The mission of the Radiation Therapy Technology Program is to provide a comprehensive education and emphasize excellence by incorporating extensive didactic learning, professional courses and clinical experiences necessary to prepare students to: become entry-level radiation therapists; provide quality patient care; be active participants in the profession; and to pursue life-long learning.
In addition to the mission statement, goals and program competencies (objectives) already listed on this page, the following data is provided to reflect the Radiation Therapy Technology Program's effectiveness.
Program completion rate: This is defined as the number of students who complete the program, didactic and clinical within 150% of the stated program length. It is an annual measure of the number of students beginning the program and the actual number that complete the program. Information for years 2013 to 2017 is listed. The completion rate for 2017 was 78.6%. Eleven of the fourteen students enrolled graduated. The five year, 2013 to 2017 average completion rate was 75%.
Program credentialing rate: This rate reflects the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), Radiation Therapy certification examination on their first attempt. The information for the years 2013 to 2017. The five-year credentialing rate for 43/59 first-time examinees was 73%.
Program job placement rate: This rate reflects the number of students who obtain employment in radiation therapy within twelve (12) months of graduation versus the number of graduates actively seeking employment. For the most recent five-year period 2012-2016, 86.2% 25/29 graduates actively seeking employment were hired.
Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in radiation therapy. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.
Goal I: The medical community will benefit from clinically competent Radiation Therapy Technology graduates entering the profession.
- Program retention rate will remain high.
- Students taking the ARRT exam will pass the first time.
- Students will be CPR certified upon program completion.
- Students will simulate, plan and deliver a prescribed course of radiation.
- Students will have completed sufficient hours of clinical time upon program completion.
- Graduates will be employed within twelve months of program completion.
- Graduates will indicate overall program satisfaction.
- Graduates will indicate adequate preparation for an entry-level radiation therapy position.
- Employers indicate satisfaction with graduate skill levels.
- Employers will seek to hire future program graduates
- Students acquire the skills and knowledge of an entry-level therapist.
Goal II: Program graduates will have the knowledge and communication skills, verbal and written, of a competent entry-level radiation therapist.
- Students will provide appropriate patient care.
- Students will be competent and concise at radiation therapy clinical documentation.
- Students will be skillful in machine operation and patient set-ups.
- Students will interpret and implement radiation therapy treatment plans.
- Students will practice effective communication skills in the clinical setting.
- Students will demonstrate written communication through a class paper.
- Students will maintain a journal and provide a paper after each clinical rotation.
- Graduates will demonstrate effective communication skills in the clinical employment setting.
- Students will practice verbal communication skills through class presentations.
Goal III: Students will develop professionalism, ethical and moral practices as guided by values consistent with the professions Code of Ethics and pursue lifelong learning.
- First year students will develop professional work attitudes, ethics and behaviors.
- Second year student will demonstrate professionalism.
- Students demonstrate professional behavior and ethical values.
- Graduates exhibit professional work attitudes, ethics and behavior in team situations.
- Post graduates, practicing radiation therapy, will indicate professional membership in ASRT.
- Post graduates intend to pursue advanced degrees or certificates.
Goal IV: Students will demonstrate proficiency in problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- Students will perform complex treatment procedures.
- Students demonstrate critical thinking through research and presentation of case studies.
- Students will calculate doses for several treatment set up and complete dosimetry competencies.
- Students will include in journal entries any observed clinical behaviors, professional or unprofessional.
- Students will demonstrate problem solving skills after completing calculations.
- Graduates apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to clinical situations.