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RTH 220C - Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum 5

Credits: 4
384 Clinical Hours

Prerequisites:  RTH 201 , RTH 212C  
Co-requisites: RTH 211 , RTH 215 , RTH 219 , RTH 222  

This course provides the final hands-on experience in a radiation therapy clinical setting.   Under direct supervision of a certified radiation therapist, students demonstrate mastery of technical, professional and critical thinking skills while interacting with patients and the multidisciplinary healthcare team.  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 the course, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate communication skills needed to build and maintain the therapeutic relationship with patients.
  2. Implement strategies to address challenging patient-therapist interactions and maintain ethical relationships.
  3. Communicate effectively with the healthcare team.
  4. Identify psychological and physiological effects of radiation on human body systems and indications and contraindications for radiation therapy.
  5. Demonstrate the proper, safe, sanitary and efficient use of radiation therapy equipment and supplies.
  6. Display appropriate personal hygiene, safety and sanitation in the radiation therapy environment.
  7. Demonstrate safe and effective body and table mechanics in the delivery of radiation therapy.
  8. Apply ethical principles while accessing patient treatment records.
  9. Fabricate positioning and immobilization devices.
  10. Assess patients for radiation therapy side effects.
  11. Practice, under direct supervision, treatment setups and procedures on patients using the appropriate equipment.
  12. Perform quality assurance procedures.
  13. Practice appropriate radiation protection and safety techniques.
  14. Develop case studies on multiple radiation therapy patients.
  15. Analyze various cancers for diagnostic workups, symptoms, treatment options, dosing regimens, tissue tolerances and consequences of radiation.
Listed Topics
  1. Communication development
  2. Patient assessment and side effect management
  3. Immobilization techniques
  4. Imaging concepts
  5. Dose delivery
  6. Radiation safety practices
  7. Documentation procedures
  8. Equipment sanitation, safety and quality assurance
  9. Ethical and legal practices
  10. Oncology case analyses
Reference Materials
Required textbooks, clinical documents and 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:
  • Technological Competence
  • Communication
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 2/10/2023
Last Reviewed: 2/10/2023

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