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Radiation Therapy

The Howard University Radiation Therapy program has a rich legacy of providing quality education for individuals interested in a career as a radiation therapist who will serve diverse and underserved populations locally and globally.

The primary responsibilities of radiation therapists are to provide service delivery for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer.  Career opportunities for radiation therapists include positions as staff radiation therapists, clinical instructors, managers, administrators, sales/private industry, researchers and educators. Many graduates pursue graduate study in the fields of medicine, dentistry, and public health to name a few.

The Department offers an accredited educational program in the field of radiation therapy. The four-year integrated academic and clinical program has two divisions. The Lower Division includes the first and second years where students complete general education requirements. Individuals who successfully complete all Lower Division requirements are eligible to apply for admission into the Upper Division. The Upper Division includes didactic courses as well as a clinical education component throughout the third and fourth years.

The clinical education phase of the program is designed to reinforce didactic information as it relates to clinical procedures. It is expected that through this effort, greater cohesion can be achieved between the two learning environments, thereby facilitating a greater transfer of knowledge between them. During clinical education, students have an opportunity to receive practical experience at prestigious affiliated hospitals. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists with specialization in radiation therapy.

Accreditation

The College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences Radiation Therapy program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Ph: (312)704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304
e-mail: mail@jrcert.org

Current recognized clinical settings in the metropolitan area of the District of Columbia include:

  • Doctors Regional Cancer Center - Bowie, MD
  • Doctors Regional Cancer Center - Lanham, MD
  • Howard University Hospital - Washington, DC
  • MedStar-Georgetown University Hospital - Washington, DC
  • Washington Adventist Hospital - Washington, DC

For specific questions regarding the Radiation Therapy program, please contact us.

To learn more about program accreditation, please visit the JRCERT Website.

Plan of Study

Curriculum

The four year integrated academic and clinical program has two divisions. During clinical education, students have an opportunity to receive practical experiences at prestigious affiliating hospitals.

Lower Division

The Lower Division includes the first and second years where students complete general education requirements. Individuals who successfully complete all Lower Division requirements are eligible to apply for admission into the Upper Division.


Freshman Year

Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
Expository Writing 3 Persuasive Wrtg& Research 3
College Algebra I 3 Pre Calculus 4
Biology I 4 Intro to Sociology 3
General Orientation 2 Phys Ed 1
African American Cluster 3 Principles of Reasoning 3
Phys Ed 1    
  16   14


Sophomore Year

Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
Intro to Psychology 3 Physics for Allied Health 5
Radiation Therapy Orientation 2 Elementary Statistics 3
Anatomy Lecture/Lab 4 Ethics of AH Professionals 2
Medical Terminology 3 General Physiology 3
Computers for AH 3 Principles of Speech 3
  14   16


Upper Division

The Upper Division includes didactic courses as well as clinical education components throughout the third and fourth years. The clinical education phase of the program is designed to reinforce didactic information as it is related to clinical procedures.



Junior Year

Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
Clincal Radiation Therapy I 2 Clinical Radiation Therapy II 2
Prin and Prac of Radiation Therapy 3 Imaging and Radiation Therapy 2
Environment & Rad. Protection 2 Patient Care and Management 2
Radiation Therapy Physics I 3 Radiation Oncology I 3
Sectional Anatomy 2 Radiation Therapy Physics II 3
Introduction to Oncology 2 Pathophysiology 3
  14   15
Summer Session I   Summer Session II  
Clinical Radiation Therapy III 3 Clinical Radiation Therapy IV 3


Senior Year

Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
Clinical Radiation Therapy V 2 Clinical Radiation Therapy VI 4
Treatment Planning I 2 Problem Seminar 2
Radiation Oncology II 3 Treatment Planning II 2
Problem Solving 1 Radiation Biology 2
Health Systems Management I 3 Quality Management 2
Scientific Inquiry 2    
  13   12
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Admission Requirements

Lower Division

Students must meet Howard University’s general admission requirements.

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale

Upper Division

Students should request the program application package from the Department of Radiation Therapy. The completed application package must include:

Need more information about our academic program? Download the Radiation Therapy Fact Sheet.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees vary by school, college and level and dependent upon full-time or part-time. Additional charges are assessed if a student exceeds the maximum allowable credit hours and/or lives in campus housing and chooses a meal plan. An official schedule of Tuition and Fees can be found here: http://www.howard.edu/studentfinancialservices/accounts/tuition.htm.

Technical Standards for Admissions

Applicants must have satisfactory abilities and skills to perform medical procedures with accuracy and precision.

To practice radiation therapy, speed, safety, and accuracy are of primary importance. To be considered for admission, applicants must be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Read and comprehend technical and medical terminology and information
  • Communicate (orally and in written form) using active listening with patients, staff and other personnel clearly and effectively
  • Demonstrate ability to follow oral and written directions/instructions
  • Sit or stand up to eight hours per day
  • Lift or carry approximately fifty pounds of weight
  • Move or transfer patients safely to and from wheelchairs, stretchers, beds and simulation/treatment couches
  • Demonstrate normal or corrected vision and hearing to discern visual/audible signals, sounds on equipment and communication devices (ability to see details at close range or within a few feet of the observer, as well as in a darkened/poorly lit room)
  • Show dexterity and strength to perform daily on-the-job tasks
  • Work compassionately with individuals that have illnesses and conditions by assisting or caring for patients by providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to patients, staff, classmates, or other customers
  • Accurately and efficiently organize and perform tasks as assigned
  • Observe patients visually or via monitors during simulation or treatment procedures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, precalculus, statistics, and their applications
  • Demonstrate use of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar for verbal or written comprehension
  • Ability to apply deductive and inductive reasoning to form general rules or conclusions
  • Demonstrate time management skills; ability to multi-task, and work in strenuous environment(s)

Students with Disabilities

Howard University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation to persons with documented disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other pertinent federal, state, and local disability and anti-discrimination laws. Students must self-identify to the Dean of the Office of Student Services, located at 2225 Georgia Ave NW, Room 725. Students may contact the department by phone at (202) 806-2420. Students must register with the office within the first week of class and at the beginning of each subsequent semester for which accommodations are requested. Students will receive reasonable accommodations based on the recommendations of a licensed physician. A letter of accommodations will be given to students for delivery to the faculty, who will provide the accommodations.

Individuals with disabilities will be individually considered on the basis of their ability.

Transfer Students

Requirements for the admission of transfer students are as follows:

  •  Submit a completed Howard University Application
  • Complete at least one semester of full-time study (15 credit hours) including Math and English – 3 credits each
  • Provide sealed official academic transcript from each Institution of higher learning attended
  • Transcript with a minimum grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale upper division

NOTE: The Admissions Committee of the Department may consider exceptions.

Applicants with credits from accredited institutions of higher learning will be eligible to receive transfer credits. Acceptance of credits will be determined by the department and only those courses taken for credit with a grade of "C" or higher will be considered for transfer. Credits in upper division courses may be transferred upon successful completion of challenge examinations in the respective courses. The Department, at its discretion, may accept a student who may be deficient in one of the above specifications. For persons who do not meet the above criteria and have been out of high school for three or more years, admissions can be based on other factors such as maturity, work experience, military service, or other factors as determined by the department.