RADIATION THERAPY TECHNOLOGY
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Established in 1978, the Radiation Therapy Program at Galveston College is the state’s oldest radiation therapy program. The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiation Therapy is designed for general studies students. This associate program consists of five semesters and is twenty one months in length. Total cost of the program is approximately $5,000.00 with books and fees.
The radiation therapy program integrates new treatment procedures as they become available. Currently, students enrolled in the programs are afforded the opportunities to assist in intensity modulated radiation therapy treatments, applications of brachytherapy, image guidance radiation therapy, tomotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and cyber knife treatment procedures. Students will learn the most advanced treatment techniques using cutting edge technology.
Responsibilities of a Radiation Therapist
Radiation therapists treat patients diagnosed with cancer. They work with physicians, physicists, dosimetrists and nurses in the radiation oncology department to develop and administer a treatment plan customized to the patients’ diagnosis. Radiation therapist operates the linear accelerators, the machines that deliver the radiation doses, monitor the patients throughout the treatment process and assists patient and families with their needs.
Characteristics of a Radiation Therapist
Radiation oncology is a medical specialty that attracts a very special type of person. Radiation therapists are critical thinkers who possess the analytical skills necessary to work in a highly complex and rapidly evolving field. Communication skills, oral and written, are essential. The therapist must possess the compassion and sensitivity necessary to provide for the physical and psychological comfort of the patient. Radiation therapists must communicate and cooperate with other allied health professions and institutions.
Radiation Therapy Mission Statement
The mission statement of the Radiation Therapy Program is committed to providing its students a very diverse clinical and education of the highest quality. The program is competency based to ensure students success in the clinic as well as the classroom. Graduates of the program will be prepared to deliver excellent patient care while pursuing a lifelong learning career in the field of radiation therapy.
GOALS AND STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Goal: Students will be clinically competent.
1. Student will demonstrate accurate charting skills.
2. Student will accurately deliver patient treatments.
3. Students will perform treatment related tasks.
4. Student will provide patient care during patient treatments.
Goal: Students will communicate effectively.
1. Students will demonstrate oral presentation skills.
2. Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
3. Students will effectively communicate with patients.
4. Students will effectively communicate with staff.
Goal: Students will think critically.
1. Students will modify patient treatments based on changes in patient’s medical or mental condition.
2. Students will solve a variety of problems in patient treatment scenarios.
Goal: Students will demonstrate professionalism.
1. Students will comprehend ethics.
2. Student will demonstrate professional behavior.
The radiation therapy program has established student goals for success.
Five-year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiation Therapy examination). Benchmark is 75% passing on first attempt.
Program Effectiveness Data: July 1, 2014
|Year||Percent passing on 1st attempt||Number of students|
|2010||71%||5 of 7 students passed on 1st attempt|
|2011||80%||4 of 5 students passed on 1st attempt
2 students did not take registry
4 of 5 students passed on 1st attempt
|2013||50%||2 of 4 students passed on 1st attempt
1 student did not take registry
|2014||100%||7 of 7 students passed on first attempt|
5 year average = 80.2%
Program completion rate
Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who were accepted into the program versus the number of students who completed the program.
|Year||Percent Completion||Number of students|
|2010||100%||7 students were accepted into the program, 7 graduated|
|2011||87%||8 students were accepted into the program, 7 graduated
1 student voluntarily withdrawal
|2012||71%||7 students were accepted into the program, 5 graduated
2 dismissed for grades
|2013||83%||6 students were accecpted into the program, 5 graduated
1 student dismissed for grades
|2014||100%||7 students were accepted into the program, 7 graduated|
5 year average = 88.2%
Five-year average job placement rate. Benchmark 75% secured employment within 6 months post graduation.
|Year||Percent job placement||Number of students|
|2009||100%||4 of 4 students secured employment|
|2010||100%||5 of 5 students secured employment
2 students failed registry did not seek employment
|2011||80%||4 of 5 students secured employment
2 students did not take registry, did not seek employment, 1 failed to secure employment
4 students secured employment
|2013||100%||3 students secured employment
1 pursuing higher education, not actively seeking employment. 1 did not take registry, not seeking employment
|Five year average||28 students graduated over the 5 year period. 7 students not actively seeking employment and 1 failed to secure employment. 20 out 21 = 96%|
All program courses are taught at Galveston College. The student’s clinical education is obtained through five clinical affiliates of Galveston College which are located throughout the greater Houston area.
The radiation therapy program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT).
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
Articulation agreement with:
Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, Texas
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE
Non-Academic Program Requirements: Because of the inherent requirements of the profession, certain minimum physical abilities are expected. An otherwise qualified individual for admission is someone who, with or without an accommodation can perform and/or possess the following non-academic program requirements.
1. Vision and Observation Skills
2. Physical and Motor Skill Requirements
3. Communication Requirements
4. Critical Thinking Skills
5. Professional Behavior
6. MRI Safety
Students may be exposed to MRI machines.
Applicants wishing to make application to the program are required to:
Criteria for Acceptance into the Program
Galveston College cannot accept all applicants due to limited clinical space in the program. Criteria for student selection is based on following but not limited to:
Acceptance into the Program
Once the applicant has been accepted into the program they are responsible for the following:
The curriculum for the radiation therapy program is based on the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) curriculum grid. The ASRT curriculum grid is approved by the program’s accrediting agency, the JRCERT. All program courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 75% to progress in the program.
Upon completion of program requirements the student receives an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Galveston College. The student is now eligible, upon graduation, to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to sit for the national certification examination.
Galveston College academic calendar available on Galveston College website.
HPRS 1206 Essentials of Medical Term. 2
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
MATH 1414 College Algebra 3
Program Curriculum for Associate of Applied Science Degree
Introduction to Radiation Therapy 3 credit hours
Radiation Biology and Safety 3 credit hours
Patient Care in Radiation Therapy 3 credit hours
Physics in Radiation Therapy 3 credit hours
Oncology I 4 credit hours
Dosimetery I 4 credit hours
Instrumentation and Methodology 3 credit hours
Special Topics: Trends 1 credit hour
Dosimetry II 3 credit hours
Oncology II 3 credit hours
Clinical Practicum I 2 credit hours
English 1301 3 credit hours
CT Cross-sectional Anatomy 3 credit hours
Clinical Practicum II 4 credit hours
Technical Procedures 2 credit hours
X3XX Humanities/Fine Arts course 3 credit hours
X3XX Social Behavorial Sciences 3 credit hours
Clinical Practicum III 4 credit hours
Special Topics: Seminar 2 credit hours
Note: Students accepted into the program may be required to travel 1 hour and/or fifty plus miles to attend clinical affiliates for clinical training.
*Program curriculum if all prerequisites and non-program courses are completed.
Transfer of Credit
Students who wish to transfer course credits from another radiation therapy program will be evaluated on an individual basis for their entry status. Transfer grades below a “C” are not accepted for credit. The student requesting transfer credit must:
Upon completion of the evaluation process, the program director will determine the student’s entry level placement in the program. The student is not guaranteed that acceptance in to the radiation therapy program at Galveston College automatically places the student at the same level of their previous program.For more informationabout the Radiation Therapy Program, contact Hubert Callahan at (409) 944-1492, email firstname.lastname@example.org or the Allied Health Office at (409) 944-1490.