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Radiation Therapy

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Learn to Apply Safe Doses of Radiation

 

The Radiation Therapy Program at Broward College is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program offers you all of the required knowledge to be an entry level radiation therapist, which includes an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in our campus labs prior to beginning your clinical education. The clinical site experience will offer you the opportunity to enhance your clinical skills while treating cancer patients on a daily basis.

 
Radiation therapists are trained to deliver ionizing radiation to cancer patients. Radiation therapists will maintain excellent advanced math, radiation physics, radiation biology, and patient care skills. In addition, radiation therapists must be excellent communicators while possessing cultural competency skills.
 
When you apply and are accepted into the Radiation Therapy program at Broward College, you will develop the skills to provide appropriate patient care, apply problem solving techniques, use critical thinking skills, maintain patient records, practice and adhere to patient privacy, and most importantly practice radiation safety. Lastly, you will be able to identify and administer treatment protocols, perform tumor localization through the use of diagnostic radiographs and computed tomography (CT), and calculate dosimetry formulas used to plan patient radiation doses.
 
Students considering a career in Radiation Therapy are encouraged to attend an Information Session and make an appointment with a Health Science Academic Advisor located on North Campus in Coconut Creek, Florida.

 

​All Information Sessions for Radiation Therapy will be held on:

North Campus (Coconut Creek)
Building 41 (Health Sciences Building)  Room 151

The 2017 Fall Information Sessions will be held from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on the following dates:

  • September 21, 2017
  • October 5, 2017
  • November 2, 2017
Classroom Experience
Radiation therapists deliver prescribed doses of radiation to patients for therapeutic purposes. We train you on the proper procedures with a mix of on-campus courses and clinical education in area hospitals. 
 
All didactic (lecture) and laboratory courses are taught in building 41 on the North Campus in Coconut Creek, Florida. Clinical courses are located in hospitals and Cancer Centers throughout Broward, Palm Beach and Martin Counties. You may have to drive up to one hour from their home to attend clinical courses. You will rotate through three to four different hospitals over the length of the program. 
 
Prerequisite and general education courses (i.e., courses that do not begin with a "RAT" prefix) may be taken at any Broward College campus or online if available.
 
 
 
Career Path
Job prospects for radiation therapists are projected to increase faster than average over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Annual wages for radiation therapists were $74,980 in 2010. 
 
 
Graduates who successfully complete the program are awarded an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Radiation Therapy. You would then be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination. If you successfully pass your examination, you will be able to use the title Registered Technologist and its abbreviation R.T. (T). You would also be eligible to become licensed in Florida through the Department of Health, Bureau of Radiation Control. 
 
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Is This Program Right for Me?
Radiation therapists deliver prescribed doses of ionizing radiation to cancer patients for therapeutic purpose. You will be working alongside radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists and fellow radiation therapists.  In addition, you will interact with oncology nurses, social workers, dieticians and various other hospital personnel. 
 
If you want to be a member of a radiation oncology team, working with advanced radiologic technologies while interacting with people from varied backgrounds, this career could be for you.  It requires:
  • Problem solving skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A very solid math background
  • Adaptable to change at any given moment
Accreditation
Broward College maintains regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). 

 
The Radiation Therapy program at Broward College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology (JRCERT).

 
The program at Broward College follows the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Radiation Therapy Curriculum. The ASRT establishes standards of practice for the profession. The ASRT writes and maintains the curriculum guideline used by educational programs throughout the United States. The program curriculum at Broward College adheres at all guidelines set forth by the ASRT. Radiation Therapy students are strongly encouraged to become members of the ASRT.

 
The program at Broward College follows the content specifications for certification provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The ARRT is the provider for the national licensing exam. The program at Broward College follows all competency guidelines for clinical and didactic training as set forth by the ARRT. Radiation therapy program graduates may not practice until they have passed the national registry exam by a score of at least 75%.
Faculty
All faculty members are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Some faculty members hold additional licensing in Radiography, Computerized Tomography, and Medical Physics.  
 
Most faculty members have been employed or are currently working as radiation therapists prior to teaching at Broward College.
 
Most of our faculty members are alumni of Broward College.
 
Full Time Faculty 
Dr. Kathy Almquist, DHSc, R.T. (R)(T)(CT), Program Manager
Judith Hipps, BHSc,R.T.(T), Clinical Coordinator
 
Adjunct Faculty
Glaister Ayr, M.Sc. (Physicist and Radiation Safety Officer)
 
Clinical Coordinators
Susan Steely R.T.(T)
Courses
The Radiation Therapy Program is competency based and uses as a guideline the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Curriculum Guide and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) Clinical Competency Requirements.

The program offers a well-structured, competency based curriculum offered in a sequence to allow students to build on fundamental knowledge in technical and procedural topics. The curriculum was developed and is periodically revised using the ASRT Curriculum Guide and the ARRT Radiation Therapy Didactic and Clinical Competency Requirements. Courses are structured so that students acquire cognitive skills in the didactic portion of the program prior to application in the laboratory and clinical settings.

The program provides a competency-based approach to the development of a student’s skills and knowledge of the radiation therapy profession. Didactic instruction is provided followed by laboratory and clinical application. Laboratory and clinical application involves exploration of technical and procedural skills. Laboratory assessment involves problem solving, simulation of procedures, critical thinking and radiograpghic image critique.
 
 
Mission Statement & Philosophy

Mission Statement of the Program

The College's mission is reflected in the program's mission statement:

 The Radiation Therapy Program at Broward College seeks to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to practice as entry-level radiation therapists and to pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination. The program and faculty endeavor to prepare competent, compassionate, ethical, and culturally sensitive practitioners committed to professional development through life-long learning. Radiation Therapy exists as a technical education program to provide a vital human resource that can meet the health care needs of our community.

Philosophic Intent

 The Radiation Therapist is an accepted and valued member of the health care team who practices in a multicultural medical environment. Development of competent and compassionate Radiation Therapists requires a quality education founded on a well-rounded professional curriculum that includes cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning outcomes that can be measured by an observable change in behavior.  The learning process should provide opportunities for evaluation based on didactic and clinical course objectives as well as, opportunities for on-going student self-evaluation.  In the development of radiation therapy instruction the varied nature of the student dictates that a multitude of learning styles will be present.  We recognize that there will be such differences among learners.

Radiation Therapy Program Manual

The Radiation Therapy Program Manual is currently undergoing revision. The revised manual will be available during the Fall 2017 semester.

Program Goals

Goals of the Radiation Therapy Program

Goal #1:  Students/Graduates will be competent entry-level radiation therapists.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate appropriate treatment set-up procedures.
  • Practice radiation safety protection.
  • Demonstrate all American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) required patient competencies and simulation procedures.

Goal #2:  Students will use critical thinking skills.

Student will:

  • Combine didactic and clinical information through patient case studies.
  • Recognize inconsistencies in patient set-ups and be able to resolve them.
  • Demonstrate reproducible patient treatment positioning.

Goal #3:  Students will be able to demonstrate effective communication skills.

Students will:

  • Consistently and effectively communicate with patients.
  • Effectively articulate didactic knowledge for all patient treatment and simulation competencies.
  • Demonstrate effective writing skills.

Goal #4:  Students will demonstrate professionalism.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate a willingness to seek learning opportunities.
  • Be culturally competent.
  • Maintain all HIPAA standards.
Program Outcomes

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate: Annual measurement of graduates that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination on their first attempt  within  6 months of graduating.

Radiation Therapy Associate in Science (Program Code 2159) 

Year Number of Students who Took the Exam % Passing
2012    11 out of 12 91%
201310 out 10100%
20148 out of 8 100%
20159 out of 10 90%
201613 out of 13100%
     
5-Year Averages     10.2 out of 10.6 96.2%

 

Radiation Therapy Specialist Technical Certificate (Program Code 6228)

Year Number of Students who Took the Exam % Passing
20124 out of 4 100%
2013 3 out of 3  100%
2014 6 out of 6 100%
2015 2 out of 2 100%
20161 out of 1 100%
5-year Average 3.2 out of 3.2 100%

 

Radiation Therapy Program Combined Results (Programs 2159 and 6228) 

Year Total Number of Students who Took the Exam Total % Passing
201215 out 16 93.8%
2013 13 out of 13100%
2014 14 out f 14  100%
2015 11 out of 12 91.6 %
201614 out of 14100%
5-Year Average 13.4 out of 13.8   97.1%
 

Program Completion Rate: Annual measurement of students who began the program divided by the number of students that complete the program.

Radiation Therapy Associate in Science (Program Code 2159)

Year Number of Students who Started Number of Students who Completed % Completed
2010-2012 16 11 68.7%
2011-2013 16 11 68.7%
2012-2014 19 1052.6%
2013-2015 179 53%
2014-20162313 56.5%
5-Year Average 18.2 10.859.3%

 

Radiation Therapy Specialist Technical Certificate (Program Code 6228) 

Year Number of Students who Started Number of Students who Completed % Completed
2011-20127457.1%
2012-20135 3 60%
2013-2014 7685.7%
2014-2015 62 33.3%
2015-20162150%
5-Year Average 5.43.259.2%

 

Radiation Therapy Program Combined Results (Programs 2159 and 6228)

Graduating Year Number of Students who Started Number of Students who Completed % Completed
2012 23 1565.2%
2013 21 14 66.7%
2014 26 16 61.5%
2015 23 11 48%
2016 25 1456%
5-Year Average 23.6 1459.3%

 

Job Placement Rate: Annual measurement of the number of graduates that gain employment in radiation therapy within 6 months of graduation verus the number of graduates actively seeking employment. 

Radiation Therapy Associate in Science (Program Code 2159)

Graduating Year Graduates Seeking Employment Graduates Employed % Employed
20129888.8%
2013 9777.7%
20146 6100%
20158675%
20161310 77%
5-Year Average 97.4 82.2%

 

Radiation Therapy Specialist Technical Certificate (Program Code 6228) 

Graduating Year Graduates Seeking Employment Graduates Employed % Employed
201244 100%
20133 2 66.7%
20145480%
20152 2100%
201611 100%
5-Year Average32.6 86.7%

 

Radiation Therapy Program Combined Results (Programs 2159 and 6228)  

Graduating Year Graduates Seeking Employment Graduates Employed % Employed
2012 13 12 92.3%
2013 12975%
2014 111091%
2015 10880%
2016 141178.5%
5-Year Average 12 10 83.3%

 

 

For Alumni
Did you graduate from the Broward College Radiation Therapy program? Contact Kathy Almquist, Radiation Therapy Program Manager at kalmquis@broward.edu.
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