Program FAQ

Can I complete the Associate Degree Radiation Therapy program part-time?
The related course work can be completed part-time, but once you are admitted to the program it is a full-time commitment.

What day and approximate time are the day classes?
When students take general education classes times will vary. Radiation Therapy classes/clinical are daytime and usually over by 5:30 p.m. depending on the semester. Radiation therapy program students are required to participate in night testing and are notified at the beginning of each semester of the dates and times. In the event of a natural disaster or pandemic dates and times are subject to change.

Can I take classes on any Forsyth Tech campus?
Some related courses are offered at other campuses; however, most courses are available only on the main campus. All radiation therapy courses with the exception of clinical education courses will be held on the main campus in Bob Greene Hall.

Do you offer the Radiation Therapy program in the evening?
No, the program is only offered as a day program.

How many semesters is the Radiation therapy program?
Six (6)- Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer

How much does the program cost?

Go to the Radiation Therapy program details page for additional information regarding the program cost.

Can I work while in the Radiation Therapy program?
Yes, many of our students do work at least on a part-time basis while they attend the program. However, it is important to note that while it may be possible to work full-time while also attending the program, the time commitments – both in and out of the classroom – make it extremely difficult for those students to ultimately succeed in the program and graduate. From our experience, the best situation, if you must work, would be to do so on a part-time, as needed basis, which would allow for some degree of flexibility during times of increased course and clinical requirements.

Is your radiation therapy program accredited?
Yes, Forsyth Technical Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on the Education of Radiologic Technologists (JRCERT).

I am CPR certified by the American Heart Association and my card does not read “Healthcare Provider”. Do I need to retake the CPR class?
Yes, CPR certification must be by the American Heart Association/Healthcare Provider.

Where can I obtain “Healthcare Provider” CPR certification?
Contact Forsyth Tech’s Economic and Workforce Development Education Division at (336) 734-7023 to sign-up for a class or if you are presently working in a health care facility they may offer the course at the facility.

How long is the CPR certification valid?
CPR certification is valid for two (2) years. Student are required to maintain current CPR certification during the entire program.

How will the College know if I am CPR certified?
You will receive a card upon completion of the CPR class. A copy of the card will be requested by the program for verification.

Do I need a computer?

Yes, coursework requires students to have their own computer with dependable internet access, printer access, microphone, webcam accessibility, and Word. Upon application activation to Forsyth Tech students are assigned a college email address. Communication between student, faculty and any other college personnel will be by the college email. Students are expected to use the college email for all college correspondence. Students need to read Forsyth Tech emails daily and check Blackboard for announcements and/or assignments.

Upon graduation, will I be eligible to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to sit for the national certification examination as a radiation therapist?

Yes, if you have successfully completed all college and program requirements. However, you must be aware that the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists requires disclosure of any conviction, felony or misdemeanor on the registry application. At the sole discretion of the Registry, convictions may disqualify the student from taking the registry examination.

  • Applicants with a felony or misdemeanor conviction should file an ethics review pre-application with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to determine registry eligibility prior to enrolling in the program. Additional information can be found on the ARRT website.

If I am an Undocumented Immigrant, how does that impact my application to this program? Students who are not citizens of the United States pay out of state tuition in accordance with the State Board of Community Colleges (1D SBCCC 400.2 (b)). In addition, federal law prohibits states from granting professional licenses to undocumented immigrants.

How do I know if this program will prepare me for a career in radiation therapy and meets all requirements for national accreditation/certification?
The Radiation Therapy Program of Forsyth Technical Community College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Graduates are eligible to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to sit for the examination for national certification as a radiation therapist. Additional information about these organizations can be obtaining by contacting:

  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, 1255 Northland Drive, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55120-1155, Phone: 651.687.0048 or at The ARRT Website.
  • Note:Individuals who have been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony must pre-apply to the ARRT. Written preapproval to take the examination will be required. The pre-application fee is the responsibility of the student. Exceptions: You do not have to disclose the following: Offenses committed while a juvenile and processed in the juvenile court system or traffic violations which did not involve drugs or alcohol. Written preapproval may take up to 12 weeks to complete. Additional information can be found at the ARRT Website, select Educators and Students, Ethics Review Pre-Application.

How will I be graded and are there minimum grade requirements I must meet for the program?
The Radiography Program adheres to a 75 or higher required grade for all RTT major courses. Grades lower than 75 will result in student dismissal from the program. In addition, many courses have stated course requirements to include critical requirements and/or clinical proficiencies all of which must be met to receive a grade of 75 or higher for the course. Readmission may be possible based on new application, satisfaction of certain guidelines and College approval. Only one readmission due to dismissal caused by academic deficiencies will be allowed. Students are only permitted one readmission in the same health program.

What requirements must I meet for graduation from the Radiation Therapy Program?
Enrolled students must meet all graduation requirements of the college and program to include:

  • Overall GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of all required courses to include general and related courses with grade of “C” or higher. A grade of 75 or higher is required for all RTT courses. The program has numerous stated course requirements to include clinical proficiencies all of which must be met for graduation.
  • Entering students will be informed of any changes in graduation requirements prior to enrollment.

Since radiation therapy involves the use of radiation, are there any dangers I should know about before entering?
The practice of radiation therapy is considered to be safe in terms of radiation exposure; however special limits have been established for the occupationally-exposed pregnant female to ensure that the probability of birth defects is negligible. Program policy states: If a female student enrolled in the program becomes pregnant, notification to the program of pregnancy is voluntary. If the student elects to notify the program of pregnancy that notification should:

  • Be in writing and provided to the program coordinator of the Radiography program and a Pregnancy Declaration Form
  • Included with the form must be a statement from the physician of the estimated date of conception and estimated date of delivery.
  • Upon receipt of voluntary written notification, the Radiation Therapy program will: Provide the student with a second dosimeter at no cost to the student to be used for fetal monitoring during the duration of the pregnancy. Counsel the student related to proper radiation protection or refer the student to a radiation physicist for any questions related to the radiation safety of the developing fetus.
  • The student after informing the program of pregnancy may, at any time, rescind (change) the declaration of pregnancy by notifying the program coordinator in writing. For example, if the pregnancy is terminated, the student may choose to notify the program in writing.
  • Any student in good academic standing (i.e., acceptable GPA, non-probation status, grades of 75 or higher, etc.) electing to withdraw from the program due to pregnancy can be readmitted based on established readmission guidelines for the program. RTT courses successfully completed at the time of withdrawal will be considered for credit toward the degree unless the period of time since completion exceeds the acceptable time limit outlined in the readmission policy or a change in program course requirements has been made. The program may recommend or require an audit or repeat of any RTT course that exceeds the time limit as a condition of readmission.
  • Voluntary disclosure of pregnancy to the program coordinator by any prospective student is also encouraged and will result in counseling prior to enrollment and actions as stated above in this pregnancy policy when the student is enrolled.

For additional information related to NRC Regulations related to “Standards for Protection Against Radiation, Subpart C – Occupational Dose Limits” or policy related to “a declared pregnant woman,” request this information from the program.

What educational opportunities are available post-graduation?

Radiation therapy graduates may continue their education and specialize in Computerized Tomography (CT Scan), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR), Dosimetry, Education, Radiation Safety, Management, etc. This may include additional modalities, certifications, and advanced degrees.

 

Clinical FAQ

Where do students complete their clinical training?
The Radiation therapy program currently uses 6 clinical sites. See the program’s website detail page for a complete list and locations.

Do I have to submit to a criminal background check and a drug screening?
Yes. All ACCEPTED students in programs with a clinical component (including Radiation Therapy) are required to submit, at the cost to the student, to a criminal background check and drug screening prior to entering the program. Forsyth Tech and the Radiation Therapy Program will NOT have access to the results of those screenings. However, clinical facilities will have access to that information and will decide, on a case-by-case basis, whether or not results from the criminal background or drug screening constitute dismissal of a student from that particular clinical site. Because you must be able to attend ALL clinical sites that are a part of our program, any student denied admission to a clinical site due to results of the criminal background or drug screening will not be allowed to continue in the Radiography Program.

Can the information from a criminal background jeopardize my ability to complete the Radiation Therapy program?
Yes, the student’s ability to participate in clinical experiences would result in the inability of the student to complete the program.

Do I have to complete the criminal background and drug screening before acceptance?
No.

I have lived out of state and moved recently to North Carolina. Can information on a criminal background check be completed for another state?
Yes.

What if I have been previously dismissed from employment at a Program clinical site?

If you have been dismissed from employment from an area hospital or clinical facility that utilizes radiation therapy, please be advised that you may not be able to attend clinical rotations at that particular site. Because students must be able to attend all clinical sites that are a part of our program, this would constitute immediate dismissal from the program.

 

Radiation Therapy Profession FAQ

What is a radiographer?

Radiation therapists use radiation to treat cancer and some benign conditions.

What are some of the job duties/characteristics of a Radiation Therapist?
Applying therapeutic radiation doses to the patient, patient care, communication, and being a team player with the healthcare team.

Additional information can be found on the ASRT website.

Do I have to touch people?
Yes, as a radiation therapist you must provide patient care. You will also encounter blood and body fluids. Proper training will be provided.

What employment opportunities are available?

Look at the Forsyth Tech Radiation Therapy program’s details page, in the Career and Job Outlook section for additional information.