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Radiation Therapy

Treat with care, day after day.

Radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer, with about half of all cancer patients receiving some type of radiation. And you’re responsible for deciding the best way to aim the radiation at the cancer and for positioning the patient precisely and consistently for every treatment. But more than that, you are with them every step of the way. You allay fears. You instill trust. You make a very difficult situation much easier and become an important part of their lives.

Become a highly skilled radiation therapist.

Working in state-of-the-art labs, you’ll learn to use penetrating beams of high-energy radiation to malignant and non-malignant diseases, especially cancer – all while providing emotional support for patients and their families. You’ll work closely with radiation oncologists and dosimetrists to expertly carry out radiation treatment plans, and deliver healthcare with compassion and sensitivity.

Questions about our radiation therapy programs? Connect with our Boston Admission Office at 617.879.5964.

State-of-the-art Facilities

Our laboratories are specially designed for skill-building and patient assessment in the radiologic sciences. Lab instruction for the radiation therapy program is also provided through clinical affiliations where state-of-the-art equipment is available.

Advantageous Affiliations

Partnerships with premier medical institutions enable students to gain exposure and experience in leading healthcare institutions.

Clinical Experience

Hands-on opportunities in a variety of community-based clinical settings supplements the clinical experience gained in the on-campus program and provides students with a broader insight into the diverse populations they may encounter in future career settings.

Internship Opportunities

Students in the Radiation Therapy program complete internships at a range of prestigious medical facilities in the metropolitan Boston and New England.

Accelerated Programs

In the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy program, students can earn a bachelor's degree in just 32 months. Fast Track students earn a degree in 21 months.

A field of growth

The demand for radiation therapists is growing with an aging population combined with an increased risk of cancer as people age. Earlier cancer diagnoses and new technologies are also driving the need for more radiation therapists. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of radiation therapists is projected to grow 9% through 2028, which is faster than the average growth rate.

Well-prepared

The Radiation Therapy program provides a high-quality, learning-centered environment. Students receive state-of-the-art didactic and clinical experiences enabling them to become competent entry-level professionals. Upon graduation from the program, students are eligible to apply for certification through examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Well-paid

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for radiation therapists was $82,330 in May 2018, with the highest 10% earning more than $124,320.

Mission Statement

The Radiation Therapy Program prepares graduates for practice through excellence, innovation and collaboration in teaching, practice, and scholarship, enabling them to transform the communities that they will serve.

Program Goals

  • Program graduates will be competent entry-level radiation therapists.
  • Program graduates will possess necessary skills to effectively communicate and provide competent, empathetic patient care.
  • Program graduates will possess and apply critical thinking skills required of an entry level radiation therapist.
  • Program graduates will demonstrate professional and ethical behavior.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to reproduce the prescribed simulated treatment field on a daily basis
  • Students will be able to adjust treatment field parameters as prescribed
  • Students will be able to explain procedures to patients in understandable terms.
  • Students will be able to evaluate field placement on Portal Images/DRR’s & modify shifts accordingly
  • Student will demonstrate advanced comprehension & integration of basic radiation therapy concepts to clinical practice
  • Student will exhibit professional behaviors necessary for entry level practice
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of required professional behavior throughout their program of study.

The radiation therapy program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). An eight year accreditation review is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.

Contact Information:

JCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182

Email: mail@jrcert.org
Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304

To make the JRCERT aware of non-compliance of the JRCERT standards, please go to http://www.jrcert.org/contact.

The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. Visit the JRCERT webpage.

Credentialing Examination: The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Credentialing Examination Rate: number passed on 1st attempt divided by number attempted within 6 months of graduation.

Credentialing Examination Rate by Year

Results (number passed on 1st attempt divided by number attempted within 6 months of graduation)

Year 1 - 2020

8 of 13 - 62%

Year 2 - 2019

5 of 8- 62%

Year 3 - 2018

6 of 8 - 75%

Year 4 - 2017

9 of 12 - 75%

Year 5 - 2016

5 of 5- 100%

Program 5-Year Average

33 of 46- 71.7%

Job Placement: The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Job Placement Rate by Year

Results (number employed divided by number actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation)

Year 1 - 2020

11 of 12- 92%

Year 2 - 2019

12 of 12 - 100%

Year 3 - 2018

10 of 10 - 100%

Year 4 - 2017

9 of 19 - 100%

Year 5 - 2016

5 of 5- 100%

Program 5-Year Average

47 of 48 - 97.9%

Program Completion: The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is.

Program Completion Rate by Year

Results (number graduated divided by number started the program)

Year 1 - 2020

13 of 17

Annual Completion Rate

76.5%

  • Radiation Therapy Program Clinical Orientation Day (Professional Phase of Program)
  • Immunizations
  • American Heart Association BLS Certification
  • Clinical Fees
    • Trajecsys Clinical Management System ($150)
    • Scrubs/Uniform ($50-$100)
    • Cori/Background Check (CastleBranch) ($80)
    • Drug Screening (if applicable, fee varies)
    • AHA BLS fees vary
  • Clinical Internship Travel
    • Students are responsible for any travel expenses related to clinical internship affiliations. It should be noted that program clinical sites are geographically widespread and include the entire state of MA and norther RI. Students should be prepared to rotate to any of the clinics affiliated with the program.

Download the Radiation Therapy Program Student Handbook 2021.

 

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