Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of
Radiologic Sciences

Radiation Therapy

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.

Mission Statement

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.

Goals

Goal #1: Provide the community with clinically competent entry-level therapists

Student Learning Outcomes:

1-A. Students will demonstrate proper patient positioning techniques.

1-B. Students will operate treatment units safely.

1-C. Students will demonstrate proper charting techniques.

Goal #2: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills

Student Learning Outcomes:

2-A. Students will effectively communicate with patients and co-workers.

2-B. Students will demonstrate oral presentation skills.

2-C. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills with patients.

Goal #3: Demonstrate critical thinking & problem solving skills

Student Learning Outcomes:

3-A. Students will exhibit critical thinking and problem solving by evaluating treatment plans.

3-B. Students will be able to perform a clinical whole brain setup in a lab setting.

3-C. Students will be able to successfully set up an electron treatment.

Goal #4: Graduates will exhibit professional growth and development

Student Learning Outcomes:

4-A. Students will better understand how they relate to patients and co-workers .

4-B. Students will demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.

4-C. Students will develop skills that set them apart from other entry level radiation therapists.

Certification Exams

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.

Program Effectiveness

Program Completion Rates*

5 Year Average
(Classes 2011 – 2015)

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
82 77 94%


Class 2015 Only

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
18 16 89%

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates*

Pass rates are on FIRST attempt ONLY within ONE year post graduation.

5 Year Average
(Classes 2011 – 2015)

# of Our Students Who Took Exam
# of Our Students Who Passed


Pass
Rates
77 71 92%


Class 2015 Only

# of Our Students Who Took Exam
# of Our Students Who Passed


Pass
Rates
   16 13 81%

Job Placement Results*

Job Placement rates are within ONE year post graduation.

5 Year Average
(Classes 2011 – 2015)


# of Students Seeking Job
# of Students Employed in 1 Year
Job Placement Rate
65 52 80%


Class 2015 Only


# of Students Seeking Job
# of Students Employed in 1 Year
Job Placement Rate
   14 13 93%

*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.

Accreditation

The Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by the:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182

Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304
E-mail: mail@jrcert.org