Radiation Therapy - BA, BS

A degree from St. Kate’s will prepare students for their role as a radiation therapist in a highly technical and patient focused environment. Students will learn to become an essential member of a treatment team which includes radiation oncologists, nurses, medical physicists, dosimetrists and others.    

Radiation therapists operate high energy radiation producing equipment such as linear accelerators with advanced computer systems to administer precise ionizing radiation treatment to patients diagnosed with various diseases, mainly cancer. Radiation therapists are responsible for accurate radiation delivery, patient communication, monitoring and assessment over a treatment course of several weeks.

Radiation therapists also work with diagnostic imaging equipment to simulate and plan treatment to ensure daily accuracy in patient positioning. This includes CT scanning, Cone beam computed tomography and x-rays.

Successful radiation therapists must listen and communicate well, adapt to a variety of patients and treatment procedures, think critically, behave ethically and above all demonstrate compassion and sensitivity to patients at a vulnerable time in their lives. The radiation therapy program will complement St. Kate’s values and educational mission to develop these qualities in its students.

Students will learn about the many faces of cancer and its impact on the body through studies in oncology, pathology and various multidisciplinary approaches for its treatment. Radiation physics, radiobiology and radiation safety, dose calculation and treatment planning will be taught as well as patient care focused on the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of cancer care. Off campus, students will participate in a cancer support group and a community service project which highlights patient and family interaction outside of the clinical and didactic setting.

St. Kate’s radiation therapy program students will gain competency in a variety of treatment procedures via a comprehensive real-world clinical education with its many clinical partners. During the program, they will complete a portfolio project which includes didactic and clinical artifacts as well as reflections to demonstrate professional growth over time.

Graduates will receive a baccalaureate degree in Radiation Therapy, the first in Minnesota, and are eligible to sit for the ARRT national certification examination.

Career advancement in the field of radiation therapy includes lead therapist, department manager, dosimetrist, and educator.

Accreditation

St. Kate's Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 704-5300, JRCERT.org.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the radiation therapy major depends on the following criteria. The student must:

  • Have completed an accredited associate or bachelor's degree in radiography with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam for radiography
  • Have completed all core liberal arts courses and elective courses (i.e., all non-major courses)

Students admitted to the major begin the 12-month radiation therapy major course sequence in September.

This major is offered in the College for Adults only.

 Curriculum

Required Supporting Courses 1
PHIL 3400Biomedical Ethics (or Ethics)4
Select one from:4
Precalculus
Calculus I
Statistical Analysis (or other statistics course)
College algebra (not offered at St. Kate's)
Total Credits8
Major Courses 2
RTT 3010Introduction to Radiation Therapy2
RTT 3015Principles of Oncology I3
RTT 3020Radiation Therapy Physics I3
RTT 3025Pathology2
RTT 3030Patient Care in Radiation Oncology2
RTT 3035Clinical Practicum I3
RTT 4015WPrinciples of Oncology II3
RTT 4020Radiation Therapy Physics II3
RTT 4025Dosimetry and Treatment Planning2
RTT 4030Sectional Anatomy2
RTT 4035Radiobiology/Protection2
RTT 4045Clinical Practicum II4
RTT 4040Topics in Radiation Therapy3
RTT 4050Clinical Practicum III5
Total Credits39
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 Minimum grade of C required

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 Minimum grade of C required

Radiation therapy majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing RTT 4015W Principles of Oncology II . They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice, and another writing-intensive course in another department).