The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has established the following list of technical standards for the majors of Nuclear Medicine, Radiography and Radiation Therapy.
These technical standards conform to the professional technical standards required for the safe and ethical practice of the task/skills associated with clinical nuclear medicine, medical radiography and clinical radiation therapy. Each student, with reasonable accommodation, must be able to demonstrate that he/she is able to:
Reach and manipulate equipment to its highest position (6 feet).
Communicate in a clear and concise manner with patients of all ages, including obtaining health history and pertinent information.
Transfer patients from wheelchairs and stretchers and help them on/off treatment table.
Move a standard wheelchair and/or stretcher from a waiting area to a treatment area.
Understand and apply clinical instructions given by department personnel.
Visually monitor patients/charts/machine indicator lights in dimly lit conditions.
Detect audible alarms and background sounds during procedures to ensure patient/staff safety
Demonstrate manual dexterity to perform necessary manipulations such as drawing doses with a syringe, manipulating locks, putting on surgical gloves.
Endure an eight-hour day with a minimum of four to six hours of standing or walking.
Endure a minimum of two hours of didactic instructions in a classroom environment.
Radiation Therapy Majors Only: Demonstrate the ability to lift up to 30 pounds and position beam directional, immobilizing and modifying devices.
Post-Baccalaureate Baccalaureate Program
Prospective students who hold a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university may pursue a Medical Imaging & Therapeutics program in Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy or Radiography. The candidate for the Post-baccalaureate Program in the Medical Imaging & Therapeutics must have completed the following prerequisite college courses with a minimum grade of C: Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab, College Algebra and Trigonometry (for radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine Technology only), Probability and Statistics (for Nuclear Medicine Technology only), (for Radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine Technology only), a computer course, Basic Chemistry I and II with lab (for Nuclear Medicine Technology only), 4 credits College Physics (for Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy only), 3 or 4 credits calculus based general physics (MRI only), medical terminology, and Clinical Pathophysiology or equivalent (for Nuclear Medicine Technology only). Accepted MRI and radiation therapy students begin their program in the summer session; nuclear medicine and radiography students begin in the fall session. Note that effective Summer of 2011, the Radiography program will begin in the summer session. Graduates are eligible to apply for certification in their discipline through examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB). Certification by the NMTCB is available only to graduates of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program. The Nuclear Medicine Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT).
The Radiation Therapy and Radiography programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The MRI program is recognized by the ARRT through regional accreditation.
Eligibility for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging & Therapeutics with a major in Radiation Therapy is based upon completion of all phases of education. Completion of this JRCERT accredited program determines the student's eligibility to apply to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination.
All clinical internship courses are intended to prepare the graduate to work safely and competently as a radiation therapist. Prior to graduation, the student must demonstrate the ability to meet the following terminal objectives:
Correctly interpret and implement terminology used in treatment prescriptions and take part in the localization, radiographic recording, surface markings and charting of patients
Perform calculations and treatment planning arising from the prescription, and undertake the production of immobilization devices
Interpret the prescription and planning instructions with regard to patient positioning, beam collimation and modifications, accessory equipment, and shielding
Demonstrate appreciation of the importance of monitoring the care and well-being of the patient by: monitoring patient during application of the treatment; providing for the patient’s comfort with appropriate immobilization of the patient; communicating effectively with the patient; and continuously monitoring the control equipment
Maintain accurate records of treatment, and write up the treatment record immediately after the application of the treatment.
Report and record immediately, in writing, any variation from a prescribed course of treatment – in EVERY instance
Be responsible (under guidance of the radiation oncologist) for: advice given to the patient regarding the treatment and its side effects; recognizing significant changes in the patient’s condition, and taking appropriate action; and for providing counsel, care and comfort to patients under great psychological stress
Demonstrate safe and competent use and care of highly sophisticated and expensive equipment, including: linear accelerators; simulators and associated computer systems. Also keep patients, staff and public from electrical/mechanical/radiation, and all other, hazards
Ensure consistent, satisfactory, and routine performance of equipment maintenance; be able to recognize malfunctions or defects in any/all equipment or accessory devices; take all steps possible to ensure prompt maintenance/repair of defective parts
Deliver a prescribed radiation dose to a precisely defined volume
Be thoroughly familiar with the physical properties of accessory materials employed in any
treatment, and with the mathematic and physical principles governing beam direction devices and beam modifiers