Associate in Science
This is a Limited Access program.
The mission for the Associate in Science in Radiation Therapy degree is to offer high quality education and to train students to deliver prescribed doses of radiation to individuals with malignant or benign disease in an affordable method. This limited access program is based on the recommended core curriculum established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and enhances the educational experience and employment potential for students in the hospital or free standing clinic. The program emphasizes the art and science of treatment delivery to individuals to restore, improve, and enhance performance; diminish or eradicate pathology; and promote and maintain health.
For information about the ASRT, visit asrt.org.
This program is designed for individuals who wish to become certified in radiation therapy. Students are strongly advised to complete as many of the general education courses as possible before applying for the program.
A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional coursework in order to continue in the program.
A technical certificate, Radiation Therapy Specialist (6153) (T.C.) , is included as an option within this degree program Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn the technical certificate while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue the certificate to develop or upgrade their skills. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.
Please note that by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for the aforementioned technical certificate. If you meet the requirements for the technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate upon meeting its requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate please contact an advisor to do so.
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.
The demand for skilled, registered radiation therapists is nationwide and expected to increase in the future. With advanced training/education, radiation therapists also have opportunities to pursue careers in dosimetry, medical physics, teaching, and administration.
Upon completion of this two-year degree program, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) board examination in Radiation Therapy. Graduates of the program are prepared to function as entry-level practitioners.
Eligibility requirements for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (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 on the ARRT website, arrt.org. 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 completed Radiation Therapy program application.
- Have completed the prerequisite courses with a "C" or better.
- Submit official high school and college transcripts.
Note: Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, including the satisfaction of prerequisite 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 prerequisite courses. Qualified applicants with pending prerequisite course requirements will receive a conditional acceptance letter outlining the remaining criteria for full program admission.
The application deadline is May 15 alternate/even years (e.g. 2020, 2022, etc.) with classes starting in fall term.
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