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About the Program

The Radiation Therapy Post-Associate Certificate of Technical Studies Program will provide academic and clinical education in the art and science of radiation therapy. The program will include instruction in general radiation therapy, surface and sectional anatomy, radiation therapy physics, oncologic pathology, radiation biology, radiation safety and protection, simulation techniques, dosimetry and treatment planning, patient care and quality management. The curriculum content, including academic and clinical education, will prepare students for employment as Radiation Therapists.

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
(312) 704-5300
FAX: 423-304-5304
mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org
 

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 of the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Therapy:

1.  Students will be clinically competent.

2.  Students will demonstrate communication skills.

3.  Students will develop critical thinking skills.

4.  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.

    The student will exhibit knowldege 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 until parameters documented in the treatment prescription. 

     The student will use critical thinking and problem solving skills in clinical situations.

4. Students will model professionnalism

The student will demonstrate professionalism in the clinical setting.

The student will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of professional development and lifelong learning. 


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

 

Program Effectiveness Data (2009-2013)

 

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 2009 through 2013 is 95%.  Sixteen of 17 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 six 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 2009 through 2013 is 94%.  Sixteen of 17 graduates obtained employment in the radiologic sciences within six 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 17 students enrolled in the program from 2009-2013 went on to complete the program.  The five year annual program completion rate is 100%. .