School of Radiation Therapy Requirements

Academic Requirements

Within the last seven years of the desired program start date, an applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in each pre-requisite course listed below:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab
  • Physics I
  • Physics II
  • Physics Lab
  • Pre-calculus
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Written Communication
  • Introduction to Computers (or proof of proficency in MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel)

Non-Academic Requirements

Technical Performance Standards

The School of Radiation Therapy has established technical performance standards that must be met by each student in the program. Those persons wishing to enter, or those students who expect to continue in the Radiation Therapy program must be able to perform the technical performance standards identified below.

The program reserves the right to require the applicant or student to physically demonstrate any or all of the following skills prior to acceptance in the Radiation Therapy program or while enrolled. Print, read, sign and send the Radiation Therapy Technical Performance Standards form with your application.

1. POSSESS VISION ACUITY TO:

  • Differentiate shades of black, gray and white
  • Differentiate various colors and their shades
  • Discriminate fine details
  • Read text, numbers, graphs, labels, details in print, writing, computer, monitors
  • Accurately judge distance and depth perception, and 2 and 3 dimensional structures
  • Maneuver carts and stretchers through halls with far vision
  • See equipment, details with near vision
  • Be able to see activity in all fields of vision
  • Observe and monitor patients in dim light and/or via video monitors

2. POSSESS HEARING ACUITY TO:

  • Hear indicative signs of patient's medical emergency: choking, complaints
  • Hear patient voices and speech in next room and/or over intercom
  • Distinguish sounds of equipment, alarms, phones

3. POSSESS SENSORY INPUT TO:

  • Distinguish hot, cold and ranges of temperature by touch
  • Feel changes in skin surface of patients
  • Feel patient pulse
  • Use tactile sense to palpate appropriate anatomic structures, veins, arteries
  • Detect and distinguish various odors

4. POSSESS MANUAL DEXTERITY/FINE MOTOR SKILLS TO:

  • Manipulate, maneuver, adjust, control small objects, computer, keyboard, chemicals, equipment, supplies
  • Perform venipuncture and skin punctures
  • Insert needle into skin for tattoo
  • Insert rectal markers and contrast media

5. POSSESS PHYSICAL and GROSS MOTOR FUNCTIONS TO:

  • Physically work an 8 hour day
  • Move freely and safely around (area) and hospital
  • Lift and/or carry 45 pounds
  • Bend and stoop
  • Transfer (push/pull) equipment, stretchers, wheelchairs, etc. (with or without patients) to a different location
  • Handle/move large pieces of equipment
  • Lift and/or transfer patient from cart to bed/table (2 person lift)
  • Position patient for procedures
  • Grasp with one or both hands
  • Ability to reach 72 inches in height (tables, patients, height, shelves, etc.), with a step stool if necessary
  • Sit for prolonged period of time
  • Stand and/or remain stationary for prolonged period of time
  • Perform repetitive tasks

6. POSSESS WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH SAFETY HAZARDS:

  • Sharp objects (e.g., needles, scalpels, etc.)
  • Hazardous chemicals (e.g., toxic, corrosive, flammable, etc.)
  • Radioactivity
  • Infectious/biohazardous materials/specimens
  • People with communicable diseases
  • Occasionally hostile patients and/or families

7. POSSESS MENTAL SKILLS TO:

  • Apply complex thought processes to problem solve and/or troubleshoot
  • Prioritize and perform multiple tasks, assignments and exams accurately and within feasible time allowance
  • Perform tasks, assignments with and without direct supervision, as required
  • Use reasonable judgment to recognize and correct performance deviations, under stressful situations, time constraints, distracting environment
  • Assess medical and/or safety emergencies and respond quickly and appropriately
  • Compile, analyze and correlate data
  • Perform at the level determined and required by the profession and the hospital

8. POSSESS COMMUNICATION SKILLS TO:

NOTE: All verbal and written communications are in English as the primary language of this institution

  • Understand and follow verbal, non-verbal and written instructions
  • Communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Read and comprehend on a post-secondary level: text, numbers, math, graphs, textbooks, journals, instructions, internet, communications, procedures, etc.
  • Independently study and prepare papers, reports, posters, homework
  • Clearly deliver oral presentations/simulations
  • Take written, computer and practical/clinical/demonstration exams at post-secondary level without additional resources/assistance
  • Take written, computer and practical/clinical/demonstration exams and/or clinical evaluations at post-secondary level within established time frames
  • Use computer software/internet for communication, education purposes
  • Read and apply appropriate instructions in treatment charts, records, procedures, both on-line and on paper
  • Interact and communicate effectively and confidently with all patients, visitors, hospital staff, instructors, and classmates, in all settings
  • Verbally communicate with patients and staff to provide test results, procedure information, and/or patient instructions or patient education
  • Speak clearly and loudly to be heard and understood over background equipment noise and over intercom or telephone system

Physical Exam

Students accepted into the program will be required to pass a physical examination through the Hospital Occupational Health Services before beginning the program. The examination includes, but is not limited to: general physical examination; chest x-ray; blood and urinalysis tests; tuberculosis (TB) testing; drug, alcohol and nicotine screening; evidence of immunity to rubella, mumps, varicella zoster, rubeola and pertussis. In addition, students will be required to receive (or show proof) of Hepatitis B vaccine, influenza vaccine and Tdap vaccination.