Radiation Therapy

Associate in Science

A Radiation Therapist delivers radiation treatment as prescribed by a physician for the treatment of disease, primarily cancer.  Radiation Therapist will monitor patient’s physical condition and response to treatment.  The associate degree program in Radiation Therapy is based on twenty-two (22) months of full-time study.  This curriculum prepares students for employment as entry-level Radiation Therapist in hospitals and cancer centers.  Upon successful completion of the Program, students are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) board examination (Radiation Therapy).  

Please see the Radiologic Technology Programs webpage for more information about the admission process.

Program Curriculum

The structure of the curriculum is such that courses are offered in sequence and progress in complexity. It offers appropriate didactic content and ample supervised clinical education to assure sufficient opportunity to achieve all didactic and clinical requirements established by the ARRT. Clinical education takes place in hospitals and cancer centers. Students will rotate through all clinical settings during the length of the Program.  The following clinical sites are: Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale New Haven Father McGivney Cancer Center New Haven and Hamden Campuses, Danbury Hospital, Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Center Bridgeport Hospital in Trumbull CT, and Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.  Transportation and parking are the student’s responsibility.

The following pre-requisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher before applying to the Program:
           * BIO*211, Anatomy & Physiology I
           * BIO*212, Anatomy & Physiology II
           * HIM*101, Medical Terminology
           * Attendance at one program specific information session within              
              one year of application submission to the department.

Upon acceptance into the Radiation Therapy Program, students are required to attend a mandatory two-week, 40 hours per week, patient care orientation as well as several hospital orientations; all of which are scheduled between June and August and must be completed prior to beginning the Program in the fall semester. In order to continue in the Radiation Therapy Program, the student is required to successfully complete patient care orientation with an overall course average of 75 or higher.

The Program is accredited by the Board of Governors for Higher Education and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRECRT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312)704-5300, www.jrcert.org.

Radiation Therapy Program Mission Statement:

The Radiation Therapy Program at Gateway Community College is committed to educating and preparing competent, entry-level therapists who provide high quality patient care to members of the community. Furthermore, the Program is dedicated to providing tools to support life-long learning.

Radiation Therapy Program Goals:

  1. Graduates in the Gateway Community College Radiation Therapy Program will demonstrate skills in effective written and oral communication.
  2. Graduates in the Gateway Community College Radiation Therapy Program will demonstrate skills in effective critical thinking and problem solving in the principles and practices of Radiation Therapy.
  3. Graduates in the Gateway Community College Radiation Therapy Program will achieve personal and professional growth.
  4. Graduates in the Gateway Community College Radiation Therapy Program will be clinically competent in the practice of Radiation Therapy.
  5. The Program will prepare graduates to be entry-level Radiation Therapists.

Radiation Therapy Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Program requirements, the graduate should be able to:

  • Evaluate and assess treatment delivery components.
  • Provide radiation therapy treatment delivery services to cure or improve the quality of life of patients by accurately delivering a prescribed course of treatment.
  • Evaluate and assess daily the physiological and psychological responsiveness of each patient to treatment delivery.
  • Maintain values congruent with the professional code of ethics and scope of practice while adhering to national, institutional and/or departmental standards, policies and procedures regarding treatment delivery and patient care.
  • Meet the criteria to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam 

Program Effectiveness Data can also be found on the JRCERT website www.jrcert.org

Five-year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiation Therapy exam) pass rate of not less than 75% at first attempt within six months of graduation.

Year

Percent passing on 1st attempt

Number of students

2009

100%

7 of 7 students

2010

100%

7 of 7 students

2011

100%

4 of 4 students

2012

87.5%

7 of 8 students

2013

75%

3 of 4 students

5 year average

93%

 

 

Program completion is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. 

Year

Percent completion

Number of students

2009

70%

10 began, 7 graduated

2010

50%

14 began, 7 graduated

2011

42%

12 began, 5 graduated

2012

62%

12 began, 1 readmit, 8 graduated

2013

31%

13 began, 4 graduated

5 year average

51%

 
 

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

Year

Percent job placement

Number of students

2009

86%

5 of 7 employed

2010

80%

4 of 7 employed

2011

100%

4 of 4 employed

2012

100%

7 of 7 employed, 1 not actively seeking employment

2013 100% 4 of 4 employed

5 year average

93.2%

 
 

 

 

 

Contact:

For more information contact:

Gina Finn
Program Director
(203) 285-2392
gfinn@gatewayct.edu

 

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