School of Radiation Therapy: Program Description - Fairview Health Services
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Program Description

School of Radiation Therapy – Program Description & Effectiveness Data

Fairview’s School of Radiation Therapy offers two educational tracks based at University of Minnesota Medical Center:

  • Track I is a 12-month, full-time certificate program for currently registered radiologic technologists with an associate degree or higher; and for radiologic technology students who will graduate from their radiology program with an associate degree or higher prior to September of the year for which they are applying. The degree does not need to be in a radiologic science.
  • Track II is a 16-month certificate program for applicants with an associate degree who are not radiographers.


Our headquarters
University of Minnesota Medical Center balances the latest in technology and treatments with patient-centered care. As the core teaching hospital of the University of Minnesota Medical School, our hospital is among the most respected in the nation, providing superior health care results. Radiation therapy students have the opportunity to advance their career in a thriving metropolitan area.

Our training
We provide an educational environment that promotes student success. Students have the opportunity to learn, understand and apply concepts related to the art and science of radiation therapy and multidisciplinary cancer care.

Students rotate clinical sites approximately every 4-8 weeks in all radiation oncology patient-care areas including nursing, dosimetry and specialized procedures.

Hands-on training is provided in a variety of treatment and imaging techniques using state of the art technology including Linear Accelerators, Tomotherapy, Gamma Knife,™ Simulators, HDR, Treatment Planning and Electronic Medical Record systems. This maximizes the educational experience and improves future employment opportunities. 
 

Graduation requirements

  • Students must maintain satisfactory academic and clinical performance at a minimum grade average of 80% (B-) or better on a 100% scale. All tuition and fees must be paid in full prior to graduation. Completion of all coursework, clinical competencies and program requirements must be documented.
  • A student must be in good standing with the University of Minnesota Medical Center Radiation Therapy Program.
  • Graduation from the University of Minnesota Medical Center Radiation Therapy Program will allow the radiation therapy student eligibility to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national registry exam.
     

Program effectiveness data

ARRT Credentialing Pass Rate
(Not less than 75% on first attempt six months post graduation)
Year of
graduation
Percent passing
on first attempt
Number of students passing
on first attempt
2009100%6 of 6
2010100%4 of 4 (one graduate did not take exam)
2011100%6 of 6
2012100%7 of 7
2013100%4 of 4
5-year average100% 

 

Job Placement Rate
(not less than 75% within 12 months of graduation)
Year of
graduation* (August)
Percent
job placement
Number of students
2009100%6 graduates (1 not actively seeking employment, all others employed within 12 months of graduation)
2010100%4 graduates (all employed within 12 months of graduation)
2011100%6 graduates (1 not actively seeking employment, all others employed within 12 months of graduation)
2012100%7 graduates (all employed within 12 months of graduation)
2013100%4 graduates (1 not actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation)
5-year average100% 

 

Program Completion Rate
Year of
graduation
Percent
completion
Number of students
200985.7%7 enrolled,1 dismissed, 6 graduated
201083.3%6 enrolled, 1 voluntary withdrawal, 5 graduated
2011100%6 enrolled and graduated
2012100%7 enrolled and graduated
201367%6 enrolled, 2 voluntary withdrawals, 4 graduated
5-year average87.2% 

 

Professional organizations
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology