Aug 19, 2022  
2012-2013 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs | Volume 3, Issue 3 
    
2012-2013 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs | Volume 3, Issue 3 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy Degree Program


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Argosy University, Twin Cities

Program Overview


Argosy University offers an Associate of Science (AS) in Radiation Therapy degree program. The mission of the program is to provide the medical community with entry-level radiation therapists by providing them with knowledge and technical skills, a broad-based general education, and an understanding of, and compassion for, cancer patients and their families. The duties of radiation therapist include preparing the patient and equipment for the delivery of radiation treatment, keeping accurate and detailed records of the treatment, observing radiation safety and protection procedures, and involvement in treatment planning process. Patient support and care is a critical aspect of a therapist’s duties.  

Track I


Students with an earned secondary degree or equivalent (GED) may apply to Track I of the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program. The Track I program of study requires the satisfactory completion of 78 semester credit hours that includes 30 credit hours of general education, 36 credit hours of program-specific courses, and 12 credit hours of clinical training. Full-time students following the recommended Track I course sequence can complete the program in as little as 28 months. The maximum allowable time frame to complete the Track I curriculum based upon full-time status is 42 months.

Track II


Students with an earned Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Radiologic Technology degree may apply to Track II of the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program. The Track II program of study requires the satisfactory completion of 56 semester credit hours of study that includes 12 credit hours of general education, 32 credit hours of program-specific courses, and 12 credit hours of clinical training. Full-time students following the Track II program requirements can complete the degree requirements in as little as 20 months. Track II students should meet with an advisor to discuss the recommended course sequence. The maximum allowable time frame to complete the Track II curriculum based upon full-time status is 30 months.

In addition to the stated credit hour requirements, students enrolled in the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program — Track II are required to have successfully completed a college-level algebra course. These requirements may be satisfied through transfer credit. Otherwise, students are required to take MAT 107 College Algebra  during the first semester of enrollment and earn a grade of “C-“ or better.

Program Learning Outcomes


Program Outcome One
Graduates of the Argosy University AS in Radiation Therapy degree program will possess the knowledge and skills to competently and safely perform the essential entry-level radiation therapy procedures and patient care.
1.1 Students will be able to perform recommended radiation therapy clinical competencies in treatment and simulation procedures.
1.2 Demonstrate an understanding of symptoms, diagnostic procedures, pathology, staging, grading, treatment options and treatment planning for each type of cancer
1.3 Students will be able to demonstrate radiation production and the effects on human cells and safely apply it to simulation and treatment procedures.


Program Outcome Two
Graduates of the Argosy University Radiation Therapy program will have developed skills in critical thinking and adaptability to non routine situations.
2.1 Students will demonstrate critical thinking by applying didactic concepts to the clinical environment while reviewing RTH prescriptions and demonstrating adaptability to non-routine procedures.
2.2 Students will be able to identify radiographic anatomy.
 

Program Outcome Three
Graduates will have developed skills for effective communication.
3.1 Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
3.2 Students will use effective oral communication skills.

Program Outcome Four
Graduates of the Argosy University Radiation Therapy program will demonstrate interpersonal effectiveness, professionalism, and the ability to provide quality patient care to a diverse population.
4.1 Radiation Therapy graduates will be able to demonstrate collaboration with peers.
4.2 Radiation Therapy graduates will be able to demonstrate ethical, quality patient care.

Registry Exams


The American Registry of Radiation Technologists (ARRT) seeks to ensure high quality patient care in radiation therapy. ARRT tests and certifies therapists and administers continuing education and ethics requirements for their annual registration. Certification is the process of initially recognizing individuals who have satisfied certain standards within a profession. A person is certified by ARRT after completing educational preparation standards, complying with ethics standards, and passing a certification exam. The AS in Radiation Therapy degree program is designed to prepare graduates to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam to become a certified Radiation Therapist R.T. (T). Completion of the program requirements does not guarantee passage of the ARRT certification exam. Requirements for taking and passing certification exams are subject to change without notice to Argosy University. The most current information regarding the ARRT certification exam can be found at: http://www.arrt.org/

Admission Requirements


Because the field of radiation therapy is highly competitive, Argosy University, Twin Cities has established a set of objective criteria to identify applicants for admission acceptance. Radiation Therapy applicants will be evaluated on a number of criteria unique to the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program. Applications will be evaluated by the Argosy University, Twin Cities Admissions Committee and the Radiation Therapy Department Committee. A wait list will also be maintained. All applications for admission to the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program must be submitted to the Admissions Department.

Track I


Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED and meet one of the following conditions:

  • ACT Composite score of 18 or above, or
  • Combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 870, or
  • Passing score on Argosy University entrance exam, or
  • Minimum High School or College GPA as follows:
    • For students with 12 or fewer college credits, cumulative High School GPA of 2.0 or above
    • For students with 13 or more college credits, cumulative College GPA of 2.0 or above
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, “English Language Proficiency Policy  .”

Track II


  • An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in a radiologic technology from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Health Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, “English Language Proficiency Policy .”

An admissions representative will help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Student Information Form
  • Personal interview
  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Application fee (Non-refundable, except in California and Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the application fee is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement.)
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED,* or proof of earned college degree
  • ACT or SAT or Argosy University Entrance Exam score and pre-approved English language proficiency exam score (if applicable)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • Clinical Training Agreement
  • Technical Standards Form
  • Health forms

Allied health professionals perform a wide range of physical tasks and assignments, and they must accept certain risks that are inherent in healthcare delivery. In applying for admission to Argosy University, prospective students are given information regarding these tasks, and applicants agree that they are capable of and willing to perform these tasks and assume these risks.

Note

*Applicants who graduated from high school or earned their GED prior to August 2009 can submit an official DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty Form as proof of high school graduation or earned GED.

Graduation Requirements


  • Successful completion of all requirements in the program of study
  • Successful completion of all program specific coursework with a grade of “C-” or better
  • Successful completion of General Education coursework with a grade of “C-” or better
  • Successful completion of all required clinical hours (1440 hours), clinical competencies, monthly clinical performance evaluations, and Portfolio Project with a “C-” or better
  • A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to the campus administration
  • Students must also be current on all financial obligations in order to receive official final transcripts


AS in Radiation Therapy Degree Program — Track I Course Requirements


The AS in Radiation Therapy degree program — Track I requires the satisfactory completion of 78 semester credit hours completed according to the sequence outlined below:

Semester One


Total Credit Hours 12


Semester Two


Total Credit Hours 12


 Note

*Transfer credit is not accepted for PSY 180  Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Semester Three


Total Credit Hours 14


Total Credit Hours 12


Semester Five


Total Credit Hours 13


Total Credit Hours 6


Total Credit Hours 9


Program Credit Hour Distribution


  • General Education (30)
  • Program-Specific (36)
  • Clinical Training (12)

Total Credit Hours 78



AS in Radiation Therapy Degree Program — Track II (AAS in Radiologic Technology Degree Required) Course Requirements


The AS in Radiation Therapy degree program — Track II requires the satisfactory completion of 56 semester credit hours as outlined below. Students should meet with an advisor to discuss the recommended course sequence.

Total Credit Hours 56


*Students who have not transferred credit for college algebra must take MAT 107 College Algebra , a prerequisite for MAT 110 Precalculus Mathematics .

**Transfer credit is not accepted for PSY 180 Interpersonal Effectiveness 

Program Credit Hour Distribution


  • General Education (12)
  • Program-Specific (32)
  • Clinical Training (12)

Total Credit Hours 56


Clinical Training Requirement


Students must successfully complete all coursework prior to clinical training. Clinical Training I and II (RTH 290  and RTH 291 ) is a 1440 hour (approximately 9 months) internship in a hospital or clinical radiation oncology department. A sample list of clinical training sites is available upon request. Students may be placed outside the Twin Cities metro area, including possible out-of-state locations, for clinical training.

Students must pass a criminal background check and have current immunizations to begin clinical training.

AS in Radiation Therapy Degree Program Optional Additional Course


Students enrolled in the AS in Radiation Therapy degree program may take an additional optional course that provides instruction in a specific area of radiation therapy. This course is not included in the total number of courses required for graduation. The optional radiation therapy course does not satisfy the general education elective requirements.

Optional Additional Course


Note


RTH elective does not fulfill General Education elective requirements.