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. Rapid growth in the field of radiation therapy has created an urgent need for registered radiation therapists.
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.
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.
Goal 1: The student will demonstrate clinical competence appropriate for an entry-level radiation therapist.
- Student Learning Outcome 1a: The student will demonstrate CT simulation skills.
- Student Learning Outcome 1b: The student will demonstrate treatment delivery skills.
Goal 2: The student will demonstrate effective communication skills.
- Student Learning Outcome 2a: The student will demonstrate oral communication skills.
- Student Learning Outcome 2b: The student will demonstrate written communication skills.
Goal 3: The student will demonstrate critical thinking/problem skills appropriate for radiation therapy.
- Student Learning Outcome 3a: The student will perform patient assessment.
- Student Learning Outcome 3b: The student will gather, analyze, synthesize, and present medical/technical information in a professional manner.
Goal 4: The student will demonstrate professional responsibility.
- Student Learning Outcome 4a: The student will behave/act professionally.
- Student Learning Outcome 4b: The student will participate in continuing education/lifelong learning.
Effectiveness 1: Students will complete the program in a timely manner;
Effectiveness 2: Students will pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination on the first attempt.
Effectiveness 3: Students will be employed within six months of graduation.
Effectiveness 4: Graduates and alumni will indicate satisfaction with the education they received from the program.
Effectiveness 5: Graduates will meet the expectations of employers.
Program success rates for all JRCERT accredited programs may be found at www.jrcert.org.
Current program effectiveness is as follows:
|Year||# of Students Enrolled||# of Students Completing||Retention Rate||1st Time ARRT Exam Pass Rate*||Job Placement Rate**|
|2012||13||13||100%||92% (12/13)||92% (12/13)|
|2013||15||14||93%||100% (14/14)||100% (14/14)|
|2014||13||12||92%||75% (9/12)||90% (9/10)|
|2015||14||13||93%||77% (10/13)||100% (10/10)|
|2016||17||15||88%||73% (11/15)||92% (11/12)|
|Five Year Totals/Averages||72||67||93%||84% (56/67)||95% (56/59)|
*1st Time ARRT Exam Pass Rate (number passing / number attempting)
**Job Placement Rate (number employed / number seeking)
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.
|First Semester (16 hours) (fall)||In-state||Out-of-state|
|Pre-Admission Requirements (estimates)|
|TB Skin Test||28.00||28.00|
|Tdap (if needed)||50.00||50.00|
|MMR vaccine per shot (if needed)||75.00||75.00|
|Hepatitis B titer||35.00||35.00|
|Hepatitis B vaccine per shot (if needed)||50.00||50.00|
|Varicella vaccine per shot (if needed)||120.00||120.00|
|Radiation Monitoring (estimate)||20.00||20.00|
|Second Semester (12 hours) (spring)||In-state||Out-of-state|
|Third Semester (12 hours) (summer)||In-state||Out-of-state|
|ARRT Exam Registration||200.00||200.00|
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.