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360-2 Fundamentals of Radiation Therapy- Covers the rationale for and methods employed in the treatment of cancer by radiotherapy. The role of radiotherapy and its relationship to other modalities utilized in the treatment of cancer are explored and defined and there is an introduction to the principles and concepts of radiobiology. Restricted to RADS majors.

370-3 Techniques and Applications of Radiation Therapy- Covers the technical aspects of radiotherapy including dosimetry, shielding, radioactive sources and methodology using lecture and laboratory format. Restricted to RADS majors. Lab fee: $100.

380-3 Physics of Radiotherapy- Covers the physical principles and application thereof, specifically in radiation therapy. A review of basic radiotherapy principles which will be expanded upon in later courses. Restricted to major. Lab fee: $100.

390-2 Oncologic Nursing- Covers nursing techniques utilized on patients with cancer and those in the terminal state of illness. Emphasis on the psychological needs and problems of those suffering terminal illness. Special topics will include the many different types of malignancies, care of the skin during and after radiotherapy, assisting patients in learning home care, and dealing empathetically with patients and relatives. Restricted to major.

400-3 Radiation Dosimetry and Instrumentation- Covers the principles of radiation dosimetry and related instrumentation. Topics include aspects of calibration, monitoring, protection and dose determination of x and gamma radiation. Not for graduate credit. Restricted to major.

410-10 Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship I- This is the first clinical internship of a two-course sequence. A practicum at a selected clinical education center in which the student functions under direct supervision and applies the knowledge gained in the classroom. The student will function in the clinical setting to interpret and execute the radiation oncologist’s orders and operate the ionizing radiation equipment during actual patient treatments and simulations. Construction of treatment aids will also be performed. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in RAD 360, 370, 380, 390, and 400.

420-2 Special Problems in Radiation Therapy- This course includes a review of the many types of cancer to include discussion of clinical symptoms, treatment patterns, technical pitfalls, survival statistics and patient/family interactions. Quality assurance procedures for a Radiation Therapy Department will also be reviewed to include the different QA tests, tolerances, and frequencies. Both written and oral seminar responses will be included in this course. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisites: RAD 360, 370, 380, 390, 400.

430-4 Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship II- This is the second clinical internship of a two-course sequence. A clinical practicum at a selected clinical education center in which the student functions under direct and remote supervision and applies the knowledge gained in the classroom and Clinical Internship I. The student will practice and improve the professional skills developed the previous semester to include radiation therapy treatment, simulation and medical dosimetry. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisites: A grade of B or better in RAD 410 and RAD 420.

440-2 Seminar in Radiation Therapy- This course prepares students to challenge the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiation Therapy exam. During this course the student will take mock registry exams in the specialty of radiation therapy and go through review materials. A portion of this course is on-campus. Professional development is addressed. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: RAD 420. Co-requisite: RAD 430.