Radiation Therapy

Quality Indicators

Our 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.

Goals

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 12 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.

Program graduates will be clinically competent.

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

Students will demonstrate written and oral communication skills.

  • Outcome 1:  Students demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Outcome 2:  Students demonstrate appropriate oral communication skills with patients.

Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.

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

Students will demonstrate professional work standards.

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

Program Effectiveness Data

Program effectiveness data for the most recent periods are presented below.

  1. Annual completion rate:  2016 (95.1%); 2015 (95.6%); 2014 (95.2%); 2013 (97.8%); 2012 (92.4%).
  2. Five-year average credentialing examination pass rate through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists:  1st Time Test Taker - 5 year average (2012-2016) = 91% (206/227); Overall Pass Rate (2012-2016) = 98% (222/227).
  3. Five-year average job placement rate of 83% (2012-2016) in which 151 out of 182 graduates seeking employment found employment within 12 months from graduation.

Job Placement Rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in a radiology-related field within 12 months of graduation compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences.  Full-time, part-time, PRN status, etc. are all considered "employed".

The JRCERT has defined "not actively seeking employment" as:

  1. Graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts OR
  2. Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation OR
  3. Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours OR
  4. Graduate is on active military duty OR
  5. Graduate is continuing education.