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RDTH 223 Radiobiology and Safety

2 Credits

Prerequisites:RDTH 100.Introduces the student to the fundamentals of radiobiology and the effects of radiation on living tissue.This course evaluates the effects of radiation from the cellular level,to the epidemiological effects on communities and potential offspring. Specific topics in radiobiology include;basic radiation interactions, cellular biology review,short and long-term effects of radiation, case studies,risk factors,containment and handling of live sources, reduction of patient dose,radiation monitoring and applicable state

and federal regulations. RDTH 225 Clinical Externship III

4 Credits

Prerequisites:RDTH 155.Introduces the student to procedures per- formed in Radiation Therapy,and provides the student with greater opportunities to gain practical experience.During this third semester of clinical education,the student is expected to develop the compe- tency to perform simple to intermediate clinical procedures with progressively less assistance.Emphasis continues to be given to the development of professional responsibility and the practice of total

patient care and radiation safety practices.

RDTH 230 Pathology and Treatment Principles I

2 Credits

Prerequisites:RDTH 220.Provides the student with the fundamen- tals of each disease process.Malignant conditions,etiology and epi- demiology, patient workup and methods of treatment are dis- cussed. Attention is given to patient prognosis,treatment results

and the effects of combined therapies. RDTH 232 Radiation Therapy Physics

3 Credits

Prerequisites:RDTH 220.Establishes a basic knowledge of physics pertinent to developing an understanding of radiations used in the clinical setting.Fundamental physical units,measurements,princi- ples, atomic structure and types of radiation are emphasized.Also presented are the fundamentals of x-ray generating equipment,x-

ray production and its interaction with matter.

RDTH 233 Research Methodology in Radiation Oncology

1 Credits

Prerequisites:RDTH 100.Introduces the student to the logic,method, variation and precision of thought required in the practice and/or

consumption of research. RDTH 235 Clinical Externship IV

5 Credits

Prerequisites:RDTH 225.Introduces the student to procedures per- formed in Radiation Therapy,and provides the student with greater opportunities to gain practical experience.During this fourth semes- ter of clinical education,the student is expected to develop the competency to perform simple to intermediate clinical procedures with progressively less assistance.Emphasis continues to be given to

the development of professional responsibility and the practice of

total patient care and radiation safety practices.

RDTH 240 Pathology and Treatment Principles II

2 Credits

Prerequisites:RDTH 230.Provides the student with the fundamen- tals of several more disease processes.Malignant conditions,etiolo- gy and epidemiology,patient workup and methods of treatment are discussed.Attention is given to patient prognosis,treatment results

and the effects of combined therapies. RDTH 241 Treatment Planning

3 Credits

Prerequisites:RDTH 220.Provides the student with the concepts of dosimetry and treatment planning.Various external beam tech- niques and applications,depth dose data,and summation of isodose curves are discussed.Modalities of treatment,patient setup,dose measurement,dose calculation and verification are also included.

RDTH 242 Quality Management in Radiation Oncology

2 Credits

Prerequisites:RDTH 232.Focuses on the evolution of quality man- agement (QM) programs and continuing quality improvements in radiation oncology.Topics will include the need for quality assurance (QA) checks;QA of the clinical aspects and chart checks;film checks; the various types of evaluations and tests performed on simulators, megavoltage therapy equipment and therapy planning units;the role of radiation therapists in quality management programs;legal and regulatory implications for maintaining appropriate QM guide- lines as well as the role computers and information systems serve within the radiation oncology department.

RDTH 243 Radiation Therapy Capstone Course 2 Credits Prerequisites:RDTH 223,RDTH 232,and RDTH 240.Integrates the various professional courses into a single perspective as it relates to radiation oncology.Professional concerns will be addressed and attention will be given to issues related to the workplace,continued professional development,and the need for lifelong learning. Extensive review of programmatic material will be the focus of this course.Extensive review of physics,protection and radiation therapy

procedures is covered. RDTH 245 Clinical Externship V

3 Credits

Prerequisites:RDTH 235.Allows the student to become proficient in all radiation therapy clinical procedures.During this fifth semester of clinical education,the students are further introduced to dosimetry procedures and are expected to have attained competency to per- form all clinical procedures independently,under the direct supervi- sion of a qualified professional or radiation therapist.Emphasis con- tinues to be given to the development of professional responsibility and the practice of total patient care and radiation safety practices.

RDTH 260 Principles and Practice of

Proton Therapy

8 Credits

Prerequisite:Acceptance into the program.Content is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and concepts used in pro- ton therapy. Topics covered include practical applications of using protons and dosimetric concepts involved in treating patients. Immobilization techniques and accessory fabrication are also dis- cussed. This course will address quality management,physics, radiobiology and regulatory procedures as they pertain to the field. Emphasis continues to be given on the professional and social intri- cacies of cancer care.

RDTH 261 Proton Therapy Lab Practicum

5 Credits

Corequisite:RDTH 260 Principles and Practice of Proton Therapy. Extensive integration of proton therapy concepts and treatment pro- cedures is the primary emphasis of this course. The student will be introduced to common treatment procedures performed in a proton therapy department.During this lab course the student will gain practical experience and develop the competency necessary perform a variety of procedures in a controlled environment on phantom patients. Emphasis continues to be given to the development of pro-

fessional responsibility and the practice of total patient care.

RDTH 265 Proton Therapy Clinical Experience 3 Credits Corequisites:RDTH 260 and RDTH 261.Purpose of course is to fur- ther introduce the student to procedures performed in proton thera- py and to provide the student with the opportunity to gain practical experience.During this period of clinical experience the student is expected to develop the competency to perform treatment and mold room procedures. Specific clinical objectives and competency procedures noted on the Clinical Experience Requirement Form.

RESP 118 Respiratory Therapy in Ambulatory Care

3 Credits

Prerequisites:APHY 102,HLHS 101,MEAS 218 and MEAS Program Chair Approval.Prepares students who are planning to work in ambulatory care as medical assistants to aid patients with respirato- ry disease. The course will provide learning and instruction in the use of oxygen;aerosolized medication therapy;respiratory system assessment;respiratory diseases;patient preparation for diagnostic exams;and prepare the student to coordinate care with home care

providers for patients with respiratory disease. RESP 121 Introduction to Respiratory Care

6 Credits

Prerequisites:Program Chair Approval.Presents an introduction into respiratory care including a brief history of the profession;equip- ment cleaning and sterilization techniques;patient assessment techniques to include assessing pain levels,evaluating levels of dys- pnea, advanced directives and isolation techniques. Also includes

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