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RTH 101 - Introduction to Radiation Therapy

Credits: 3
2 Lecture Hours 3 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: MAT 108 , BIO 110  or BIO 151 , PHY 100  or advanced-placement high school physics with a “C” or above

This is an introduction to the principles of radiation therapy. The student learns the duties and responsibilities of a radiation therapist and the types of equipment and procedures used in patient care. The laboratory portion of this course focuses on performance of basic patient care skills and utilization of immobilization.  This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  1. Examine the basic principles of cancer and cancer pathology
  2. Categorize equipment used for radiation therapy treatment and demonstrate thier uses
  3. Explain basic principles of radiation for therapeutic treatment
  4. Apply techniques of proper infection control practices
  5. Identify surface anatomy to demonstrate proper body mechanics and patient positioning techniques
  6. Perform patient assessments to interpret and document accurately in medical record
  7. Justify ethical principles applicable to the healthcare setting
  8. Demonstrate proper body mechanics to perform various treatment procedural set-ups
  9. Outline the process of x-ray production
Listed Topics
  1. Overview of cancer and pathology
  2. Immobilization devices
  3. Body mechanics
  4. Medical imaging and x-ray production
  5. Legal and ethical principles
  6. Infection control
  7. Emergencies in healthcare
  8. Surface anatomy and positioning
  9. Treatment procedures
  10. Other treatment modalities
  11. Patient assessment, care and education
  12. The medical record and charting
Reference Materials
Required textbooks, power point handouts, miscellaneous handouts, scientific calculator
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 11/16/2018
Last Reviewed: 2/10/2023

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