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- Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy
- B.S. in RT, Pre-Med Option
- B.S. in RT, Pre-Physician Assistant Option
Overview: The radiation therapist is a health care professional skilled in the art and science of medical radiation treatment delivery. The therapist prepares and treats already diagnosed cancer patients with high energy radiation using highly specialized equipment called linear accelerators. Therapists are concerned with the design and administration of radiation therapy treatment, in addition to issues of the daily well-being for patients with cancer. This profession combines the great satisfaction of helping people during a difficult time in their life with high technology equipment and sophisticated scientific techniques.
Curriculum: The radiation therapy program allows students to:
- Combine their pursuit of the B.S. in RT with the option to add various minors, for example, Business Administration, Education or interprofessional education.
- Combine their pursuit of the B.S. in RT with the option to add a minor in Education.
- Pursue curricular options for pre-med and pre-physician assistants candidates.
- Study at the SLU campus in Madrid, Spain.
- Serve in a clinical practicum locally at several clinical sites and hospitals. The variety of clinical sites allows the student to appreciate a variety of departmental structures, ranging from high-end research facilities to community hospitals.
- Pursue a variety of paths when they enter the workforce from staff radiation therapist to managerial and corporate positions.
Faculty: The program's faculty maintain professional certification in the fields of radiation therapy and radiological technology. They also hold advanced degrees in dosimetry and education, in addition to many years of clinical expertise. Faculty are also active in professional societies, both at the local and national level. Students are encouraged to join and participate in these organizations and societies.
Internships: Students may have an opportunity to gain practical work experience during their senior year at one of the eight affiliating clinical sites; however these opportunities vary from year to year. There are also options for students to study abroad during their undergraduate career.