Radiation Therapy

Program Director/Program Coordinator
Name Sandra Hayden
Title Radiation Therapy Director
Room N-214
Program Area
Allied Health
Phone 409-944-1492
Email shayden@gc.edu
Admin Support Elizabeth IIes Ext. 490
Student Success Coach/Advisor
Name

Jayne Withers

 

Ext 220

Your Pathway

Radiation Therapy

Degree Plan

Established in 1978, the Radiation Therapy Program at Galveston College is the state’s oldest radiation therapy program. The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiation Therapy is designed for general studies students. This associate program consists of five semesters and is twenty one months in length. Total cost of the program is approximately $5,000 with books and fees.

·         Estimated cost of Program- $5,000-6,000

·         Students must have access to a computer and internet to access course materials, complete online assignments, quizzes, and exams

·         Transportation and parking expenses are the responsibility of the student.

·         Mandatory background check and drug screening, at student’s cost, prior to matriculation (approx. $110.00)

·         Mandatory CPR Certification (American Heart Association) prior to start of the Program at student expense.

·         Expenses for scrubs are the responsibility of the student.

·         Trajecsys Report System (approx. $150.00)

 

The radiation therapy program integrates new treatment procedures as they become available. Currently, students enrolled in the programs are afforded the opportunities to assist in intensity modulated radiation therapy treatments, applications of brachytherapy, image guidance radiation therapy, tomotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and cyber knife treatment procedures.  Students will learn the most advanced treatment techniques using cutting edge technology.

Responsibilities of a Radiation Therapist

Radiation therapists treat patients diagnosed with cancer. They work with physicians, physicists, dosimetrists and nurses in the radiation oncology department to develop and administer a treatment plan customized to the patients’ diagnosis. Radiation therapist operates the linear accelerators, the machines that deliver the radiation doses, monitor the patients throughout the treatment process and assists patient and families with their needs.

Characteristics of a Radiation Therapist

Radiation oncology is a medical specialty that attracts a very special type of person. Radiation therapists are critical thinkers who possess the analytical skills necessary to work in a highly complex and rapidly evolving field. Communication skills, oral and written, are essential. The therapist must possess the compassion and sensitivity necessary to provide for the physical and psychological comfort of the patient. Radiation therapists must communicate and cooperate with other allied health professions and institutions.

Radiation Therapy Mission Statement

The mission statement of the Radiation Therapy Program is committed to providing its students a very diverse clinical and education of the highest quality. The program is competency based to ensure students success in the clinic as well as the classroom. Graduates of the program will be prepared to deliver excellent patient care while pursuing a lifelong learning career in the field of radiation therapy.

Program Information

Admissions and transfer of credit policies:

Galveston College Catalog: Page 23 & 24 admission

Page 67,68 ,& 69 transfer of credit policies

 

Tuition, fees, and refunds:

Galveston College Catalog: Page 36 – 40

 

Graduation Requirements:

Galveston College Catalog: Page 79

 

Grading System:

Galveston College Catalog: Pages 76 & 77

Student Handbook Radiation Therapy Program: Page 8

 

Program mission statement, goals and learning outcomes:

Program Website

 

Accreditation Status: Currently accredited for 5 years

 

Articulation Agreement: Program Website

 

Academic Calendar:

Galveston College Catalog: Pages 8,9 &10

 

Clinical Obligations: See attached

 

Grievance policy and/or procedures:

Galveston College Catalog: Pages 58, 61 & 62

Student Handbook Radiation Therapy Program: Page 10

 

Program Effectiveness Date on JRCERT: see attached

Degrees & Certificates

 

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Radiation Therapy
  • Radiation Therapy Technology Certificate
Program Goals & Student Outcomes - Associate of Applied Science Degree

GOALS AND STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

AAS DEGREE PROGRAM AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

 

Goal: Students will be clinically competent.

  • Student will complete and pass all clinical competencies.
  • Student will demonstrate comprehension of patient setups.

 

Goal: Students will communicate effectively.

  • Student will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • Student will verbally communicate effectively in a clinical setting.

 

Goal: Students will think critically.

  • Student will demonstrate critical thinking skills in the classroom.
  • Student will apply critical thinking skills in the clinic.

 

Goal: Students will demonstrate professionalism.

  • Student will demonstrate comprehension of ethics and legal considerations

in Radiation Therapy.

  • Student will demonstrate professional behavior in clinical setting.
Program Goals & Student Outcomes - Certificate Program

GOALS AND STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

AAS DEGREE PROGRAM AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

 

Goal: Students will be clinically competent.

  • Student will complete and pass all clinical competencies.
  • Student will demonstrate comprehension of patient setups.

 

Goal: Students will communicate effectively.

  • Student will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • Student will verbally communicate effectively in a clinical setting.

 

Goal: Students will think critically.

  • Student will demonstrate critical thinking skills in the classroom.
  • Student will apply critical thinking skills in the clinic.

 

Goal: Students will demonstrate professionalism.

  • Student will demonstrate comprehension of ethics and legal considerations

in Radiation Therapy.

  • Student will demonstrate professional behavior in clinical setting.
Admissions Criteria - Associate of Applied Science Degree

Non-Academic Program Requirements:

Because of the inherent requirements of the profession, certain minimum physical abilities are expected. An otherwise qualified individual for admission is someone who, with or without accommodation can perform and/or possess the following non-academic program requirements.

Vision and Observation Skills

  • Visual acuity corrected to 20/20
  • View computer screens and for extended periods of time.
  • Visually discern details in treatment procedures and equipment operations in low light settings.
  • Hear low tones, distinguish background noises associated with patients and equipment.

Physical and Motor Skill Requirements

  • Possess sufficient motor function skills to operate all equipment associated with patient care and administration of treatments.
  • Ambulate sufficiently to participate in patient treatments and perform all other related clinical responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity to perform all clinical duties.
  • Lift 30 pounds for placement of treatment blocks, wedges and other treatment devices.
  • Transport patients in wheelchairs and stretchers.
  • Transfer immobile patients from wheelchairs and stretchers to treatment and simulation couches.

Communication Requirements

  • Must be able to communicate and articulate in English proficiently.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and written formats in English.
  • Communicate proficiently and effectively with patients and coworkers.

Critical Thinking Skills

  • Must be able to interpret and process clinical data pertinent to clinical responsibilities.
  • Ability to make correct decisions applying critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to solve clinic situations applying assessment and critical thinking skills.
  • Prioritize clinical and didactic information.
  • Solve situational problems associated with patient care in classroom and clinic.

Professional Behavior

  • Adhere to Radiation Therapy Code of Ethics.
  • Respect all aspects of the Patient’s Bill of Rights.
  • Adhere to radiation therapy program policies and procedures.
  • Follow clinical guidelines of affiliates.
  • Maintain a professional appearance at all times.
  • Respect others and maintain personal integrity.

MRI Safety

  • Students may be exposed to MRI machines.
Admissions Criteria - Certificate Program

Non-Academic Program Requirements: Because of the inherent requirements of the profession, certain minimum physical abilities are expected. An otherwise qualified individual for admission is someone who, with or without accommodation can perform and/or possess the following non-academic program requirements.

 

  1. Vision and Observation Skills
  • Visual acuity corrected to 20/20
  • View computer screens and for extended periods of time.
  • Visually discern details in treatment procedures and equipment operations in low light settings.
  • Hear low tones, distinguish background noises associated with patients and equipment.
  1. Physical and Motor Skill Requirements
  • Possess sufficient motor function skills to operate all equipment associated with patient care and administration of treatments.
  • Ambulate sufficiently to participate inpatient treatments and perform all other related clinical responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity to perform all clinical duties.
  • Lift 30 pounds for placement of treatment blocks, wedges and other treatment devices.
  • Transport patients in wheelchairs and stretchers.
  • Transfer immobile patients from wheelchairs and stretchers to treatment and simulation couches.
  1. Communication Requirements
  • Must be able to communicate and articulate in English proficiently.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and written formats in English.
  • Communicate proficiently and effectively with patients and coworkers.
  • Communicate proficiently and effectively with patients and coworkers.
  1. Critical Thinking Skills
  • Must be able to interpret and process clinical data pertinent to clinical responsibilities.
  • Ability to make correct decisions applying critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to solve clinic situations applying assessment and critical thinking skills.
  • Prioritize clinical and didactic information.
  • Solve situational problems associated with patient care in classroom and clinic.
  1. Professional Behavior
  • Adhere to Radiation Therapy Code of Ethics.
  • Respect all aspects of the Patient’s Bill of Rights.
  • Adhere to radiation therapy program policies and procedures.
  • Follow clinical guidelines of affiliates.
  • Maintain a professional appearance at all times.
  • Respect others and maintain personal integrity.
  1. MRI Safety policy

Students  may be exposed to MRI machines. 

Program Requirements for Application Process - Associate of Applied Science Degree

Applicants wishing to make application to the program are required to:

 

  • Make application to Galveston College.
  • Submit program application prior to the application deadline which is May 31 of each year. Program applications are only available through the program director’s office. Submission of program application does not guarantee admission into the Radiation Therapy program.
  • Complete the program prerequisites prior to the application deadline with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Required  prerequisites are A & P I , college algebra & medical terminology 
  • Schedule a meeting with the program director.
  • Overall a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Math and science courses must be completed within five years of acceptance into the program.
  • Program applications are accepted September 15 through May 31.
  • Special Needs
Academic Requirements - Certificate Program

 Academic Requirements

  • Make application to Galveston College.
  • Submit program application prior to the application deadline of May 31. Submission of program application does not guarantee admission into the radiation therapy program.
  • Be a graduate of an accredited Radiologic Health Science Program.
  • Schedule a meeting with the program director.
  • Overall a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Have certification in radiography prior to the application deadline.
  • Must have an associate degree.

Students with special needs are requested to notify the Special Services for Students with Disabilities Counselor regarding assistance and/or special accommodations. Students with disabilities, impairments, or other health conditions are required to provide documentation from medical physician(s) and/or referral agency; i.e., Texas Rehabilitation Commission, Texas Commission for the Blind, etc.

Special Services for Students with Disabilities:

  1. Student Guidelines for Special Services – describes the services for students with disabilities, lists campus resources, and identifies local community referral agencies.
  2. Pre-enrollment advising, class scheduling, and priority registration. (Students must notify their Counselors/Advisors regarding Special Services about special needs or accommodations.)
  3. Special Orientation – familiarizes students with the Galveston College campus and provides information of the support services available to meet student needs.
  4. Student Equipment – are available to students with disabilities who provide appropriate documentation.
  5. Sign Interpreters – assistance in locating speech interpreters to translate information to the hearing impaired (in cooperation with the Texas Rehabilitation Commission).
  6. Tutors – tutoring services are provided at no cost by the College’s Student Success Center.
  7. Personal Counseling – assistance with referrals to appropriate local agencies and organizations and serves as liaison to the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, Texas Commission for the Blind, the local high schools, etc.

Acceptance into the Program:

Once the applicant has been accepted into the program they are responsible for the following:

  • Provide proof or complete the Hepatitis B immunization series including titer or show proof of illness prior to clinical attendance deadline of June 1, summer semester.
  • Complete Varicella immunization (Chicken Pox)at applicants expense, or show proof of illness prior to the clinical attendance deadline of June 1, summer semester.
  • Complete a background check through Galveston College, at student’s expense, upon acceptance into the program. Approximate cost to applicant is $50.00
  • Complete a drug screening test through Galveston College, at student’s expense, upon acceptance into the program. Approximate cost to applicant is $50.00
  • File a copy of current Texas Department of Health certification in admissions office and allied health office.
  • File a copy of current certification with the ARRT or NMTCB in admissions office and allied health office.
  • Applicant must me certified in American Heart Health Care Provider level CPR prior to beginning clinical practicum in the summer semester and throughout length of the program.
  • Attend mandatory program orientation prior to enrolling in program courses.
Criteria for Acceptance into the Program

 Galveston College cannot accept all applicants due to limited clinical space in the program.  Criteria for student selection is based on following but not limited to:

  • GPA of prerequisites.
  • Overall GPA.
  • Overall academic profile
  • Terminal awards and/or degrees form academic institutions.
  • Interview process: Only those students who are rated in the upper 50% of the applicant pool will be extended an interview by the admissions committee.
  • Program interviews are conducted during the month of June.
  • Notification of program application status deadline is June 30.

 

Acceptance into the Program

Once the applicant has been accepted into the program they are responsible for the following:

    • Provide proof or complete the Hepatitis B immunization series including titer or show proof of illness prior to clinical attendance deadline of June 1, summer semester.
    • Complete Varicella immunization (Chicken Pox) at applicants expense, or show proof of illness prior to the clinical attendance deadline of June 1, summer semester
    • Complete a background check through Galveston College, at student’s expense, upon acceptance into the program. Approximate cost to applicant is $50.00
    • Complete a drug screening test through Galveston College, at student’s expense, upon acceptance into the program. Approximate cost to applicant is $50.00.
    • Attend mandatory program orientation prior to enrolling in program courses.
Program Effectiveness Data - Associate of Applied Science

Program Effectiveness Data:  July 7, 2020

 

 Year Percent passing on 1st attempt within 6 months of graduation Number of students
2015 75%

 3 of 4 students passed

1 did not take registry

 

2016 66%  4 of 6 students failed registry on 1st attempt, 1 did not take registry
2017 100%  6 of 6 students passed registry on 1st attempt
2018 100% 6 of 6 students passed registry on 1st attempt
2019 75% 6 of 8 students passed

NOTE:  The combined registry pass rate on the first attempt within 6 months of graduation for both the AAS Degree Program and Certificate Program is 75.6%

28 of 37 graduates successfully pass the registry on the first attempt within 6 months of graduation.

 

Program Completion Rate

Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who were accepted into the program versus the number of students who completed the program.

 Year Percent Completion Number of students
2019 88% 9 accepted into the program, 8 graduated

Five-year average job placement rate. Benchmark 75% secured employment within 1 year post graduation.

 

 

 Year Percent job placement Number of students
 2015  100% 3 of 5 students actively seeking employment secured employment within 1 year post graduation
2016  100% 4 of 4 students actively seeking employment secured employment within 1 year post graduation
2017 100% 6 of 6 students secured employment within 1 year post graduation
2018 100% 6 of 6 students secured employment within 1 year post graduation
2019 87% 8 of 7 students secured employment within 1 year post graduation
Five year average 96.4% 27 of 28

All program courses are taught at Galveston College.  The student’s clinical education is obtained through five clinical affiliates of Galveston College which are located throughout the greater Houston area.

Program Effectiveness Data - Certificate Program

Five-year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiation
Therapy examination). Benchmark is 75% passing on first attempt.

Year Percent passing registry on first attempts within 6 months of graduation Number of students
1st attempt
2015 75% 3 of 4 students passed
2016 100% 2 students passed 
2017  0 No certificate students accepted into the program
2018  0 No certificate students took the registry
2019  0 0% one student failed on 1st attempt

Note: The combined registry pass rate on the first attempt within 6 months of graduation for both the AAS Degree Program and Certificate Program is 75.68%

28 of 37 graduates successfully pass the registry on the first attempt within 6 months of graduation.

Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who were accepted into the program versus the number of students who completed the program.

Year Percent Completion Number of students
2015 100% 4 students accepted into the program, 4 graduated
2016 100% 3 students accepted into the program, 3 graduated
2017 0 Students accepted
2018 0 Students accepted
2019 100% 1 Student accepted
5 year average = 100%

Five-year average job placement rate. Benchmark 75% secured employment within 1 year post graduation.

Year Percent job placement Number of students
2015 100%  4 of 4 students secured employment within 1 year post graduation
2016 100% 2 or 2 graduates seeking employment within 1 year post graduation
2017 0 No certificates students accepted into the program
2018 0 Students graduated
2019 100% 1 Student graduated
 5 year average 7 students secured employment = 100%

All program courses are taught at Galveston College. The student’s clinical education is obtained through five clinical affiliates of Galveston College which are located throughout the greater Houston area.

Program Curriculum - Associate of Applied Science Degree

Curriculum

The curriculum for the radiation therapy program is based on the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) curriculum grid.  The ASRT curriculum grid is approved by the program’s accrediting agency, the JRCERT.  All program courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 80% to progress in the program.

Upon completion of program requirements the student receives an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Galveston College.  The student is now eligible, upon graduation, to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to sit for the national certification examination.

Galveston College academic calendar available on Galveston College website.

PREREQUISITES

HPRS    1206    Essentials of Medical Term.          2

BIOL    2401    Anatomy & Physiology I                  4

MATH  1314    College Algebra                                 3

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Program Curriculum for Associate of Applied Science Degree

Fall Semester:

Introduction to Radiation Therapy              3 credit hours

Radiation Biology and Safety                    3 credit hours

Patient Care in Radiation Therapy            3 credit hours

Physics in Radiation Therapy                    3 credit hours

Spring Semester

Oncology I                                                    4 credit hours

Dosimetry I                                                 4 credit hours

Instrumentation and Methodology              3 credit hours

Special Topics: Trends                               1 credit hour

Summer Semester

Dosimetry II                                             3 credit hours

Oncology II                                               3 credit hours

Clinical Practicum I                                  2 credit hours

English 1301                                             3 credit hours

Fall Semester

CT Cross-sectional Anatomy                     3 credit hours

Clinical Practicum II                                     4 credit hours

Technical Procedures                                 2 credit hours

X3XX Humanities/Fine Arts course           3 credit hours

X3XX Social Behavioral Sciences             3 credit hours

Spring Semester

Clinical Practicum III                                   4 credit hours

Special Topics: Seminar                           2 credit hours

Note:  Students accepted into the program may be required to travel 1 hour and/or fifty plus miles to attend clinical affiliates for clinical training.

*Program curriculum if all prerequisites and non-program courses are completed.

Program Curriculum - Certificate Program

The curriculum for the radiation therapy program is based on the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) curriculum grid. The ASRT curriculum grid is approved by the program’s accrediting agency, the JRCERT. All program courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 80% to progress in the program. Upon completion of program requirements the student receives a certificate in radiation therapy. The student is also eligible, upon graduation, to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to sit for the national certification examination.

 Galveston College academic calendar available on Galveston College website

Spring Semester

Oncology I                                                                           4 credit hours

Dosimetry I                                                                         4 credit hours

Instrumentation and Methodology                                     3 credit hours

Special Topics: Trends                                                         1 credit hour

Summer Semester

Dosimetry II                                                                          3 credit hours

Oncology II                                                                            3 credit hours

Clinical Practicum I                                                               2 credit hours

Fall Semester

Technical Procedures                                                          2 credit hours

CT Cross-sectional Anatomy                                               3 credit hours

Clinical Practicum II                                                             4 credit hours

Spring Semester

Clinical Practicum III                                                            4 credit hours

Special Topics: Seminar                                                       2 credit hours

 Note:  Students accepted into the program may be required to travel 1 hour and/or fifty plus miles to attend clinical affiliates for clinical training.

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS IN PROGRAM 34

Program Accreditation

The radiation therapy program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT).

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182

www.jrcert.org   /    mail@jrcert.org    /    312-704-5304

ARRT / American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
651-687-0048

Articulation agreement with:
Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, Texas