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The Radiation Therapy program is administered through the School of Applied Studies, Department of Allied Health. The program curriculum at Washburn is an accredited, one calendar year certificate of completion program. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are registry eligible with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Classes begin in August and finish the following July. The program consists of 35 credit hours of required related courses and clinical education.
The tuition rate is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. The rate can be found at http://www.washburn.edu/current-students/business-office/tuition-fees.html. The approximate cost of books and materials is $1,200. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) link on the radiation therapy website addresses a series of other commonly asked questions.
Students will complete the online course work and the clinical portion of the program with a Washburn affiliated radiation therapy center. Clinical consists of unpaid experience. In the fall and spring semester clinical hours are Tuesday-Friday, 8 hours per day. Winter intersession consists of approximately three weeks in December and January in which student’s complete clinical hours Monday-Friday, 8 hours per day. In the summer semester, clinical is scheduled Monday-Friday, 8 hours per day.
Radiation Therapy is an allied health profession dedicated to treating malignant disease (usually cancer) with ionizing radiation. Other conditions such as benign disease may also be treated.
A radiation therapist performs therapeutic radiation treatments and lends emotional support to cancer patients. This is done under the direction of a radiation oncologist and a medical physicist. A radiation therapist may also be involved with the simulation, treatment planning and dosimetry of a course of radiation. For more information see the resources below:
To be successful as a radiation therapist, the student must possess independent judgment and the ability to provide the best possible care to patients and their families. The treatment of a cancer patient uses a multi-disciplinary approach. Therefore, the radiation therapist must be able to interact and communicate positively with other health care professionals.
Radiation Therapy is an exciting and dynamic field. Advancements in technology are dramatically impacting the manner in which radiation therapy is delivered. Radiation therapists typically enter the workforce as a staff radiation therapist. Other career opportunities available to radiation therapists that may require additional education and experience include chief/lead therapist, medical dosimetry, medical physics, education, sales, application specialist, healthcare administrator, and locum tenens.
The Radiation Therapy Program is focused on the development of qualified radiation therapists who provide optimum patient care through technical competency and professional conduct.
Goal 1: TO ENROLL QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THE COURSE-OF-STUDY.
Outcome 1: Enrolled students will meet the criteria for admission as stated in published materials.
Outcome 2: Enrolled students will complete the certificate of completion requirements.
Outcome 3: Graduates will pass the ARRT examination.
Outcome 4: Graduates will find employment in radiation therapy or related field.
Goal 2: TO PROVIDE QUALITY DIDACTIC INSTRUCTION AND VARIED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE IN RADIATION THERAPY ENABLING STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE ENTRY-LEVEL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND PROFESSIONAL VALUES.
Outcome 1: Students will pass radiation therapy lecture courses.
Outcome 2: Students will pass clinical education courses.
Outcome 3: Students will display professional values during clinical education.
Outcome 4: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to function as an entry level radiation therapist.
Goal 3: TO PROVIDE VARIOUS EXPERIENCES ENABLING THE DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENT ABILITIES IN PROBLEM SOLVING AND CRITICAL THINKING.
Outcome 1: Students will show evidence of problem solving and critical thinking.
Outcome 2: Graduates will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking ability.
Goal 4: TO PREPARE STUDENTS TO FULFILL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ARRT EXAMINATION.
Outcome 1: Students completing the certificate program will successfully pass the ARRT examination.
Goal 5: TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN PROFESSIONAL AND LIFE-LONG LEARNING.
Outcome 1: Students participate in continuing education and professional activities.
Outcome 2: Graduates participate in continuing education and professional activities.
The Radiation Therapy Program accreditation falls under the university’s accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This is an acceptable accrediting mechanism according to the ARRT.
An applicant must be a graduate of an accredited Radiologic Technology program and possess the professional designation of RT(R). A registry eligible student may also be considered for admittance. However, acceptance will be conditional on passing the ARRT exam prior to the program’s start date.
* Exception: Persons who have been convicted
of a misdemeanor illegal drug offense may be
permitted to participate in the clinical
practicum if they have demonstrated, in the
opinion of the pogram director, that they have
been sufficiently rehabilitated.