RADIATION THERAPY

Radiation Therapy Technology Certificate

 

The Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182  Phone # 312-704-5000

 mail@jrcert.org

email:  www.jrcert.org

Mission Statement

In keeping with the mission of Galveston College, The Radiation Therapy Program is committed to providing the students with a basic general education.  The program also provides the students with the opportunities to develop specific skills through the program which will prepare the graduate for an entry level position in the field of Radiation Oncology.  The faculty and staff of the Radiation Therapy Program are committed to assisting students in maximizing their academic, personal and professional potential trough quality didactic and clinical instructions.

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.

Goal: Students will communicate effectively.
1. Students will demonstrate oral presentation skills.
2. Students will demonstrate written communication skills.

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.

Program Effectiveness Data:  July 1, 2014

 Five-year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiation
Therapy examination). Benchmark is 75% passing on first attempt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Percent passing on

 

 

Year

1st attempt

 

Number of students

 

2010

 75%

 

 

 

3 of 4 students passed on 1st attempt

 

2011

100%

 

 

 

3 of 3 students passed on 1st attempt

 

2012

100%

 

 

 

5 of 5 students passed on 1st attempt

 

2013

100%

 

 

 

3 of 3 students passed on 1st attempt

 

2014

75%

 

3 of 4 students passed on 1st attempt

 

5 year average = 90%

 

 

 

 

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%

 

 

4 students were accepted into the program, 4 graduated

2011

75%

 

4 students were accepted into the program, 3 graduated

2012

100%

 

 

5 students were accepted into the program, 5 graduated

2013

75%

 

 

4 students were accepted into the program, 3 graduated

2014

100%

 

 

4 students were accepted into the program, 4 graduated

5 year average = 90%

 

 

 

 

 

 Five-year average job placement rate. Benchmark 75% secured employment within 6 months post
graduation
.

Year

Percent job placement

 

Number of students

 

 

2009

100%

 

 

 

2 of 2 students secured employment

 

2010

100%

 

 

 

4 of 4 students secured employment

 

2011

100%

 

3 of 3 students seccured employment

 

2012

80%

 

 

 

4 of 5 students secured employment

 

2013

66%

 

2 of 3 students secured employment

 

Five year average

 

 

 

17 students graduated over a 5 year period

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 students secured employment = 88%

 

Role 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.

 

Admission Criteria  

1.  Academic Requirements

  • TSI scores for TSI-eligible students or placement scores for TSI-exempt students which permit enrollment in college level courses must appear on official transcript.
  • Make application to Galveston College.
  • Submit program application prior to the application deadline of October 15.  Submission of program application does not guarantee admission into the radiation therapy program.
  • Be a graduate of an accredited Radiologic Health Science Program.
  • Schedule a meeting with the program director.
  • Overall a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Have certification in radiography prior to the application deadline

 

          Acceptance into the Program:

          Once the applicant has been accepted into the program they are responsible for the following:

  • Provide proof or complete the Hepatitis B immunization series including titer or show proof of illness prior to clinical attendance deadline of June 1, summer semester.
  • Complete Varicella immunization (Chicken Pox) or show proof of illness prior to the clinical attendance deadline of June 1, summer semester.
  • Complete a background check through Galveston College, at student’s expense, upon acceptance into the program.
  • Complete a drug screening test through Galveston College, at student’s expense, upon acceptance into the program.
  • File a copy of current Texas Department of Health certification in admissions office and allied health office.
  • File a copy of current certification with the ARRT or NMTCB in admissions office and allied health office.
  • Successfully complete program math prerequisite college algebra 1314 prior to making program application.
  • Applicant must me certified in American Heart Health Care Provider level CPR  prior to beginning clinical practicum in the summer semester and throughout length of the program.
  • Attend mandatory program orientation prior to enrolling in program courses.

 

        Curriculum

        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 a certificate in radiation therapy.  The student is also eligible, upon graduation, to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to sit for the national  certification examination.

 

    Transfer of Credit: Students who wish to transfer course credits from another radiation therapy program will be evaluated on an individual basis as their entry status.  Transfer grades below a “C” are not accepted for credit.  The student requesting transfer credit must

  • Meet admissions requirements for Galveston College.
  • Meet admissions requirements for the radiation therapy program.
  • Currently have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the previous program.
  • Submit all course work completed with syllabus and course descriptions from transferring program.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from the previous program director.
  • Submit 2 letters of recommendation from clinical personnel associated with the previous radiation therapy program.

       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 student at the same level of their previous program.

 

Spring Semester

Oncology I                                                   3 credit hours

Dosimetery I                                                3 credit hours

Instrumentation and Methodology              3 credit hours

Special Topics: Trends                                 1 credit hour

 

Summer Semester

Dosimetry II                                                   3 credit hours

Oncology II                                                    3 credit hours

Clinical Practicum I                                        2 credit hours

 

Fall Semester

CT Instrumentation and Methodology          3 credit courses

CT Cross-sectional Anatomy                         3 credit courses

Clinical Practicum II                                       4 credit courses

 

Spring Semester

Clinical Practicum III                                       4 credit courses

Special Topics: Seminar                                  2 credit courses         

 

 

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS IN PROGRAM 34 

 

 For more information about the Radiation Therapy

Certificate Program, contact Hubert Callahan, Program Director at 

(409) 944-1492 or Allied Health Office

at (409) 944-1490.
 

Updated 7/8/2014 - Content Author eiles