Radiation Therapy Technology

Curriculum Description

The Radiation Therapy Technology curriculum is designed to train students to work in conjunction with nurses, physicists, and physicians in the application of prescribed doses of ionizing radiation for the treatment of disease, primarily cancer.

Course work includes physics, anatomy and physiology, dosimetry, and clinical oncology. The student will be skilled in treatment management, administration of prescribed radiation treatment, and provision of patient support.

Graduates may be eligible to sit for the National Radiation Therapy Exam, given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Employment opportunities can be found in hospitals and freestanding cancer centers.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

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NC CIP: 51.0907
Day
POS Approved: Fall 2019

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 163 Basic Anat & Physiology REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 4 2 0 5
RTT 120 Rad Therapy Positioning 2 2 0 3
RTT 150 Rad Therapy Orientation 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
PSY 118
OR
Interpersonal Psychology REVISED REQUISITE Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
PSY 150 General Psychology REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 12
Lab/Shop Hours: 4
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 14

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
RTT 121 Special Imaging 2 0 0 2
RTT 151 RTT Clinical Ed I Requisite 0 0 15 5
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Comprehensive Articulation Agreement ** ** 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
COM 231
OR
Public Speaking REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
ENG 115 Oral Communication 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 8
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 15
Credit Hours: 16

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Requisite 3 2 0 4
RTT 130 Radiation Physics for Oncology Requisite 3 0 0 3
RTT 161 RTT Clinical Ed II Requisite 0 0 9 3
Totals

Class Hours: 6
Lab/Shop Hours: 2
Clinical/WBL Hours: 9
Credit Hours: 10

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
RTT 221 Clinical Oncology I 3 0 0 3
RTT 230 General RAD THRY Physics Requisite 3 0 0 3
RTT 238 RTT Clinical Ed III Requisite 0 2 15 6
Totals

Class Hours: 6
Lab/Shop Hours: 2
Clinical/WBL Hours: 15
Credit Hours: 12

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
RTT 210 Radiobiology 2 0 0 2
RTT 222 Clinical Oncology II Requisite 3 0 0 3
RTT 231 Dosimetry Requisite 3 0 0 3
RTT 239 RTT Clinical Ed IV Requisite 0 2 18 7
Totals

Class Hours: 8
Lab/Shop Hours: 2
Clinical/WBL Hours: 18
Credit Hours: 15

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
RTT 232 Rad Therapy Procedures Requisite 2 0 0 2
RTT 246 RTT Clinical Ed V Requisite 0 0 18 6
Totals

Class Hours: 2
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 18
Credit Hours: 8

Total Credit Hours: 75

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective – Select one: ART 111, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 120, MUS 110, PHI 215, PHI 240 or REL 110. Consult an academic advisor concerning other possible electives.

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.

Additional admissions requirements:

  1. Completion of high school or college credits in biology or algebra.
  2. Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification at the healthcare-provider level.
  3. Completion of program orientation requirements which may include observational hours prior to acceptance.
  4. Overall grade point average of 2.0 on those courses completed at Forsyth Tech and listed as program course requirements.
  5. Completion of Forsyth Tech Student Medical Form.

Program Information
This program has limited enrollment. Students are chosen by a selective admissions process based on previous placement test scores, previous grades from high school or college courses to include biology, written communication and algebra, and completion of any training such as certified nurse assistant I and II, health care technician, emergency medical technician, paramedic, or any one- two- three-year health technologies or nursing program. The Admissions Office can provide additional information on the selection process.

A grade of F or any withdrawal in any required science course, RAD or RTT course, or prerequisite course while enrolled in the program will result in the dismissal from the program. Readmission may be possible but requires reapplying and approval by the college. *This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.

Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screening
Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/or state registry and/or licensure boards may prohibit eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on www.forsythtech.edu.

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