Radiation Therapy Program Information
Radiation Therapy Program Information
Gwynedd Mercy University offers both a twenty (20) month Certificate program in Radiation Therapy and a four-year Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy. The 20-month Certificate program is available for registered or registry eligible radiographers, who have graduated from a JRCERT* accredited program in radiography and who meet the admissions criteria of the Radiation Therapy program and the University, and who wish to pursue this profession.
The four-year Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy degree is for the high school or college transfer students who meet the admission criteria of the University and the Radiation Therapy Program. Applicants must be proficient in math and science with biology, algebra I & II and geometry, physics and/or chemistry required; trigonometry, recommended. Minimum acceptable grade is a C+.
Graduates of the 20-month Certificate program may choose the degree completion option and earn their Bachelor of Health Science degree. Graduates of both programs are eligible to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to sit for the certifying examination in Radiation Therapy.
For information on Radiation Therapy Program contact Rose Troutman, Program Director at 267-448-1429 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or for Admissions information contact 1-800-342-5462
Co Requisites: All students must complete these co requisite General Education requirements prior to enrollment in the Radiation Therapy Core Courses:
BIO 107 Anatomy & Physiology I3 credits
BIO 107L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab1 credit
BIO 108 Anatomy & Physiology II 3 credits
BIO 108L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1 credit
ENG 101 College English3 credits
COM 101 Public Speaking 3 credits
CIT 101 Intro to Desktop Computing 3 credits
MTH 142 Elementary Functions 3 credits
Prerequisites – 16 credits
All students must complete these 16 credits. Radiographers transferring in to the program will have completed these in their radiography program
HS 100 Introduction to Allied Health2 credits
RTS 100Introduction to Radiation Therapy3 credits
RTS 101Orientation to Clinical Education I2 credits
RTS 107Principles of Medical Imaging & Rad. Positioning3 credits
RTS 110Orientation to Clinical Education II3 credits
PHY 111Physics for AH Sciences3 credits
Radiation Therapy Core 53 (BS) credits
RTS 200*Radiation Biology3 credits
RTS 202*Principles of Radiation Oncology Patient Care2 credits
RTS 203*Principles of Technical RT2 credits
RTS 204*Clinical Education I3 credits
RTS 208*Tech Radiation Therapy I3 credits
RTS 209*Clinical Oncology I1 credit
RTS 303*Clinical Education II3 credits
RTS 304*Tech Radiation Therapy II3 credits
RTS 305*Clinical Oncology II1 credit
RTS 306*Applied Radiation Physics I3 credits
RTS 307*Principles of Medical Dosimetry3 credits
RTS 308*Cross-Sectional Anatomy2 credits
RTS 320*Clinical Education III3 credits
RTS 400*Tech Radiation Therapy III1 credit
RTS 402*Applied Radiation Physics II3 credits
RTS 403*Clinical Education IV3 credits
RTS 404*Advanced Medical Dosimetry2 credits
RTS 406*TQM in Radiation Oncology1 credit
RTS 407*Clinical Education V4 credits
RTS 408*Applied Physics of Advanced Treat Tech2 credits
RTS 410*Capstone Seminar in RT2 credits
RTS 4000*Capstone Research Project3 credits
Additional Courses - 9 credits
HS 305*Teaching in Health Profession 3 credits
HS 403*Current Topics Healthcare 3 credits
HS 208*Basic Pathophysiology 3 credits
General Education and Core Curriculum**
Skills for Exploring – 6 credits for BS
Exploring Society and Global Diversity – 12 credits for BS
Exploring the Natural World, Mathematics and Technology – 14 credits for BS
Exploring the Spiritual World – 9 credits for BS
Exploring the Arts and Imagination – 9 credits for BS
General Education Elective – 3 credits in History, Sociology, Psychology, Art, Music
*Course requirements for the certificate program.
** Please contact the Office of Admissions, at 1- 800-342-5462 for specific general education course requirements.
A minimum of 131 credits are required for this degree.
The minimum passing grade within the major is C (a grade of C- is not acceptable)
For detailed course descriptions click here.
Radiation therapy is a highly specialized field in oncologic medicine. It is the use of high energy x-rays, radioactive materials and other sources of ionizing radiation in the treatment of disease, most commonly cancer. Sophisticated state-of-the-art equipment is utilized by skilled, professional therapists in conjunction with the radiation oncologist and radiation physicist to treat cancer.
Radiation therapy is a profession that is as challenging as it is rewarding. The radiation therapist professional is primarily responsible for the treatment of the cancer patient by administering the prescribed radiation treatment. Other procedures performed by the radiation therapist include simulation and dosimetry procedures; performing and assisting in various quality assurance procedures; participating in nursing and follow up care of the patient, assisting the radiation oncologist and physicist with other assigned procedures.
The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program is consistent with the mission of the University in that it offers a career-oriented program that prepares competent entry-level radiation therapists who provide empathetic patient-centered care.
Program Philosophy and Goals - Radiation Therapy:
Consistent with the Mission of Gwynedd Mercy University, it is the goal of the Radiation Therapy Program to offer a career-oriented program that provides moral, social, intellectual, cultural and spiritual development of the individual.
We believe that it is necessary that our graduates not only view patients as whole persons requiring medical assistance but who will also support them with regard for the dignity of the individual.
In order to fulfill this belief and philosophy we offer a fully integrated curriculum that encourages interest in the humanities as well as theory and clinical experience in the current technology of radiation therapy.
Theory within the concentration is strengthened throughout the program with everyday practical experience that permits the individual to enter the job market immediately following graduation.
For those not graduating from the Bachelor of Science degree program, provision is made for continual updating of knowledge and experience through the Bachelor of Health Science Degree Programs.
- Graduates will be competent entry level radiation therapists.
- Students will demonstrate critical thinking.
- Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
- The students/graduates will demonstrate professionalism.
- At the completion of the radiation therapy program, the students/graduates will demonstrate:
- Empathic patient centered care
- Application of appropriate radiation safety principles
- Accuracy in performing radiation therapy procedures
- Effective oral and written communication skills
- Appropriate critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Appropriate professional behaviors
Employment opportunities in radiation therapy exist in hospital based and free standing cancer management centers throughout the U.S. Post-Graduate education affords the therapist the opportunity for career advancement in: dosimetry, administration, education, research and commercial medical equipment sales and training.
If you are a people person who likes to work with computers and large pieces of medical equipment and you have an aptitude for science and math, radiation therapy may be the profession for you.
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Pennsylvania Chapter Lambda Nu Honor Society
Renowned Program History
The Gwynedd Mercy University programs were established in 1975 (associate degree) and 1976 (Certificate program) respectively and were modeled after The Philadelphia School of Radiotherapeutic Technology which was the first radiation therapy program in the U.S. to be accredited by the A.M.A. Our program was the first accredited (JRCERT) Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy program in the Philadelphia area. Our 20-month Certificate Program is one of two JRCERT accredited programs in the Philadelphia area. This means that our program subscribes to following the STANDARDS and professional curriculum developed and approved by the professional community. Both our Bachelor of Science and Certificate programs recently were awarded the maximum eight-year accreditation by the JRCERT*.
The University has affiliation agreements with 30 cancer management centers (hospital-based and free-standing facilities) in PA & DE, which offer our students a well-rounded clinical education experience. All students have the opportunity to complete their clinical education in at least three of our affiliates.
To date we have graduated approximately 450 radiation therapists who are employed in approximately 25 states across the country and who hold a variety of positions that include: direct patient care; research; administration; education; industry.
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Walker Dr. Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Tel: (312)704-5300, Fax: (312)704-5304, website: www.JRCERT.org