Enrollment in the Radiation Therapy Program is currently suspended. Applications for the program will not be accepted.

Program Overview

The 18-month (6 quarters)continuous Radiation Therapy program provides didactic and clinical education in radiation therapy. Clinical practice occurs at our partnering medical centers and oncology clinics in Northern California . Participants of the program can expect substantial off-campus study and preparation for program courses. Major holidays are observed and break periods are observed between academic quarters. Annual academic calendars are published in advance.

Upon completion of this program graduates are eligible to sit for State and National certification examinations.

Radiation Therapist Duties

Radiation Therapy utilizes ionizing radiation in a strictly controlled environment to treat disease, primarily cancer. High energy x-rays, gamma rays, 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. The ultimate goal of radiation therapy is to destroy all abnormal cells while sparing the surrounding normal tissue.

Radiation Therapists are part of a multi-disciplinary cancer management team. They are responsible for accurately positioning the patient for treatment, equipment operation, quality assurance, and calculating radiation dose to be delivered. Radiation Therapists also have considerable responsibility for providing competent, concerned patient care. The therapist monitors patients throughout treatment, which often lasts several weeks.

Program Faculty


Interim Program Director/Clinical Coordinator/Instructor
Bert C. Christensen, BS, R.T. (R) (T), C.R.T (R) (T)

Prerequisite Requirements

All prerequisite requirements must be completed prior to applying to the program.
Applicants must be graduates of an 18-24 month accredited Allied Health Degree Program with current certification/registration. Allied health occupations include, but are not limited to, Radiologic Technologist, Sonographers, Certified Medical Technologist, and Registered Nurses.

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Applicants must have completed a minimum 60 college credits with a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.75 or higher.

All applicants must complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better. Courses must be college level and a minimum of 3 semester units or 4.5 quarter units.

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with a lab (college level)
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • General Physics
  • Medical Terminology

The following courses are suggested additional courses (college level):

  • Introduction to Computers
  • Ethics
  • Pathology

Note: All foreign diplomas and transcripts must include a notarized translation in English and must be evaluated by a foreign transcript agency prior to submission.

 

Physical Requirements

You must be physically able to:

  • Stand and/or walk up to 6½ hours throughout an 8-hour shift
  • Lift and move a maximum of a 290-pound patient in a 2-person/3-person transfer
  • Must be able to operate and manipulate all radiation therapy equipment
  • Reach forward 18 inches holding an object up to 15 pounds
  • Bend, crouch, or stoop
  • Push a patient in a wheelchair or gurney 300 feet or further, as required by structural design of the building
  • Move loads of up to 45 pounds

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate of completion from any of the KPSAHS programs, students are required to successfully complete all didactic and clinical education courses and hours, including co-requisites if applicable. In addition, all financial obligations to the program must be fulfilled.

Programmatic Accreditation

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

Tuition

Tuition is $1,833.33 per quarter or $11,000 for the entire program. Students must also purchase the required books and uniforms. The cost of textbooks, clinical education materials and lab and registration fees is approximately $1200.00 (no cash- all payments by checks, money order, visa or mastercard).

 

Please Note:
The information provided in this website is subject to change without notice.

 

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Related Links

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
www.arrt.org

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
www.jrcert.org

Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education
bppve.ca.gov