School of Radiation Therapy: Curriculum

The academic year is divided into fall, spring, and summer semesters. During the fall and spring semesters, students attend two days of classroom instruction and three days of clinical instruction. From the very beginning, students are assigned to various treatment units under the direct supervision of a licensed radiation therapist for their clinical instruction. Students have the opportunity to apply the techniques and principles covered in the classroom and learn to operate the equipment used in planning and administering radiation treatments. View our 2014-2015 academic calendar

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The courses included in the curriculum are sequenced as follows:

Semester I

Fall (15 weeks + Orientation) Hours
Orientation 32
Methods of Patient Care 15
Introduction to Radiation Therapy I 22.5
Clinical Anatomy I 45
Record Keeping/Medical Terminology 18.75
Radiation Physics I 33.75
Clinical Set-ups I 15
Clinical Performance 350

Semester II

Spring (16 weeks) Hours
Introduction to Radiation Therapy II 24
Clinical Anatomy II 48
Radiation Physics II 40
Clinical Setups II 24
Principles of Radiography 16
Ethics and Law in Radiation Therapy 24
Clinical Performance Spring 546
Clinical Performance Summer 315
Total Didactic Hours = 676.5

Semester III

Fall (16 weeks) Hours
Clinical Radiation Oncology I 48
Treatment Planning I 48
Pathology 20
Radiation Protection 24
Film Review 16
Clinical Performance 371

Semester IV

Spring (16 weeks + Registry Review) Hours
Clinical Radiation Oncology II 48
Treatment Planning II 48
Radiobiology 16
Quality Assurance 16
Registry Review 50
Clinical Performance 496
Total Clinical Hours 2078
Total Didactic Hours 692

During the summer semester, students attend five days of clinical instruction and other required clinical rotations. Students are also required to attend periodic Saturday clinical workshops where they get to put theory into practice. Students also have the option to rotate through our regional clinical sites for periodic month-long clinical rotations. The regional sites are:

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Rockville Centre
1000 North Village Ave
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Commack
650 Commack Road
Commack, NY 11725

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Sleepy Hollow
777 NorthBroadway, Suite 100
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

Hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM or 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Students are given 20 days-off per year, in addition to six observed holidays and a 5-day winter break. During the senior year, students get two professional days to be used for job-seeking activities and/or interviews. All instruction, clinical and didactic, takes place a tour main campus, with the option to rotate through our regional sites listed above.

Grading

Each didactic course is graded on a numerical scale from zero to 100%. 75% is passing in each course. Every course must be taken in sequence such that any student receiving below 75% will be dismissed from the program. Clinical performance is also graded in the fall and spring semesters as well as the summer semester and also must be passed with a 75%.

Our numerical grades can be converted to a letter grade based on the following scale:

Grade Letter Score
Below 75 F
75-76 C
77-79 C+
80-83 B-
84-86 B
87-89 B+
90-93 A-
93-96 A
97-100 A+

Requirements for Graduation

Upon completion of our two-year certificate program, our graduates will have accumulated approximately 2,100 hours of clinical instruction and 700 hours of classroom instruction. Graduation ceremonies are generally held in mid July.

In order to qualify for graduation from the training program, students must meet the following:

  • Satisfactory completion of all courses with a grade point average equivalent of 75 percent or better
  • Accrual of all necessary clinical days
  • Clinical competence by fulfillment of the clinical objectives with a 75 percent equivalent or better
  • Return of any equipment/books borrowed from the school and/or medical library
  • Fulfillment of all monetary obligations
  • Completion of all program assessment forms/evaluations/surveys, financial aid entrance and exit interviews, if applicable.

Note: Graduation from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center training program does not automatically guarantee licensure by New York State and/or certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Licensure and certification are granted by the New York State Department of Health and the ARRT upon passing (75 percent or better) the ARRT Boards.