Medical Radiation Sciences B.S.
The B.S. in Medical Radiation Sciences offers a clinical track in Radiation Therapy.
Radiation Therapy students gain skills in radiation safety, patient care and cancer management and treatment using a Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Trainer (VERT) and by working side-by-side with radiation therapists in the UVM Medical Center on campus. A semester-long placement in a hospital setting with one of UVM's clinical affiliates completes the four-year program. Program graduates may acquire certification by sitting for an exam with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Radiation therapy is the medical specialty that uses high-energy radiation (x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams, etc.) in the treatment of cancer. Radiation therapists are responsible for daily treatments, providing support for patients as they cope with their disease, and contributing as vital members of the medical team responsible for delivering the patient's treatment plan.
Students who already have an Associate in Science degree in Radiation Therapy may apply for transfer into the baccalaureate program on a space-available basis. Requirements for graduation include 121 credits, which may include approved transfer credits from an associate degree. Additional required courses will be based on prior courses completed in an associate degree program.
Students in Biomedical and Health Sciences (BHSC) programs must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.3 or higher. Students with a cumulative grade point average below 2.3 will be placed on academic trial. First-year students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher by the end of two subsequent semesters to be removed from trial. Students who fail to raise their cumulative GPA to 2.3 after the trial semesters may be discontinued from the program. Students beyond the first year must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher by the end of the subsequent semester to be removed from trial. Students who fail to raise their cumulative GPA to 2.3 after the trial semester may be discontinued from the program. Students who earn one grade below a C in any non-practicum, non-internship, professional /core course will be placed on academic trial. Professional or core courses are identified on each major curriculum sheet. In order to remain in good standing within the BHSC programs, students must also be consistently progressing in the program curriculum. Failure to follow the required sequence of courses outlined in the BHSC program of study for more than one semester is grounds for discontinuation from the major.
This four-year curriculum leading to the baccalaureate degree is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
Central VT Hospital (National Life Cancer Treatment Center), Berlin, VT
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, NH
Eastern Maine Medical Center, Brewer, ME
Elliot Hospital, Manchester, NH
Medical Center at Londonderry, Londonderry, NH
University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland, VT
Note: Clinical affiliations subject to change.
A Model Curriculum in Medical Radiation Sciences/Radiation Therapy Concentration
|PSYS 001 Intro to Psychological Science||3|
|ENGS 001 FW: Written Expression||3|
|CHEM 023 Outline of General Chemistry||4|
|HLTH 003 Medical Terminology||2|
|NH 050 App to Hlth: From Pers to Syst||1|
|Elective, Diversity or Sustainability Course2||3||3|
|BHSC 034 Human Cell Biology1||4|
|MATH 019 QR: Fundamentals of Calculus I||3|
|NFS 043 Fundamentals of Nutrition||3|
|BHSC 098 Intro to Scientific Writing||3|
|ANPS 019 Ugr Hum Anatomy & Physiology 1||4|
|SOC 001 SU: Introduction to Sociology|
or SOC 019 D1: Race Relations in the US
|STAT 111 QR: Elements of Statistics|
or STAT 141 QR:Basic Statistical Methods 1
|Elective, Diversity or Sustainability Course2||3|
|ANPS 020 Ugr Hum Anatomy & Physiology 2||4|
|PHYS 013 Conceptual Physics||3|
|PHYS 096 Special Topics (lab)||1|
|BHSC 140 Radiation Science1||4|
|RADT 152 Prin of Radiation Therapy1||3|
|RADT 270 Dosimetry Concepts1||3|
|PATH 101 Intro to Human Disease||3|
|BHSC 175 Cross Sectional Imaging1||3|
|RADT 173 Intro to Clinical Practice1||3|
|NH 120 Health Care Ethics||3|
|RADT 275 Dosimetry1||3|
|RADT 176 Clinical Radiation Oncology1||3|
|RADT 215 CT Procedures1||3|
|RADT 174 Clinical Practicum II1||2|
|RADT 244 Essentials of Patient Care1||3|
|BHSC 297 Leadership & Mgt in Hlth Care1||3|
|RADT 277 Techniques Radiation Therapy1||4|
|RADT 223 Clinical Practicum III1||3|
|RADT 278 Senior Seminar in Rad Therapy1||2|
|RADT 279 Final Clinical Pract Overview (taken in winter session)1, 4||1-4|
|RADT 274 Clincal Practicum IV1||11|
|RADT 280 Qual Assurance&Treatment Plan1||2|
|Total Credits in Sequence:||121-124|
Minimum of 121 semester credit hours, minimum GPA per program requirement, and University sustainability and diversity requirement are required for graduation.
Students must take at least 1, 3-credit elective course at the 100-level or above to meet program requirements. Students who are completing a double major, minor, certificate, or fulfilling requirements for graduate school should discuss requirements with their advisor.
Number of credits each spring semester will be determined by the RADT Program Director. The number of credits is based on the course start date.