linear accelerator radiation therapy machine

Radiation Therapy & Proton Therapy Learning Outcomes

Radiation Therapy program graduates will

  • Demonstrate knowledge of written and oral communication
  • Demonstrate ability to maintain written records of treatment administered
  • Demonstrate ability to perform mathematical calculation of treatment times and radiation doses
  • Demonstrate knowledge of topographical and cross-sectional anatomy and localization of anatomical structures and treatment sites
  • Demonstrate knowledge of radiation physics applied in the practice of radiation therapy technology
  • Demonstrate ability to operate radiation producing equipment in all phases of treatment set-up and delivery
  • Demonstrate capability of interpretation of isodose summations and treatment plans prepared by hand or by computer for the set-up of the patient and the delivery of the treatment prescription
  • Demonstrate verification of correctness of delivery and provision of consistent daily treatment set-up and recognition of and corrective action taken for errors in calculation and/or delivery of a course of treatment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of proper utilization of treatment accessories in the delivery of a planned treatment
  • Demonstrate proper utilization of immobilization and beam directional devices
  • Demonstrate proper utilization of procedures for protection from sources of radiation exposure
  • Demonstrate ability to provide basic nursing care and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
  • Demonstrate ability to provide psychological support and awareness of patterns of physical and emotional stress exhibited by cancer patients
  • Demonstrate ability to recognize the patient’s clinical progress, symptoms of disease progression, the complications and side-effects of a treatment course and initiation of the processes of consultation with the physician responsible for their care
  • Demonstrate the proper use of body mechanics in guiding and/or assisting the patient to move to and from the standing position, wheelchair, or cart to the treatment table in a safe manner
  • Demonstrate the ability to interact in a professional manner with other health care personnel involved in the treatment of the patient  

Proton Therapy program graduates will

  • Demonstrate knowledge of anatomical structures of the body in radiographic and cross-sectional images.
  • Describe the concepts of basic patient care specific to radiation therapy/proton therapy with an emphasis on physical and emotional conditions.
  • Discuss the physical properties of protons and describe how they influence the principles of treatment and simulation.
  • Discuss specific pathologic conditions and describe the standard treatment and simulation regimens for each anatomical structure.
  • Demonstrate clinical competency in a variety of treatment procedures.
  • Describe and discuss quality management procedures standard in a proton therapy facility.
  • Practice radiation safety precautions specific to the delivery of proton therapy treatments.

Program Contact Information

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