Radiation Therapy Technology

certificate program (8047)

Established in 1978, the Radiation Therapy Program at Galveston College is the state's oldest radiation therapy program and is the only program in the state of Texas to offer a certificate program for registered radiographers.

Financially, the radiation therapy program offers an excellent return on the student's educational and financial investment:
The cost for the associate degree program, in state, is $2,817.00 with no-out of district fees and out-of-state is $4137.00. Length of the program is 21 months and consists of 5 semesters. The cost for the certificate program, in state is $2138.00 with no-out-of district fees and out-of state cost is $3158.00 Length of program is 16 months and consists of 4 semesters. Radiation therapists are in demand nationwide and command entry level positions salaries beginning at $55,000 annually.

MISSION STATEMENT
In keeping with the mission of Galveston College, The Radiation Therapy Program is committed to providing its students a basic general education as well as presenting the students the opportunity to develop specific skill through the program which will prepare the graduate for an entry level position in the field of Radiation Therapy. The faculty and staff of the Radiation Therapy Program are committed to assisting towards the greatest academic, personal and professional potential through quality courses and instruction. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply or the national credentialing examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (www.arrt.org).

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  1. Prepare graduates for entry level position in the field of radiation therapy.
  2. Students develop effective communication techniques.
  3. Learn to apply critical thinking skills is assessing patients in a clinical environment.
  4. Students learn to recognize and manage ethical issues both in an academic and clinical setting.
  5. Graduates are qualified and eligible to sit for national credentialing examination.
  6. Promotes and embraces a commitment to life-long learning.

 PROGRAM OVERVIEW
All courses are taught on campus at Galveston College and the student's clinical education is obtained through the college five clinical affiliates located throughout the greater Houston area which provide the student with a very diverse and marketable clinical education.

The radiation therapy program is accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (www.jrcert.org), 20 N Wacker Dr., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL, 60606-2901. All JRCERT accredited programs are required to post the following outcomes; credentialing examination pass rate, job placement rate, and program completion rate. All outcomes are based on graduates from the year 2000 thru 2009.

  1. The national credentialing examination pass rate for the Radiation Therapy Program at Galveston College is 96.7%.
  2. Job placement rates are expressed by the JRCERT as graduates who secure employment within 6 months post graduation. The job placement rate for the Radiation Therapy Program at Galveston College is 100%.
  3. The program completion rate for the Radiation Therapy Program at Galveston College is 93%.

THE ROLE OF THE RADIATION THERAPIST
The Radiation Therapist assists in the treatment of patients with cancer. Radiation is directed at the tumor site under strictly controlled conditions in an attempt to cure or palliate the disease. The Radiation Therapist positions the patient for treatment, performs or assists in performing the necessary mathematical calculations to determine the proper radiation dose under the supervision of a physician, and delivers the required radiation utilizing highly complex equipment. The Radiation Therapist also receives training regarding the significant impact that cancer has on patients and their families.

There is a nationwide demand for skilled, registered Radiation Therapists that is expected to increase over the next decade. With advance training and education, Radiation Therapy also leads to opportunities to pursue therapist careers in Dosimetry, Medical physics, teaching and administration.

RADIATION THERAPY CERTIFICATE ADMISSION CRITERIA
All prospective candidates who wish to be admitted to the Radiation Therapy Technology program should contact the Program Coordinator at (409) 944-1492 or email at hcallaha@gc.edu.

Applicants must:
1. Complete the requirements for admission to the College. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the
    program.
     Requirements to the college include:
       a. TSI scores for TSI-eligible students or placement scores for TSI-exempt students which permit enrollment in college level courses. Official TSI scores must appear on a transcript to be sent directly to Galveston College from the test company on an official test score report form.

2. Initiate the Program Check List in the Admissions Office.

3. Continue the Program Check List process and complete Program Degree Plan with the Program Coordinator.
     Degree plan must show evidence of: 
       a. GPA of 2.5 or higher from an accredited
       b. Be a graduate of an accredited Radiologic Health Science Program 
       c. Be a registered technologist by October 15th, application deadline.
       d. Achieve a grade of "C" or better in MATH 1314 College Algebra or take a CLEP test. Students are highly recommended to take PHYS 1401 College Physics I prior to starting the program. 

 4. Submit a Program Application to the Program Coordinator. Applications that are submitted after the deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the Selection Committee. Due to limited enrollment we cannot accept every applicant. Applicants not admitted to the program must re-apply each year. Successful applicants will be notified by mail of acceptance to the program. Program applications are accepted April 15th through October 15th for the next spring semester.

      ● Complete the following prior to enrollment: 

        a. File a copy of current Texas Department of Health certification and ARRT certificate in the Allied Health Office.
        b. Students must be certified in American Heart Health Care Provider Level CPR at program entry                             
            and maintain certification through out their course of study.
        c. Complete Hepatitis B immunization series including titer or show proof of illness by the start of the program. (This
            process takes approximately seven months to complete.)
        d. Show proof of Varicella immunization (Chicken Pox) or show proof of illness by the start of the program.
        e. Complete a background check through the College at student's cost upon acceptance to program.
        f. Complete a clear drug screening test at student's cost as directed by the program.
        g. Meet with Program Coordinator upon request.
        h. Attend Mandatory Orientation. 

Transfer Policy:

Course work from another program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Program Coordinator. A grade of “C” or better is required on all transferred prerequisite, general education and program specific courses.  Transfer students from another program will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Transfer students must:

  1. Complete admission requirements to Galveston College as well as the Program admission criteria.
  2. Submit course syllabi for review, if requested by program coordinator.
  3. Agree to a complete a disclosure of information form.

CURRICULUM
The program begins in the spring semester and is completed the following spring semester. All classroom instruction is conducted at Galveston College and clinical education is conducted through multiple clinical affiliates.

Upon completion of the program, the student will receive certification from Galveston College which states the student has successfully completed the certificate program and is eligible to take the national licensure exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist. 

 GALVESTON COLLEGE
RADIATION THERAPY PROGRAM
ASSESSMENT PLAN 2010 - 2011

 GOAL 1 Provide competent service to patient and employers

 

Assessment Criteria

Expected Outcome

Assessment

Method

Time

Frame

Responsible

Party

Analysis

Students are provided the necessary didactic and clinical

background to function as an

entry level therapist.

75% of students will achieve a score >3.5 on all clinical competencies.

Clinical

competency

evaluations.

End of each semester

Program

Director

100% of the students score >3.5 on all 207 clinical competencies. Average score was 4.4.

 

> 75% of students report they are prepared for entry level positions.

Graduate evaluation of the program.

May

Program

Director

100% of the students reported they were prepared; with an average score of 1.4 with one being excellent and two being above average.

 

> 75% of students will report they received adequate classroom and clinical experiences.

Graduate evaluation of the program.

May

Program

Director

100% of the students reported they received adequate and classroom and clinical experience

 

75% of graduates will be rated > 3.5 on the employer satisfaction survey.

Employer Satisfaction Surveys.

Annually

Program

Director

Students graduated in May. No data available.

                             

 

Assessment Criteria

Expected Outcome

Assessment

Method

Time

Frame

Responsible

Party

Analysis

Students will successfully complete all program courses with a grade >75%.

>75% completion rate

Program

Data

May

Program

Director

100% of students successfully completed the program courses with a score >75%.

Program graduation/retention rate will be >75%

>75% graduation/retention rate

Program

Data

May

Program

Director

92% of the students completed the program.

75% of graduates will secure employment within 6 months post graduation.

>75% employment rate within 6 months post graduation

Exit interviews, personal contacts

November

Program

Director

Students graduated in May. Data not available.

Program requires students to demonstrate communication skills

Students score > 4.0 in communication categories on student clinical evaluation forms and clinical competency forms.

Student clinical competencies

and student

clinical evaluation forms.

End of each semester

Program

Director

100% of students scored > 4.0 and the average score was 4.75 with 5 being excellent.

 

Student demonstrates written and oral communication, score >75 points on oral presentation and manuscript  assessment.

Course RADT 1191, oral presentation & technical manuscript.

End of each semester

Program

Director

100% of students scored > 75% on oral presentations and writing of technical manuscript.

Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills

Students score >4.0 in critical thinking skills categories on student clinical evaluation forms and clinical competency forms.

Clinical competencies & clinical evaluation forms.

End of each semester

Program

Director

100% of the students scored >4.0 and the average score was 4.75 with 5 being excellent.

Graduates possess problem solving and critical thinking skills.

75% of graduates will be rated >3.5 on employer satisfaction survey for problem solving & critical thinking skill.

Employer satisfaction survey

Annually

Program Director

Students graduated in May. Data not available.

 GOAL 2   Pass the national credentialing examination.

 

Assessment Criteria

Expected Outcome

Assessment

Method

Time

Frame

Responsible

Party

Analysis

Scores on national registry will be within 5% of national average.

GC registry scores will be within 5% of national average.

ARRT exam results.

Annually

Program

Director

Students graduated in May. Data not available.

Pass rate on ARRT exam will be > 75% each year, 1st attempts

Pass rate on ARRT exam will be > 75% each year, 1st attempt

ARRT exam results

Annually

Program Director

Students graduated in May. Data not available.

Pass rate on ARRT exam will > 75% for last 5 years

Pass rate on ARRT exam will be > 75% for last 5 years.

ARRT exam results

Annually

Program Director

 Students graduated in May. Data not available.

Student will be prepared to take ARRT examination.

> 75% of students report they are prepared to take the ARRT examination.

Graduate evaluation of the program.

Annually

Program Director

100% of students returned surveys, the average score was 1.63 with one being excellent and two above average.

 GOAL 3  Students will develop continuous professional and life long learning.

 

Assessment Criteria

Expected Outcome

Assessment

Method

Time

Frame

Responsible

Party

Analysis

The program will provide opportunities for the student to participate in professional organizations.

> 30% will join one professional society while enrolled in the program.

Qualifying technical manuscript, TSRT student member mandatory

Annually

Program

Director

33%  of the class of 2008 joined the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists.

The students participate in an overview of professional societies at all levels, multimedia channels

Students will be able to recognize and access professional societies and organizations pertinent to their profession and needs.

Completion of course RADT 1191.

Students write 8 yr. career path & goals.

Annually

Program

Director

100% of students successfully completed RADT 1191. This course introduces students to professional societies that are pertinent to their profession. 100% of students submitted an 8 year career path.

Annual Surveys

> 75% of graduates surveyed will be in good standing with the ARRT, 3 years post graduation.

Annual surveys mailed by GC radiation therapy program.

Annually

Program Director

 

 RADIATION THERAPY TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

First Semester - Spring
Course
Description
Credit
RADT 1344 Instrumentation and Methodologies 3
RADT 2307 Dosimetry I 3
RADT 2301 Oncology I 3
RADT 1191 Special Topics and Trends 1
RADR 2340 Sectional  Anatomy for Medical Imaging 3
   
13
 
Second Semester - Summer
Course
Description
Credit
RADT 2309 Dosimetry II 3
RADT 2303 Oncology II 3
RADT 2266 Practicum I (Radiation Therapy Certificate) 2
   
8
     
Third Semester - Fall
Course
Description
Credit
CTMT 2336 CT Equipment & Methodology 3
RADT 2566 Practicum II (Radiation Therapy Certificate) 5
   
8
     
Fourth Semester - Spring
Course
Description
Credit
RADT 1291 Special Topics: Seminar* 2
RADT 2467 Practicum IV (Radiation Therapy) 4
   
6

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS IN PROGRAM

35

 *Identifies capstone experience.

Updated 8/16/2011 - Content Author eiles