Radiation Therapy

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Radiation Therapy

Welcome! 

Thank for visiting the Washburn University Radiation Therapy website!   We are committed to providing quality education and training to all our students to prepare them to be excellent Radiation Therapists.  We hope you will be one of our future students!   

The Program  

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 didactic courses online and participate in clinical education at 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.

What is Radiation Therapy? 

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. 

What is a Radiation Therapist?

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.  

Why Major in Radiation Therapy at Washburn University?
  • Dedicated to excellence in teaching, Washburn University today is recognized as an outstanding public, urban learning environment.
  • Washburn University began in 1865 as Lincoln College, a school established by the Congregational Church. Lincoln College became Washburn College in 1868 in recognition of the financial  support of New England philanthropist, Deacon Ichabod Washburn. In 1941, the citizens of Topeka voted to make Washburn a municipal university.
  • Our educational objectives are to prepare individuals for careers and further study in a variety of disciplines for a lifetime of continuous learning.
  • Washburn has a reputation as a "teaching" university rather than a "research" institution. More than 90% of our faculty holds doctoral degrees or the highest degree available in their discipline.
  • Washburn has an enrollment of approximately 7,300 students.
What Careers are Available in Radiation Therapy?

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.

Program Mission

The Radiation Therapy Program is focused on the development of qualified radiation therapists who provide optimum patient care through technical competency and professional conduct. 

Program Goals & Outcomes

PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS OUTCOMES 

OUTCOME 1: Students will complete the program. 

OUTCOME 2: Graduates will pass the national certification exam on the first attempt within 6 months of graduation.  

OUTCOME 3: Graduates will be gainfully employed in radiologic sciences within 6 months of graduation.

OUTCOME 4: Graduates will be satisfied with the overall quality of the program. 

OUTCOME 5:  Employers will be satisfied with the overall competency of program graduates. 

 

 

GOAL 1 – PROGRAM GRADUATES WILL BE CLINICALLY COMPETENT.

Outcome 1: Students will interpret pertinent data to accurately deliver radiation therapy treatments.
Outcome 2
: Students accurately positions patients for treatment delivery.
Outcome 3
: Students will instruct the patient regarding identified treatment side effects within scope of practice. 

GOAL 2 – STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE WRITTEN AND ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS.

Outcome 1: Students will implement research oriented written communication skills.
Outcome 2
: Students will demonstrate appropriate oral communication skills with patients.   

GOAL 3 - STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS. 

Outcome 1: Students will determine appropriate actions when presented with non-routine clinical scenarios.
Outcome 2
: Students will evaluate images to ensure proper patient alignment.   

GOAL 4 - STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE PROFESSIONAL WORK STANDARDS.    

Outcome 1: Students will exhibit professional standards and behaviors.
Outcome 2
: Students will assess the importance of professional development.

Accreditation

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.

Admission Criteria

An applicant must be a graduate of an accredited Radiologic Technology program, possess a minimum of an Associate Degree, and hold 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.

Please Note:

  • At this time, students from New York State cannot apply to the Washburn University Program.
  • Students will be required to attend an on-campus orientation session.  Attendance to this on-campus orientation is mandatory.  All students must attend to participate in this program.
  • Out-of-State Admissions Application Disclaimer:  The admission of students into a Washburn University degree or certificate program offered online or at sites outside of Kansas is contingent upon the University's compliance with any applicable regulations or laws enacted by those states in which the students reside.  The University is reviewing the regulations imposed by other states in which our current students reside to determine their applicability and the feasibility of complying with such regulations in the future.
Acceptance is conditional on the following:
  • Confirmation of acceptable clinical placement.
  • Verification of an earned Associate degree or higher
  • Completion of a radiologic technology program.
  • Professional designation of RTR.
  • State authorization: The admission of students into a Washburn University degree or certificate program offered online or at sites outside of Kansas is contingent upon the University's compliance with any applicable regulations or laws enacted by those states in which the students reside. The University is reviewing the regulations imposed by other states in which our current students reside to determine their applicability and the feasibility of complying with such regulations in the future. 
  • Successful completion of a criminal background clearance check.
    • A criminal background check will be required of all accepted Radiation Therapy students prior to beginning the fall semester.  Successful completion of the Radiation Therapy program   requires participation in clinical practicum courses.  Students can only be placed in clinical practicum courses after a background check (at their expense) has been completed which discloses they do not present a criminal history of:
            a.  convictions of laws regulating controlled substances*;
            b.  convictions, at the felony level of crimes, as defined under Kansas Criminal Code (K.S.A. 21-3101 et seq.) and amendments thereto, which are crimes against persons, crimes against property, or sex offenses;
            c.  conviction of an offense requiring registry as a sex offender under the Kansas Offender Registry Act or any federal, military or other state law requiring registry;
            d. conviction, at the felony level of crimes, involving moral turpitude which include but are not limited to: perjury, bribery, embezzlement, theft, and misuse of public funds.  
    *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 program director, that they have been sufficiently rehabilitated.