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Twin Cities Associate of Science (AS) Degree in Radiation Therapy
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The Radiation Therapy program at Argosy University, Twin Cities is designed to prepare students with the education, training and technical skills to launch their careers as Radiation Therapists. Radiation Therapists are responsible for delivering physician prescribed ionizing radiation to treat cancer.
The program includes five semesters on campus, followed by two semesters of clinical training. Graduates are qualified to sit for The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiation Therapy National Board Examination.
The first step toward launching your career as a Radiation Therapists is to apply today. You can learn more about financial aid options, available to those who qualify, by visiting our Financial Aid and Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.
About the Radiation Therapy (AS) Degree at Argosy University, Twin Cities
The Radiation Technology degree requires 78 credit hours of study, which includes 30 credit hours of General Education courses.
Program Overview and Mission Statement
Argosy University 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 duties of a radiation therapist include preparing the patient and equipment for the delivery of radiation treatment, keeping accurate and detailed records of the treatment, observing radiation safety and protection procedures, and involvement in treatment planning process. Patient support and care is a critical aspect of a therapist’s duties.
Graduates of the Argosy University Radiation Therapy Program will:
Goal 1: possess the knowledge and skills to competently and safely perform the essential entry-level radiation therapy procedures and patient care.
Goal 2: have developed skills in critical thinking and adaptability to non-routine situations.
Goal 3: have developed skills for effective communication.
Goal 4: demonstrate interpersonal effectiveness, professionalism, and the ability to provide quality patient care to a diverse population.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program Outcome 1: 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 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 Demonstrate radiation production and the effects on human cells and safely apply it to simulation and treatment procedures.
Program Outcome 2: Graduates of the Argosy University Radiation Therapy program will have developed skills in critical thinking and adaptability to non-routine situations.
2.1 Demonstrate critical thinking by applying didactic concepts to the clinical environment while reviewing radiation therapy prescriptions and demonstrating adaptability to non-routine procedures.
2.2 Identify radiographic anatomy.
Program Outcome 3: Graduates will have developed skills for effective communication.
3.1 Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
3.2 Use effective oral communication skills.
Program Outcome 4: 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 Demonstrate collaboration with peers.
4.2 Demonstrate ethical, quality patient care.
Program Effectiveness Data
The program data corresponds with the annual report most recently submitted to the JRCERT. The Radiation Therapy program’s 2017 annual report to the JRCERT reflects the following:
Program Completion Rate: January 1 through December 31, 2017
The 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 2017 was 81%. Sixteen students started the program and 13 students completed the program.
Credentialing Examination Pass Rate: 2013 through 2017
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 2013 to 2017 is 83%. Eighty six of the 104 graduates passed the ARRT exam on the first attempt.
Job Placement Rate: 2013 through 2017
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 over a 5 year period. For the 5 year average, we have documented that 90 eligible graduates and 81 students have received jobs, applying criterion as defined by the JRCERT. The program’s job placement rate as reported in the JRCERT annual report (2013-2017) is 90%. For more information, visit https://www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data/.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) seeks to ensure quality patient care in radiation therapy. ARRT tests and certifies therapists and administers continuing education and ethics requirements for their annual registration. Certification is the process of initially recognizing individuals who have satisfied certain standards within a profession. A person is certified by ARRT after completing educational preparation standards, complying with ethical standards, and passing a certification exam.
The AS in Radiation Therapy degree program is designed to prepare graduates to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam to become a certified Radiation Therapist RT(T). Completion of the program requirements does not guarantee passage of the ARRT certification exam. Requirements for taking and passing certification exams are subject to change without notice to Argosy University. The most current information regarding the ARRT certification exam can be found at: www.arrt.org.
What knowledge and skills can I gain from completing the Twin Cities Radiation Therapy Program?
Students can develop a variety of skills during their studies, including reading and interpreting patient charts and prescriptions, reviewing and evaluating radiographs, identifying proper patient positioning and field placement, providing emergency care to patients until a physician arrives, offering physical and emotional support to patients and their families, and evaluating and assessing the physiological and psychological responsiveness of patients undergoing therapy.
What career opportunities are there for graduates of the Radiation Therapy Program?
There are numerous career opportunities for graduates of the Radiation Therapy program, including working in hospitals or clinics as a Staff Radiation Therapist, managing department operations as a Radiation Oncology Director, medical equipment sales, and training radiation therapy teams on new software and upgrades.
How to Apply
The first step toward launching your career in Radiation Therapy is to apply today. You can learn more about financial aid options, available to those who qualify, by visiting our Financial Aid and Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.