Radiation Therapy, also known as x-ray therapy, is part of radiation oncology. Radiation Therapists use linear accelerators to administer radiation to treat cancer. They work closely with the medical dosimetrist, radiation oncologist and radiation physicist. People in this profession work in fast-paced environments, stand for most of day and move and lift patients to and from treatment rooms.
Radiation Therapists work directly with critically ill inpatients and outpatients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics. A Radiation Therapist must be able to:
- Administer, record, and interpret cancer treatment prescribed by radiation oncologists
- Easily adapt to stressful environment
- Know about alternate imaging concentrations
- Work in small teams
- Learn to use different imaging techniques
- Manage side effects of treatment
Our Radiation Therapy Concentration is one of few Radiation Therapy Programs on the East Coast that offers Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) for student training. VERT is a life-size replica of a real linear accelerator used by radiation therapists to treat cancer patients. Students learn key skills by controlling the virtual machine with real controls. 3D visualization of patient images, organs, treatment beams and dose makes complex theoretical concepts easy to understand. Our students also use CT scanners and high energy linear accelerators of ionizing radiation.
The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice in radiation therapy as competent, caring members of the health care team, cultivating professionalism and life-long learning.
Radiation Therapy Concentration within Your Degree
Students may complete this concentration as part of any of our Department of Radiologic Sciences Bachelor Programs. Dual-Concentration students take Radiation Therapy in their second year (after taking the preferred Radiography program), unless they are pursuing Medical Dosimetry. Dual-Concentration students can choose Radiation Therapy their first year, however it is recommended as a second year option.
Students must consult an admissions counselor or a Radiologic Sciences faculty member when choosing concentrations, to help make sure that the combination you choose is the best option for your future career. Acceptance into your second year concentration of Radiation Therapy is not guaranteed.
Students will demonstrate proper patient positioning techniques and ability to operate treatment units safely.
Effective Communication Skills
Students will communicate effectively with patients and staff and demonstrate oral presentation skills.
Students will exhibit critical thinking and problem solving skills, evaluating a variety of treatment plans in the medical dosimetry workshop.
Students will be able to:
- Perform the necessary steps for creating a treatment set up
- Identify key components of set ups
- Recognize variances and address patient reactions to radiation
Professional Growth & Development
Students will acquire interpersonal communication tools that will enhance their effectiveness in a professional, patient care environment. Students will always demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
Upon successful completion of the Radiation Therapy Program, graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiation Therapy certification examination. Students who pass this examination receive national certification. Dual-Concentration students may not be able to take board exams until they receive their BS.
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Credentialing Examination Pass Rates*
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Job Placement Results*
Job Placement rates are within ONE year post graduation.
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*Data from Program Director (updated annually). Data collected June 8, 2016.
The JRCERT has defined “not actively seeking employment” as:
1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts OR
2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation OR
3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours OR
4) graduate is on active military duty OR
5) graduate is continuing education.
The Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by the:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
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