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Admission guidelines for the School of Radiation Therapy

University of Minnesota Medical Center’s Radiation Therapy Program accepts the following applicants:

  • Track I Radiologic Technologist Track: Certified radiographers or those completing an ARRT-accepted accredited radiology program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who possess, at minimum, an associate degree (in any subject).
  • Track II Non- Radiology Track: Applicants who are not certified in radiologic technology but who have earned (at minimum) an associate degree from an accredited college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Previous education and/or experience in health care or direct patient care are preferred.

Admission updates are posted annually in May.

The program selects six to 10 top-ranked candidates each year on a competitive basis.


Pre-requisite coursework  
Pre-requisite courses must be completed before the fall start date for the radiation therapy program. These courses must be college-level courses and applicants must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or better in them.

Track I:
  • Completion of all Radiography Program courses including Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy & Physiology prior to program's fall start date.
  • Math: College Algebra
  • General College Physics: (in addition to the radiographic physics course)
  • English Composition (Written Communication)
  • Speech or Interpersonal Communications (Oral Communication)
  • Medical Ethics or Ethics (usually included within radiology courses)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for radiology courses
  • Documented Radiation Therapy observation experience

Track II:
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Medical Terminology
  • Math: College Algebra
  • General College Physics
  • Speech or Interpersonal Communications (Oral Communication)
  • English Composition (Written Communication)
  • General Psychology
  • Medical Ethics or Ethics
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Documented Radiation Therapy observation experience
     
If it has been more than five years since you completed your radiology program or pre-requisite college course work, it is recommended that applicants complete refresher coursework in algebra, physics or anatomy as needed to improve competitive standing.

Policies and responsibilities
The following policies affect applications and admissions to the University of Minnesota Medical Center School of Radiation Therapy:

  • Program Policy for Transfer of Credit: The University of Minnesota Medical Center Radiation Therapy Program will review and assess transcripts from previous post-secondary education to determine whether any credits may be appropriately granted for prior education. Due to the distinct didactic and clinical curriculum schedule of this program, there is no guarantee that prior educational credit will be applied. Acceptance or rejection of prior credit is at the discretion of the Radiation Therapy Program. The program does not accept transfer students from other radiation therapy programs.

  • Health Status and Immunization Record: Upon admission, students must complete a health history and immunization form.

  • Health Insurance: Students must show evidence of health care coverage prior to beginning the program. 

  • CPR Certification: Students must obtain CPR certification and provide documentation before the first program day. It must be from either the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider (CPR & AED) or American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and the Healthcare Provider. Students are responsible for renewal if necessary during the program.

  • Student Responsibilities: Students are expected to attend all classes, participate in all examinations and engage in all assignments or activities related to didactic & clinical courses. Students are required to exhibit professional behavior as well as the highest ethical conduct at all times throughout the program and related activities. Students are required to maintain a “B-” grade average or above in each component of the curriculum. A student who fails to maintain this minimum grade or exhibits clinical deficiencies or unprofessional behavior is subject to probation. Failure to maintain satisfactory academic and/or clinical progress may result in probation, remediation or dismissal. No more than two academic grades and/or behaviors resulting in probation will be allowed during program enrollment.

  • Background Check: Minnesota has enacted legislation to protect vulnerable persons in licensed care facilities. If appointed to the program, you will be required to submit demographic information for the purpose of criminal background studies. Appointment is conditional to qualifications.

  • Equal Opportunity: Admission to the School of Radiation Therapy is granted and maintained without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, creed, age, handicap, veteran status, marital status, disability or any other protected status.

  • Grading: Didactic courses are graded using an A-F scale based on assignments, presentations, projects, quizzes and exams. Clinical grades are based on clinical competency, critical thinking and professionalism. Faculty and clinical support is provided and one-on-one evaluation is ongoing.

  • Financial Responsibility: The Radiation Therapy program is not part of the University of Minnesota and the school is not certified by the USDE for eligibility for Title IV student financial aid. Therefore, accepted students are not eligible for federal financial aid. It is the student's responsibility to obtain financing for this program. Most students obtain personal or family loans to help pay for the program. Tuition for the program is allowed to be paid in three installments to Fairview at the designated dates and may be paid via checks or credit card.

Technical standards
The School of Radiation Therapy accepts students who are highly qualified for the radiation therapy program. To be considered for this program you should exhibit strong qualifications for the radiation therapy profession.  Applicants to the program must possess the following general qualities:

  • Physical and mental stamina
  • Flexibility and adaptability, good sound judgment
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Emotional stability
  • High level of professionalism and maturity
  • Personal responsibility
  • Ability to communicate well and appropriately with patients and staff, verbal and written or otherwise.
     

In addition, radiation therapy students must be able to perform the following as part of the regular duties:

  • Use computers and keyboards
  • Push, pull, bend, stoop and squat routinely
  • Lift 20 pounds over your head
  • Assist in lifting transferring and moving patients and equipment
  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Distinguish shades of gray
  • Move quickly throughout the clinic
  • Communicate with patients and staff, verbally, in writing or otherwise
  • Demonstrate retention and utilization of clinical information and skills
     

Students must be able to perform the essential functions and requirements as required by the program curriculum.

Advanced standing and re-entry
No advance standing will be granted for any applicant. The program is consistently 12 months long for Track I and 16 months long for Track II students.

There is no re-entry granted into the program.


 
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