Radiation Therapy

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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)

 

School of Radiation Therapy Faculty
Program Director:   Kevin Kindle, MBA, R.T.(T) (404) 616-3611
Radiation Therapy Training Coordinator: Vuntressa Brown, BS, R.T.(R)(T)(CT) (404) 616-5024

 

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.
  1. Minimum age of 18 years.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  1. A status of good standing (not on probation, suspension, or expulsion) at the last institution attended.
  1. Graduate of a nationally or regionally accredited Radiologic Technology program.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

Application Procedure

Admission Calendar

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.
  2. Applicants submit the following to the School:
    1. Application portfolio documents
      1. $35.00 nonrefundable application fee* (If paying with personal check. Checks must include driver’s license number, date of birth and identification expiration date. Make all checks and money orders payable to Grady Health System).
      2. 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.
      3. 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).
      4. Military discharge papers (DD214), if applicable.
      5. 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 and  ADA Policy

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ARRT Ethics Review

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 radiation therapists to be certified by the ARRT.

If an applicant has a felony or misdemeanor conviction, the ARRT must determine eligibility for the Registry examination before application 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:

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

PROGRAM INFORMATION


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 Systems

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.

Student Services

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 Facilities
Students are assigned to the MLK MARTA station 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.

Employee Assistance Program
Cameron and Associates, Inc. is a national Employee Assistance Program Consultant Firm (EAP), providing counseling services to employees, their families, and students. Individuals receive professional and confidential counseling in areas of marital, family, or financial problems, stress, substance abuse, depression, etc. The main objectives are early identification of the employee or student who needs assistance; providing professional and confidential counseling; helping the employee or student find resources when needed; and helping the employee or student to resolve their personal problems.

Computers and 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.

W. Calhoun Library
A. W. Calhoun Medical Library, Grady Branch, 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 Radiation Therapy and other schools within the hospital.

Photocopies and Facsimiles
Photocopying facilities are available in the A. W. Calhoun Library in the Glenn Building. A fax machine is located in the School office in Piedmont Hall.

Cafeteria
Morrison’s Cafeteria is located on the 2nd floor of the hospital. An ID badge must be worn in the hospital cafeteria to receive an employee discount for meals.

Snack Bars
Snack bars (Henry’s and Grab-n-Go) are located on the ground floor of the hospital. Snack vending machines are located in the Morrison’s Cafeteria on the 2nd floor.  Snack vending machines are also located on the 1st floor of Piedmont Hall.

Post Office
The Post Office is located on the 1st floor and is a contract station of the U.S. Postal Service.

Public Safety Employee Escort Service
Students and employees desiring escorts to or from parking lots or to isolated locations on the Grady campus should call the Public Safety office to arrange for this service.

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.

Gift Shops
Lori’s Hallmark stores are located in the hospital’s Clinic Building lobby and in CHOA at Hughes Spalding. The stores offer a selection of snack foods, drinks, greeting cards, special occasion balloons, and holiday specialty items.

Discounts on Entertainment Events
Discount tickets to entertainment venues are available to students through TicketsAtWork. 

FINANCIAL AID / TUITION / FEES


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 Policy

Financial Aid
Student Financial Aid is available to help the student meet the difference between the amount he/she can afford to pay and the actual cost to attend one of the Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies. The amount the student and his/her family can afford to contribute is determined by a need analysis. Need is established by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the website www.fafsa.ed.gov or by paper FAFSA and mailing it to the federal processor. The FAFSA code for all schools is 004117. A Student Aid Report (SAR) is provided to the student online.

No financial aid is disbursed until the student is enrolled in the program of study. The payment period for financial aid is by semester.

Financial Aid Programs

  1. Grants
    1. Federal Pell Grant: The Pell grant is only awarded to undergraduate students. It is based on student need. The Pell Grant does not have to be repaid.
  2. Loan Programs
    1. William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program: There is both a subsidized and an unsubsidized Direct Loan.  A student can obtain a loan regardless of income, but the federal government pays interest only on need-based loans.
    2. Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS): Loans may be applied for by parents on behalf of their dependent, undergraduate students.
  3. Veteran’s Educational Benefits: Students who are eligible may receive Veterans Educational Benefits from the Veterans Administration.

Financial Aid Office
Grady Health System
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE – Box 26095
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 616-3506

Exit Counseling Resources

Federal Loan Servicers Contact Information

 Great Lakes Educational Loan Services
(Dept of ED/Great Lakes)
800-236-4300
www.mygreatlakes.org

Nelnet (Dept of ED/Nelnet)
888-486-4722
www.nelnet.com

Sallie Mae (Dept of ED/Sallie Mae)
800-722-1300
www.salliemae.com

FedLoan Serviceing (PHEAA)
800-699-2908
www.myfedloan.org

Direct Loan Servicing Center (ACS)
800-848-0979
www.myedaccount.com

Mohela
888-866-4352
www.mohela.com

ESA/Edfinancial
855-377-6884
www.edfinancial.com/DL

CornerStone
800-663-1662
www.MyCornerStoneLoan.org

Aspire Reources Inc.
855-475-3335
www.AspireReourcesInc.com

Granite State-GSMR
888-556-0022
www.gsmr.org

OSLA Servicing
866-264-9762
www.osla.org

EdManager
855-479-0490
www.edmanage.myedloan.com

Tuition Refund Policies

Tuition Refund Policy
Tuition refund refers to money paid towards school charges that must be returned to financial sources and/or to the student. If the student is due a tuition refund, the school must provide a refund whether or not the student requests the tuition refund or formally withdraws from the program. If a student receives an approved leave of absence, but does not return from that leave, a tuition refund must be processed within 30 days. If a student withdraws from school, a tuition refund must be made within 60 days of the school’s determination of withdrawal.

Institutional Pro Rata Refund Policy
The pro rata refund applies to all students enrolled at Grady Health System. There is not an applicable state law or refund required by the accrediting agency. Pro rata refund applies to the institutional tuition and fees charged from the first day of class until the 60 percent point in time of the enrollment. After the 60 percent point in time of enrollment there is no refund. A 100 percent refund is due to a student who never enrolls. Tuition refunds are made by the Financial Aid/ Registrar’s office. An explanation of the calculations for determining the amount of financial aid to be returned can be obtained through the Financial Aid/Registrar’s office.

Return Policy for Title IV Grant and Loan Programs
If a student has completed more than 60 percent of the payment period, he/she is considered to have earned 100 percent of the Title IV grant or loan aid received for the payment period. In this case, no funds need to be returned to the Title IV aid programs.

However, if a student withdraws before completing more than 60 percent of the payment period or period of enrollment, the amount of any Title IV loan and grant aid the student received for the payment period (or period of enrollment) must be recalculated to reflect the portion of the payment period that he/she completed prior to withdrawal. The unearned Title IV loan and grant aid for the percentage of the payment period not completed must be returned to the applicable Title IV aid programs.

Veteran’s Refund Policy
The School will refund Veteran Students the unused portion of prepaid tuition and fees on a pro rata basis. Any amount in excess of $10 for an Enrollment Registration fee will also be prorated and returned.

ACCEPTED APPLICANTS


Requirements Upon Acceptance

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

All students accepted in the Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies are required by Grady Health System (GHS) to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen test prior to enrollment in the program. This procedure is conducted after a student has been provisionally accepted into the program. Students are responsible for all charges incurred for these screens. If the student has lived in states other than Georgia or has lived in other countries, additional fees for searches will apply. The Student Package (background check and drug screen) must be ordered online through web site www.advantagestudents.com within 10 business days following receipt of the letter of acceptance into the program. Results are accessed by GHS Human Resources’ employee on-boarding coordinator and student placement coordinators of the clinical affiliates. Unsatisfactory/positive results of the criminal background check and/or drug screen will result in ineligibility for admission to the program.

 A cleared criminal background check/drug screen will be valid for the duration of the program unless an additional clinical site is added and a new criminal background check/drug screen is required to meet orientation requirements for that facility. A clinical facility reserves the right to remove a student from the facility for suspicion of substance abuse, including alcohol. The clinical facility reserves the right to request that the student submit to a repeat drug screening at the student’s expense. Failure to comply will result in the student’s immediate expulsion from the facility.

Should a student whose background/drug screen meets GHS requirements and is cleared to enroll in the program be prohibited from attending an off campus clinical rotation due to findings on a background/drug screen for that particular site, the student may be placed at another clinical site that accepts the Advantage Students results that coincide with GHS requirements.

The drug screen follows National Institute on Drug Abuse guidelines and screens for eleven substances. Test results that fall outside of any acceptable ranges are considered positive test results. Any positive result (unless the student has a physician’s documentation of need for the drug) will exclude student placement in the program.

Criminal background check criteria include:

  • Georgia Statewide Criminal Records – GCIC
  • If applicant has resided outside the State of Georgia within the past 7 years then those additional jurisdictions will be searched.
  • Violent Sexual Offender and Predator Registry search (aka Nationwide Sexual Offender Registry)
  • Social Security Number Verification
  • Residency History
  • Nationwide Health Care Fraud and Abuse Scan

Search includes – Medicare & Medicaid Sanctioned, Excluded Individuals, Office of Research Integrity (ORI), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), FDA Debarment Check, Office of Inspector General (OIG)-List of Excluded Individuals/Entities, General Services Administration (GSA)-Excluded Parties List.

  • US Patriot Act Search
    Search includes – OFAC Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons, OFAC Sanctioned Countries, including Major Cities & Ports, Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories, Department of State Trade Control (DTC) Debarred Parties, U.S. Bureau of Industry & Security (formerly BXA) – Unverified Entities List Denied Entities List, Denied Persons List, FBI Most Wanted Terrorists and Seeking Information, FBI Top Ten Most Wanted, INTERPOL Most Wanted List, Bank of England Sanctions List, OSFI – Canadian Sanctions List, United Nations Consolidated Sanctions List, Politically Exposed Persons List, European Union Terrorism List, World Bank Ineligible Firms.

Review Student Handbook.

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
 mail@jrcert.org
 www.jrcert.org  

Program Effectiveness Data

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← FAQs

Admissions - Frequently Asked Questions

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Standardized test scores
    • SAT I: minimum math and critical reading score of 850, or
    • 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
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A degree must be from an institution accredited by one of the following accrediting mechanisms:

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

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An applicant must go to www.gradyhealth.org/imaging to apply online.

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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.

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

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Radiation Therapy – 13 maximum

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

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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.

 

 

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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
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An applicant’s folder is kept on file for one year.  The steps to reapply are:

  • Contact the School office at (404) 616-3610, state that you are a previous applicant from last year, and request that the contents of your old application folder be transferred to a new applicant folder for you.
  • Go online at gradyhealth.org/imaging to reapply.
  • Send in the $35.00 application fee to the School office.
  • Since your SAT/ACT score, official high school transcript (or GED), and official college transcript(s) are on file, you do not have to request new transcripts.
  • If you have taken additional college courses since you applied last year, you must request an updated transcript for your new application folder.
  • Reference forms will be sent to the personal references that you list on your new application.
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Yes.  Students are provisionally accepted pending the passage of a criminal background check and drug screen performed through www.advantagestudents.com.

Yes.  Students are provisionally accepted pending the passage of a criminal background check and drug screen performed through www.advantagestudents.com.

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If an applicant has a felony or misdemeanor conviction, the ARRT must determine eligibility for the Registry examination before application to the program.  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. To obtain Ethics Review Pre-application information, contact the ARRT at https://www.arrt.org/pdfs/Ethics/Ethics-Review-Pre-Application.pdf

 

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You can contact your local hospital, medical center, or nursing home and see if they have volunteer opportunities.

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Yes.  We use the SAT I/ACT score in our point system to derive the applicant’s score for selection purposes.  A degree is considered, but will not take the place of the SAT I/ACT score.

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Yes.  We use data from transcripts in our point system to derive the applicant’s score for selection purposes.

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Yes.  International applicants whose native language is not English are required to pass the TOEFL test 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.

Alternative to TOEFL is the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency with the minimum progress of “Intermediate

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  • Physical examination
    • Immunizations
    • MMR
    • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)
    • Hepatitis B and titer
    • Varicella (2 doses) and/or titers
  • PPD 
    • If PPD is positive or applicant has received BCG vaccine, further testing and/or documentation of treatment will be required.
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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.

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The program is offered 40 hours per week.  School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m M-F

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Yes.  The Radiation Therapy program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), www.jrcert.org.

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Upon graduation from Grady’s hospital-based programs, graduates receive a certificate from Grady Health System.   Radiation Therapy graduates take the national certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).  Only colleges are accredited to award a degree.

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The program’s 5-year average can be found on the JRCERT website www.jrcert.org.

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Entry-level salary ranges in metro Atlanta hospitals are approximately:                                     

Radiation Therapy                $27 – 31 per hour             $56,160 – 64,480 annually

National salary information may be obtained in the following source:

Radiation Therapists                           http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291124.htm#st

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No.  The school does not have job placement, however the program’s 5-year average for finding employment 12 months post-graduation is 75-95%.  Job placement rates vary with the current job market.

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The programs are 40 hours per week, and there is an ample amount of study and homework required.  The faculty recommends that students limit their employment to part time if possible.

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Grady Health System
Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE – Box 26095
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 616-3610

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No.  Applicants may view our admission requirements and application procedure on our School web site at www.gradyhealth.org/imaging.

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An applicant must contact a translation service to have the transcripts from high school and/or college converted into its U.S. Equivalency to include U.S. GPA, classes listed, grades received, and type of degree obtained.

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Yes.  We use data from transcripts in our point system to derive the applicant’s score for selection purposes.

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If you are unable to get a high school transcript, you may choose to take the GED instead.  Upon passing the GED you may then submit a copy of your GED certificate to the School to meet that particular admission requirement.  A minimum of an associate degree and/or postsecondary education must be from an institution accredited by one of the following accrediting mechanisms:

  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS)
  • Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools of Middle States Association of College and Schools (MSA-CESS)
  • 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)
  • Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation
  • Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools Accreditation Commission
  • Commission on Accrediting of Association of Theological Schools
  • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
  • Conjoint Accreditation Services of the Canadian Medical Association
  • Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA)

 

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No.  A non-citizen applicant is required to provide documentation from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) of permanent resident status by presenting a copy of his/her alien registration card.

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The campus safety and security report is available on the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education website http://ope.ed.gov/security.

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The campus safety and security report is available on the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education website http://ope.ed.gov/security.

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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.

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If you need to make a correction to your financial aid application information before you receive your award notice, you can do so using the Student Aid Report by mailing it to the processor or by doing it on the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.gov. If you have already received your award letter, contact the financial aid office to determine if the correction is necessary.

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You can go online at www.fafsa.gov to add Grady Health System to your FAFSA, school code 004117.

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Yes. If you want an estimate of financial aid prior to applying for either admission or financial aid, you may estimate your eligibility for federal student aid at www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov. 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’re filing as a dependent student, for your parents as well.

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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.

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The Department of Education has set maximum levels for student borrowing which is driven by the total number of credits completed toward graduation in your program. Credits determine if you are a first-year or second-year student. Those limits are listed below. Each student’s eligibility is determined based on the results of the FAFSA if the student is dependent or independent, the unmet need and cost of attendance.

  Dependent Undergraduate Student
(except students whose parents are unable to obtain PLUS Loans)
Independent Undergraduate Student
(and dependent students whose parents are unable to obtain PLUS Loans)
  Subsidized Unsubsidized Subsidized Unsubsidized
1st year $3,500 $2,000 $3,500 $6,000
2nd year $4,500 $2,000 $4,500 $6,000
3rd year & beyond $5,500 $2,000 $5,500 $7,000

*** The Radiologic Technology program falls under the 1st year category.***

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First, you must provide all necessary requested documents to complete your file so your eligibility can be determined. Grants and loans will be awarded in that order based on eligibility. You will receive the award letter by mail. You must accept or deny awards by returning the letter to the Financial Aid Administrator.

If you accept the student loan and you are a first-time borrower, you must complete the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Loan Counseling Session at www.studentloans.gov. Once the paperwork is completed and you are enrolled for the minimum number of required credits, your financial aid will be applied to your student account as the funds are received. Once your tuition and fees are then paid any residual check will be mailed the address on file. Checks are mailed within two weeks at the start of each semester as long as the student remains enrolled and attending.

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If your financial aid exceeds the amount of your charges, a residual check will be prepared for you. It will be sent via mail to the address that you provided during registration (Direct Deposit IS NOT available). Checks will be mailed within two weeks of the beginning of each semester.

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Sabrina TwoLions
Grady Health System
Student Financial Aid/Registrar
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE – Box 26095
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 616-3506
stwolions@gmh.edu

 

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Yes.  The programs are eligible and participate in Federal Pell Grant and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs. The FAFSA must be processed by September 30 to determine eligibility for financial aid. 

Veteran benefits are approved for eligible veterans. Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits for eligible veterans are now approved for non-degree programs.

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