Undergraduate Majors : Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy involves the use of different forms of ionizing radiation for the treatment of benign and malignant tumors. Radiation therapists administer the prescribed dose of ionizing radiation to specific sites of the patient's body as directed by the physician. They operate varied types of equipment, including high-energy linear accelerators, and work with radioactive materials. In addition, radiation therapists observe the clinical progress of the patient undergoing radiation therapy, observe the first signs of any complication, and determine when treatment should be withheld until a physician may be consulted.
The application deadline is December 1st each year with entry into the program beginning in Summer Session II of the following year. 50 credit hours of coursework need to be completed prior to entrance into the program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and minimum prerequisite Math/Science GPA of 2.3. An interview is required and all applicants must observe in a radiation oncology facility before applying.
What can you do with this major?
A bachelor degree in Radiation Therapy typically leads to jobs found in hospitals, clinics, or physician offices. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as a liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files. Radiation Therapists may also assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-05).
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