Argosy University Programs

Radiation Therapy AS Degree Program

AS, Radiation Therapy

Program Information

Argosy University, Twin Cities in Eagan, Minnesota, offers an Associate of Science (AS) in Radiation Therapy degree program. The mission of the program is to provide the medical community with entry-level radiation therapists by providing them with knowledge and technical skills, a broad-based general education, and an understanding of, and compassion for, cancer patients and their families.

The Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy degree program at Argosy University, Twin Cities is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, 1.312.704.5300). www.jrcert.org

Course Format
The program includes 78 credit hours of study. In addition to the program-specific courses, students are required to complete 30 credit hours in General Education to fulfill the requirements of an AS degree.

Students enrolled in the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program choose Track I or Track II curriculum outlines. Full-time students following the recommended Track I curriculum outline can complete the program in 28 months. The maximum allowable timeframe to complete the Track I curriculum based upon full-time status is 42 months. Full-time students following the recommended Track II curriculum outline can complete the program in 20 months if all program specific and general education requirements have been met. Track II students should meet with an advisor individually to discuss program progression. The maximum allowable timeframe to complete the Track II curriculum based upon full-time status is 30 months.

Program Outcome One
Graduates of the Argosy University AS in Radiation Therapy degree program will possess the knowledge and skills to competently and safely perform the essential entry-level radiation therapy procedures and patient care.

1.1 Students will be able to perform recommended radiation therapy clinical competencies in treatment and simulation procedures.

1.2 Demonstrate an understanding of symptoms, diagnostic procedures, pathology, staging, grading, treatment options and treatment planning for each type of cancer

1.3 Students will be able to demonstrate radiation production and the effects on human cells and safely apply it to simulation and treatment procedures.

Program Outcome Two
Graduates of the Argosy University Radiation Therapy program will have developed skills in critical thinking and adaptability to non routine situations.

2.1 Students will demonstrate critical thinking by applying didactic concepts to the clinical environment while reviewing RTH prescriptions and demonstrating adaptability to non-routine procedures.

2.2 Students will be able to identify radiographic anatomy.

Program Outcome Three
Graduates will have developed skills for effective communication.

3.1 Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

3.2 Students will use effective oral communication skills.

Program Outcome Four
Graduates of the Argosy University Radiation Therapy program will demonstrate interpersonal effectiveness, professionalism, and the ability to provide quality patient care to a diverse population.

4.1 Radiation Therapy graduates will be able to demonstrate collaboration with peers.

4.2 Radiation Therapy graduates will be able to demonstrate ethical, quality patient care.

Career Outcomes
Radiation therapists prepare patients for radiation treatment, position patients under a linear accelerator, and administer prescribed doses of ionizing radiation to specific parts of the body. They may also assist in treatment planning, patient support and care, and brachytherapy.

Program Success
The performance of the program is demonstrated through program effectiveness data as defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Program effectiveness data includes the program’s completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate.

The program data corresponds with the annual report most recently submitted to the JRCERT. The radiation therapy program’s 2012 annual report to the JRCERT reflects the following:

Program Completion Rate – January 1 – December 31, 2012

Program completion rate (PCR) is calculated with the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. The PCR rate for 2012 was 77%. Thirty-nine students started the program and thirty students completed the program.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate – 2008 through 2012

The JRCERT defines the pass rate as the number of graduates who pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) credentialing examination on the first attempt within six months of graduation from the program. The data reflects an average over a five year average. The five year average from 2008-2012 is 90%. One hundred twenty-five of the 139 graduates pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt.

Job Placement Rate – 2008-2012

The JRCERT defines the job placement rate as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in radiologic sciences within 12 months of graduation. The data reflects an average 5-year period. For the 5 year average, we have documented 114 eligible graduates and 86 students have received jobs applying criterion as defined by the JRCERT. The program’s job placement rate as reported in the JRCERT annual report (2008-2012) is 75.4%.

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Launch your career potential by enrolling in the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program. You can learn more about specific financial aid programs (available to those who qualify) on our Financial Aid & Scholarship opportunities pages, or by contacting us to request more information.

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