Course Descriptions

The Bergen Community College Radiation Therapy Program is a one year certificate program that begins in September and ends in August annually. Didactic courses are offered two days per week in the fall and spring semesters.  Clinical courses are offered three days per week in the fall and spring semesters and five days per week in the summer semester.   The program offers its graduates a maximum of 36 college credits.

RTT-110 Introduction to Radiotherapy and Patient Care Management is an exploration of the foundation of radiation therapy practices and variety of roles for the professional in the delivery of health care.  Principles of practice, professional responsibilities, medical law and ethics will be addressed.

2 credits / 2 lecture hours

RTT-120 Radiation Therapy Practices I introduces the student radiation therapist to treatment equipment and techniques.  Topics include patient immobilization, localization, simulation, documentation, patient positioning, treatment delivery parameters, prescriptions, and patient care, and various laboratory experiments.

4 credits / 3 lecture hours – 3 lab hours
Corequisite – RTT 110

RTT-121 Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum I serves as a clinical orientation to radiation therapy where students are afforded an opportunity to develop professional clinical skills and knowledge through structures rotations and assignments in radiation therapy.  Treatment competencies and related objectives will be used to measure clinical outcomes.  Students will be afforded 352 hours for this clinical experience.

2 credits, 352 hours

RTT-130 Radiation Biology and Safety explores the cellular and systemic effects of radiation exposure.  Radiation health, safety, and federal and state requirements will be enforced.

3 credits / 3 lecture hours

RTT-150 Principles of Diagnostic Radiation Physics is a continuation of the exploration of radiation physics.  Emphasis will be on basic principles of physics, atomic structure, electro-magnetic and particulate radiation, x-ray circuits, radiographic tubes and radiation production.

3 credits / 3 lecture hours

RTT-200 Survey of Diseases orients students to disease and disorders that comprise the human body.  Emphasis is on cellular, systemic and manifestations.  There will be an emphasis on the management of pathologies as well.

3 credits / 3 lecture hours
Prerequisites: RTT-120

RTT-210 Dosimetry and Treatment Practices applies the concepts of radiation physics to therapy practice.  Treatment units, scatter radiation analysis, isodose curves, patient contouring, dosimetric calculations, compensating filtration and equipment calibration are introduced.

3 credits / 3 lecture hours

Prerequisites: RTT-110, RTT-150
Corequisite: RTT  230

RTT-220 Radiation Therapy Practices II is an exploration of cancer, its detection, diagnosis, correlation and prognosis.  The focus of the course is on the management of neoplastic disease and its mechanism of spreading.  Various laboratory experiments will be used to demonstrate the role of radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer

4 credits / 3 lecture hours – 3 lab hours
Prerequisite: RTT-120
Corequisites: RTT 210, RTT 230

RTT-221 Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum II affords student radiation therapists an avenue to continue their development of professional skills through rotations on various treatment machines, treatment planning and simulation.  Objectives and treatment competencies will be used to assess outcomes.  Students will be given 352 clinical hours for this clinical experience.

2 credits, 352 hours
Prerequisite: RTT-121

RTT-222 Radiation Therapy Clinical Practicum III affords student radiation therapists with an avenue to continue the development of advanced professional clinical skills through the correlation of didactic theory.  Students continue towards competency and mastery and will be given 360 hours of clinical experience

2 credits, 424 hours
Prerequisites: RTT-121, RTT-221

RTT-230 Advanced Procedures explores advanced practices that the student will incorporate into their basic foundation of knowledge. Cross-sectional anatomy will be presented through didactic presentation. Quality control parameters for therapeutic and simulation equipment will be presented through a synchronous didactic and laboratory presentation There will be an introduction to computing, information processing, and computer concepts and various laboratory experiments.

2 credits / 1 lecture hour – 2 lab hours

Prerequisites:  RTT 120, RTT-150
Corequisites:  RTT 210