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Radiation Therapy

Program Overview

Radiation therapists provide direct patient care services. In fact, approximately 50 percent of all those who have cancer will receive radiation therapy. Each year more than a million newly diagnosed cases of invasive cancer are reported in the United States. As medical and technological advances combine to improve cancer detection and treatment, the therapeutic and palliative effects of radiation therapy will continue to play a crucial role for these patients.

Today, practice and technology are evolving rapidly especially with the integration of sophisticated computer technology. The radiation therapy program utilizes this technology with a combination of radiation therapy and general education courses. Emphasis on independent decision making and critical thinking skills based on a solid clinical foundation with selected medical centers in the area will challenge the learner.

Multiple curriculum options exist. Students may enter the two-year associate degree option with or without transfer credit. A 12-15 month advanced standing option is available for radiographers and other applicants who meet special eligibility requirements.

The radiation therapy program at Southern Maine Community College is committed to providing the student with specific knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for an entry-level position in the field of radiation oncology.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program the graduate will:

  • Demonstrate clinical problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills, especially as they relate to the cancer management team.

  • Provide radiation therapy services in an every-changing clinical environment through provision of total quality care for each patient.

  • Reflect professional standards of care in radiation therapy by demonstrating a positive work ethic and respect for the needs of the patient.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • Accuplacer placement test scores OR exemption (you must place into ENG 111 and MAT 108)
  • Scores from PSB Allied Health Entrance Exam.
  • HS biology with lab OR College Biology with lab.
  • Minimum of 2.5 on Academic Criteria Index (ACI). This is a composite score based on previous performance in all math/science classes (high school or college) and score on PSB.

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High School Course Recommendations

Strongly Recommended Courses
Algebra I
Algebra II
College Prep Biology

College Prep Chemistry
College Prep Physics

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Continuing Your Education

Students may choose to pursue a baccalaureate degree in radiation therapy through a formal articulation agreement with the University of Southern Maine.

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