Offered by the school’s Department of Radiation Oncology in Indianapolis, the Radiation Therapy program prepares graduates to meet the scope of practice standards for radiation therapy.
Students in this professional degree program learn to demonstrate the appropriate knowledge of radiation therapy procedures; apply principles of radiation protection for patient, self and others; perform radiation therapy simulation procedure; perform basic radiation therapy dose calculations and access treatment plans; and deliver radiation therapy treatments as prescribed by a radiation oncologist.
Students also learn to evaluate patient for effects, reactions and therapeutic responses; demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills; apply basic research methods; and formulate methods for the pursuit of lifelong learning.
After completion of the radiation therapy program coursework, graduates are eligible to take the radiation therapy certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Having passed this exam, certificate holders are classified as registered radiation therapists, R.T.(T)(ARRT).
Most IU School of Medicine Radiation Therapy program graduates pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification exam on the first attempt; secure employment within 12 months post-graduation, if pursuing employment; and complete the professional program within 22 months.