Saint Louis University

Program Goals - what makes our program unique?

The Radiation Therapy Program is the only radiation therapy program in the St. Louis Area. Due to its location at Saint Louis University, it gives students the opportunity to interact with students majoring in many health care fields including medicine, nuclear medicine, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant education, occupational therapy, health information management, nutrition and dietetics, and clinical lab science.

The Radiation Therapy Program strives to produce graduates that will excel in their professional field. We provide the development and knowledge that will allow the student to pursue a variety of paths when they enter the workforce, whether it is working as a staff therapist, pursuing an advanced degree, or pursuing managerial and corporate positions. Our graduates are sought after and are well regarded at the clinical sites where they train. Students receive premier clinical experiences at the finest hospitals in the Saint Louis Metropolitan Area.

Students receive instruction from expert full-time and adjunct faculty in a diverse group of related disciplines including radiation therapists, certified medical dosimetrists, nuclear medicine technologists, physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, physicists, managers and other professionals.

Programmatic Mission: The Radiation Therapy Program at Saint Louis University, Doisy College of Health Sciences is dedicated to preparing liberally educated, competent, caring and socially responsible radiation therapists, committed to clinical and scholarly excellence.

Radiation Therapy Program Goals:

  • Goal A: Students will be clinically competent
    1. Students will position patients as directed in treatment record
    2. Students will set treatment machine as indicated in patient treatment record.
    3. Students will appropriately use record and verify to document treatment data
    4. Students will practice proper radiation protection and safety.
  • Goal B: Students will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills
    1. Students will simulate and demonstrate a complex treatment procedure, explaining steps in detail
    2. Students will present a complex treatment procedure
  • Goal C: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills
    1. The student will appropriately communicate with patients
    2. The student will demonstrate appropriate written communication
    3. The student will demonstrate proper presentation skills
  • Goal D: Students will demonstrate professional growth and development
    1. The student will demonstrate professional behavior
    2. The student will have knowledge of ethical behaviors
    3. The student will have knowledge of professional organizations
    4. Student will plan on participating in a professional organization

The program annually tracks student learning outcomes as they relate to the above student goals. This learning outcomes report for the past academic year can be found on the program effectiveness and learning outcomes page.