Banner MD Anderson offers new program for students

Distance learning program aims to meet demand for cancer experts

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center recently announced a new distance learning program that will allow students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy and Dosimetry through the University of Texas at Houston MD Anderson Cancer Center while doing most of their studies in northern Colorado. The program is designed to meet the growing demand for oncology experts.

Students can take online classes with faculty in Houston while doing research, lab, and clinical rotations at Banner MD Anderson at McKee Medical Center in Loveland or Banner MD Anderson at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.

Radiation therapists and medical dosimetrists play a vital role in treating patients using innovative approaches that target cancer or other abnormal and diseased cells without damaging surrounding healthy tissue.

“We face a shortage of radiation therapy experts, and Banner MD Anderson offers many opportunities that allow recent graduates to launch exciting and rewarding careers that make a difference in the lives of patients,” said Kate Sorensen, Coordinator Banner MD Anderson clinic. . “Having the ability to obtain certification in both areas of radiation therapy and dosimetry is rare and valuable.”

Data from the American Hospital Association shows that there will be a shortage of 3.2 million healthcare workers by 2026. This growing and critical shortage is due to factors such as the toll of healthcare teams from health on the front line of the pandemic.

The projected growth rate from 2016 to 2026 for radiation therapy employment is 13%, nearly double the average growth rate across all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The minimum qualification to be a radiation therapist is an associate’s degree, while medical dosimetry generally requires a bachelor’s degree.

Participating students will attend orientation in Houston for six weeks of the first semester of the program and return for a minimum of four weeks each summer semester. For more information, contact [email protected]

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center at North Colorado Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center at McKee Medical Center provide cancer care to patients in Northern Colorado through the partnership of Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Arizona, and from MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Banner MD Anderson offers focused, disease-specific expertise in the medical, radiological and surgical management of the cancer patient; a multidisciplinary, evidence-based approach to patient care; access to clinical trials and new experimental therapies; state-of-the-art technology for the diagnosis, staging and treatment of all types of cancer; expertise in oncology in supportive care services. For more information, visit BannerMDAnderson.com.

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Ryan H. Bowman