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Radiation Therapy

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science (B.S.R.S.)


College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences

 Tracy White stands next to Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) system

The Radiation Therapy program has a state of the art Virtual Reality Linear Accelerator (VERT) which allows students the opportunity to simulate real case scenarios in a lab environment. A-State has one of a limited number of these in the U.S.

Program Mission

The Radiation Therapy program provides students with the skills necessary to operate therapeutic radiation oncology systems and thus become a professional, entry level radiation therapist.

*Students admitted into the RTT program must be certified and registered (or registry eligible) with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

  • Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

    PROGRAM MISSION/RADIATION THERAPY

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

    GOALS AND OUTCOMES/RADIATION THERAPY

    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 adapt standard radiation therapy techniques to varying clinical situations
    b. Students will identify & assess effective treatment plans

    4. Students will demonstrate professionalism:

    • Outcomes

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

  • Admission & Graduation

    Admission to Arkansas State University

    University Grievance Procedure
    Graduation Requirements


    How to Apply to Radiation Therapy Program

    All students must apply to Arkansas State University before acceptance to the Radiation Therapy (RTT) program.

    RTT FACULTY


    Tracy White

    Program Director
    Phone:  870-972-3073
    Email:  twhite@astate.edu

    Jody Nutt
    Clinical Coordinator
    Phone:  870-972-3073
    Email:  jnutt@astate.edu

    SELECTIVE ADMISSION

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

    The Department does not guarantee acceptance into the program of choice for students entering the second year of the multi-competency BSRS program.  Acceptance for Radiation Therapy, Sonography, CT, MRI, Mammography and Cardiovascular-Interventional students may require all or some of the following:

    • Select course GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Letters of recommendation/reference
    • Interview by program director
    • Testing

    Students work with their individual advisor to prepare for admission.

    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.

  • Additional Information

    Expenses

    In addition to tuition and immunization costs, Radiologic Technology students will incur the following expenses:

    1. 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 approximately $40.
    2. Students are assessed a fee of $100 per academic year to cover the cost of radiation exposure monitoring devices.
    3. 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 $700, plus $200 for associated computer software packages. These texts are used throughout the program.
    4. Students will be required to purchase uniforms through the A-State Bookstore. Approximately $250 should be estimated for uniforms in the first year of the program.
    5. Students are required to purchase name badges and personalized radiographic markers (approximately $50), and personalized dosimeters ($75/year). 
    6. CPR certification is required. Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
    7. TB mask fittings are required. The fitting is available at A-State within the first few weeks of the fall semester. This is a one-time fee of approximately $25.
    8. 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.
    9. Students are required to pay $150/year for online clinical software program to be used for clinical courses.
    10. Reliable transportation to/from clinical sites for duration of the program.

    Immunization & Health Records

    Once accepted into the program students must provide documented evidence of vaccination for hepatitis-B.  Vaccination consists of three separate doses of the vaccine, given at time zero, 1 month, and 6 months.  Optimal protection is not conferred until after the third dose.  The student must start this series immediately after acceptance to the professional program.

    Additionally, students are required to provide documentation of a physical examination once accepted into the professional program.

    Drug Testing

    Some of the clinical sites used by the BSRS programs require drug testing prior to placement for assigned practicums. Information for obtaining the drug testing is provided by the program. Costs are to be borne by the student.

    Transportation

    Students are required to provide their own transportation when assigned to all clinical practicums.   When determining educational costs, consid­eration should be given to this additional expense.

    Student Employment

    The BSRS degree requires an unusual amount of the students’ time, and students should pay particular attention to the section on “Student Academic Load” in the Academic Regulations section in this Bulletin. Outside employment may need to be adjusted to course and clinical requirements scheduling.

    Probation, Retention and Readmission

    Refer to Probation, Retention and Readmission Policies in the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

    Curriculum

    Note that the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences reserves the right to make curriculum changes at any time and all students must comply with such changes

    Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.

    Visit the bulletins page >>

    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.

  • Clinical Affiliates

    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:

  • Curriculum
  • 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

    Visit their website >>

     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
    2016 100 6 of 6 passed on 1st attempt
    2017 100 4 of 4 passed on 1st attempt
    2018 100 8 of 8 passed on 1st attempt
    2019 63 5 of 8 passed on 1st attempt (8/8 overall pass rate)
    2020 100 7 of 7 passed on 1st attempt
    5 year avg 93  

     

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

     

    Year Percent job placement Number of students
    2016 100 6 out of 6 students seeking employment found employment
    2017 100 3 out of 3 students seeking employment found employment
    2018 88 7 out of 8 students seeking employment found employment
    2019 100 8 out of 8 students seeking employment found employment
    2020 100 5 out of 5 students seeking employment found employment
    5 year avg 98  

     

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

     

    Year Percent completion Number of Students
    2016 100 6 of 6 students completed program
    2017 67 4 of 6 students completed program
    2018 100 8 of 8 students completed program
    2019 100 8 of 8 students completed program
    2020 100 7 of 7 students completed program
    5 year avg 93.4  

     

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


Accreditation

The Radiation Therapy program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT awarded the program 8 year accreditation status in 2019, with the next scheduled review in 2027. Learn more about A-State’s accreditation information and program effectiveness data.

Graduates of the Radiation Therapy program are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) radiation therapy national certification exam. Graduates who pass the ARRT exam are eligible for Arkansas state licensure in radiation therapy. State licensure requirements vary from state-to-state: no license needed, to national certification only, to both national certification and state licensing requirements. Therefore, this program cannot determine state licensure requirements for each state. Please check the asrt.org website for additional information regarding licensure before enrolling in the BSRS program.

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.