Abilities and Traits (RTT)

At the completion of the radiation therapy program the student will have the opportunity to: 

  • deliver ionizing radiation accurately to the patient in accordance with the prescription and instruction of the radiation oncologist
  • perform simulation, localization and therapeutic procedures as they pertain to radiation therapy in accordance with national patients’ safety standards
  • operate CT and fluoroscopic simulators including formulating simulation plans for a particular disease to include steps needed prior to, during and after the procedure
  • define, summarize and operate various imaging equipment, with proficiency in radiation therapy imaging modalities (computed tomography, on-board imaging, fluoroscopy).
  • analyze the importance of interdisciplinary care of cancer patients
  • recognize the need for patient’s physical and psychological care during and following a course of radiation therapy
  • practice standard precautions in the clinical setting
  • explain the fundamentals of radiographic exposure techniques, latent image formation, and the processing of radiographs and apply this knowledge in the clinical setting
  • demonstrate effective and accurate written and oral communication skills using appropriate terminology for radiation therapy
  • provide general patient care and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • discuss, interrupt and evaluate the disease process in cancer patients
  • maintain accurate records of treatment administered; calculate dose to targets, normal and critical structures; and navigate an electronic medical record (EMR)  
  • examine the fundamentals of clinical radiation oncology, malignant conditions, and their etiology and methods of treatment
  • interrupt the concepts of disease, types of growth, causative factors and the biological behavior of neoplastic disease
  • demonstrate the ability to develop critical thinking skills
  • differentiate pertinent (epidemiology, etiology, pathology, tissue tolerances) radiation therapy aspects of patient care
  • interrupt and evaluate the concepts and principles of radiation biology
  • apply the principles of radiobiology to tumor cell biology and evaluate radiation effects anticipated in the clinical setting
  • develop 2D and 3D patient treatment plans using a planning computer
  • calculate mathematical functions
  • perform dosimetry and treatment planning functions including various non-computer calculations
  • employ and participate in quality improvement program in radiation oncology
  • demonstrate an understanding of the specifics of ionizing radiation including the production, interactions and types of radiation and their application to the treatment of patients
  • discuss and apply the fundamental principles, concepts and terminology of radiation physics
  • fabricate patient immobilization equipment, bolus and custom blocks
  • identify and apply the principles and concepts of radiation protection in the clinical setting and participate in quality assurance practices
  • recite and apply the theory behind safe radiation practice
  • recognize the medical uses of radioactive materials and identify the technical considerations of application
  • exhibit professional behaviors and adhere to the profession’s code of ethics and the patient’s bill of rights
  • understand, process and demonstrate ethical judgment and principles as a member of the radiation therapy team

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