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) or (mail@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 be clinically competent.
  • Students will develop and refine critical thinking skills and problem solving skills.
  • Students will communicate effectively.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism.

 

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 Effectiveness Data (2019)

In addition to the program goals and student learning outcomes listed above, the performance of the program is reflected through program effectiveness data. Program effectiveness data is defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, 312.704.5300, or at www.jrcert.org.  Program effectiveness data includes the program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate.  Explanations of these measures and our program data that correspond with the annual report most recently submitted to the JRCERT are noted below.

Completion Rate – January 1 through December 2019

This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program and completed the program within 150% of the program length. The number of students that began the program is divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. The program’s
completion rate for 2019 was 58% (7 out of 12 students completed the program).

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate – 2015 through 2019

This measurement defines an average over a five-year period. It reflects the number of graduates who passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt, within six-months of graduation. The program’s credentialing examination pass rate, stated as an average from 2015-2019, is 91%. (29 out of 32 graduates from our program taking the ARRT certification examination passed on the first attempt).

Job Placement Rate – 2015 through 2019

This measurement defines an average over a five-year period. It reflects the number of graduates who obtain employment in the field of radiologic science within twelve months of graduation vs. the number of graduates actively seeking employment. Graduates not actively seeking employment are not included in the data. Not actively seeking employment is defined by the JRCERT as: Non-communication of graduate with program after multiple attempts, graduate is unwilling to relocate for employment, graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to hours or salary, graduate is on active military duty, and graduate is continuing education. The program’s job placement rate stated as an average from 2014-2018 is 100% (32 out of 32 actively seeking graduates have obtained employment in radiation therapy).

 

Program Costs

  • In-State Tuition ($76.00 per credit hour x 75 credit hours) – $5,700.00
  • Out-of-State Tuition ($268.00 per credit hour x 75 credit hours) – $20,100.00
  • Textbooks and Course Materials – $1,200.00
  • Malpractice insurance – $149.00 (Liability insurance must be purchased annually before engaging in lab or clinical practice. The cost varies according to the credit program and insurance carrier.)
  • Uniforms – $225.00
  • Program Lab Fees – $405.00
  • Student Activity Fees – $140.00
  • Technology Fees – $240.00
  • Marker Fees – $25.00
  • Campus Parking Fees – $70.00
  • Clinical Parking Fees – $40.00
  • Criminal background/ Drug Screening: Average – $100.00
  • ASRT membership (Required senior year) – $35.00
  • NCSRT membership (Optional 2 years) – $55.00
  • NCSRT annual conference (Optional)
  • Conference fee, travel, room and meals estimated average – $300.00 – $500.00

Grand Total Estimated Costs: In-State resident – $8,329.00 to $8,884.00

Total Estimated Costs: Out-of-State resident – $22,729.00 to $23,284.00

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.

 

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: Cone Health, Forsyth Medical Center, Kernersville Medical Center, UNC Health Care / High Point Regional Health System, and Wake Forest Baptist 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

  • Tamara Beck, CNMT, MA
    Director of Imaging
  • Siobhan Murphy
    Imaging Staff Assistant
  • 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.