RADIATION THERAPY PROGRAM
Become a key member of the cancer treatment team
Radiation Therapy, one of the most sophisticated tools of modern medicine, plays a major role in the treatment of cancer. Over 50% of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy at some point during their treatment, and more than half of all radiotherapy patients are considered to be potentially curable.
What do Radiation Therapists do?
The radiation therapist, in addition to delivering the prescribed treatments, is responsible for recording and auditing treatment records, observing patient reactions, assisting in nursing care, and providing the patient with nutritional guidance. Along with the radiation oncologist and the radiation physicist, the radiation therapist takes an active role in planning and implementing the course of therapy, and is a key member of the cancer treatment team.
Exciting and rewarding professional opportunities await those who successfully complete the program. In addition to the field of radiation oncology, graduates may develop careers in administration, research, dosimetry, education, or technical consultation. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, cancer centers, private offices, laboratories or medical equipment companies.
CAHE’s Radiation Therapy Program is an accredited 22-month program, noted for excellence of its classroom teachers and clinical instructors, as students benefit from a full and varied curriculum with both didactic and clinical experience components.
The RTT program curriculum prepares students to sit for the ARRT registry examination upon completion of all coursework. Pursuant to New York State Public Health Law, only licensed Radiation Therapists may practice radiation therapy in New York State. A temporary permit to practice radiation therapy (pending an examination) is issued at the time of graduation. Graduates should take the licensing examination as soon as possible after graduating, since the temporary permit expires after 180 days. Click here for licensure requirements for all other states. The course of instruction follows the latest Standards for an Accredited Education Program in Radiologic Sciences.
Graduates of the program are qualified to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ national certification exam, allowing them to receive licensure from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). The course of instruction follows the latest Standards for an Accredited Education Program in Radiologic Sciences.
In order to graduate from the Radiation Therapy Program, a student must:
- Meet all academic requirements
- Meet all clinical requirements and attain all required competencies
- Meet all financial obligations
- Periodically review radiation monitoring reports
- Participate in an exit interview
- Return radiation badge holder, student ID, swipe access card, etc.
Students who have not fulfilled their graduation requirements have one (1) year from their originally scheduled graduation date to complete all missing graduation requirements.
A C+ average – an index (GPA) of 2.5 – is required for graduation.