radiologic Sciences IUN

Bachelor of Science - Radiation Therapy Concentration

Program Mission, Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor's Degree Radiation Therapy Program offered by Indiana University Northwest is designed to prepare students for professional careers as radiation therapists in the medical field.  By providing pertinent learning experiences, the program faculty strives to develop students' interests in lifelong learning through the professional societies and continuing education.  The curriculum is designed in accordance with the guidelines established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Design of the Professional Curriculum

The curriculum follows a pattern that trains the student to become skilled in the performance of radiation therapy procedures.  Courses in radiologic principles, technical courses in radiation therapy, clinical application of theory, and general education are included in the curriculum.  Lectures, lab, and clinical experiences are integrated throughout the program.

The Radiation Therapy Program has set forth the following goals and student learning outcomes:

Goal 1: Students will demonstrate clinical competence.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be competent in positioning patiens.
  • Students will accurately perform technical aspects of treatement delivery.
  • Students will practice radiation protection.

Goal 2:  Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to adapt to non-routine situations.
  • Students will establish resolution and rationale for challenging circumstances that they may encounter.

Goal 4:  Students will demonstrate professional values.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate appropriate professional values in the clinical setting.
  • Students will detail the ethical obligations described in the ARRT Code of Ethics.

Goal 5:  Students will be involved in professional continuing education activities to instill a desire for lifelong learning.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will participate in community service activities.

Goal 6:  Students will be involved in the community we serve.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Student will participate in community service activities.

Goal 7:  The program will provide the medical community with individuals qualified to perform radiation therapy procedures.
Program Effectiveness Measures:

  • Graduates will pass the ARRT exam on first attempt.
  • Graduates will express confidence in the overall quality of their skills.
  • Employers will express confidence in the overall quality of the graduate's skills.
  • Of those pursuing employment, graduates will be gainfully employed within 12 months post-graduation.
  • Students will successfully complete the program in the two year time frame.

 Assessment data for the Radiation Therapy Program Effective Measures described in Goal #7 are available for review.

Structure of the Professional program

Classes are held during the day. Clinical experience is scheduled in cooperation with the clinical site with experience during normal daytime hours.

Opportunity for Students to Work

Students may find full-time employment during the professional program difficult. 

Description of Facilities

The Radiation Therapy Program offices and classrooms are located in the Dunes Medical/ Professional Building at IU Northwest. Clinical experiences have been planned in local hospitals, including the Community Hospital in Munster; Franciscan St. James Health in Olympia Fields, IL; Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond; Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois; Memorial Hospital in South Bend; Methodist Hospital of Gary, Inc., in Merrillville; Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Dyer; Michiana Hematology Oncology, PC, in Westville. 

Additional Costs

In addition to regular university tuition and fees, students should expect to pay program-related expenses such as books, uniforms, physical examination, drug screens, background checks, and radiation monitoring.

Accreditation

The Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182; phone (312) 704-5300; mail@jrcert.org; www.jrcert.org.

  • Prerequisites
    Required Courses
    Credit hours
    *Two written communications courses (G)
    6
    *Verbal communication course
    3
    *College level mathematics
    3-4
    *Human anatomy and physiology I & II with lab (G)
     8 
    Introductory psychology (G)
    3
    Computer science elective (G)
    3
    Humanities electives (G)
    3
    Social/behavioral science elective (G)
    3
    Cultural/History electives (G)
    3
    Additional Arts & Humanities or Cultural & Historical elective (G)
    3
    Statistics (G)
    Professional radiography course work or electives
    Total Minimum Number of Credit Hours
    52
    Total of 52 credit hours must be completed before taking professional courses.
  • Professional Courses Year 3
    Summer Session II 
    RADS  R100  Orientation to Radiologic Technology*  3
    RADS R185 Medical Terminology* 1
    Total 4
    Fall Semester 
    RADS  R250  Physics Applied to Radiology*  3
    RADS  J205 Medical Imaging Anatomy*  2
    RADS  J301  Orientation to Radiation Therapy*  4
    RADS  J304 Radiation Oncology Patient Care*  2
    RADS J350 Clinical Practicum I* 4
    Total 15
    Spring Semester
    RADS  R200 Pathology*  3
    RADS  R260 Radiation Biology and Protection*  3
    RADS  J302  Radiation Oncology Techniques*  3
    RADS  J351  Clinical Practicum II*  4
    Total 13
    Year Total 32
  • Professional Courses Year 4
    Summer Semester 
    RADS  J402  Radiation Oncology Techniques II*  3
    RADS  J450  Clinical Practicum III*  4
    Total 7
    Fall Semester   
    RADS  J303 Clinical Oncology I*  3
    RADS  J305 Clinical Dosimetry* 3
    RADS  J400 Physics of Radiation Oncology I*  3
    RADS  J451  Clinical Practicum IV*  4
    Total 13
    Spring Semester
    RADS  J401  Physics of Radiation Oncology II*  3
    RADS  J403  Clinical Oncology II*  3
    RADS  J404  Quality Management in Radiation Oncology*  3
    RADS  J409 Senior Project in Radiation Oncology*  3
    RADS  R452 Clinical Practicum V*  4
    TOTAL     16
    Year Total 36
    PROFESSIONAL COURSE TOTAL  68

    Satisfactory completion of 120 credit hours to include 52 credit hours of prerequisite and general-education courses and 68 credit hours of professional courses.  All professional corses must be completed with a C (2.0) or higher.  All course work must be completed in compliance with the program's and school's academic and professional policies.

Program Admission Process

Applicants for admission to the program will be expected to:

  1. Apply and be admitted to Indiana University Northwest.
  2. Submit an application (Deadline date is January 15th).
  3. Provide evidence of registration eligibility with American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) if applicable.
  4. Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all radiography courses, if applicable.
  5. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale for all coursework.
  6. Participate in a personal interview

      Program Admission Policy and Procedures