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Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy (BSRT)

Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy

The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy (BSRT) education program is designed to prepare students for the technical and theoretical aspects of a career in this field. Students acquire the professional skills of dose calculation, treatment delivery, and quality assurance through intensive classroom and clinical education under the supervision of educated, experienced, and credentialed Radiation Therapists, Medical Dosimetrists, Physicists, and Radiation Oncologists.

The clinical education component of the BSRT program includes experience at clinical affiliates. Clinical rotations are administered during each year of academic instruction. A well-balanced clinical experience is planned for each student, including interacting with patients and delivering radiation therapy using linear accelerators and brachytherapy. Students will also practice planning treatment using two-dimensional external-beam treatment and brachytherapy planning, three-dimensional external-beam treatment planning, and intensity modulated radiation therapy. Click here to request more information about the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy program:

  • Students will provide clinically competent care to patients
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Students will display effective communication skills
  • Students will demonstrate professional work standards
  • The program will meet the needs of its students and the healthcare organizations it serves

Goal: Students will provide clinically competent care to patients.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate clinical patient care skills.
  • Students will demonstrate simulation skills.
  • Students will demonstrate radiation treatment procedure skills.
  • Students will demonstrate treatment planning procedure skills.

Goal: Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will use knowledge to discuss and recognize additional methods to accomplish treatment procedures
  • Students will identify dilemmas in patient setup during simulation.
  • Students will identify barriers to effective communication and demonstrate effective resolutions.

Goal: Students will display effective communication skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will effectively use verbal and written skills to communicate with patients and staff.
  • Students will demonstrate effective presentation skills.

Goal: Students will demonstrate professional work standards.
Student Learning Outcome:

  • Students will accept responsibility for their actions and utilize constructive criticism.

Goal: The program will meet the needs of its students and healthcare organizations it serves.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Cohorts will complete the program.
  • Graduates will be satisfied with the program.
  • Graduates will pass the registry on the first attempt.
  • Graduates will have jobs within one year of graduation.
  • Employers will be satisfied with knowledge/skills of new graduates hired.

Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy Clinical Obligations:

Within the BSRT, some Clinics may require different student clinical obligations such as drug screening, immunization records, and background checks. Clinics that prefer to do their own testing and verification may do so directly with the student. JPU may be asked to perform these services and provide the results to the clinic upon their request. Due to availability of clinical sites and student schedules, travel may be necessary in order to secure an appropriate clinical site. JPU resolves to make every effort to place student in a location that is within a reasonable distance from their place of residence.

Should students wish to propose a clinical site closer to their place of residence than is currently available, the university prefers to receive notice 5-6 months in advance for the purpose of communicating with the clinical site and securing paperwork. In addition, students are expected to serve as a liaison between the university and the clinical setting.  Should a proposed site prove unsuitable, the student may propose another site or choose from sites currently available.  Evening/weekend clinical assignments are not required or encouraged. If measures must be taken in order to ensure adequate clinical time, proposals will be considered and must be agreeable to the student, University and clinical site.

Certification

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy program are encouraged to attain licensure as a registered radiation therapist demonstrated through successful completion of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination in radiation therapy. Graduates are eligible to take the ARRT examination in Radiation Therapy since ACCSC is recognized by the ARRT. The BS Radiation Therapy program was designed to meet competency requirements outlined by the ARRT.

John Patrick University of Health and Applied Sciences’s (JPU) Radiation Therapy program is an applicant program with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). All students are encouraged to review the JRCERT Standards for an accredited educational program in Radiation Therapy located at www.jrcert.org/programs-faculty/jrcert-standards/

JPU’s Radiation Therapy program is an applicant program with the JRCERT. Any student in a JRCERT accredited program who wishes to pursue allegations of non-compliance with JRCERT Standards may do so by following the JRCERT Reporting Process. Before submitting an allegation, the individual must first attempt to resolve the complaint directly with JPU by following JPU’s Grievance Policy and Procedure. The Grievance Policy and Procedure is provided in the Academic Catalog.

JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304
www.jrcert.org
mail@jrcert.org
ARRT Mission Statement and Code of Ethics

* Note: In order to obtain certification and registration in Radiation Therapy, all potential radiation therapists must sit for the Radiation Therapy examination through The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). More information can be found at arrt.org/earn-arrt-credentials/credential-options/radiation-therapy.

Is state licensure required?

No: AL, AK, DC, ID, MO, NC, NY, SD

Yes: AZ, CT, FL, MS, TX, AR, CA, CO, DE, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

If required, is ARRT certification sufficient?

No: TX

Yes: AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

Does JPU’s program meet requirements to take the ARRT examination?

Yes.  Graduates are eligible to take the ARRT examination because JPU’s accreditor, Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is recognized by the ARRT.

If ARRT is not sufficient, what are the requirements?

Texas: A Jurisprudence (JP) Exam with a score of 75 or better is required.  Visit https://tmb.state.tx.u/page/licensing for more details.

For more details on licensure per state, please visit the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Program Application Requirements

  • Letters of reference
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions
  • Personal statement letter
  • Copies of TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable
  • On line application and $35.00 application fee