Why UM-Flint

REWARDING CAREER

Radiation therapists administer ionizing radiation for the treatment of diseases, primarily cancer. They provide safe, quality patient care and ensure treatment parameters are accurate. Graduates of UM-Flint’s program emerge prepared to take the Radiation Therapy Certification Examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), with scores above the national average.

CUTTING-EDGE CURRICULUM

UM-Flint’s Radiation Therapy program connects evidence-based practices by using the Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Trainer (VERT). The technology infuses the classroom with active learning experiences that result in higher critical thinking in clinical environments like Michigan Medicine, one of our respected clinical affiliates.

MICHIGAN DIFFERENCE

UM-Flint’s Radiation Therapy program emphasizes one-on-one interaction with small cohorts and mentorships. Courses are taught by UM-Flint faculty members along with Michigan Medicine clinical professors. Expert faculty offer guidance and support while you realize your fullest potential in this rewarding career.

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Radiation Therapy Program (BS)

Admission Requirements


Acceptance to the University of Michigan-Flint.  The application for general admission may be completed online at http://www.umflint.edu.

Completion of a minimum of sixteen hours of observation at Michigan Medicine Radiation Therapy Department. All clinic observation hours will be arranged through the Program Director.

Completion of the supplemental Radiation Therapy program application, available at http://www.umflint.edu/pubhealth/radiationtherapy.  Three references are required: one academic, one professional and one character reference.

Prerequisites


The following courses may be taken at UM-Flint, or equivalent courses may be transferred from another accredited institution.

Minimum grade of C (2.0) required on all prerequisite courses. 

  • BIO 167 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BIO 168 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • CIS 128 - Introduction to Computer Information Systems I (3) (satisfies T Gen. Ed.)
  • HCR 300 - Health Care in the United States (3)
  • HCR 304 - The Ethics of Health Care (3) (satisfies H Gen. Ed.)
  • MTH 111 - College Algebra (3)
  • MTH 120 - Pre-Calculus Mathematics (4) (satisfies FQ Gen. Ed.)
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  • One from:

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

  • PHL 162 - Introduction to Ethics (3) (satisfies H Gen. Ed.)
  • PHL 168 - Philosophy of Bioethics (3) (satisfies H Gen. Ed.)
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  • PHY 143 - College Physics I (4)
  • PHY 145 - College Physics II (4)
  • PSY 100 - Principles of Psychology (3) (satisfies S Gen. Ed.)
  • SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology (3) (satisfies S Gen. Ed.)

Requirements


A minimum of 124 credits, as follows:

A. Course Requirements


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

  • HCR 362 - Cultural Competence in Health Care (3) (satisfies HW Gen. Ed.)
  • PHS 315 - Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
  • RTT 300 - Basics of Radiation Therapy (3)
  • RTT 301 - Introduction to Radiation Therapy (3)
  • RTT 311 - Patient Care and Management (3)
  • RTT 312 - Sectional Anatomy in Radiation Therapy I (3)
  • RTT 313 - Sectional Anatomy in Radiation Therapy II (3)
  • RTT 321 - Technical Radiation Oncology (3)
  • RTT 341 - Oncologic Pathology (3)
  • RTT 351 - Clinical Practicum I (3)
  • RTT 352 - Clinical Practicum II (3)
  • RTT 400 - Clinical Practcum III - Part I (5)
  • RTT 403 - Clinical Practicum III - Part II (5) (satisfies CAP Gen. Ed.)
  • RTT 404 - Clinical Practicum IV (6)
  • RTT 405 - Clinical Practicum V (6)
  • RTT 410 - Mock Registry Reviews (2)
  • RTT 423 - Radiobiology (3)
  • RTT 431 - Radiation Physics I (3)
  • RTT 432 - Radiation Physics II (3)
  • RTT 433 - Clinical Dosimetry (2)
  • RTT 444 - Clinical Radiation Oncology (3)

B. Clinical Requirements


After being admitted to the professional program and 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 AHA CPR certification for health providers while in the program.

The student must also satisfy the following criteria:

  • Have sufficient strength to assist patients in transferring from a wheelchair or stretcher to 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 and monitor patients on a close-circuit television during treatment.

C. Additional Requirements


All University of Michigan-Flint graduation requirements  including General Education  requirements.

Minimum Credits for the Degree: 124 credits



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Admission

Students will be admitted in the Summer term only. The Radiation Therapy Program Director must receive application materials by May 1 of the calendar year of the intended Summer semester enrollment.

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.

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:

  • Writing sample evaluation by an independent evaluator.
  • Interview scores
    • Interview process:

      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.

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Transfer

Welcome Transfer Student!

Thank you for your interest in UM-Flint’s Radiation Therapy program. Program director Julie Hollenbeck, M.Ed., R.T.(T) is available to discuss your academic plan for pre-requisite completion, as well as our admission process. 

Please reference these helpful Radiation Therapy Transfer Pathway Guides for most Michigan institutions: 

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.

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