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. Radiographic images are also 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 at the following link: www.asrt.org
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.
The Radiation Therapy Post-Associate Certificate program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology:
20 N Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago IL 60608-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
This accreditation allows program graduates to apply for the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Therapy.
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.
To uphold the mission, the following goals have been set to prepare graduates to apply of the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Therapy:
The following Student Learning Outcomes will validate achievement of the program goals:
1. Students will be clinically competent.
2. Students will demonstrate communication skills.
3. Students will develop critical thinking skills.
4. Students will model professionalism.
The Delgado Community College Radiation Therapy Program reports the following Program Effectiveness Data as of December 2012. This information will be available for all programs accredited by the JRCERT at www.jrcert.org
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 2011 through 2015 is 90%. Nineteen of 21 graduates of this program taking the ARRT certification examination within six months of graduation passed on the first attempt.
Job Placement Rate: This is the number of students that gain employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. The program's job placement rate as an average from the years 2011 through 2015 is 95%. Twenty of 21 graduates obtained employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduation.
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. All 21 students enrolled in the program from 2011-2015 went on to complete the program. The five year annual program completion rate is 100%.
Program Completion Rate
Number of Students
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Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy I
Clinical Practice I
Radiation Therapy Physics I
Dosimetry / Treatment Planning I
Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy II
Clinical Practice II
Radiation Therapy Patient Care
Dosimetry and Treatment Planning II
Radiation Therapy Physics II
Clinical Practice III
Imaging and Anatomy in Simulation
Quality Management / Operational Issues
Radiation Therapy Seminar
Clinical Practice IV
Program Description from Official Catalog: