Radiation Therapy Technology Certificate

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Program Director: 
Dr. Lisa Legg
CBIH 126
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Deadline Dates

Program - April 1
If weekend, due following business day.
radiation therapy equipment

Radiation therapy is the use of radiation (x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams, etc.) in the treatment of human diseases, especially cancer. Radiation therapy may be used alone or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. Radiation therapy is a leading modality in the treatment of cancer patients by offering a cure in some cases and a relief of symptoms in many others. 

The radiation therapist plays an integral role in a cancer patient’s care by delivering highly customized treatments as prescribed by a radiation oncologist. The radiation therapist must be familiar with every aspect of the radiation therapy equipment, must exercise constant care and accuracy when delivering the radiation treatments, must ensure radiation safety of patient and coworkers, and must show patience, understanding, empathy, and compassion for the patient at all times. Rapidly changing cancer treatment techniques, technological advances, and personal patient contact make the field of radiation therapy a dynamic career choice.


Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
fax 312.704.5304


The mission of the Radiation Therapy program at Chattanooga State Community College is to prepare competent, compassionate, and dedicated radiation therapists who respond ethically and professionally to the needs of patients.


Program Goals (PGs) and Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

PG1:  The student will demonstrate clinical competence appropriate for an entry-level radiation therapist.

  • SLO1a:  The student will demonstrate CT simulation skills.
  • SLO1b:  The student will demonstrate treatment delivery skills.

PG2:  The student will demonstrate effective communication skills.

  • SLO2a:  The student will demonstrate oral communication skills.
  • SLOL2b:  The student will demonstrate written communication skills.

PG3:  The student will demonstrate critical thinking/problem skills appropriate for radiation therapy.

  • SLO3a:  The student will perform patient assessment.
  • SLO3b:  The student will gather, analyze, synthesize, and present medical/technical information in a professional manner.

PG4:  The student will demonstrate professional responsibility.

  • SLO4a:  The student will behave/act professionally.
  • SLO4b:  The student will participate in continuing education/lifelong learning.


Success Rates

Program effectiveness data for all JRCERT accredited programs may be found at www.jrcert.org.

Current program effectiveness is as follows:



Number of Students Enrolled

Number of Students Completing

Retention Rate

1st Time ARRT Exam Pass Rate *


Job Placement

Rate **






73% (11/15)

92% (11/12)





93% (13/14)

100% (14/14)





93% (13/14)

92% (11/12)





95% (18/19)

100% (17/17)

2020 10 9 90% 78% 100%









FiveYear Averages


88% (63/72)

97% (63/64)

*1st Time ARRT Exam Pass Rate (number passing / number attempting)

**Job Placement Rate (number employed / number seeking): differences in numbers related to graduates who: fails to communicate with the program regarding employment status after multiple attemplts; is unwilling to relocate for employment; is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours; is on active military duty; or is seeking additional education. 

Job Expectations: 

Radiation therapists are usually employed on a full-time basis usually working a 40-hour week. Salary and benefits vary with experience and employment location, but are generally competitive with other allied health specialties. Employment opportunities are available throughout the country, but may vary geographically.

Program Cost

First Semester (16 hours) (fall)In-stateOut-of-state
Pre-Admission Requirements (estimates)
Maintenance Fee2,319.009,027.00
Nursing & Allied Health Fee400.00400.00
TrueScreen Tracking17.5017.50
Drug Screening39.0039.00
Background Check24.5024.50
Physical Examination100.00100.00
TB Skin Test28.0028.00
Tdap (if needed)50.0050.00
MMR Titer100.00100.00
MMR vaccine per shot (if needed)75.0075.00
Hepatitis B titer35.0035.00
Hepatitis B vaccine per shot (if needed)50.0050.00
Varicella titer25.0025.00
Varicella vaccine per shot (if needed)120.00120.00
Liability Insurance11.0511.05
Trajecsys Corporation99.0099.00
Books (estimate)400.00400.00
Radiation Monitoring (estimate)20.0020.00
Second Semester (12 hours) (spring)In-stateOut-of-state
Maintenance Fee2,179.008,467.00
Nursing & Allied Health Fee300.00300.00
Books (estimate)150.00150.00
Third Semester (12 hours) (summer)In-stateOut-of-state
Maintenance Fee2,179.008,467.00
Nursing & Allied Health Fee300.00300.00
Books (estimate)129.00129.00
ARRT Exam Registration200.00200.00

Costs Disclaimer

These are estimated program costs. Actual costs may vary due to changes in tuition and/or fee increases as determined by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Note: College fees are included in the maintenance cost. To view current calculation table, go to Bursar’s Office on Chattanooga State website. This website will also give you information on refund policies, fee payments and the refund calendar.

This list does not include expenses for lodging and other expenses incurred during class scheduled times. Students are responsible for the cost of uniforms/lab coats for clinic.