Radiation Therapy Technology, BS

Offered in: Chicago

Health care professions separate from nursing, medicine, and pharmacy provide a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct patient care and support services that are critical to other health professionals they work with and the patients they serve.

The overall employment outlook for individuals with professional certifications varies, but is projected to be good to excellent by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BS degrees include Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Histotechnology, Medical Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy Technology, and Radiography. These areas involve completing required course work at Roosevelt University, followed by clinical training at the appropriate affiliate clinical site. A separate application to the clinical training program is required, and acceptance is not guaranteed. Roosevelt University offers five programs with clinical training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago (Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Histotechnology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy Technology, and Radiography) and one program with clinical training at NorthShore Health Systems, Evanston (Medical Technology).

Requirements

Courses taken for the major must be taken on a letter grade basis. A grade of C- is the minimal acceptable grade for a course to be applied to the major, or to be acceptable as a prerequisite for subsequent courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all courses in the major. However, it is important to note that the clinical affiliates have their own GPA requirements and may not accept grades of C- for certain required prerequisite courses.

Each of the areas of study has its own prerequisite courses and requirements. These programs require students to complete all required course work before applying to the clinical affiliate. Students are not guaranteed admission into the clinical training portion of the degree. Students must make certain they are fully aware of each area's  specific acceptance requirements. Students interested in these health care careers should seek early guidance from the health coordinator in the Department of Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences.

Standards

  • AP biology credit with a score of 3.0 or higher may apply toward the major in biology or the general education requirements after consultation with an advisor.
  • AP chemistry with a score of 4 or higher satisfies the requirements for CHEM 201 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I with lab.
  • AP Physics I (2014 or later) with a score of 3.0 satisfies the requirement for PHYS 201 INTRODUCTION TO NON-CALCULUS BASED PHYSICS I with lab.
  • AP Physics II (2014 or later) with a score of 3.0 satisfies the requirement for PHYS 202 INTRO TO NON-CALCULUS PHYSICS II with lab.
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics with a score of 3.0 satisfies the requirement for PHYS 201 INTRODUCTION TO NON-CALCULUS BASED PHYSICS I with lab and PHYS 233 CALCULUS-BASED PHYSICS I DISCUSSION.
  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism with a score of 3.0 satisfies the requirement for PHYS 202 INTRO TO NON-CALCULUS PHYSICS II with lab and PHYS 234 CALCULUS-BASED PHYSICS II DISCUSSION.

In addition, students must:

  • Take a minimum of their last 30 credit hours at Roosevelt University; off-site clinical courses count toward this requirement.
  • Take at least 20 credit hours in acceptable Biology, Chemistry, or Physics courses at Roosevelt University; not more than 15 credit hours of acceptable Biology courses may be transferred to Roosevelt University and applied toward the BS degrees.
  • Once enrolled in the program, complete all remaining Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics course requirements for these BS degrees at Roosevelt University. Under special circumstances, written permission to take required courses elsewhere may be granted by the health coordinator.
  • Apply only courses in biology taken within the past eight years toward graduation.
  • Limit to 4 credit hours the total of independent study hours (BIOL 395 INDEPENDENT STUDY/BCHM 395 INDEPENDENT STUDY/CHEM 395 INDEPENDENT STUDY/PHYS 395 INDEPENDENT STUDY) and independent research (BIOL 392 RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY/BCHM 392 RESEARCH IN BIOCHEMISTRY/CHEM 392 RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY/PHYS 392 RESEARCH IN PHYSICS) used to fulfill the requirements of the major.

The Radiation Therapist Technology program at Roosevelt University is a highly specialized program that prepares students to work with patients undergoing radiation treatment.  Radiation therapy is one of the most effective treatments today for many cancers and an increasing number of other medical conditions. Under the supervision of radiation oncologists, radiation therapists use high-energy X-rays, electron beams, or radioactive isotopes to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapists must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to terminally ill.

Contact an advisor in the Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences for details and advising as soon as possible. This is a 3+1 program, in which the first three years of course work is completed at Roosevelt University and the final year at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Admission

Admission to clinical training is at the discretion of the clinical affiliate, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Students are not guaranteed admission. The minimum GPA for application for this program is a 2.5 GPA overall and a 2.5 GPA in the prerequisite courses. Students in clinical training are registered through Roosevelt University and pay Roosevelt University tuition. There is no additional tuition charge for the clinical portion of the program.

Requirements

Radiation Therapy Technology students complete a minimum of 85 credit hours of academic work, including the University Writing Requirement and the College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements, in addition to the Radiation Therapy Technology requirements outlined below. Students must take their final 30 hours before clinical training at Roosevelt University. They complete their last 35 credit hours in a one-year, full-time, daytime clinical training program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital*. Upon successful completion of the clinical program, students receive a Certificate in Radiation Therapy Technology from the hospital and a BS in Radiation Therapy Technology from Roosevelt University, and are eligible to sit for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists certification examination.

*

 Acceptance into the clinical training is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the clinical site

Core
BIOL 123ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I (with lab)4
BIOL 124ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II (with lab)4
BIOL 202ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND GENETICS (with lab)5
BIOL 301CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (with lab)5
CHEM 201GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (with lab)5
CHEM 202GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (with lab)5
CHEM 211ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (with lab)5
MATH 122TRIGONOMETRY AND PRECALCULUS3
MATH 217ELEMENTARY STATISTICS3
PHYS 201INTRODUCTION TO NON-CALCULUS BASED PHYSICS I (with lab)4
PHYS 202INTRO TO NON-CALCULUS PHYSICS II (with lab)4
PSYC 285RESEARCH METHODS3
SPCH 101PUBLIC SPEAKING3
Clinical Courses for Radiation Therapy Technology
ALH 313PATIENT CARE MANAGEMENT I2
ALH 316PATHOLOGY2
ALH 317RADIATION PHYSICS2
ALH 318RADIATION THERAPY PHYSICS3
ALH 341RADIATION BIOLOGY2
ALH 352RADIATION SAFETY & PROTECTION2
ALH 353MEDICAL IMAGINING FOR RADIATION THERAPY2
ALH 354PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE I3
ALH 355PRINCIPLES & PRACTICE II2
ALH 357CLINICAL PRACTICUM I3
ALH 358CLINICAL PRACTICUM II4
ALH 360QUALITY MANAGEMENT2
ALH 362OPERATIONAL ISSUES2
ALH 363TECHNICAL RADIATION I2
ALH 364TECHNICAL RADIATION THERAPY II2
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives32
Core Requirements53
Clinical Requirements35
Total credits for degree120

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)