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The Radiation Therapy Program

Radiation therapy is a medical specialty that uses ionizing radiation to treat patients afflicted with cancer and other diseases. A practicing radiation therapist works under the direction of a specially trained physician to deliver precise therapeutic doses of potentially harmful radiation. Therefore, students pursuing this career path must be focused and detail-oriented. While the profession uses the latest technology to deliver the radiation, the emphasis is on providing compassionate care for patients and their loved ones. Individuals who like working with people and are committed to high quality patient care should consider the Austin Peay State University radiation therapy concentration.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiologic Science Program, radiation therapy concentration is to provide training in clinical radiation oncology. The goal of the program will be to fulfill the needs of healthcare providers in the community and surrounding regions. Serving as a healthcare provider requires critical thinking and technical skills to ensure delivery of the best possible care. To prepare the students to meet these requirements, they are provided with various levels of training. This training includes theory, clinical practice, didactic learning, laboratory testing, and competency testing in clinical settings. Upon successful completion of the program, graduating students will be prepared to meet the requirements for an entry-level position as a radiation therapist.

Programmatic Accrediting Agency 
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL  60606-3182
Phone: (312)704-5300
FAX:  (312)704-5304
mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

DEGREE EARNED
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science (BSRS)

PREREQUISITES
Core courses for a Bachelor of Science
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SUGGESTED COURSE OF STUDY
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ADMISSION
Competitive; based on grade point average and interview scores.  Acceptance includes overall grade point average of 2.5 or above, a minimum of a C in all prerequisite courses, physical, application, essay, coursework completion, official transcripts, references and a brief entrance evaluation.

PROGRAM LENGTH
24 months; classes begin during summer following acceptance

APPLICATION

Due by Feb. 28 of the semester in which the student will complete core courses for a Bachelor of Science.
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JOB PROSPECTS
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects the employment of radiation therapists to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for radiation therapists may stem from the aging population and advances in radiation therapies. 

STARTING SALARY
$50,000 (on average) 

For more information, contact Tim Catalano at (931)221-7764