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Radiation Therapy Internship (Arizona)

Program Description
Mayo School of Health Sciences at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., offers a 12-month radiation therapy certificate program in conjunction with GateWay Community College in Phoenix.

To apply to the GateWay radiation therapy program, applicants must possess certification or eligibility to take the exam in radiography from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Students must complete a clinical internship as part of the GateWay program. At Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, you will rotate through several clinical sites to ensure a comprehensive learning and experience. Rotations include:

  • Simulation
  • Dosimetry
  • Block fabrication and Millennium Multileaf Collimator (MLC) Shaper
  • External beam treatment
  • Brachytherapy
  • Intra-operative radiotherapy

GateWay Community College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

This program will apply for accreditation by the Joint Review Committee for Educational Programs in Radiologic Technology:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606-2901

Mayo Foundation is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission
30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
1-800-621-7440 (toll-free)
Fax: 312-263-7462

The clinical rotation site for the Radiation Therapy program is Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Mayo Clinic in Arizona opened in 1987 as a premiere academic medical center in the southwestern United States, where advanced programs in medical research and education support the highest-quality patient care.

Scottsdale Campus is centered around a beautiful five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains 240 exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, a pharmacy, a patient-education library, an endoscopy suite and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in more than 66 medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

The Scottsdale Campus offers excellent education facilities, including classrooms, lecture halls, an extensive library and computer lab. The Samuel C. Johnson Research Center, a 75,000-square-foot building, houses scientists, trainees and students focused on molecular genetics, molecular immunology, molecular and cell biology, molecular chemistry and surgical research.

On the Phoenix Campus, the state-of-the-art 205-bed Mayo Clinic Hospital, which opened in 1998, is the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo. It has been recognized as "the Best Hospital in Phoenix" several times by Phoenix magazine.

Mayo Clinic's Division of Radiation Oncology has exceptional patient care facilities with advanced therapy equipment, which includes linear accelerators with dual asymmetric jaws, multi-leaf collimators, electronic portal imaging and IMPAC treatment verification software.

The Scottsdale facilities include three linear accelerators, one fluoroscopic simulator, BAT ultrasound systems, an active Brachytherapy program, a Mobetron intra-operative therapy program, and three-dimensional treatment planning computers, as well as intensity modulated treatment planning, all with CT/MRI interfacing.

While on rotation at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, you will gain experience with the following equipment used in radiation therapy:

  • Varian 21EX Linear Accelerator
  • Varian - OBI
  • Varian Eclipse Treatment Planning System
  • Varian - Acuity
  • GE — CT/Simulator
  • Varisource — HDR
  • IMPAC Record and Verify System
  • Mobetron — Intraoperative Treatment System

Graduation and Certification
Upon successful completion of the Radiation Therapy Internship, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Gateway Community College.

For the majority of the internship rotations, your learning schedule will include eight-hour days, five days per week.

Class Size
Each year, Gateway Community College admits 15 to 20 students to its Radiation Therapy program.

Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale hosts two to three students for the clinical internship portion of the program each year. This ensures you will receive a comprehensive educational experience with one-on-one instruction.

Students rotate through several clinical sites affiliated with the GateWay Radiation Therapy Program.

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