RADON 111 Clinical Practice I • 3 Cr.


Provides 15 hours per week of supervised clinical instruction at an affiliated hospital or health care facility. Students get orientation to the setting and begin the competency-based educational sequence. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain program policies and procedures.
  • Describe general hospital personnel and organization
  • Define specific roles of departmental personnel
  • Identify professional organizations and regulatory bodies specific to radiation therapy.
  • Demonstrate correct body mechanics when transferring or assisting a patient.
  • Identify common methods of treatment used in radiation oncology.
  • Interpret the patient set-up instructions and correctly prepare the treatment room for the patient. 
  • Place the patient on the treatment couch in the appropriate position following chart instructions and employ patient immobilization devices when necessary.
  • Locate the correct skin marks or tattoos for each patient.
  • Assist the therapist in the triangulation of a patient.
  • Use the pendant to sidelight patients.
  • Demonstrate the ability to set the correct field size and collimator angles for symmetrical fields.
  • Using the visual and audio monitors, observe the patient during treatment and listen for patient sounds such as coughing.
  • Demonstrate radiation safety procedures to be used in the radiation oncology department.