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Radiologic Sciences

Radiation Therapy

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science


Description

The Radiation Therapy Major provides the student with the skills necessary to become a professional, entry level radiation therapist.

Why Radiation Therapy?

Radiation Therapists are health care professionals skilled in the art and science of medical radiation treatment delivery. The majority of patients receiving radiation therapy have cancer. Along with surgery and chemotherapy, radiation therapy offers these patients the best chance to succeed in the fight against their disease.

Major focus areas are the care and assessment of patients, simulation, treatment planning, and delivery of treatments using linear accelerators and radioisotopes. High technology equipment and innovative treatment methods maximize treatment effectiveness.

Radiation therapists must have excellent technical skills, and also be empathetic and effective communicators. Radiation therapy can be a very rewarding career.

  • Program Information

    Coursework Overview

    The program leads to a baccalaureate degree in Radiologic Sciences with a major in Radiation Therapy. Students must complete 51 hours of major courses in Radiation Therapy along with 35 General Education hours and 34 hours of Radiography hours (from an accredited program). Upon completion of this degree students are eligible to apply to the ARRT for the examination in Radiation Therapy.

    Program Schedule

    Classes for new radiation therapy students begin in the Fall Semester (August) and run for twelve consecutive months. During the 12 month program, students participate in a structured rotation sequence through the radiation therapy departments in the clinical setting.

    Mission

    The Radiation Therapy Program at Arkansas State University exists to produce competent entry-level radiation therapists for the practice of radiation therapy.

    Goals / Outcomes

    1. Students will be clinically competent:

    Outcomes
    a. Students will be able to perform treatment procedures accurately
    b. Students will be able to perform simulation procedures accurately

    2. Students will communicate effectively:

    Outcomes
    a. Students will demonstrate written communication skills
    b. Students will use effective oral communication skills

    3. Students will develop critical thinking skills:

    Outcomes
    a. Students will be able to adopt standard radiation therapy techniques to varying clinical situations
    b. Students will identify & access effective treatment plans

    4. Students will demonstrate professionalism:

    Outcomes
    a. Students will understand professional ethics
    b. Students will demonstrate professional conduct

  • Prerequisites

    Admission Requirements

    General Education Requirements

    Students who need more than 10 hours of general education requirements are encouraged not to apply to the program. Preference will be given to those who have less than 10 hours to complete. Interviews will not be granted for those lacking more than 10 hours of general education requirements. The only exception will be if there are not enough applicants to fill the class.

    Additional Requirements

    Candidates for admission must also meet the following requirements:

    • Completion of an accredited radiography program.
    • Cumulative Grade Point Average - minimum of 2.5
    • Completion of A&P I and II with labs (8 hours).

    Points will be given during application process according to GPA.

    Cumulative GPA less than 2.5 will not be considered for admission.

    English Proficiency Requirements

    The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs and professions require 
    a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and 
    clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure.

    All foreign born students - learn more about the English Proficiency Requirements >>  

    Technical Standards

    In order to ensure patient safety and welfare, the student must demonstrate "with or without accommodations" in order to successfully complete the program:

    1. Sufficient eyesight to observe teaching methods and patients, manipulate equipment and accessories, and evaluate radiographs for quality.
    2. Sufficient hearing to communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team and patients and hear various patient, equipment and background sounds.
    3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to manipulate equipment and accessories, lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, and respond promptly to patient's needs.
    4. Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment in the performance of assigned responsibilities in stressful situations.
    5. Satisfactory verbal, written, and reading skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English.
    6. The ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate ethical behaviors with all members of the healthcare team.
  • Selective Admission Process

    Selective Admission

    Admission into the radiation therapy emphasis is very limited. Only 5-8 students are selected each year depending on clinical site availability.

    How to Apply

    • Apply to Arkansas State University and have all transfer coursework evaluated for credit.
    • Determine whether you meet the Admission Requirements for the Radiation Therapy program.
    • Download Radiation Therapy application.
    • Download Radiation Therapy reference forms.
    • Download Radiation Therapy check sheet and follow the directions.
    • Submit completed application by April 1st.

    Application packet must be in the department office by 5 p.m. on April 1. After evaluation of all completed applications, interviews with qualified applicants will be conducted.

    Selection Criteria

    Applicants to the Radiation Therapy Program are selected by the Admissions Committee using the following criteria:

    Criteria:
    Points Possible
    Cumulative GPA
    20
    Selected Course Grades
    20
    Interview
    30
    Number of Completed Courses Toward Degree
    10
    Arkansas Residents, ASU Students, and RT Work Experience
    5
    References
    15
    Foreign Language Proficiency
    Students who can demonstrate proficiency in Spanish by the foreign languages department will be awarded a maximum of 4 points.
    4
    Total Points Possible:
    104


    For more information contact:

    Tracy B. White, M.S., R.T. (R)(T)
    Arkansas State University
    Radiologic Science Program
    P.O. Box 910
    State University, AR 72467

    Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap/disability, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students.

  • Clinical Education

    Clinical Sites

    Classes for new radiation therapy students begin in the Fall Semester (August) and run for twelve consecutive months. During the 12 month program, students participate in a structured rotation sequence through the radiation therapy departments in the clinical affiliates.

    These include:
    St. Bernard's Regional Medial Center
    Jonesboro, AR
    Three Rivers Medical Center - North
    Poplar Bluff, MO

     

    St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
    Memphis, TN
    White River Medical Center
    Batesville, AR


    Criminal Background Checks

    Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs if the screening is required by an affiliate requirement. This is to ensure compliance with agreements between the College and Clinical Facilities.

    Verified Credentials

    Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100. Applicants who fail to submit a background check will not be eligible to participate in the clinical experience.

    Please follow the directions in the link below for submitting your application to Verified Credentials:

    Start your background check >>


    Background Check Results

    Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:

    Red: Convictions or Discrepancy found
    Yellow: Possible Discrepancy found
    Green: No Convictions or Discrepancies found

    Appealing Your Results

    If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the Program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials.

    The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience base on their criteria.

  • Curriculum

    Program Curriculum

    This curriculum consists of 38 Radiation Therapy hours and 8 Radiologic Science hours. All clinical courses reflect an 8:1 hour ratio for clock hours to credit hours.

    Fall Semester
    Hours
    RST 4203, Intro to Radiation Therapy and Pt. Care 3
    RST 4214, Radiation Therapy Principles + Practice I 4
    RST 4313, Radiation Physics I 3
    RST 4513, Radiation Therapy Clinical Education I 3
    RS 4463, Statistics for Medical Imaging 3

    Spring Semester
    Hours
    RST 4224, Radiation Therapy Principles + Practice II 4
    RST 4333, Applied Radiation Biology 3
    RST 4323, Radiation Physics II 3
    RST 4523, Radiation Therapy Clinical Education II 3
    RS 4343, Radiologic Administrative Concepts 3

    Summer Semester
    Hours
    RST 4234, Radiation Therapy Principles + Practice III 4
    RST 4413, Radiation Protection, Safety, and Quality Management 3
    RST 4242, Radiation Therapy Clinical Treatment Planning 2
    RST 4533, Radiation Therapy Clinical Education III 3
    RS 3133, Radiologic Sectional Anatomy 3
  • Additional Information

    Expenses

    In addition to tuition costs, Radiologic Science students will incur the following expenses:

    • All students in the College of Nursing & Health Professions must purchase malpractice insurance prior to rotating through clinical sites. The annual cost of this insurance is about $40. Information regarding purchase of malpractice insurance may be obtained through the Program Director.
    • Students (except DMS & MRI students) are assessed a fee of $120 per academic year to cover the cost of radiation exposure monitoring devices.
    • The cost of textbooks will vary each semester, with a majority of the total cost occurring in the first semester of the professional program. Textbook costs for the first semester may be as much as $500. These texts are used throughout the program.
    • Students will be required to purchase uniforms. Approximately $200 should be estimated for uniforms for the program.
    • CPR certification is required. Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
    • Students are required to purchase name badges. This is a nominal, one time fee of less than $20.
    • Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.

    Credit for Current Professional Certification

    Students holding current ARRT Advanced Level Certification in Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology, Mammography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Quality Management, ARRT registration in Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine, NMTCB registration in Nuclear Medicine, or ARDMS registration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography may request credit for work experience, independent study options, and waiver of clinical education course work in their area of expertise.

    These requests will be evaluated on an individual basis but will require completion of at least one course in the specialty from ASU in order to complete the requirements for a minor toward the BSRS degree and at least two courses in the specialty from ASU to complete the requirements for a major toward the BSRS degree.

    In addition, students must complete the general education requirements, Radiologic Sciences Core requirements, and meet all residency requirements of the university.

    Credit for Work Experience

    Technologists who have successfully passed an appropriate national professional examination and have worked 1,000 hours in that specialty over the past two years are eligible to receive credit for work experience. Individuals should contact their advisor for further information.

    Online Web Courses

    Arkansas State University Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs do not offer full degrees or professional clinical courses via online Internet web resources. However, we do offer some courses via the university Blackboard (trademark software) online Internet web services.

    These courses vary in design; some are taken completely online and do not require any on-campus attendance, others require presentations or examinations on-campus, while still others meet regularly on-campus.

    All online Internet web courses taken via the university Blackboard web site qualify for ASU-Jonesboro main campus residency course credit.

    If you are a current ASU student, you may access Web for Students to search the current course schedules for web courses. If you are not a current ASU student, please contact us at the contacts given at the bottom of this page to find out what the possibilities are for you.

  • Professional Organizations
  • Program Effectiveness Data
    This program is accredited by:

    JRCERT Logo
    The Joint Review Committee on Education in
    Radiologic Technology

    20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
    Chicago, IL 60606-3182
    (312) 704-5300

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    ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
    RADIATION THERAPY PROGRAM
    PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS DATA

     

    Program mission, goals, student learning outcomes and philosophy:

    Mission

    The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program at Arkansas State University is to produce competent entry-level radiation therapists for the practice of radiation therapy.

     Goal:  Students will be clinically competent

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students will be able to perform treatment procedures accurately.
    • Students will be able to perform simulation procedures accurately.

    Goal:  Students will communicate effectively.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
    • Students will use effective oral communication skills.

    Goal:  Students will develop critical thinking skills.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students will be able to adapt standard radiation therapy techniques to varying clinical situations.
    • Students will identify and assess effective treatment plans.

     Goal:  Students will demonstrate professionalism.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students will understand professional ethics.
    • Students will demonstrate professional conduct.

    Philosophy

    The Radiation Therapy Program is founded on the belief in the need for better educational opportunities in the changing health care profession of Radiation Therapy.  Our program is based on the concept that education is a continuing process whereby the learner determines goals, clarifies values, and develops such a discipline and understanding as best meets individual needs for self-actualization.  Through specific general education courses, curriculum, and clinical experiences, it is our goal to educate students for a professional career in which they can be successful.

    Accreditation Information:

    The Arkansas State University Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).  The program has a full 8-year accreditation with the next review date in 2019.  Arkansas State University is regionally accredited through The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Effectiveness data for the program will be available on the JRCERT and Arkansas State University websites.  Contact information for the JRCERT is:

    JRCERT
    20 N. Wacker Drive, St 2850
    Chicago, IL 60606-3182
    Phone  312-704-5300
    Fax      312-704-5304
    Website  www.jrcert.org
    E-mail    mail@jrcert.org

     

     DATA

     Five year average credentialing examination (ARRT Radiation Therapy Exam) pass rate of not less than 75% at first attempt within 6 months of graduation.

     

    Year Percent passing on 1st attempt Number of students
    2010 80 4 of 5 passed on 1st attempt
    2011 100 6 of 6 passed on 1st attempt
    2012 86 6 of 7 passed on 1st attempt
    2013 100 6 of 6 passed on 1st attempt
    2014 80 4 of 5 passed on 1st attempt
    5 year avg 89.2  

     

    Five year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within 12 months of graduation.

     

    Year Percent job placement Number of students
    2010 80 4 of 5 students found employment within 6 monthsOther 2 students found employment within 12 months
    2011 83 5 of 6 students found employment within 6 months Other student found employment within 12 months
    2012 86 6 of 7 students found employment within 6 months
    2013 100 6 of 6 students found employment within 6 months
    2014 80 4 of 5 students found employment within 6 months
    5 year avg 86  

     

    Program Completion Rate – number of graduates divided by initial number in cohort.

     

    Year Percent completion Number of Students
    2010 100 5 of 5 students completed program
    2011 100 6 of 6 students completed program
    2012 100 7 of 7 students completed program
    2013 100 6 of 6 students completed program
    2014 100 5 of 5 students completed program
    5 year avg 100  

     

    For more information regarding program effectiveness data visit the JRCERT website at  www.jrcert.org


This program is accredited by:

JRCERT LogoThe Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300

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