About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy is a four-year, 124 credit, baccalaureate degree program. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, the graduate is eligible to take the Radiation Therapy Certification Examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

The profession of Radiation Therapy involves the use of high-energy radiation in the treatment of disease, primarily cancer. Radiation therapy may be used alone or in combination with surgery and chemotherapy. As a team member, the radiation therapist administers radiation to the exact area of the patient's body as prescribed by a physician. Most patients are treated 5 days per week for several weeks. As a result, the radiation therapist has a unique opportunity to develop a relationship with their patient. Radiation therapists monitor the patient's progress while they are receiving radiation therapy, observe for signs of complications, and determine when treatment should be withheld until a physician is consulted.They also are a significant source of emotional support for the patient.

The Radiation Therapy Program at UM-Flint is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), www.jrcert.org, 20 North Wacker Dr., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182.

Admission

Entering the University of Michigan-Flint

Whether you are a new freshman or a transfer student, you must submit an application to the Office of Admissions. They can assist you with gaining acceptance into the University, transferring classes, and familiarizing you with the campus.

Admission into the Radiation Therapy Program

Once admitted into the University of Michigan-Flint, students must apply to the Radiation Therapy Program. Applications are available in the Department of Public Health & Health Sciences (PHHS), 3124 W.S. White Building. The Radiation Therapy Program Director must receive application materials by May 1 of the calendar year of the intended Summer semester enrollment. Students will be admitted in the Summer term only.

Students applying to the program who are not UM-Flint students at the time of application must also submit a completed UM-Flint application including any transfer transcripts, indicating "Radiation Therapy" as the proposed field of study. The Radiation Therapy program application can be downloaded here: Radiation Therapy Program application, or picked up in 3124 WSW, the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences.

Requirements for Admission into Program:

New! General Education requirements for students entering the University in the Fall of 2010:

A. Completion of all general education and pre-professional courses with a minimum grade of C.

These courses are:

UNV 100* (3)
ENG 112 (3)
BIO 167** (4)
BIO 168** (4)
MTH 111 (3)
MTH 120 (4)
MTH 121 (4)
3 credits in fine arts
3 credits in global studies
PSY 100 (3)
CIS 128 (3)
SOC 100 (3)
PHL 168 (3)
HCR 300 (3)
HCR 304 (3)
HCR 362 (3)
PHY 143** (4)
PHY 145** (4)
MTP 320 (2)

*Only required if transferring 25 or fewer credits.

** Minimum grade of a B- is required for these classes

B. Student observation of 16-20 hours in the University of Michigan Health System Radiation Therapy Department. All clinic observation experiences will be arranged through the Program Director.

C. Submit documentation that demonstrates certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). This certification must remain current throughout the program.

D. Acceptance to the University of Michigan-Flint and completion of the Radiation Therapy program application.

E. Three references, one from an individual actively involved in the applicant's educational process, i.e., instructor, advisor, mentor; one from the current supervisor at the applicant's place of employment, and one from an individual commenting on the applicant's character.

F. Self-reported ability to perform all the following technical standards which, after admission, will be documented by a physician:

  • Have sufficient strength to assist patients in transferring from a wheelchair, stretcher onto the treatment couch. This will involve lifting at times.
  • Have sufficient strength, coordination and dexterity to lift and position cerrobend blocks, electron cones and wedges up to 45 pounds to a height of 5'5
  • Have sufficient visual acuity to set machine field size, set monitor units on the machines, align treatment fields in dimly lit room, place blocks, review radiographs, view port films, view DRR's and monitor patients on a close-circuit television during treatment.
  • Have sufficient auditory capability to hear warning bells in the treatment rooms and hospital fire alarms, as well as to monitor patients during treatment.
  • Be capable of effective and concise verbal communication with patients, their families and other health care workers.
  • Be physically, intellectually and emotionally able to respond to emergency situations, providing first aid, CPR and patient care until a physician or nurse arrives.
  • Be capable of handling stressful situations, making informed decisions and giving emotional support to patients and their families.
  • Be capable of understanding and applying clinical instructions given from departmental personnel.
Admissions Process:

Depending on the number of annual applicants, the Program reserves the right to interview twice as many applicants as there are clinical seats available.  The Program can accommodate up to 10 students, depending upon clinical site availability; therefore the interviews will be limited to 20 applicants.

The applicants will be chosen for interviews based on the following criterion:

  • Overall GPA
  • GPA for MTP 320
  • GPA for BIO 167 and BIO 168
  • GPA for PHY 143 and PHY 145
  • Completion of Observation Hours.
  • Demonstration of certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) from the American Heart Association. This certification must remain current throughout the program.
  • Completion of all prerequisites.
  • Submission of all required application materials, including three references. 
  • Demonstration of professionalism during advising sessions and observations at UMHS.

Applicants for the Program will be evaluated on the above criteria as well as:

  • Interview scores
  • Writing sample evaluation by an independent evaluator.
  • The Interview Process For The Radiation Therapy Program:
  1. Please report 15 minutes before your interview time to the Health Sciences and Administration Department. You may be asked to wait in our sitting area. We may already be with another student and will be with you shortly.
  2. The interview will last approximately 30 minutes. There will be three to five people on the Radiation Therapy Interview Committee. You will be asked approximately 12 to 16 questions involving information about yourself, your interest in Radiation Therapy, your work and life experiences, your radiation oncology observations, and qualifications.
  3. Applicants will be reviewed for communication skills and the ability to deal with stressful situations, their awareness of the duties of a radiation therapist, and overall characteristics that would be most beneficial for the applicant to possess.
  4. The applicants are notified within two weeks of their interview through the Radiation Therapy Department first by email, and then by mail.

Once admitted into the program the student must earn a minimum grade of a B- in all courses.

Prior to beginning the clinical component of the program, the student is required to have a completed physical. 

Program Requirements

Radiation Therapy Program (BS)

Requirements


A minimum of 124 credits, as follows:

A. General Education and Pre-Professional Courses


All General Education requirements  and pre-professional courses below must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0), except for those marked with asterisks (**), for which a minimum grade of B- (2.7) is required. These courses may be taken at UM-Flint, or equivalent courses may be transferred from another accredited institution. In some instances, specific courses may be waived in consultation with the Program Director.

First Year Experience


Students entering the university with fewer than 25 transfer credit hours must fulfill the FYE requirement within their first academic year.

  • UNV 100 - First Year Experience. (3-4).

English/Writing


One from:

  • ENG 112 - Critical Writing and Reading. (3).
  • EHS 120 - Ecology of Teaching and Social Work. (3).

Humanities


  • One from:

  • PHL 162 - Introduction to Ethics. (3)
  • PHL 168 - Philosophy of Bioethics. (3)
  •  

  • HCR 304 - The Ethics of Health Care. (3)

Social Sciences


  • PSY 100 - Principles of Psychology. (3)
  • SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology. (3)

Global Studies


Three credits, selected by student; recommended:

  • PHS 331 - Global Health. (3)

Fine Arts


Three credits, selected by the student.

Health and Well Being


3 credits satisfied by program requirements

Math/Finance and Quantitative Literacy


Three credits, satisfied by program requirements.

  • Also required:

  • MTH 121 - Calculus I. (4) (or higher)

Natural Sciences


  • PHY 143 - College Physics I. (4) **
  • PHY 145 - College Physics II. (4) **

Technology


  • CIS 128 - Introduction to Computer Information Systems I. (3)

Other


  • BIO 167 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I. (4). **
  •  

  • One from:

  • MTP 320 - Medical Terminology for Health Professionals. (2).
  • MTP 321 - Introduction to Medical Terminology. (1).

B.


Students must complete a minimum of sixteen hours of observation in a Radiation Therapy Department. Students must be at least 18 years old. All clinic observation hours will be arranged through the Program Director.

C.


Acceptance to the University of Michigan-Flint and completion of the supplemental Radiation Therapy program application. Application for general admission may be completed online at www.umflint.edu.

D.


Three references, one from an individual actively involved in the applicant’s educational process, i.e., instructor, advisor, mentor; one from the current supervisor at the applicant’s place of employment; and one from an individual commenting on the applicant’s character. The Radiation Therapy program’s supplemental application is available at www.umflint.edu/pubhealth/radiationtherapy.

E.


Prior to beginning the clinical component of the program, the student is required to have a complete physical exam. Immunizations must be up-to-date and documented on the physical form by a physician. Students must document current CPR certification and maintain CPR certification while in the program. The physical form can be downloaded from the program website www.umflint.edu/pubhealth/radiationtherapy. The student must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Have sufficient strength to assist patients in transferring from a wheelchair or stretcher to the treatment couch. This will involve lifting at times.
  2. Have sufficient strength, coordination and dexterity to lift and position cerrobend blocks, electron cones and wedges up to 45 pounds to a height of 5’5”.
  3. Have sufficient visual acuity to set machine field size, set monitor units on the machines, align treatment fields in dimly lit room, place blocks, review radiographs, view port films and monitor patients on a close-circuit television during treatment.
  4. Have sufficient auditory capability to hear warning bells in the treatment rooms and hospital fire alarms, as well as to monitor patients during treatment.
  5. Be capable of effective and concise verbal communication with patients, their families and other health care workers.
  6. Be physically, intellectually and emotionally able to respond to emergency situations, providing first aid, CPR and patient care until a physician or nurse arrives.
  7. Be capable of handling stressful situations, making informed decisions and giving emotional support to patients and their families.
  8. Be capable of understanding and applying clinical instructions given from departmental personnel.

Calendar


Pre-Professional Courses and General Requirements


Freshman Year


Fall (15 credits)

  • 3 credits of fine arts
  • ENG 111 - College Rhetoric. (3).
  • MTH 111 - College Algebra. (3).
  • PSY 100 - Principles of Psychology. (3)
  • UNV 100 - First Year Experience. (3-4).
Winter (14 credits)

  • **  BIO 167 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I. (4).
  • CIS 128 - Introduction to Computer Information Systems I. (3)
  • ENG 112 - Critical Writing and Reading. (3).
  • MTH 120 - Pre-Calculus Mathematics. (4)
Spring (7 credits)

  • MTH 121 - Calculus I. (4)
  • A 3-credit course in global studies  PHS 331 - Global Health. (3) (recommended)

Sophomore Year


Fall (13 credits)

  • HCR 300 - Health Care in the United States. (3)
  •  

  • One from:

  • PHL 162 - Introduction to Ethics. (3)
  • PHL 168 - Philosophy of Bioethics. (3)
  •  

  • PHY 143 - College Physics I. (4)
  • SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology. (3)
Winter (16 credits)

  • **  BIO 168 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II. (4)
  • HCR 304 - The Ethics of Health Care. (3)
  • HCR 362 - Cultural Competence in Health Care. (3)
  •  

  • One from:

  • MTP 320 - Medical Terminology for Health Professionals. (2).
  • MTP 321 - Introduction to Medical Terminology. (1).
  •  

  • PHY 145 - College Physics II. (4)

Professional Program


Once admitted into the program the student must earn a minimum grade of a B- (2.7) in all RTT courses.

Summer (3 credits)


  • RTT 300 - Basics of Radiation Therapy. (3).

Junior Year


Fall (13 credits)

  • PHS 315 - Introduction to Epidemiology. (3)
  • RTT 301 - Introduction to Radiation Therapy. (3).
  • RTT 311 - Patient Care and Management. (3).
  • RTT 312 - Sectional Anatomy in Radiation Therapy I. (1).
  • RTT 351 - Clinical Practicum I. (3).
Winter (13 credits)

  • HCR 487 - Legal Issues in Health Care. (3).
  • RTT 313 - Sectional Anatomy in Radiation Therapy II. (1).
  • RTT 321 - Technical Radiation Oncology. (3).
  • RTT 341 - Oncologic Pathology. (3).
  • RTT 352 - Clinical Practicum II. (3).
Spring/Summer (10 credits)

  • RTT 403 - Clinical Practicum III. (10)

Senior Year


Fall (12 credits)

  • RTT 404 - Clinical Practicum IV. (6).
  • RTT 423 - Radiobiology. (3).
  • RTT 431 - Radiation Physics I. (3).
Winter (16 credits)

  • RTT 405 - Clinical Practicum V. (6).
  • RTT 410 - Mock Registry Reviews. (2).
  • RTT 432 - Radiation Physics II. (3).
  • RTT 433 - Clinical Dosimetry. (2).
  • RTT 444 - Clinical Radiation Oncology. (3).
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  • Minimum Credits for the Degree: 124 credits



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Resources

Organizations & Career Information

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Michigan Health Occupations of Today and Tomorrow
HEALTHeCAREERS
American Cancer Society
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
Joint Review Committee on Radiologic Technology
Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists
American Society of Radiologic Technology
National Institutes of Health
World Health Organization

Articulation Agreements

Washtenaw Community College
Delta College

These agreements do not guarantee acceptance into the UM-FLINT Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy. Students will be considered on an equal basis with all other applicants provided they meet the prerequisites for admission to the Radiation Therapy Program as specified in the current UM-FLINT catalog.

Program Goals

  • Students will be clinically competent.
  • Students will communicate effectively.
  • Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Students will appreciate social and cultural diversity.
  • Students will evaluate the importance of professional lifelong learning and service.

Program Mission

The mission of the Radiation Therapy program is to provide high-quality, professional radiation therapy education to undergraduate students by: preparing graduates in radiation therapy to meet the needs of society through theory-based radiation therapy practice; preparing graduates who have the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with respect for cultural and human diversity; maintaining a radiation therapy curriculum that reflects the interactive aspects of radiation therapy with the psychosocial behavioral, physical, and natural sciences; collaborating with local and regional institutions/organizations to provide access to professional radiation therapy education; promoting service and scholarly endeavors relating to health care needs of the community of Flint and Southeastern Michigan; promoting lifelong learning for graduates in Radiation Therapy.