The major in radiation therapy provides students with an educational foundation in the sciences and humanities as well as clinical experience in a radiation therapy department. The curriculum requires a minimum of six semesters on campus in pre-professional and professional core courses prior to the senior clinical internship. The clinical internship begins in July of the senior year, extends for 13 months, and is spent at an affiliated hospital clinical internship site. Admission to the major is on a competitive basis. Upon acceptance, students may register for the professional core courses. Students who successfully meet program requirements will interview with the clinical sites during their junior year and upon selection by one of the sites will be placed for the senior clinical internship. All requirements for general education and the major must be met prior to graduation.
The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is to educate and train radiation therapists who are knowledgeable, technically competent and dedicated to their profession and their patients, meeting the educational and personal needs of its students by emphasizing excellence in education and offering a broad based curriculum in liberal studies, professional courses and clinical internship. This program additionally seeks to promote research and provide a base for further professional development of graduates.
To support this mission, the following goals have been established:
- Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
- Students will grow and develop professionally.
- Students will be clinically competent.
- Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
- The program will successfully meet the needs of its students and communities of interest.