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 and Student Outcomes

Goal: Students will be clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate treatment skills.
  • Students will demonstrate simulation skills.
  • Students will demonstrate dosimetry skills.

Goal:  Students will develop and refine critical thinking skills and problem- solving skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will exercise independent judgement and discretion in the technical performance of skills.
  • Students will demonstrate adequate knowledge in setting up a breast treatment.

Goal:  Students will communicate effectively.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.

Goal:   Students will demonstrate professionalism.

  • Students will demonstrate professional behaviors.
  • Students will demonstrate professional ethics and empathy in the clinical setting.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt within 6 months of graduation.
  • Of those pursuing employment, graduates will be employed within twelve months post-graduation.
  • Students will complete the radiation therapy program within 2 years( 6 semesters).
  • 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 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.

 

Clinical Information

The program offers clinical education courses during 2nd – 6th semesters.

 

Clinical Sites

The program currently uses 7 different clinical education sites in Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, and Rowan Counties. These clinical sites are made up of major medical centers, and hospitals. They provide varied and well-rounded clinical experiences for our students.

 

Radiation Therapy Clinical Sites
CLINICAL SITE CITY MILES FROM FORSYTH TECH MAIN CAMPUS (ONE WAY)
Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Health Winston-Salem, NC 2
Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Health
High Point Medical Center
High Point, NC 19
Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Health
Lexington Medical Center
Lexington, NC 24
Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley
Long Hospital
Greensboro, NC 27
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Winston-Salem, NC 2
Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center Kernersville, NC 16
Novant Health Rowan Regional
Medical Center
Salisbury, NC 37

 

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.