Radiation Therapy

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Mission Statement

New York Methodist Hospital's Radiation Therapy Program has made a firm commitment to the education of students in the field of Radiation Therapy. Our mission is the training of radiation therapists who are skilled individuals, qualified by technical education, to provide treatment to radiation oncology patients.

Goals

The Radiation Therapy Program offers a program of radiation therapy education at the certificate level. The goals of the program are to have students who will:

  • Be clinically competent
  • Communicate effectively
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Grow and develop professionally

The program identifies benchmarks to provide a standard by which the effectiveness of the program in achieving its goals are continually monitored and evaluated. An assessment plan is in place and can be obtained from the program director.

Program Objectives

Upon graduation, students are prepared to meet the requirements to sit for the written examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and to function as entry level radiation therapists. Specifically, our objectives are to have our graduates perform effectively by:

  • Applying knowledge of radiation protection for patients, self, and others
  • Applying knowledge of anatomy and positioning to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on a digital image
  • Applying knowledge of anatomical structures and positioning to be able to reproduce the correct set up of patients
  • Examining digital images for the purpose of positioning and other pertinent technical information
  • Exercising discretion and judgment in the performance of radiation treatments
  • Providing patient care essential to radiation therapy procedures
  • Recognizing emergency patient conditions and initiating lifesaving treatment, if necessary, within their scope of practice

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to follow written directives
  • Students will be able to position patients as directed in a treatment plan
  • Students will be able to operate equipment to deliver prescribed therapeutic dose
  • Students will be able to operate simulators
  • Students will utilize radiation safety
  • Students will use effective oral communication skills
  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills
  • Students will demonstrate effective presentation skills
  • Students can recognize equipment malfunction and take appropriate action
  • Students will be able to interpret a treatment plan
  • Students will demonstrate professional behavior
  • Students will understand professional decision making
  • Students will understand the importance of obtaining membership in professional organizations
  • Students will complete the program
  • Students will pass the National Certification on the first attempt
  • Graduates will be satisfied with their education and training
  • Graduates will be gainfully employed within one year
  • Employers will be satisfied with graduates' training

Credentialing Examination and Licensure

Center for Allied Health Education's Radiation Therapy Program graduates are qualified to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists National Certification Exam and New York State Department of Health licensure. The course of instruction follows the latest Standards for an Accredited Education Program in Radiologic Sciences as published by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).