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Radiation Therapy Associate of Science | Argosy University, Twin Cities 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. https://www.argosy.edu/locations/twin-cities/health-sciences-1/associate-of-science-in-radiation-therapy

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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

Radiation Therapy Program Mission Statement
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 a compassion for cancer patients and their families.

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 2015 annual report to the JRCERT reflects the following:

Program Completion Rate – January 1 – December 31, 2015

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 2015 was 69%. Thirty-two students started the program and twenty-two students completed the program.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate – 2011 through 2015

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 5-year average. The 5-year average from 2011-2015 is 84%. One hundred three of the one hundred twenty-two graduates passed the ARRT exam on the first attempt.

Job Placement Rate – 2011-2015

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 82 eligible graduates and 68 students have received jobs applying criterion as defined by the JRCERT. The program’s job placement rate as reported in the JRCERT annual report (2011-2015) is 83%.

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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.

Admissions Requirements

Because the field of Radiation Therapy is competitive, Argosy University, Twin Cities has established a set of objective criteria to identify applicants for admissions acceptance. Applications will be evaluated by the Argosy University, Twin Cities Admissions Committee. Final decisions regarding an applicant's status, eligibility to make new application, and acceptance into the program are made by the Argosy University Admissions Committee based on a composite of student's academic performance in their prerequisite courses. Completion of the prerequisite coursework does not guarantee admission into the Radiation Therapy Program.

Track I


Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED and meet one of the following conditions:

  • ACT Composite score of 18 or above, or
  • Combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 870, or
  • Passing score on Argosy University entrance exam, or
  • Minimum High School or College GPA as follows:
    • For students with 12 or fewer college credit hours, cumulative High School GPA of 2.0 or above
    • For students with 13 or more college credit hours, cumulative College GPA of 2.0 or above
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."

Track II


  • An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in a radiologic technology from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Health Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."
  • Applicant must have completed, at minimum, the 15 required prerequisite credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. The prerequisite courses, in addition to any required developmental coursework, include:
    • Human Anatomy
    • General Psychology
    • College Algebra
    • Medical Terminology
    • English Composition
    • Introduction to Radiation Therapy

Students wishing to complete their prerequisite coursework at Argosy University, Twin Cities will be enrolled into the Bachelors of Liberal Arts program during the completion of the prerequisite coursework. Upon admission to the Radiation Therapy program, or other Health Sciences program of instruction, students will be transferred to the College of Health Sciences. 

A minimum score on a Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy".

The Radiation Therapy program admits two classes of students per year, beginning in the Spring A and Summer A sessions. Applications for admission to the program must be completed no later than the end of the term preceding the desired session, i.e. end of Fall for Spring admission. Students interested in the Radiation Therapy program will be required to attend a Health Sciences Selection Day event prior to application to the program. 

Applicants accepted into the AAS in Radiation Therapy degree program are required to remit a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 by the date stipulated on the written notification to reserve a place in the entering class. This deposit will be applied towards the tuition of the student's first semester. An applicant, if rejected, can reapply by following the reapplication policy.

An admissions representative will help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Student Information Form
  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Proof of cumulative GPA and completion of required prerequisite programs
  • ACT or SAT or Argosy University Entrance Exam score and pre-approved English language proficiency exam score (if applicable)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • Clinical Training Agreement
  • Technical Standards Form
  • Health forms

Allied health professionals perform a wide range of physical tasks and assignments, and they must accept certain risks that are inherent in health care delivery. In applying for admission to Argosy University, prospective students are given information regarding these tasks, and applicants agree that they are capable of and willing to perform these tasks and assume these risks.

Course List

Track I

Students enrolled in the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program—Track I are required to successfully complete 78 credit hours distributed as follows: general education requirements, 30 credit hours; core course requirements, 36 credit hours; clinical training requirements, 12 credit hours.

General Education Requirements (30 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program—Track I are required to successfully complete 10 general education courses (30 credit hours) distributed as follows: communications requirements, 6 credit hours; humanities requirements, 6 credit hours; mathematics requirements, 3 credit hours; natural sciences requirements, 3 credit hours; social sciences requirements, 6 credit hours; and general education elective requirements, 6 credit hours.

Communications Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

COM180 - Interpersonal Effectiveness
(3)

(3)

ENG101 - Composition I
(3)

(3)

Communications Requirements—6 Credit Hours

 

Humanities Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PHI101 - Ethics in Contemporary Society
(3)

(3)

Humanities Elective (3)
  • Humanities Elective (3)
Humanities Requirements—6 Credit Hours

 

Mathematics Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

MAT107 - College Algebra
(3)

(3)

Mathematics Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Natural Sciences Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

BIO120 - Human Anatomy and Physiology
(3)

(3)

Natural Sciences Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Social Sciences Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PSY101 - General Psychology
(3)

(3)

Social Sciences Elective (3)
  • Social Sciences Elective (3)
Social Sciences Requirements—6 Credit Hours

 

General Education Elective Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

MAT110 - Precalculus Mathematics
(3)

(3)

PHY105 - General Physics
(3)

(3)

General Education Elective Requirements—6 Credit Hours

 

Core Course Requirements (36 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program — Track I are required to successfully complete 15 core courses (36 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

COM110 - Medical Terminology
(1)

(1)

RTH100 - Introduction to Radiation Therapy
(2)

(2)

RTH102 - Computer Science
(1)

(1)

RTH110 - Radiologic Physics
(3)

(3)

RTH115 - Sectional Anatomy
(2)

(2)

RTH120 - Radiation Therapy Physics/QM
(3)

(3)

RTH130 - Radiation Protection/Radiobiology
(2)

(2)

RTH135 - Principles and Practices of Radiation Therapy I
(3)

(3)

RTH150 - Treatment Planning I
(3)

(3)

RTH201 - Research Methodology
(1)

(1)

RTH210 - Medical Law and Ethics
(3)

(3)

RTH220 - Treatment Planning II
(3)

(3)

RTH230 - Building Clinical Skills
(3)

(3)

RTH240 - Principles and Practices of Radiation Therapy II
(3)

(3)

RTH280 - Radiation Therapy Comprehensive Review
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—36 Credit Hours

 

Clinical Training Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program—Track I are required to successfully complete two clinical training courses, (12 credit hours). 

 

Clinical Training Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

RTH290 - Clinical Training I, Radiation Therapy
(6)

(6)

RTH291 - Clinical Training II, Radiation Therapy
(6)

(6)

Clinical Training Requirements—12 Credit Hours

 

Track II

Students enrolled in the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program—Track II are required to successfully complete 56 credit hours distributed as follows: general education requirements, 12 credit hours; core course requirements, 32 credit hours; clinical training requirements, 12 credit hours.

General Education Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program — Track II are required to successfully complete four general education courses (12 credit hours) distributed as follows: communications requirements, 3 credit hours; natural sciences requirements, 3 credit hours; and general education elective requirements, 6 credit hours.

Communications Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

COM180 - Interpersonal Effectiveness
(3)

(3)

Communications Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Natural Sciences Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

BIO115 - Fundamentals of Human Physiology
(3)

(3)

Natural Sciences Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

General Education Elective Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

MAT110 - Precalculus Mathematics
(3)*

(3)*

PHY105 - General Physics
(3)

(3)

General Education Elective Requirements— 6 Credit Hours

 

Notes

*Students who have not transferred credit hours for college algebra must take MAT107 - College Algebra, a prerequisite for MAT110 - Precalculus Mathematics.

 

Core Course Requirements (32 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program — Track II are required to successfully complete 13 core courses (32 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

RTH100 - Introduction to Radiation Therapy
(2)

(2)

RTH102 - Computer Science
(1)

(1)

RTH115 - Sectional Anatomy
(2)

(2)

RTH120 - Radiation Therapy Physics/QM
(3)

(3)

RTH130 - Radiation Protection/Radiobiology
(2)

(2)

RTH135 - Principles and Practices of Radiation Therapy I
(3)

(3)

RTH150 - Treatment Planning I
(3)

(3)

RTH201 - Research Methodology
(1)

(1)

RTH210 - Medical Law and Ethics
(3)

(3)

RTH220 - Treatment Planning II
(3)

(3)

RTH230 - Building Clinical Skills
(3)

(3)

RTH240 - Principles and Practices of Radiation Therapy II
(3)

(3)

RTH280 - Radiation Therapy Comprehensive Review
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—32 Credit Hours

 

Clinical Training Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program — Track II are required to successfully complete two clinical training courses (12 credit hours).

Clinical Training Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

RTH290 - Clinical Training I, Radiation Therapy
(6)

(6)

RTH291 - Clinical Training II, Radiation Therapy
(6)

(6)

Clinical Training Requirements—12 Credit Hours

 

Clinical Training Requirements (Track I and Track II)

Students must successfully complete all coursework prior to enrolling in clinical training courses (RTH290 and RTH291).  Clinical Training is a 1440 hour (approximately 9 months) internship completed in a hospital or clinical radiation oncology department. A sample list of clinical training sites is available upon request. Students may be placed outside the Twin Cities metro area, including possible out-of-state locations, for clinical training.

Students must pass a criminal background check and have current immunizations to begin clinical training.

Optional Additional Course

Students enrolled in the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program may take an additional optional course that provides instruction in a specific area of radiation therapy. This course is not included in the total number of courses required for graduation. The optional radiation therapy course does not satisfy the general education elective requirements.

Optional Additional Course

 

RTH215 - Death and Dying
(1)*

(1)*

Note

*RTH elective does not fulfill General Education elective requirements.

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