Radiation Therapy (AS)
Associate in Science
A Radiation Therapist delivers radiation treatment as prescribed by a physician for the treatment of disease, primarily cancer. A Radiation Therapist will monitor a patient’s physical condition and response to treatment. The associate degree program in Radiation Therapy is based on 20 month 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 Technologies (ARRT) board examination (Radiation Therapy).
Please see the Diagnostic Imaging & Therapy Programs webpage for more information about the admission process.
Federal Regulation, 34 CFR 668.43-Institutional Information for Disclosure for Licensure Program requires the institution to disclose whether completion of a covered licensure program would be sufficient to meet licensure requirements in a State for that occupation. An institution can make the one or more of the following determinations:
The Radiation Therapy program at Gateway Community College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N.Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL, 60606 and meets the state education requirements for “a recognized course of study in radiologic technology” in the state of Connecticut. In addition, an applicant for Radiographer licensure in the state of Connecticut must successfully complete the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination.
The Radiation Therapy program at Gateway Community College has not determined if the associate degree program in Radiation Therapy meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Program applicants should investigate each state licensure requirements prior to accepting an offer of admission to the Radiation Therapy program at Gateway Community College.
The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Students who intend to seek licensure in any state other than Connecticut need to consult with the state professional licensing board. The state professional licensing boards make the decision on whether an individual is eligible for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure.
Information on the State of Connecticut Radiographer licensure requirements can be found at this link: Radiology Personnel and Equipment (ct.gov)
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The Program has Articulation Agreements with the following 4-year Colleges and Universities:
Quinnipiac UniversityAlbertus Magnus College
Sacred Heart UniversityUniversity of Bridgeport
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 (20) 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 Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy Programs webpage for more information about the admission process.
The Radiation Therapy Program students meet on campus for most classes. The following classes are offered either in a hybrid format or online.
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-Smilow Cancer Hospital, New Haven, CT
- McGivney Center for Cancer Care at Yale-New Haven Hospital Hamden Campus, Hamden, CT
- Yale-New Haven Hospital Shoreline Medical Center Guilford, Guilford, CT
- Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT
- Bridgeport Hospital-Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute Park Avenue, Trumbull, CT
- Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, Waterford, CT
- Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, CT
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
- PHY* 111, Physics for the Life Sciences
- 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, patient care orientation as well as several hospital orientations; all of which are scheduled between June and July 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; firstname.lastname@example.org. The current accreditation award status 8 years and the next review is in 2022.
Radiation Therapy Program Mission Statement:
The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program at Gateway Community College is to offer high-quality instruction to a diverse population of students in an environment conducive to learning. Through the use of advanced classroom and laboratory technology and various clinical internship experiences, we are committed to educating and preparing competent, entry-level therapists who can provide high quality patient care to the healthcare community. Furthermore, the Program is dedicated to providing tools to support life-long learning.
Student Program Fees:
The student is responsible for all fees associated with the following Program requirements: Textbooks - $1500
- Uniforms - $200
- Toxicology Screening - $70
- Background Check - $70
- Dosimeters-$55 freshman year and $55 senior year
- Castle Branch online health management system - $35
- ASRT Membership-variable
- Transportation and associated costs – variable
- Health care immunizations and titers – variable
- BLS or CPR/AED – variable
*These fees are approximate and subject to change. If a student takes a leave of absence from the program, they will need to cover additional program fees as needed.
Radiation Therapy Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes:
Goal 1. Students will demonstrate skills in effective written and oral communication.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will evaluate and assess daily the physiological and psychological responsiveness of each patient prior to treatment delivery utilizing effective oral communication.
- Students will evaluate and assess daily the physiological and psychological responsiveness of each patient prior to treatment delivery utilizing effective written communication.
Goal 2. Students will demonstrate skills in effective critical thinking and problem solving in the principles and practices of Radiation Therapy.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate and assess treatment delivery components to perform proper treatment procedures.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to assess disease specific information and outcomes of the specific cancer.
Goal 3. Students will achieve personal and professional growth.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Evaluate and assess treatment delivery components within a healthcare team.
- 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.
Goal 4. Students will demonstrate competence in the practice of Radiation Therapy.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will apply the principles and practices of radiation protection.
- Students will demonstrate basic simulation skills.