Radiation Therapy (BS)
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), JCERT.org, 20 North Wacker Dr., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182.
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.
- To ensure graduates meet professional specifications established by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (A.R.R.T.) in radiation therapy by meeting all didactic and clinical requirements.
- To support the mission of the University of Michigan-Flint’s by ensuring that students communicate effectively, use critical thinking and problem solving skills, and appreciate social and cultural diversity.
- To foster the development of professional lifelong learning and service.
Effective Fall 2010, general education requirements have changed. It is important that current students understand that attributes for general education courses may have changed or been eliminated. Go to http://www.umflint.edu/gened/index.htm for more information.