This is a Limited Access program.
The Radiation Therapist assists in the treatment of cancer patients. Working as part of a health care team and 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.
In order to be considered for the Radiation Therapy Specialist program, the student must be registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) as a radiologic technologist or nuclear medicine technologist and have earned a minimum of an associate degree. Please refer to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) eligibility requirements for January 2015.
A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional coursework.
Growth should be faster than the average; as the population grows and ages, the demand for radiation treatment therapy increases.
Eligibility requirements for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) certification in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology and Radiation Therapy and for the primary pathway to MRI and Sonography will - effective January 1, 2015 - call for candidates to have earned an associate (or more advanced) degree from an accrediting agency recognized by ARRT.
ARRT believes that general education courses required for an academic degree will provide a firm foundation to support the evolving role of the technologist and the lifelong learning necessitated by the increasing rate of technological change. Quantitative and communication skills and understanding of human behavior that are acquired through general education are believed by ARRT to have value in continuing to shape professionalism and advancement of a Registered Technologist's role in healthcare.
The degree will not need to be in radiologic sciences, and it can be earned before entering the educational program or after graduation from the program. The degree requirement will apply to graduates on or after January 1, 2015. It must be granted by an institution accredited by a mechanism recognized by ARRT. A list of accrediting agencies currently recognized is available. Individuals who complete a recognized non-degree granting program prior to that date will not be subject to the degree requirement.
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Radiation Therapy program, students must:
- Submit a Florida State College at Jacksonville application.
- Submit a Radiation Therapy Specialist program application.
- Provide a copy of current ARRT card. The ARRT card must clearly show the candidate's identification number, the registration category, and the "valid through end of" date, and indicate that the candidate is "in compliance with continuing education requirements."
- Have completed a minimum of an associate degree. Please refer to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) eligibility requirements for January 2015.
Note: Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, including the satisfaction of pre-requisite courses. Should seats remain available in the program cohort, applicants who fulfill admissions criteria prior to the start of the program will be considered next, followed by those with the highest number of completed pre-requisite courses. Qualified applicants with pending pre-requisite course requirements will receive a conditional acceptance letter outlining the remaining criteria for full program admission.
The application deadline is September 15 each year with classes starting in spring term.
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