Admission Requirements Radiation Therapy

School of Radiation Therapy

The School of Radiation Therapy at Grady Health System began in 1974. More than 200 students have graduated from the program (see program assessment). The School of Radiation Therapy has several affiliate clinical sites where student training is enhanced through exposure to many diverse people, various types of equipment and a variety of examination types. This specialized program prepares the graduate for a rewarding career in the treatment of cancer.

The 12-month course of study in Radiation Therapy awards a certificate from Grady Health System upon graduation. Students who satisfactorily complete the program fulfill the requirements to write the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

This advanced-level program is a full-time, daytime program lasting 12 months. Classes are limited in size. Admission to this program is competitive. Only 12 students are accepted annually. The current graduation rate is 95 percent.

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  1. Satisfactory physical, mental and emotional health.

  2. Minimum age of 18 years.

  3. Satisfactory graduation from an accredited high school with a college or vocational/technical diploma, with a minimum 2.5 GPA; or passing score on the General Education Development test (GED) of the American Council on Education.

  4. Transfer students from other Radiation Therapy programs will not be accepted.

  5. Scholastic Aptitude Reasoning Test (SAT I) - minimum math and critical reading (verbal) total score of 850 (writing section not included) or American College Test (ACT) - minimum composite score of 18.

  6. A college degree may be considered in the selection process, but not in place of, SAT I or ACT scores..

  7. College level courses including Math, English, Science, Computers, Psychology, and/or Sociology at an accredited college (with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course) will be considered in the selection process, but not in place of, SAT I or ACT scores.

    Courses excluded from consideration are:
    • Remedial courses
    • Developmental studies courses
    • Courses with essentially non-academic content (orientation, career courses, etc.)
    • Non-transferable courses (grades of "D" or lower)

  8. A status of good standing (not on probation, suspension or expulsion) at the last institution attended.

  9. Applicants are required to visit the hospital when invited. This includes a personal interview and a tour of the radiation oncology department.

School of Radiation Therapy

In addition to numbers 1 through 9 for all schools:

 

  1. Graduate of a nationally or regionally accredited Radiologic Technology program.

  2. Completion of postsecondary education at a regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary institution in:
    • Algebra or a higher-level mathematics
    • English or Speech
    • Medical Terminology
    • Information Technology
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Medical Imaging and Processing
    • Radiation Physics
    • General Physics
    • Research Methodology

  3. Completion of an Associate or higher-level degree from a nationally or regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary institution. A degree must be from an institution accredited by one of the following accrediting mechanisms acceptable to the ARRT:
    • Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
    • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
    • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
    • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
    • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and Senior College Commission (SCC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
    • Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
    • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
    • Council on Occupational Training (COE)
    • Distance Education and Training Council Accrediting Commission (DETC)
    • National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS)

  4. Certification in good standing by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or eligible to write, and subsequently pass, the ARRT certification examination by the end of the first semester if provisionally accepted.

 

Upon acceptance, the applicant must complete or submit:

 

  1. Physical examination, immunizations (documentation of MMR, tetanus [Tdap], hepatitis B, and varicella), and PPD (TB). Additional TB testing is required if PPD is positive.

  2. Criminal background check and drug screen performed through www.advantagestudents.com.

  3. Proof of professional liability insurance, prior to enrollment, that documents coverage for term of enrollment.

  4. Documentation of CPR certification (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider) by American Heart Association.

 

Admission Requirements - Foreign Student

An applicant will be classified as a "Foreign Student" if the school credentials he/she submits for evaluation are from schools or colleges outside of the United States. This applicant, in addition to meeting the admission requirements outlined in the previous sections, must also meet the following requirements:

 

  1. A non-citizen applicant is required to provide documentation from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) of permanent resident status by presenting his/her alien registration card. The school is not approved by the INS to enroll non-immigrant status students.

  2. The applicant must present official secondary and postsecondary (college or university) certificates, credentials, or diplomas. Official documents must bear authoritative signatures, seals and stamps. If possible, the institution issuing the document should send these. Certified original translation must accompany all documents not printed in English. Secondary grades should equal the equivalent of a "B" average. Applicants who completed postsecondary courses must have earned satisfactory grades in all courses attempted and be in good standing. The average score should be equivalent to a "C" or better.

  3. If the applicant’s native language is not English, one of the following must be submitted:
    • Proof of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 210. The TOEFL test must have been taken within the last two years to be acceptable.

    • Georgia State Test of English Proficiency with the minimum progress of "Intermediate".

 

Special Consideration

Felony and misdemeanor convictions, regardless of resolution, may cause a student to be ineligible to take the national certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). All hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission require radiographers and radiation therapists to be certified by the ARRT.

An applicant who has a felony or misdemeanor conviction must determine if he/she will be eligible for the Registry examination before he/she applies to the program. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pursue this matter. The program is not and will not be involved in this process in any manner.

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists will consider, for determination of eligibility, any felony or misdemeanor conviction of an applicant on a case-by-case basis. The ARRT charges a fee for this service. To obtain Ethics Review Pre-application information, contact the ARRT at the following address:

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120
(651) 687-0048
www.ARRT.org

 

 

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