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School of Radiation Therapy

Program Information

The 12-month course of study in Radiation Therapy awards a certificate from Grady Health System upon graduation. Students who satisfactorily complete the program are eligible to become a certified Radiation Therapist through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. 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 cutting edge radiation therapy procedures. This specialized program prepares the graduate for a rewarding career as a radiation therapist.

This advanced-level program is a full-time, daytime program lasting 12 months. Classes are limited in size. Admission to this program is competitive. The number of students accepted is dependent on the number of clinical sites and job outlook. Currently, a maximum of 13 students are accepted annually. The graduation rate for the past 5 years is 95 percent. (Gainful employment disclosure)

The School of Radiation Therapy is an advanced program and is:

  • Full-time
  • Daytime program
  • 12 months in length
  • 13 students are accepted annually
  • The graduation rate for the past 5 years is 95 percent.
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Clinical Education

The major goal of the clinical portion of the program is to enable the student to develop skills that will allow him/her to successfully perform the duties of an entry-level Radiation Therapist.  The school is a competency-based program in which faculty members and/or departmental staff evaluate the student.

A student spends at least 21 hours per week in the clinical setting and may be exposed to ionizing radiation, infectious diseases, and body fluids.  The student is appropriately instructed in radiation protection and standard precaution procedures, as well as the proper utilization of various types of protective clothing and personal protective devices.

There are seven (7) holidays observed by the Schools.  Students also have break time between semesters.  Any absences must be made up prior to awarding a certificate of graduation.  Absenteeism affects a student’s clinical grade and may jeopardize his/her position in the program.  Eligibility for the ARRT certification examination is dependent upon the date of program completion.

Students rotate through radiation treatment areas, nursing, radiation therapy simulation and dosimetry.  Students participate in clinical rotations at several affiliate sites in the Atlanta area.  Students must dress in the approved uniform attire during classes and clinical rotations.  Clinical assignments occur during the day shift.  This program prepares the student to play an integral role in the cancer management team of physicians, physicists and other health care professionals.  The Radiation Therapist has the opportunity to interact with the patient over a period of several weeks and becomes an important part of his/her health care.  This continued contact with the patient is the source of much satisfaction and professional pride.

Clinical Sites

Travel times from Grady Memorial Hospital:

  • Edward C. Loughlin Radiation Oncology Center at Grady Memorial Hospital, 80 Jesse Hill Jr Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30303, TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 0 minutes | DISTANCE: 0.0 miles
  • The Emory Clinic, 1365 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 14 minutes | DISTANCE: 5.67 miles
  • Emory University Hospital Midtown, 35 Linden Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 5 minutes | DISTANCE: 2.54 miles
  • Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, 1000 Johnson Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342, TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 16 minutes | DISTANCE: 13.5 miles
  • Wellstar Kennestone, 699 Church St NE, Marietta, GA 30060, TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 28 minutes | DISTANCE: 20.68 miles
Grading System

The following system of grading is used:

A – Excellent                                       =          90   –    100%
B – Good                                              =          80   –    89%
C – Marginal                                        =          75   –    79%
D – Poor                                               =          70   –    74%
F – Failure                                           =          Below 70%
P-Pass
F-Fail

*Some Clinical Competencies are based on a Pass(P)/Fail(F) scale

Students receive an academic and clinical grade report at the end of each semester/quarter.  Academic and Clinical grades are listed separately, are weighted by credit hours, and are averaged for a semester GPA. The student is individually counseled concerning their academic and clinical training on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, semester basis as needed.

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Faculty

Program Director:
Kevin Kindle, MBA, R.T.(T)
(404) 616-3611

Radiation Therapy Training Coordinator:
Vuntressa Brown, MBA, R.T.(R)(T)(CT)
(404) 616-5024

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Accreditation

The Radiation Therapy Program sponsored by Grady Memorial Hospital/Grady Health System is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Successful completion of a JRCERT-accredited program assures that students are provided the knowledge, skills, and professional values required for career success.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 704-5300
[email protected]
 www.jrcert.org

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Admission Requirements

The School of Radiation Therapy offers equal educational opportunities to students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, or national origin.

  1. Satisfactory physical, mental, and emotional health. years.
  2. Minimum age of 18
  3. 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.
  4. College level courses at an accredited college (with a with a minimum 2.5 GPA) will be considered in the selection process, but not in place of, SAT I or ACT scores.
    Courses must include: Courses excluded from consideration are:
    • Algebra or higher-level mathematics
    • Remedial courses
    • English
    • Developmental studies courses
    • Speech
    • Courses with essentially non-academic content (orientation, career courses, etc.)
    • Non-transferable courses (grades of “D” or lower)
  5. A status of good standing (not on probation, suspension, or expulsion) at the last institution attended.
  6. Graduate of a nationally or regionally accredited Radiologic Technology program.
  7. 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.
  8. Completion of an Associate or higher-level degree from a nationally or regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary institution.  A degree and postsecondary education must be from an institution accredited by one of the following accrediting mechanisms acceptable to the ARRT:
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
  • 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)
  1. Applicants are required to visit the hospital when invited.  This includes a personal interview and a tour of the radiation oncology department.

Applicants from other Radiation Therapy programs will not be accepted as transfer students.  Advanced placement and/or transfer credit from another Radiation Therapy program is not accepted.

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Application Process

The School of Radiation Therapy begins only one time per year in the Fall. Applicants wishing to be considered for fall admission should have all required portfolio documents postmarked by April 1.

A qualifying applicant will be invited to Grady Health System for an interview and tour. The applicant will also receive Financial Aid information. This procedure takes approximately two hours.

Admission to the school is competitive and the Admissions Committee reserves the right, in every case, to accept or reject any applicant based on previous academic performance, motivation, personality, or health and character as determined by the application process, interview, and review of academic and sociological data, references and investigation.

Notices of acceptance or rejection will be mailed and/or emailed the week following the Admissions Committee meeting. Notices are given by mail/email only.

Application Instructions

All application portfolio documents must be postmarked by April 1. Portfolio documents include the application, application fee, brief autobiography, official SAT I or ACT score, official high school transcript or documentation of GED, Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools, professional references and documentation of current certification or eligibility. Incomplete applications and/or those who do not adhere to the deadline dates will be not considered. All documents are mailed to:

Grady Health System
Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies
Admissions Office
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE – Box 26095
Atlanta, GA 30303-3050

Application Procedure

  1. Apply ONLINE and pay the $35.00 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Applicants submit the following to the School:
    1. Application portfolio documents
      1. All official transcripts
        1. Official high school transcript or GED certificate.
        2. Official transcripts of courses completed in all colleges or other postsecondary programs of study.
        3. Official transcript from the Radiologic Technology program from which the applicant is attending or has graduated.
        4. Proof of any current national certification, if applicable.
      2. Critical Scores
        1. A college entrance test is required; either the Scholastic Aptitude Reasoning Test (SAT I) or the American College Test (ACT). Grady Health System’s SAT code is 5263 and the ACT code is 5329.
        2. TOEFL score, if applicable (see International Student Requirements).
      3. Military discharge papers (DD214), if applicable.
      4. References
        The applicant must provide names, email addresses and/or complete mailing addresses for four (4) references who have supervised the applicant a minimum of six months in an evaluating position (such as supervisors, educators, etc.). Friends, relatives, clergy, or co-workers are not acceptable references. Applicants should contact references prior to submission of application. References must include at least two (2) references from allied health program faculty members, if applicable.

Incomplete applications and those who do not adhere to the deadline dates will not be considered. An applicant’s application and portfolio documents will not be returned to the applicant, nor forwarded to another institution.

All correspondence and inquiries pertaining to applications should be directed to the attention of the:
Admissions Office
Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies
Grady Health System
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE – P.O. Box 26095
Atlanta, GA 30303-3050
(404) 616-3610

International Student Admission Requirements

An applicant will be classified as an “International 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 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:
    • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with minimum subset scores for each test versions as follows:
      • PBT:  55 (Reading, Writing, Listening)
      • CBT:  21 (Reading, Writing, Listening)
      • iBT:   20 (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)
      • Essay Writing/TWE (PBT, CBT) subscores should not be below 4.0
    • 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”.

Technical Standards – ADA Compliance

ARRT Ethics Review for Felony or Misdemeanor Conviction

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Accepted Applicants

Upon acceptance, the applicant must submit the following:

  1. Physical examination, immunizations to include documentation of:
    • MMR
    • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)
    • Hepatitis B and titer
    • Varicella (2 doses) and/or titers
    • PPD (TB screening). Additional TB testing is required if PPD is positive.
  1. Criminal background check and drug screening test performed through www.advantagestudents.com.
  1. Proof of professional liability insurance that documents coverage for term of enrollment.
  1. Documented completion of CPR (BLS for Healthcare Providers – Part 1) online training module by the American Heart Association.
  1. American Registry of Radiologic Technology certification in radiography certificate

Background Check – Drug Screen Policy

Student Handbook

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition
Radiation Therapy Tuition: $3667/ semester  (3semesters)
Fees
Advantage Student Drug Screen & Criminal Background Check: $78.50
HPSO Professional Liability Insurance $30.50 – $110.00
Graduation Fee $180.00 (prorated amount of $60 paid each semester)
Technology Fee $50.00/semester
Trajecys-Electronic Clinical Records $100.00 One Time Fee
CPR (BLS for Healthcare Providers – Part 1) Online Training Module $22.00
Uniform Scrub Top and Pants
(5 sets recommended)
approx. $30.00/set
Uniform Shoes approx. $60.00/pair
Books $700 – 900 (if purchased new)
Grady Parking $10.80/month – MLK Parking Lot
Clinical sites may require a parking fee, which is the responsibility of the student.

Prices subject to change

Financial Aid

Tuition Refund Policy

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Student Services

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid programs available to students are:

  • Federal Pell Grant: Pell Grants are for eligible undergraduate students who do not have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Subsidized Federal Direct Loan: The Subsidized Federal Direct Loan is awarded on the basis of financial need. The interest is subsidized by the Federal government while the student is in school.
  • Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan: The Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan is not awarded on the basis of need. You will be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed.
  • Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS): PLUS loans are made to parents of dependent undergraduate students. There are no income restrictions for these loans.
  • Veteran’s Educational Benefits: Students who are eligible may receive Veterans Educational Benefits from the Veterans Administration.
Employee Wellness Center

The exercise facility located in the Brian Jordan/Steve Atwater Employee Wellness Center located on the 16th floor of the hospital is available for use by employees and students.

Parking

Students are assigned to the Georgia State/Cortland Street parking lot. A Grady Shuttle is available for transport between the parking lot and the hospital.

Parking fees associated with clinical education rotation assignments are the responsibility of the student.

Health Services

Employee Health Services (EHS) is available for TB screening, flu shots and/or completion of Hepatitis B vaccine series, post needle stick reporting, and exposures to infectious diseases (all at no cost). For outpatient clinic or Emergency Department visits, the student is expected to pay for services or show proof of health insurance.

Computers and Software Tutorials

There are computers for student use in Piedmont Hall. Software tutorials are maintained and loaned through school offices. In addition, the Calhoun Medical Library located in the Glenn Building has a number of computers with Internet access that the student may use during normal library hours.

Libraries

School Library
The School library is located in Piedmont Hall. Textbooks and other learning resources belonging to the Schools of Radiologic Technology, Radiation Therapy, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography are housed in this area. The most current editions of Sonography books and learning resources are located in the sonography classroom.

W. Calhoun Library
A. W. Calhoun Medical Library, Grady Branch of Emory University School of Medicine Library, is located in the Glenn Building on Jesse Hill Jr. Drive. This library is open to the instructors and students of Grady Health System School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and other schools within the hospital.

Lockers

Lockers for books and personal items are available for student use in the third floor locker rooms. Students must provide their own padlock. Lockers must be shared.

Uniforms

Students are required to wear uniform scrub attire. The uniform scrubs are embroidered with a school logo and are ordered through a local vendor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the academic requirements for the School of Radiation Therapy?
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Standardized test scores
    • SAT I: minimum math and critical reading score of 850or
    • ACT: minimum composite score of 18
  • Satisfactory graduation from a nationally or regionally accredited Radiologic Technology program
  • Completion of postsecondary education at a regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary institution.  A 2.0 or higher college course average will be considered for:
    • Algebra or a higher level mathematics
    • English or Speech
    • Information Technology
    • Medical Terminology
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • Medical Imaging and Processing
    • Radiation Physics
    • General Physics
    • Research Methodology
  • A minimum of an Associate’s degree is required.
  • Official college transcript of courses completed in all colleges or other postsecondary programs of study
  • Certification in good standing by the ARRT or eligible to write, and subsequently pass, the ARRT certification examination by the end of the first semester if provisionally accepted
Do the high school and college transcripts have to be official?

Yes.  All official high school and college transcripts must be submitted directly to the schools’ admissions office in a sealed envelope from the institution.

When are applications accepted?

For the School of Radiation Therapy, online applications are accepted year round.  To be considered for Fall admission, application and portfolio documents must be postmarked by April 1.

When do the classes start?

Classes for the School of Radiation Therapy begin in the Fall of each year.

Do you have a waiting list for enrollment?

No.  Selection of students is a competitive process.  Students not admitted must reapply.

What are the school hours?

The program is offered 40 hours per week.  School hours are 8 AM – 4 PM, Monday through Friday. Program begins each year in August.

 

May I send in the required information separately, or does it have to be sent all at once?

An applicant may send in the required information separately.  Once the online application and application fee have both been received, the program will start a file on the applicant.

How are applicants selected?

The programs use a point system to rank applicants, which include the following criteria:

  • High school GPA or GED
  • SAT I or ACT score
  • College hours and/or degrees
  • Personal interview
  • Personal references
  • Direct and/or indirect healthcare experience, volunteer work, or shadowing
  • National certification score, if applicable
Do your schools accept transfer students from other Radiation Therapy programs?

No.  Applicants from other Radiation Therapy programs will not be accepted as transfer students.  You must start the program from the first day and complete all courses and requirements to receive your certificate of completion.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The fastest way to get your application processed is to apply over the internet. To apply online, go to www.pin.ed.gov and apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN). A PIN allows you to electronically sign and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) without having to print, sign, and mail a signature page to the processing center. A PIN saves time and mistakes. School Code: 004117

To complete the FAFSA, you will need to provide information on your household size, number of household members attending college, and income and asset information for yourself, and if you are filing as a dependent student, for your parents as well. Be sure to follow the directions carefully because making corrections is a time consuming process.

What happens after I apply for financial aid?

Once Grady Health System receives your FAFSA results (if there are no corrections required and you aren’t selected for verification) and you have been admitted to the program, the Student Financial Aid Administrator will send you an award letter via U.S. Mail. The financial aid award letter outlines the type and amount of financial aid families can receive, such as scholarships, grants, and student loans.

After reading the financial aid award letter, you may realize that the awards listed are not enough to cover all expenses. However, there are other loan options that may not be shown on the letter. Your parents (dependent students only) may be eligible for the Federal PLUS Program or you could consider getting a private student loan.

After receiving the financial aid award letter, you must let the school know whether or not you are accepting or declining the awards. A student DOES NOT have to accept all of the financial aid award funds that are offered.  Declining an award will not harm the award.

For more information about the financial aid award letter, contact the Financial Aid Administrator.

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