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Curriculum

School of Radiation Therapy curriculum

Track I and II students are in didactic courses an average of two days per week with clinical training three days per week during the first two semesters. Students then spend one day per week in didactic courses with four days in clinic during the summer semester.

Track II students will complete additional orientation classes during the first two weeks of the program and spend the majority of the fourth semester in clinical rotations. The following mandatory conferences and seminars occur on Saturdays:

  • TCRT Fall Conference (October)
  • TCRT Spring Student Review (April)


Didactic credit hours: One credit hour equal to 50 classroom minutes times number of weeks per course
Clinical training credit hours: One credit hour equal to four CT hours times number of weeks per course

Clinical sites

Semester course sequence and (credits)

Fall semester (September–December):

  • Introduction to Radiation Therapy (3)
  • Pathology (1)
  • Radiation Therapy Physics I (3)
  • Principles & Practices of Oncology I (3)
  • Methods of Patient Care (2)
  • Clinical Practicum I (6)


Spring semester (January-May):

  • Principles & Practices of Oncology II (3)
  • Sectional Anatomy (2)
  • Radiobiology/Radiation Protection (3)
  • Dosimetry and Treatment Planning (2)
  • Radiation Therapy Physics II (3)
  • Clinical Practicum II with Project (6)


Summer semester (May-August):

  • Topics in Radiation Therapy (1)
  • Clinical Practicum III with Service Project (8)
  • Review (2)

Fall II (Track II only) (August-December)
  • Clinical Practicum IV

Portfolio Project: During enrollment in the radiation therapy program, students complete a portfolio project. This is a collection of organized artifacts that showcase learning experiences, achievements and demonstrates evidence of growth and professional development over time.

Classes/clinical training (Track I and Track II):
  • Orientation and classes begin in September each year. The program is full time.
  • Track II students will participate in additional orientation during the first two weeks of the program.
  • Fall and spring classes are held two days per week and clinical rotations are three days per week.
  • Summer classes are held one day per week and clinical rotations are four days per week.
  • Track II Fall II consists of clinic rotations five days per week and an assigned project.
     

Academic breaks

  • Thanksgiving and the Friday immediately following
  • Christmas/New Year holiday: (2 weeks)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Spring Break: (March, 1 week)
  • Semester break (spring to summer, approximately 3-5 days)
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th holiday
  • Semester break (3-4 days summer to fall II for track II students)
  • Graduation Track I-mid August, Track II- mid December
  • Track I students are allowed 40 hours additional time off/Track II allowed 56 hours

 

Clinical education sites
Students rotate every four to eight weeks to a variety of clinical sites and/or areas of radiation oncology including*:

  1. University of Minnesota Medical Center Department of Radiation Oncology, 500 Harvard St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
  2. Maplewood Cancer Center, 1580 Beam Ave., Maplewood, MN 5509
  3. Hennepin County Medical Center, 701 Park Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55415
  4. North Radiation Therapy Center, 3435 West Broadway, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
  5. Regions Cancer Center, 640 Jackson St., St. Paul, MN 55101
  6. University of Minnesota Physicians, Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming, MN 55092
  7. Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center, One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
  8. Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Virginia Piper Radiation Therapy, 800 E. 28th St., Minneapolis, MN 55407
  9. St. Paul Cancer Care Center, 345 Sherman St., St. Paul, MN 55102
  10. Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center, 14500 99th Ave. N., Maple Grove 55369
  11. Park Nicollet-Frauenshuh Cancer Center, 3931 Louisiana Ave. S., St. Louis Park, MN 55426

*These clinical sites may change as needed to support the learning objectives of this program.
 

Clinical assignments
Students complete approximately 1,180 hours (TR I) or 1,800 hours (TR II) of clinical training.

Clinical rotations are determined by the program officials and provided to the students prior to program start. The first three rotations are longer (7-8 weeks) so students are able to acclimate themselves to the radiation therapy environment. Thereafter, they are approximately four weeks each. Care is taken to ensure each student is trained on the same types of equipment and types of procedures. They observe and participate in a wide variety of experiences and technologies including: 
   

  • Linear Accelerators (3D-CRT, IMRT, IGRT, Respiratory Gaiting, Rapid Arc and Record & Verify)          
  • Tomotherapy
  • Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery
  • Cone Beam CT
  • Conventional & CT-Simulation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Physics/ Dosimetry and Treatment Planning
  • Nursing/Consultation
  • Brachytherapy Procedures
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Several low volume, highly technical treatments
  • Geriatric, Adult and Pediatric treatments

 

 
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