Radiation Therapy Technology – Program Detail

Program Mission/Overview

The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program is to provide a quality education that actively engages the student in classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences that will produce a professional
entry-level Radiation Therapist and prepare the student to challenge the national certification examination in Radiation Therapy (www.arrt.org).

This program offers a variety of educational experiences in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. The coursework will train students in the application of prescribed doses of ionizing radiation for the treatment of disease. The Radiation Therapy Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (www.jrcert.org).

Advanced  placement into the Radiation Therapy Technology Program is available to graduates of radiography programs accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Individuals from these programs must have equivalent college transfer credit or complete the general education course required for the degree.

Graduates may be eligible to sit for the National Radiation Therapy Exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Program Goals

  • Students will promote empathy, high ethical standards of health care practice, and demonstrate professionalism.
  • Students will be able to function as an active and contributing member of the health care team in the community.
  • Students will demonstrate a high level of learning through developing and refining critical thinking skills and problem solving skills.
  • Students will demonstrate proper communication skills in the clinical environment.
  • Students will be clinically competent in treatment and simulation procedures in order to function as an entry level radiation therapist upon completion of the program.

Student Outcomes

  • Students will exhibit professionalism, empathy   and ethical behavior in the clinical setting.
  • Student program completion will fall within accepted standards.
  • Students will exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of skills.
  • Students will evaluate equipment performance, identify safe limits, and report malfunctions.
  • Students will recognize and initiate appropriate response to individual patient needs.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in treatment and simulation procedures.
  • Graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt.
  • Graduates will be employed within twelve months of graduation.
  • Graduate surveys reflect the graduates overall educational and clinical preparation received for the profession.
  • Employers will be satisfied with the graduates’ professionalism.
  • Employer surveys will reflect employer satisfaction of graduates’ communication skills.
  • Employer surveys will reflect employer satisfaction with the graduate in terms of adequate preparation for entry level employment as a radiation therapist.

Program Performance and Statistics

  • The pass rate for the national certification exam on the first attempt within six months of graduation is 93% for the 2009-2013 graduating classes. (28 of 30 passed the exam).
  • Job placement for 2009- 2013 graduating classes averaged *90% within six months of graduation. (20 of 30 were employed)* The percentage does not include those graduates that the JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education. The placement rate for 2013 was calculated after one year of graduation per new JRCERT Standards.
  • The program completion rate for 2009-2013 graduating classes was 59% .(30 of 51 completed the program)
  • 95% satisfaction by graduates with the quality of instruction in radiation therapy as recorded on exit surveys.

Statistics

  • Currently 8 new students are accepted in the fall semester class.
  • The program has a well-equipped lab with a Varian Ximatron simulator on the Forsyth Tech Main Campus to provide students with learning experiences.
  • The radiation therapy classroom is equipped with laptop computers, internet access and digital projection system.

Job Placement

The radiation therapy filed has currently met its employment shortage. The state of the economy has affected the job opportunities and with job placement being cyclic in nature, the rate has declined over the past few years.  There are more PRN and part time jobs available at this time than full time job opportunities.

For national job outlook information on radiation therapists review the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiation-therapists.htm.

For additional information and career videos visit the American Society of Radiologic Technologist at www.asrt.org.

Facilities

The program currently utilizes the following clinical sites: Forsyth Medical Center, Wake Forest Baptist Health, High Point Regional Health System,  and Cone Health.

Criminal Background Checks/ Drug Screening

Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/ or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/ or state registry and/ or licensure boards may prohibit eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on www.forsythtech.edu.

Staff Directory

  • Joan Whittington
    Imaging Secretary
  • Ms. Christina Gibson, M.P.H., R.T.(R)(T)
    Program Coordinator
  • Mrs. Sherry Strickland R.T.T., B.S.
    Clinical Education Coordinator

Program Costs

Program costs are estimated for the program and prospective students should keep in mind that these costs may vary and some represent “typical averages.” The average is also based on full-time enrollment. Many costs are subject to change without notice.

Two Year Program

Fall semester= 14 credit hours $1001.00
Spring semester= 16 credit hours $1144.00
Summer semester= 8 credit hours $572.00
Fall semester= 12 credit hours $791.00
Spring semester= 15 credit hours $1072.50
Summer semester=8 credit hours $572.00
Total $5219.50
Books $1200.00
Uniforms $200.00
Malpractice Insurance $298.00
Lab fees $300.00
Criminal background check/ Drug screening $100.00
This is an estimate. The cost will vary according to the number of name changes or the number of states/ countries of residence.
Total $2098.00
Grand Total $7317.50

Advanced Placement Program

Fall semester=17 credit hours $1144.00
Spring semester=15 credit hours $1072.50
Summer semester=8 credit hours $ 572.00
Total $2288.00
Books $800.00
Uniforms $200.00
Malpractice Insurance $149.00
Lab fees $90.00
Criminal background check/ Drug screening $100.00
This is an estimate. The cost will vary according to the number of name changes or the number of states/ countries of residence.
Total $1339.00
Grand Total $4127.50

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