Radiation Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Radiation Therapy General Information

Thank you for your inquiry and interest in Delgado Community College and the Radiation Therapy Technology Program. Acceptance of applications for the Radiation Therapy program is based on the deadline set for each 16 month program. For classes starting in January (spring), the deadline is October 1st. When classes begin in August (fall), the deadline is May 1st.

If the academic requirements are met, the student will be considered for possible entrance into the Radiation Therapy Program. Delgado Community College is an open admissions college; however, acceptance into the Radiation Therapy Program is by selection only. Selection is based upon the applicant’s academic records, professional recommendations, professional observation, and a personal interview.

Delgado Community College assures equal opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status or veteran’s status in the admission to, participation in, or employment in the programs and activities of the college. The number of students selected each year for admission to this program is dependent upon the number of openings available at the program’s local affiliate hospitals. This number is limited; therefore, competition for acceptance into this program is very strong.

What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy is a specialty within the scope of the radiologic sciences and the field of oncology that utilizes high energy x-ray and gamma radiations to treat malignant and benign disease processes. Radiation therapists are responsible for providing cancer patients with appropriate treatment and patient care throughout all stages of their illness.

What is a Radiation Therapist?

The radiation therapist is that member of the oncology healthcare team that delivers a prescribed dose of radiation to patients with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Applicants must be willing to work with sick and disabled persons, should be accurate, thorough, sympathetic, congenial, cordial, versatile and ambitious. Applicants must also be dependable, responsible, reliable, and able to abide by rules, regulations and schedules.

Radiation therapy applicants are encouraged to explore the various radiologic and imaging sciences described at the American Society of Radiologic Technologists website.

What is the program like at Delgado?

The Delgado Radiation Therapy Technology Post-Associate Program provides students with formal and practical education in both the classroom and clinical settings. Students attend classes either at the Delgado City Park Campus or at one of our clinical affiliate sites. Students rotate to several clinical sites for their Clinical Practicum component; this provides the student with broad exposure to various types of equipment in unique practice settings. Once a student is accepted into the program, it is a 16 month full-time commitment of daytime clinical and didactic education. Drive times from each clinical site to City Park campus range from10-40 minutes.

Academic instruction will be provided by the Delgado Community College faculty, clinical site staff and guest lecturers. The student will have access to all the college facilities such as the library, audio tutorial lab, and counseling services. The Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) classroom also has desktop computers and reference books for radiation therapy student use. Students are also encouraged to participate in all student activities and service learning projects.

During non-classroom hours, a clinical competency based program has been established for the students enrolled in the Radiation Therapy Technology program. Students will participate in VERT “labs” where clinical procedures will be demonstrated, practiced, and evaluated. The student’s proficiency and accuracy will be developed through individual instruction and be evaluated by clinical instructors. Clinical competency is documented by the clinical coordinator and/or program director.

What are the career opportunities for a Radiation Therapist?

The Radiation Therapy Technology Program prepares graduates to work in the field of Radiation Oncology. The radiation therapy profession offers opportunities to practice in a variety of settings such as hospitals, private clinics, and cancer centers. With additional education/training and certification, radiation therapists can work as Certified Medical Dosimetrists (CMD), Medical Managers/Administrators (MBA/MHA) or Medical Physicists (PhD). Opportunities also exist in the field of training and sales for major vendors of radiation therapy equipment.

How do you apply for admission to the program?

Application information, including instructions, checklist, and forms, can be found online on the program's  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  or Mrs. Syretta Atkins, Building 4, Room 313, (504) 671-6201 or sussin@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. 

Current Delgado Students

If you are a currently enrolled Delgado student, the Allied Health Admissions Office will obtain a Delgado transcript, which will become part of your application.

Applicants Who Are Not Current Delgado Students

If you are currently enrolled in college courses at a college of university other than Delgado Community College, you MUST list the courses you are currently enrolled in and have an official copy of your final grades sent to the admissions office as soon as possible. You must also complete a Delgado Community College Application.

Delgado has a policy which addresses Academic Renewal. Academic Renewal is the act of declaring void all prior credits attempted and earned. If you are interested in information regarding Academic Renewal and the procedure to initiate this process you must contact the Delgado Admissions Office at (504) 671-5012.

References

Professional references must be from individuals who have worked with, supervised, or taught the applicant, not friends or family members.

When should you apply for admission to the program?

The Allied Health Admissions office can provide you with information on when the next class of students will be starting. To be eligible to apply for admission to the Program students must possess a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all college courses and be a graduate of a 2-year accredited allied health program such as radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, medical technology, nursing, etc. OR have at least 60 credit hours of post-secondary education.

NOTE: In addition to these courses all applicants must have completed the prerequisite courses listed below.

Prerequisite Courses (60 hours which must include the following)

  • ENGL 101 or ENGL 110- English Composition I or Intensive English Composition I
  • ENGL102 - English Composition II
  • MATH 128 - Applied Algebra
  • MATH 120 (or higher) - Math Survey
  • HESC 111 - Medical Terminology
  • PSYC 127 - General Psychology
  • PHYS 101 - Elementary Physics
  • BIOL 251 - Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 253 - Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
  • BIOL 252 - Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIOL 254 - Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
  • Humanities Requirement (See catalog)

To find out if courses you have taken will transfer will to Delgado, call (504) 671-6201 for information on meeting with an Allied Health Advisor to have your transcripts evaluated.

What are the program costs?

Radiation Therapy Technology students pay the same fee for each term as other credit students enrolled in the college:

  • Tuition Per Year (Resident) - $3,500.00
  • Tuition Per Year (Non-Resident) - $7,300.00

In addition to the tuition and fees, other approximate costs for the radiation therapy program include: