Email:
Campus: Floyd County Campus
Department: Health Technologies

Credentials

M.Ed., American Intercontinental University; B.S., St. Francis University

OR

Floyd: Sheila Carr

 

VIDEO: The Radiation Therapy Program

Radiation Therapy (RT13)

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Floyd County Campus

Program Overview

(Not Accepting New Students Into Program At This Time) 

The Radiation Therapy program is a technical program that provides the knowledge and skills to qualify participants as radiation therapists. Upon completion of the Radiation Therapy program, the student is eligible for a national certification examination thus enabling him or her to achieve professional employment in the field.

Entrance Dates: Beginning of any semester for pre-occupational curriculum; summer semester for occupational curriculum.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) Info at http://www.jrcert.org/

Entrance Requirements

(Not Accepting New Students Into Program At This Time) 

Age: 17 years old for entrance into Health Technology pre-occupational curriculum
         18 years old for entrance into Health Technology programs

 

 

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Pre-Occupational Curriculum (31 hours)
Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control/blood and air-borne pathogens.
Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.
Introduces the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the development of a systemic perspective of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous and sensory systems.
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2113. the laboratory exercises for this course include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classificatins, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous snesory systems.
Continues the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system,and reproductive system.
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2114. The laboratory exercises for this course include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immunie system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reporductive system.
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.
MATH
1111
3
Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.
Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychopathology and interventions, stress and health, and social psychology.
SPCH
1101
3
Introduces the student to the fundamentals of oral communication. Topics include selection and organization of materials, preparation and delivery of individual and group presentations, analysis of ideas presented by others, and professionalism.
XXX
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Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
3
Occupational Curriculum I (Must be taken if not a registered Radiologic Technologist (19 hours)
Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common to many specializations in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Provides the student with an overview of radiography and patient care. Students will be oriented to the radiographic profession as a whole. Emphasis will be placed on patient care with consideration of both physical and psychological conditions. Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common to many specializations in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: ethics, medical and legal considerations, Right to Know Law, professionalism, basic principles of radiation protection, basic principles of exposure, equipment introduction, health care delivery systems, hospital and departmental organization, hospital and technical college affiliation, medical emergencies, pharmacology/contrast agents, media, OR and mobile procedures patient preparation, death and dying, body mechanics/transportation, basic life support/CPR, and patient care in radiologic sciences.
Content is designed to establish a basic knowledge of atomic structure and terminology. Also presented are the nature and characteristics of radiation, x-ray production and the fundamentals of photon interactions with matter. Factors that govern the image production process, film imaging with related accessories, and a basis for analyzing radiographic images. Included are the importance of minimum imaging standards, discussion of a problem-solving technique for image evaluation and the factors that can affect image quality. Actual images will be included for analysis.
Content is designed to impart an understanding of the components, principles and operation of digital imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology. Factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving and retrieval are discussed. Guidelines for selecting exposure factors and evaluating images within a digital system assist students to bridge between film-based and digital imaging systems, with a knowledge base in radiographic, fluoroscopic, mobile and tomographic equipment requirements and design. This content also provides a basic knowledge of quality control, principles of digital system quality assurance and maintenance are presented. Content is designed to provide entry-level radiography students with principles related to computed tomography (CT) imaging, and other imaging modalities (i.e., MRI, US, NM, Mammography) in terms of purpose, principles, equipment/material, and procedure. Topics include: imaging equipment, digital image acquisition and display, and basic principles of CT and other imaging modalities. Topics include: imaging equipment, digital image acquisition and display, and basic principles of CT and other imaging modalities
Provides instruction on the principles of cell radiation interaction. Radiation effects on cells and factors affecting cell response are presented. Acute and chronic effects of radiation are discussed. Topics include: radiation detection and measurement; patient protection; personnel protection; absorbed dose equivalencies; agencies and regulations; introduction to radiation biology; cell anatomy, radiation/cell interaction; and effects of radiation.
Occupational Curriculum II (54 hours)
Geometric application of teletherapy setups to include quality assurance of simulator and treatment machine specification symmetry.Topics include: quality assurance of simulator and treatment machine specification symmetry.
This course presents an overview of radiation therapy. Topics include: medical terminology, medical ethics and law, patient care, basic machine usage, the rationale of radiation therapy, responsibilities of the student, academic and administrative structure of the program, and the role of radiation therapy within the medical profession.
A course designed to cover the basic classical and modern physics concepts required for a thorough knowledge of the physics involved in radiation therapy. Mathematics concepts required for the physics principles are introduced. Topics Include: basic classical and modern physics, physics involved in radiation therapy, mathematics concepts, and physics principles and introduction.
RDNT
1580
3
This course is an introduction to the concept of disease, type of growths, causative factors and biologic behavior of neoplastic disease. Staging procedures are introduced. The student is presented with an introduction to the specific malignant disease entities by site of occurrence. Disease processes and the treatment planning philosophy are discussed as well as the inter-relating of treatment planning with clinical radiation therapy. Topics include: introduction to the concept of disease and types of growths.
RDNT
1600
4
This course content is presented in three parts: general pathology, neoplastic, and clinical observations. General pathology introduces basic disease concepts, theories of disease causation, and system by system pathophysicologic disorders most frequently encountered in clinical practice. Neoplasia provides an in depth study of new and abnormal development and classification of both benign and malignant tumors and site-specific information on malignant tumors is presented. Students will have the opportunity to participate in clinical observations of the front office and nursing in a radiation therapy department.Topics include: general pathology, neoplasia, clinical observation, basic disease concepts, theories of disease causation and pathophysicologic disorders.
This course is designed to introduce the students to the use of office equipment, nursing equipment and procedures and observations of the treatment procedures and equipment. Students will have the opportunity to participate in clinical observations of the front office and nursing as well as patient treatment in a radiation therapy department. Topics include: front office, nursing, and observation of treatment rooms.
This course is designed to introduce patient management and basic radiation therapy procedures in the clinical setting. Emphasis is place on mastering positioning of the spine, pelvis, head and neck, and thorax and adapting procedures to meet patient variation.Topics include: equipment, patient positions(simulation and delivery of radiation treatment)and adapting procedures to meet patient variation.
RDNT
1640
3
Content is designed to focus on the evolution of quality management (QA) program and continuing quality improvement in Radiation Oncology. Topics include: introduction to the principles of quality management, treatment documentation, general conditions of patient care area, accessory devices/communication devices, computerization, treatment and simulation/localization units and localization/simulation unit.
RDNT
1660
3
RDNT
1680
3
The second: of a two-course sequence in radiation oncology. A continuation to the concepts of disease, types of growths, causative factors, biologic behavior of neoplastic disease, and staging procedures. Plus: the continuation: to the specific malignant disease entities, by site of occurrence. Disease processes and the treatment planning philosophy are discussed as well as the inter-relating of treatment planning with clinical radiation therapy.Topics include: concepts of disease, types of growth, causative factors, biologic behavior of neoplastic, staging procedures, specific malignant disease/site of occurance, disease processes and inter-relating of treatment planning with clinical radiation therapy.
This course provides clinical experience in the use of equipment and patient positioning in both simulation and delivery of radiation therapy treatments. Emphasis is placed on the varied aspects of the radiation therapy department and patient progression through evaluation, treatment, and follow-up. Upon completion, student will be able to demonstrate successful completion of clinical objectives. Topics include: equipment, patient positioning(simulations and delivery of radiation treatment)and adapting procedures to meet patient variation.
RDNT
1740
3
This course discusses methods used in scientific and medical research. Topics include: specific elements of the research progress and protocol, data interpretation, and application of results.
Content is designed to review and expand concepts and theories in the radiation physics course. Topics include: the structure of matter, properties of radiation, nuclear transformations, x-ray production and interactions, treatment units, measurement and quality of ionizing radiation, absorbed dose measurement, and dose distribution and scatter analysis.
This course is a continuation of the clinical experience in the use of equipment and patient positioning in both simulation and delivery of radiation therapy treatments. Emphasis is placed on the varied aspects of the radiation therapy department and patient progression through evaluation, treatment, and follow-up. Upon completion, student will be able to demonstrate successful completion of clinical objectives. Topics include equipment, patient positioning(simulation and delivery of radiation treatments) and adapting procedures to meet patient variation.
Integration of principles and tenets of radiation therapy concepts that have been presented throughout the curriculum. Topics include: review of principles of radiation therapy concepts and review of tenets of radiation therapy concepts.