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Radiation Therapists use high energy ionizing radiation to deliver a prescribed course of radiation to treat disease. The radiation therapist monitors the patient during treatment and provides emotional support. The therapist’s responsibilities include accurately interpreting, verifying, administering and recording the treatment prescribed by radiation oncologist.
The Department of Biomedical and Radiologic Technologies offers a bachelor of science in radiologic sciences with a major in radiation therapy. Students must transfer 60 semester hours of liberal arts courses (junior transfer).
Those certified in a radiologic science may obtain advanced placement in professional studies by challenging advanced placement tests offered in the department.
Following is information for junior transfer students. For further information, contact the Office of Academic Admissions.
Professional Tasks and Working Environment
The Radiation Therapist is a member of the radiation oncology team who is responsible for delivering a prescribed dose of radiation to treat cancer and some benign diseases. Radiation therapists have continual contact with patients for the course of their treatment, educating them about treatment and simulation procedures and potential radiation side effects. Monitoring and observing each patient’s clinical progress and emotional needs are also part of the therapist’s daily routine. The therapist, as a member of the healthcare team, refers patients to physicians, nurses or social service professionals when necessary.
Program graduates are eligible for the national certification exam in radiation therapy administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. (www.arrt.org).
Skills and Interests Suited to a Career in Radiation Therapy Technology
A person entering this field should have technical and math/science proficiency, computer literacy, self-motivation, empathy, emotional stability, people skills and a strong work ethic. Graduates work directly with patients to obtain information for treatment planning and to deliver the course of treatment prescribed.
Career opportunities for radiation therapist’s are excellent! Jobs are available in all areas of the country. Radiation Therapist’s can be employed by hospitals, universities, clinics or vendors who market and sell radiation oncology equipment. Some radiation therapists work in independent or contract type temporary positions and travel to various facilities throughout the nation.
Radiation therapists earn an average of $65,400 annually.
- Application Deadline: March 1 - Fall entry
Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will be considered on a space‐available basis only.
- Official transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all colleges ever attended. Transcripts should be mailed to GHSU’s OAA directly from the Registrar’s office of the institution. Applicants may also deliver or mail official transcripts to GHSU’s OAA if the transcript remains in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s office at the institution.
- Transcript/credential evaluation of foreign transcripts: An official, professional course‐by‐course evaluation is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
- Two Letters of recommendation with Reference Form: A Reference form along with a letter of recommendation must be submitted from each referee. Referees should be individuals qualified to assess applicants prior academic, work, research and/or clinical experience as applicable.
Program Supplemental Form
- TOEFL exam scores: Minimum score of 550 paper‐based, 213 computer based or 79 internet based Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
- Personal interview: The most qualified applicants will be invited for a personal interview with members of the Radiation Therapy Admissions Committee. Final admission decisions are made based upon grade point averages (both overall and the math/science GPA), letters of recommendation, other language test scores as appropriate, and an assessment of the motivation and personal qualities of the applicant that are deemed most conducive to the successful completion of the program.
- GPA: GPA must be 2.3 or higher.
- Current CPR and first aid certification
- Completion of the pre-requisite liberal arts (core) courses before beginning the program.
In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards. Visit www.georgiahealth.edu/sah/brt/radtherapy/standards.html to review these requirements.
GHSU participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. GHSU helps students fund their education through grants or scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment.
Radiation Therapy/Medical Dosimetry
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N.Wacker Drive, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606-2901
For best chance of acceptance, apply the fall before the program begins. All application materials should be in GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions by March 1. Applications completed after this date are considered on a space-available basis. Complete applications include the application, references, official academic materials, documentation of shadowing hours and documentation of professional certifications, if applicable. If accepted to the program, documentation of current CPR and First Aid certification is required.
Apply online at www.georgiahealth.edu/Admissions, or contact:
Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building–Administration
Georgia Health Sciences University
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Courses to Take the First Two Years
The courses required to graduate from GHSU comprise a core curriculum divided into six categories (A-F). Options for completing these prerequisites for transfer to GHSU:
|A. Essential Skills
|9 semester hours
|English Composition I
|English Composition II
|College Algebra, Mathematical Modeling,
Trigonometry, Pre-calculus or Calculus
|B. Institutional Options**
|4-5 semester hours
|Introduction to Computers
Health and Wellness
Any approved guided elective from Area F
|C. Humanities and Fine Arts**
|6 semester hours
Speech, Oral Communications
Drama, Art or Music Appreciation
Electives in Humanities and Fine Arts
|D. Science, Mathematics and Technology
|10-11 semester hours
|One eight-hour laboratory course sequence in chemistry, biology or physics and an additional course in science, mathematics or technology.
|E. Social Science**
|12 semester hours
Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
Lower-division electives in Psychology and Sociology
|F. Courses Appropriate to the Major
|18 semester hours
|Anatomy and Physiology I and II w/labs
|Physical Science/Physics w/lab*
|Math, Science, Computers, Business Management, Education, Health Professions, Speech, Statistics.
* If this is taken in another area of the core, the hours would be taken in additional guided electives.
** If a student planning to transfer to GHSU from another school in the University System of Georgia has completed this area with courses taken there or at another institution from which GHSU accepts transfer credit, GHSU will accept the area as satisfied. A student planning to transfer from a school not in the University System of Georgia should choose from the list of courses.
Estimated Full-Time Academic Expenses
For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog.