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Radiation Therapy

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Learn to Apply Safe Doses of Radiation 
Radiation therapists are the go-to experts for patients who need safe doses of radiation to combat diseases such as cancer.  
 
When you enroll in the Radiation Therapy program, you will develop the skills to provide appropriate patient care, apply problem solving techniques and critical thinking skills in the administration of treatment protocols, tumor localization and dosimetry. You will also learn to maintain appropriate patient records.    
 
The program here at Broward college offers you all of the required knowledge plus an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in our energized labs prior to beginning your clinical education.  Once you enter the clinical sites, you will have even more opportunities to enhance your clinical skills.

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

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

The 2016 Fall Information Sessions will be held from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on the following dates:

  • September 9, 2016
  • October 6, 2016
  • November 3, 2016

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

  • January 12, 2017
  • February 2, 2017
  • March 2, 2017
  • April 6, 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
The Radiation Therapy Program at Broward College maintains regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).  The program is currently in the process of gaining Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology (JRCERT) by the end of 2016.
 
As a blueprint, the program follows the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Radiation Therapy Curriculum. The ASRT is the organization that establishes standards of practice for the profession and writes curricula used by educational programs throughout the United States. The curriculum also follows the content specifications provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
 
 
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.pdf  is an overview of the policies and procedures of the program at Broward College

Program Goals & Learning Outcomes

Goals of the Radiation Therapy Program

 Goal #1:  Prepare the student to be a competent entry-level radiation therapist by providing a balanced didactic and clinical curriculum.

Student Learning Outcome:

  • Clinically competent students upon graduation.
  • Employer satisfaction indicates graduate was adequately prepared as an entry-level Radiation Therapist.
  • Graduates will pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national examination on their first attempt.

 Goal #2:  Prepare the student to demonstrate effective didactic and clinical critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcome:

  • Students will demonstrate progression of continual improvement of clinical skills throughout the program.
  • Students will demonstrate professional development as a result of didactic experience.
  • Students will recognize inconsistencies in patient set-ups and be able to resolve them.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of image interpretation, normal tissue tolerance doses, and treatment planning.

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

Student Learning Outcome:

  • Students will effectively communicate with clinical personnel.
  • Students will effectively communicate with patients.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

 Goal #4:  Students will demonstrate professionalism in the clinical setting.

Student Learning Outcome:

  • Students will demonstrate a willingness to seek learning opportunities.
  • Student displays professionalism.
  • Students perform in an ethical manner.
Program Outcomes

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

Radiation Therapy Associate in Science (Program Code 2159) 

YearNumber of Students who Took the Exam % Passing
2011988.9%
20121191%
201310100%
2014 8100%
2015988.9%
   
5-Year Averages9.493.7%

 

Radiation Therapy Specialist Technical Certificate (Program Code 6228)

YearNumber of Students who Took the Exam % Passing
20118100%
2012 4 100%
2013 3100%
2014 6100%
20152100%
5-year Average 4.6100%

 

Radiation Therapy Program Combined Results (Programs 2159 and 6228) 

Year Total Number of Students who Took the ExamTotal % Passing
20111794.5%
20121595.5%
201313 100%
2014 14 100%
20151191%
5-Year Average 14 96.2%
 

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)

YearNumber of Students who Started Number of Students who Completed% Completed
2009-2011161168.7%
2010-2012 1611 68.7%
2011-2013161168.7%
2012-2014 1910 52.6%
2013-201517953%
5-Year Average16.8 10.662.3%

 

Radiation Therapy Specialist Technical Certificate (Program Code 6228) 

YearNumber of Students who Started Number of Students who Completed % Completed
2010-20119888.9%
2011-2012 7 4 57.1%
2012-2013 5360%
2013-2014 76 85.7%
2014-20156233.3%
5-Year Average 6.84.665%

 

Radiation Therapy Program Combined Results (Programs 2159 and 6228)

Graduating YearNumber of Students who StartedNumber of Students who Completed % Completed
2011251976%
2012231565.2%
2013 2114 66.7%
2014 2616 61.5%
2015231148.%
5-Year Average 23.61563.9%

 

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
20114375%
20129888.8%
20139 777.7%
201466100%
20158675%
5-Year Average 7.2683.3%

 

Radiation Therapy Specialist Technical Certificate (Program Code 6228) 

Graduating YearGraduates Seeking EmploymentGraduates Employed % Employed
201188100%
20124 4 100%
20133266.7%
20145 480%
201522100%
5-Year Average4.4489.3%

 

Radiation Therapy Program Combined Results (Programs 2159 and 6228)  

Graduating YearGraduates Seeking EmploymentGraduates Employed % Employed
2011121191.7%
2012131292.3%
201312975%
2014111091%
201510880%
5-Year Average11.61086.2%

 

 

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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