Radiation Therapy

 

General Information

Delgado Community College is an open admissions college; however acceptance into the Program is by selection. The Admissions Committee for the Program reviews and evaluates each application on an impartial basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the Program. Application information, including instructions, checklist, and forms, can be found online on the program admissions page. 

Students interested in applying to the Radiation Therapy Program should contact Mrs. Bianca Davis, Allied Health Advisor, Building 4, Room 312, (504) 671-6203 or bdavis@dcc.edu.

Program information sessions will be held once per semester. Please contact Program Director, Robin Wegener at (504) 671-6230 or rwegen@dcc.edu for specific dates and times. 

Students accepted into the Program will be required to meet the technical standards of the Radiation Therapy Technology profession which are available for review in the Application Instructions section on the admissions page.

To be eligible to apply for admission to the Radiation Therapy program candidates must:

  1. Be an associate degree graduate of an accredited allied health occupation program OR
  2. Have at least 60 credit hours of previous college coursework.
  3. Show documentation of observation hours.
  4. All applicants must have completed all required prerequisites (For more information, see the FAQ page).

The duration of this program is 16 months.

For more information about the program, including a list of required courses and course sequence, visit the program's academic catalog page.

Program Mission
The mission of the Delgado Community College Radiation Therapy Technology Program (RATH) is to provide students with both academic and clinical instruction which will prepare them to function as competent, compassionate, entry-level radiation therapists who respond professionally and ethically to patients and other team members of the radiation oncology facility and healthcare community.

Program Goals
To uphold the mission, the following goals have been set to prepare graduates to apply for the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Therapy:

Students will be clinically competent.

Students will demonstrate communication skills.

Students will develop critical thinking skills.

Students will model professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes

The following Student Learning Outcomes will validate achievement of the program goals:

1. Students will be clinically competent.       

  • The student will demonstrate safe and accurate equipment operation in simulation and on the treatment unit.
  • The student will verify understanding of simulation and treatment unit procedures.
  • The student will exhibit knowledge of basic patient care.
  • The student will perform basic treatment plans and calculations.

 2. Students will demonstrate communication skills.

  • The student will successfully demonstrate effective communication skills in the clinical setting.
  • The student will demonstrate satisfactory oral communication.
  • The student will practice effective written communication skills.

 3. Students will develop critical thinking skills.

  • The student will study documented radiation treatment errors to assist in development of problem-solving and 
    critical thinking skills.
  • The student will demonstrate accuracy of locating and setting treatment unit parameters documented in the treatment    prescription.
  • The student will use critical thinking & problem solving skills in clinical situations.

 4. Students will model professionalism.

  • The student will demonstrate professionalism in the clinical setting.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of professional development and lifelong learning.

Program Description

Radiation therapists are radiologic technologists who administer highly focused forms of radiation to treat cancer and other diseases. As part of the radiation oncology team, radiation therapists work with radiation oncologists, medical physicists, medical dosimetrists, and nurses, all responsible for treating many types of cancer.

Radiologic technologists are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. Radiologic technologists who perform imaging examinations are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced. Digitally reconstructed radiographic images are used to plan radiation therapy treatment and verify the patient position prior to treatment. Radiation therapy applicants are encouraged to examine the various radiologic and imaging sciences described on the American Society of Radiologic Technologists website.

The Radiation Therapy Technology Program prepares graduates to work in the field of Radiation Oncology. Radiation therapists are responsible for providing cancer patients with appropriate treatment and patient care throughout all stages of their illness. With additional training and/or advanced degrees, a therapist has career opportunities in a variety of areas such as medical physics, dosimetry, and management. Opportunities also exist in the field of training and sales for major vendors of radiation therapy equipment.

Our program is the only one within the states of Louisiana and Mississippi and offers Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT).

Accreditation

The Radiation Therapy Post-Associate Certificate program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology:

JRCERT
20 N Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago IL  60608-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
FAX: 423-304-5304
mail@jrcert.org

This accreditation allows program graduates to apply for the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Therapy.

Program Effectiveness Data (2013-2017)

The Delgado Community College Radiation Therapy Program reports the following Program Effectiveness Data as of December 2017. This information will be available for all programs accredited by the JRCERT at the organization's website.

Completion Rate

This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. Fourteen of 15 students enrolled in the program from 2013-2017 went on to complete the program. The five year annual program completion rate is 93%.

Year of Graduation # of Students Initially Enrolled #of Graduates Program Completion Rate

2013

 0

N/A

N/A

2014

5

5

100%

2015

5

5

100%

2016

0

N/A N/A

2017

5

4

80%

5 year average

93%

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate

This is the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt within six months of graduation from the program. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. The program's credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average from the years 2013 through 2017 is 93%. Thirteen of 14 graduates of this program taking the ARRT certification examination within six months of graduation passed on the first attempt.

Year # of First Time Examinees # Passing on First Attempt % Passing on First Attempt

2013

0

N/A N/A

2014

5

4

80%

2015

5

5 100%

2016

0 N/A N/A

2017

4 4 100%

5 year average

93%

Job Placement Rate

This is the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. The program's job placement rate from the years 2013 through 2017 is 93%. Consistent with JRCERT Standards, the program rate is not less than 75% within twelve months of graduation.

Year # of Graduates # Graduates Seeking Employment % of Graduates Employed within 12 Months
2013 0 N/A N/A
2014 5 5 100%
2015 5 5 100%
2016 0 N/A N/A
2017 4 3 100%
 Five Year Average  93%

View the Gainful Employment Disclosure for Radiation Therapy.