The Northwestern Medicine School of Radiation Therapy prepares students for the clinical, theoretical, technical and psychological aspects of a career in Radiation Therapy. The 14-month training begins in July and is limited to five to eight students per year. This is a full-time program; students are expected to be here from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Students will be off six regular holidays per year:
New Year's Day
The program begins in early-mid July and ends the last week of August of the following year.
Learning how to deliver compassionate and quality patient care is emphasized. In Northwestern Medicine's state-of-the-art facility, students are taught with the most advanced technological and diagnostic equipment available, including:
Varian Trilogy treatment unit
Elekta linear accelerators with multi-leaf collimators and IMRT
Philips CT Simulator
BSD Hyperthermia Unit
Nucletron High Dose Rate Unit
Elekta Gamma Knife
Treatment Planning Units (Nucletron Plato and Phillips ADAC)
IMPAC electronic chart management system
Our experienced instructional staff includes:
Board-certified Radiation Oncologists
ARRT registered Radiation Therapists
Administrative and support staff
Hospital Mission Statement Northwestern Medicine, our sponsor institution, has a guiding philosophy of being a regional hospital of choice that is recognized as having the most satisfied patients, best possible clinical quality and outcomes, and the best physicians and staff. We constantly strive to improve the quality of the care in our community. Core values that are allowing us to achieve these goals, and support the mission of the NMSRT are:
Integrity We adhere to an uncompromising code of ethics that emphasizes complete honesty and sincerity. Through our words and actions, we earn the complete trust of our patients and their families, our community, and our coworkers. We do the right thing.
Patients First We put the patient first in all we do. Caring for the individual patient and his or her family is the heart of our mission and our philosophy.
Excellence We continuously strive for excellence. We are always learning and improving our skills, programs and services.
Teamwork We achieve our mission and goals through the collective and coordinated efforts of our staff. We use our diverse talents, backgrounds, ideas and experiences to benefit patients and create solutions. We value team success over personal success.
Program Mission Statement The mission of the School of Radiation Therapy is to graduate healthcare professionals who are competent radiation therapists through quality academic and clinical experiences.
Program Goals In order to fulfill our mission, we have adapted the following goals:
Students will demonstrate clinical competence.
Students will possess necessary technical skills.
Students will be able to advise patients on skin care precautions and/or remedies.
Students will be able to design a basic treatment plan.
Students will demonstrate effective communication skills in order to function effectively as entry-level radiation therapists.
Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
Students will utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Students will recognize and resolve treatment delivery discrepancies
Students will demonstrate clinical competency for low volume-high risk procedures.
Graduates will demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Students will demonstrate high standards of professional practice.
Students will demonstrate awareness of continuing education requirements and professional organizations.
Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.
Students/graduates will display professionalism in the clinical environment.
The program will provide the community and health care organizations with qualified, competent entry-level radiation therapists.
Graduates will pass the ARRT national certification examination on the first attempt.
Graduates actively seeking employment in radiation therapy will be employed within 12 months of graduation.
Students will complete the program within 14 months.
Graduates will be satisfied with the program.
Employers will be satisfied with the performance of newly hired therapists.