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Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy an important part of today's health care field.  It involves the use of high energy x-rays, gamma rays, or fast particles such as electrons or protons for the treatment of cancer. This treatment is provided to cure the patient or to relieve the painful symptoms of the disease (palliation). Small doses of radiation are given over a period of time to add up to a larger dose of radiation. The radiation is given in this manner so cancer cells will die from the injuries they encounter while normal tissues repair themselves in the time between one treatment and the next. 

Those working in this specialty field usually have extensive contact with patients as a typical care plan involves 15-40 different treatments over the course of the therapy.

Program of Study

The program of study during the first year includes basic sciences, general core courses and health related electives. The second and third years are composed of courses for the basic radiography program and general core courses. Program structure allows for the simultaneous completion of the lecture and clinical course requirements. Clinical experiences during the second and third years are served in area and regional hospitals away from the university campus. The student is expected to assume financial responsibility, securing housing and transportation for clinical rotations.

Upon successful completion of their third year in the Program, the student will:

  • be awarded an associate of applied science degree (AAS) in Radiography;
  • complete the application process to sit for the national ARRT Radiography certification exam

In the fourth year (Fall semester), the students will begin Radiation Therapy courses.

Program Mission

The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program offered by Southern Illinois University is to provide a quality program integrating education, research and service in order to meet the needs of the profession and improve health care of the people and communities we serve.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal: Prepare the student to practice as a competent entry level professional Radiation Therapist by offering a balanced curriculum and quality didactic/clinical instruction.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  • Graduates indicate overall satisfaction with education from the program.
  • Employer indicates graduate was adequately prepared to perform as an entry-level radiation therapist.
  • Graduates will pass ARRT Radiation Therapy certification exam on first attempt.
  • Employers indicate graduate demonstrates essential skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively with other health care practitioners.
  • Students will be clinically competent upon graduation.

Goal: Provide didactic and clinical experiences that lead to research in educational, professional, or health care issues relating to radiation therapy.

Student Learning Outcome: 

  • Students demonstrate essential skills to plan and execute research on various topics.

Goal: Provide avenues to students for professional development and growth within the profession.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  • Graduates will become members of professional organizations.
  • Graduates will maintain their CE activities to grow with the profession.

Goal: Provide avenues for students to develop and apply skills in effective communication necessary for successful radiation therapy practice.        

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  • Students demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Graduates demonstrate effective communication skills.

Goal: Provide avenues for students to develop and apply skills in critical thinking and problem-solving necessary for successful radiation therapy practice.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  • Students demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Graduates demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Goal: Provide a clinical and didactic environment which leads to the development of clinical skills and competence appropriate to an entry level radiation therapist.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  • Students will demonstrate simulation laboratory competence.
  • Students will be clinically competent upon graduation.
  • Students demonstrate continual improvement of skills as they progress through the program.
  • Students demonstrate professional development and growth as a result of didactic and clinical experiences.
  • Employer indicates graduate was adequately prepared to perform as an entry-level radiation therapist.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

For more information about admission policies, tuition and fees, refund policies, academic calendars, clinical obligations, grading system, graduation requirements, and the criteria for transfer credit please click here.

All applicants should be aware that there are clinical requirements during 2 different semesters for radiography and additional semesters for the specializations.  Clinic sites are within a six hour radius of Carbondale and it is possible that students could receive appointments outside the local area during these semesters while in the program.  Students are responsible for any additional costs associated with travel or housing during these semesters.

Accreditation 

The Radiation Therapy program at SIU is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Click here to see the JRCERT Standards for an Accredited Program in Radiologic Sciences.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
312-704-5300
mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org