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 month of full time study. This curriculum prepares students for employment as entry-level Radiation Therapist in hospitals and cancer centers. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologies (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 2019-2020 Radiation Therapy Student Handbook
Radiation Therapy Program in Catalog Radiation Therapy Program Technical Standards
Program Effectiveness Data 2020-2021 Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy Information Packet

 

Radiation Therapy Associate in Science

A Radiation Therapist delivers radiation treatment as prescribed by a physician for the treatment of disease, primarily cancer. Radiation Therapist will monitor patient’s physical condition and response to treatment. The associate degree program in Radiation Therapy is based on twenty (20) months of full-time study. This curriculum prepares students for employment as entry-level Radiation Therapist 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 and Therapy Programs webpage for more information about the admission process.


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 and 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
  • 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; mail@jrcert.org


Radiation Therapy Program Mission Statement:

The Radiation Therapy Program at Gateway Community College 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.

Student Program Fees:

The student is responsible for all fees associated with the following Program requirements:
Textbooks - $1500 Uniforms - $200 Toxicology Screening - $65 Background Check - $65 Dosimeters-variable
Castle Branch online health management system - $35 ASRT Membership-variable
Transportation and associated costs – variable

Health care immunizations and titers – variable BLS or CPR/AED – variable
Liability insurance - $15

*These fees are approximate and subject to change. If a student takes a leave of absence from the program, they will need to cover additional program fees as needed.

Radiation Therapy Program Goals and 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.
  • Students will evaluate and assess daily the physiological and psychological responsiveness of each patient prior to treatment delivery utilizing effective written 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 apply the principles and practices of radiation protection.
  • Students will demonstrate basic simulation skills.