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Radiation Therapy, AS

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Lakeland Campus, Melbourne Campus

Keiser University’s Associate of Science degree in Radiation Therapy prepares students for entry-level positions in the profession, using ionizing-radiation producing equipment to administer therapeutic doses of radiation as prescribed by physicians for treatment of disease — generally cancer.  The program’s graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and are eligible for licensure by the State of Florida to practice Radiation Therapy. The Radiation Therapy program strives to instill the values and concepts of life-long learning in its graduates.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet the program’s mission and goals for Radiation Therapy:

  • Acquire the skills and knowledge to function effectively in their role as members of the radiation therapy team in delivering a planned course of treatment utilizing high energy photon or electron beams of radiation;
  • Competently demonstrate the use and application of ionizing radiation therapy units and devices;
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to achieve program goals and clinical objectives;
  • Exhibit professional and personal growth coupled with lifelong learning skills, communicating effectively with faculty, patients, families and members of the healthcare team;
  • Demonstrate fabrication and block cutting skills and the use of patient immobilization and treatment enhancing devices appropriately.

Program Goals

  • Students will acquire the knowledge and skill development to competently perform radiation treatment procedures;
  • Students will develop verbal and written communication skills to effectively interact within a healthcare setting;
  • Students will acquire critical thinking and problem solving skills to effectively practice in the profession;
  • Students will demonstrate professional development and growth and set goals for life-long learning;
  • Students will possess employable entry-level skills to meet the needs of the radiation therapeutic community upon program completion.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • Background check and drug screening when applicable;
  • Completion of all general education coursework with a minimum grade of “C” for each course. Successful completion of the following prerequisite courses: BSC2085C, BSC2086C, MAT1033 and PHY2001;
  • Cumulative grade average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.

Program Outline

To receive an Associate of Science degree in Radiation Therapy, students must earn a total of 93.0 credit hours.  Each major course is a prerequisite for the subsequent course and therefore must be completed with a grade of “C” and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher in order to proceed successfully through the program. Program requirements are as follows:

Lower Division Courses

Radiation Therapy Major Courses (67.0 credit hours total)
Introduction to Radiation Therapy 5.0 credit hours
Patient Care for the Radiation Therapist 5.0 credit hours
Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy I 5.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Physics I 5.0 credit hours
Treatment Planning and Dosimetry 5.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Clinical Education I 3.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Clinical Education II 3.0 credit hours
Radiobiology and Pathology 5.0 credit hours
Principles & Practice of Radiation Therapy II 5.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Clinical Education III 3.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Clinical Education IV 3.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Physics II 5.0 credit hours
Quality Management 5.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Clinical Education V 3.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Clinical Education VI 3.0 credit hours
Radiation Therapy Seminar 4.0 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Science (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
English (6.0 credit hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
Intermediate Algebra 3.0 credit hours
General Physics 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (6.0 credit hours)
Human Anatomy /Physiology I 4.0 credit hours
Human Anatomy /Physiology II 4.0 credit hours

Note: All lower division major and general education courses should be successfully completed before upper division courses are undertaken.

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