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Technical Certificate

Radiation Therapy Specialist (6153)

The Radiation Therapy Specialist program is available only to technologists or nuclear medicine technologists registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

The radiation therapist assists in the treatment of cancer patients. Working as part of a health care team, supervised by a radiation oncologist, the radiation therapist positions the patient for treatment, performs the necessary mathematical calculations to determine the radiation dosage and delivers the radiation treatments utilizing highly sophisticated equipment.

Prospective students must complete an application to the college, an application for the program and be in “good standing” with the ARRT. Students must provide a copy of their current ARRT card. The ARRT card must clearly show the candidate’s identification number, the registration category, the “valid through end of” date and indicates that the candidate is “in compliance with continuing education requirements.” Students will be notified by mail of their acceptance into the program. Orientation and registration information will also be provided. Those who fail to contact our office upon notification of acceptance will forfeit their placement in the program.

Expected Job Growth: Faster than the average; as the population grows and ages, the demand for diagnostic imaging increases.

Average Salary: For ARRTs, between $44 - $53,000.

Certification and Licensing
At the completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the ARRT board examination in radiation therapy.

Application Requirements
This certificate is designed for graduates of accredited radiography or nuclear medicine programs who have passed a certification examination in one of these disciplines (ARRT or NMTCB). Eligible individuals may enter this one-year program in order to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become a registered radiation therapist.


Professional Courses
RAT 1001 Introduction to Radiation Therapy (3)
RAT 2242 Oncology I (3)
RAT 2614 Radiation Physics (3)
RAT 2241 Radiation Biology and Safety (3)
RAT 1804 Clinical Education I (4)
RAT 2651 Dosimetry and Treatment Planning (3)
RAT 2243 Oncology II (3)
RAT 2123 Patient Care in Radiation Therapy (3)
RAT 2814 Clinical Education II (6)
RAT 2061 Seminar: Registry Review (3)
RAT 2824 Clinical Education III (9)

Total Credit Hours: 43

Please see the technical certificate Graduation Requirements.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Clinical agencies may require students to undergo drug screening and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Estimated tuition is $2,600 (for Florida residents, as of 7/04). The estimated cost for books, materials and fees is $1,700.


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