Radiation therapy utilizes ionizing radiation in the treatment and cure of cancer. Radiation therapy is a rewarding profession that requires interpersonal communication skills, critical thinking skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks.
The Radiation Therapy (RADON) program at Bellevue College (BC) offers you personalized and intensive instruction to form a solid foundation for a rewarding career in this field. Bellevue College has the only radiation therapy technology program in Washington State and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Degree recipients should possess the skills & abilities described below:
Interpret a planned course of radiation therapy and accurately administer it; to include patient positioning, documentation and management of (electronic) patient records.
Employ patient care skills and comfort essential to radiation therapy procedures.
Appraise and report, within the Scope of Practice for Radiation Therapists, the clinical progress of the patient undergoing radiation therapy.
Apply the principles of radiation safety.
Analyze the functions of radiation therapy equipment and determine the most appropriate utilization of that equipment.
Operate radiation therapy equipment in a safe manner.
Evaluate the use of treatment accessories and construct immobilization and other devices.
Apply principles of confidentiality of medical records and privileged knowledge and the “Patient’s Bill of Rights” and HIPPA regulations.
Demonstrate effective oral and written communication techniques with patients, families and staff.
Demonstrate professional attitudes in the work environment (e.g. cooperation, teamwork, attendance and punctuality).