Students in the Radiation Therapy program at Ivy Tech learn about what radiation therapy is and how to use it to provide care to patients fighting cancer.
If you're asking yourself, "What is radiation therapy?" a quick answer to get you started is:
Radiation Therapy is a form of treatment that utilizes ionizing radiation in a strictly controlled environment to eliminate or reverse disease, primarily cancer.
High-energy x-ray, gamma, proton, and electron beams are common forms of ionizing radiation used.
Ionizing radiation can be administered using external beam therapy or by placing a radioactive material directly into a body tissue or cavity.
This all may sound complicated now—and the technology is—but through hands-on learning opportunities such as Virtual Linear Accelerator (VERT), Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning System, and Clinical Rotations, our students leave confident and prepared to make a difference in people's lives. Learning takes place not only in traditional classroom and lab settings but also in real healthcare settings like hospitals and specialized outpatient clinics.
Graduates of the Ivy Tech Radiation Therapy program are eligible to take the national registry examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Upon passing this exam, you can start your career as a Radiation Therapist. Common working environments include hospitals, outpatient clinics, and cancer centers.
90% of graduates from 2017–2021 have passed the credentialing examination on their 1st attempt.*
100% job placement rate for 2017–2021 graduates actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation.**
* The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.
**The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.
The Radiation Therapy program at Ivy Tech has a selective admissions process, which means not all students who apply to the program will be accepted. Students start by applying to Ivy Tech and enrolling in the Healthcare Specialist - Clinical Support short-term certificate program with a concentration in Radiation Therapy. During their first semester, students will complete prerequisite course requirements needed to then apply to the Radiation Therapy program.
Ivy Tech's Radiation Therapy program is the only fully-accredited associate degree program of its kind in the state of Indiana. It is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
We are proud to lead the way in bringing Hoosiers affordable training for this critical career path in the healthcare industry.
Associate Degree – Transferable or Career-Ready
The Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy program is designed for individuals with no previous therapy education or licensure.
Ivy Tech's curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for the national registry exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), which is the exam taken to secure licensing as a radiation therapist. Graduates who successfully pass the exam have opportunities to obtain entry-level radiation therapist positions in a variety of healthcare areas, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and cancer centers.
Once admitted to the program, an Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy degree can be achieved in 5 semesters, or about two years.
Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree
Graduates of the program can also choose to transfer to a four-year college or university where they can earn a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Management, Health Services, and Health Administration. This path would be beneficial for someone who is interested in eventually pursuing a career in healthcare management, where you help run the administrative side of hospitals or other medical facilities.
Ivy Tech has multiple partnerships with universities that ensure credits from your associate degree transfer directly toward your bachelor's should you be accepted in the program. These partnerships are outlined in articulation agreements. It is likely that your associate degree from Ivy Tech will also count towards bachelor's programs where we do not have articulation agreements, but you will need to discuss this with an advisor of the four-year university in order to determine which credits will transfer.
Associate degree graduates must complete a total of 70 credit hours:
27 general education course credits, which include the following prerequisite courses:
A completion guide provides the recommended path to graduation, broken out by 8-week terms. For students taking fewer classes at a time, the courses are numbered to show the overall number that will be taken.
Erin is one of the primary instructors and faculty advisors for the Radiation Therapy Program. She also oversees all program administrative and accreditation duties.
Erin brings clinical experience, working as a Staff Radiation Therapist before coming to Ivy Tech, where she worked as Clinical Director for 6 years before becoming Program Director.
Teresa is one of the primary instructors and faculty advisors for the Radiation Therapy Program. She also manages all clinical duties for the program.
Teresa brings clinical and management experience, where she has served in positions such as Radiographer, Radiation Therapist, Dosimetrist, Department Manager, Service Line Executive, and Vice President at many healthcare facilities across the country.
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