Associate in Science

A Radiation Therapist delivers radiation treatment as prescribed by a physician for the treatment of disease, primarily cancer. A Radiation Therapist will monitor a patient’s physical condition and response to treatment. The associate degree program in Radiation Therapy is based on 20 months of full-time study. This curriculum prepares students for employment as entry-level Radiation Therapists in hospitals and cancer centers. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) board examination (Radiation Therapy). 

Please see the Diagnostic Imaging & Therapy Programs webpage for more information about the admission process.

Gina Finn
Program Director
(203) 285-2392

gfinn@gatewayct.edu

Radiation Therapy Program Plan of Study Radiation Therapy Program Technical Standards
Radiation Therapy Program in Catalog  2018-2019 Radiation Therapy Student Handbook
Program Effectiveness Data

 

Program Curriculum

The structure of the curriculum is such that courses are offered in sequence and progress in complexity. It offers appropriate didactic content and ample supervised clinical education to assure sufficient opportunity to achieve all didactic and clinical requirements established by the ARRT. Clinical education takes place in hospitals and cancer centers. Students will rotate through all clinical settings during the length of the program. The following clinical sites are: 

  • Yale-New Haven Hospital—Smilow Cancer Hospital, New Haven, CT 
  • McGivney Center for Cancer Care at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Hamden Campus, Hamden, CT 
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital Shoreline Medical Center Guilford, Guilford, CT 
  • Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT 
  • Bridgeport Hospital—Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute Park Avenue, Trumbull, CT 
  • Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Waterford, CT 

Transportation and parking are the student’s responsibility. The following pre-requisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher before applying to the Program: BIO 211, Anatomy & Physiology I, BIO 212, Anatomy & Physiology II, PHY 111, Physics for the Life Sciences, and attendance at one program-specific information session within one year of application submission to the department. 

Upon acceptance into the Radiation Therapy Program, students are required to attend a mandatory, patient care orientation as well as several hospital orientations, all of which are scheduled between June and July and must be completed prior to beginning the program in the fall semester. In order to continue in the Radiation Therapy Program, the student is required to successfully complete patient care orientation with an overall course average of 75 or higher. 

The program is accredited by the Board of Governors for Higher Education and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRECRT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312)704-5300, www.jrcert.org.

 

Radiation Therapy Program Mission Statement

The Radiation Therapy program is committed to educating and preparing competent, entry-level therapists who provide high quality patient care to members of the community. Furthermore, the program is dedicated to providing tools to support life-long learning.

 

Radiation Therapy Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

Goal 1   Students will demonstrate skills in effective written and oral communication.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will evaluate and assess daily the physiological and psychological responsiveness of each patient prior to treatment delivery utilizing effective oral communication.

Goal 2   Students will demonstrate skills in effective critical thinking and problem solving in the principles and practices of Radiation Therapy.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate and assess treatment delivery components to perform proper treatment procedures.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to assess disease specific information and outcomes of the specific cancer.

Goal 3   Students will achieve personal and professional growth.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate and assess treatment delivery components within a healthcare team.
  • Maintain values congruent with the professional code of ethics and scope of practice while adhering to national, institutional and/or departmental standards, policies and procedures regarding treatment delivery and patient care.

Goal 4   Students will be clinically competent in the practice of Radiation Therapy.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will consistently explain or describe the principles and practices of radiation protection.
  • Students will provide appropriate patient care.
  • Provide radiation therapy treatment delivery services to cure or improve the quality of life of patients by accurately delivering a prescribed course of treatment.

Goal 5   The program will prepare graduates to be entry-level Radiation Therapists.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will meet the criteria to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam and pass on the 1st attempt.
  • Students will provide quality radiation therapy to the community.