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2021-22 Catalog 
    
2021-22 Catalog

Radiation Therapy, A.S.*


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Program Design

The Radiation Therapy associate degree program enables graduates to work as radiation therapists. Radiation therapy uses high energy X-rays to treat diseases, primarily cancer. Using highly specialized computerized equipment, the radiation is targeted to abnormal cells while minimizing the side effects. The Radiation Therapist is a vital member of the health care team in the Radiation Oncology Department. This individual is responsible for administering, monitoring, and documenting the prescribed course of treatment from the radiation oncologist.  The Radiation Therapist is involved in assessing the physical and emotional needs of the patients and making the appropriate referrals. This unique profession combines technical and interpersonal skills and offers many career possibilities available to trained radiation therapists, including management, dosimetry, education, applications specialist, sales, and technology-related fields.

Scholastic Preparation and Admission Process

Radiation therapy Program relies on a selective admission, which uses specific admissions criteria.  The admission criteria require that the students have completed the following prerequisites:

  • BIO 211 and 212  Anatomy & Physiology (2 semesters with a lab)
    • Completed within 5 years of the application deadline
    • Required grade of C or better
  • MAT 186 Pre-Calculus
    • Completed within 5 years of the application deadline
    • Required grade of C or better
  • COM 173 Public Speaking
  • ENG 101 English Composition

The minimum overall GPA requirement is 2.5.  Also required for admission to the Radiation Therapy Program is a health care application, a clinical shadow to be scheduled by program faculty and an interview.  Technical standards for the program are available upon request.  More information or questions on specific criteria for program acceptance and the admission process is available from the Admissions Office at 860-512-3210 or the Mathematics, Science & Health Careers division office at 860-512-2704.

Accreditation

The MCC Radiation Therapy Program currently holds the maximum programmatic accreditation of 8 years until 2024 from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

The JRCERT has been authorized by the United States Office of Education to accredit educational programs for Radiography and Radiation Therapy. The standards are located at JRCERT.org. If students do not feel the program is in compliance with the JRCERT standards may call or write to the JRCERT at:

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology 20
North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304
Web: www.jrcert.org
eMail: mail@jcert.org

National Certification

The MCC Radiation Therapy Program prepares graduates to apply for certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Upon successful completion of this certification, students can work anywhere in the United States.

Curriculum

The program begins each August and continues through two years, including the summer semester. Classes with a RDT and RAD designation and clinical experience are offered during the day and sometimes evening classes. After a short orientation students begin the clinical experience in conjunction with classes held at the college.

Student can expect to be in class or clinical between 30-40 hours per week. Students attend clinical 2 or 3 days and didactic classes the other days.

Clinical Requirements

Modifications to the MCC academic calendar will be made for the clinical courses to enhance the clinical experience. Students can expect to begin their clinical course 1-3 weeks prior to the scheduled date on the MCC calendar. Specific dates for the year are published in the student handbook and are published on the MCC catalog for the semester. Clinical Instruction will take place at the following sites:

  • Hartford Hospital Radiation Oncology Department, Hartford, CT
  • Mid State Medical Center Radiation Oncology Department, Meriden, CT
  • UConn Health Center - John Dempsey Hospital, Farmington, CT
  • Middlesex Memorial Hospital, Middlesex, CT.
  • DeQuattro Community Cancer Care, Manchester, CT
  • St. Francis Care, Hartford, CT
  • Hospital of Central Connecticut
  • NRRON, LLC Cancer Center, Enfield, CT

Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from class and clinical assignments.

Due to standards from The Joint Commission, students are advised that the healthcare facilities to which they are assigned for clinical rotations may require that they submit a criminal background check, required immunization records and other documentation needed to meet the standards. Manchester Community College cannot be responsible for finding an alternate clinical placement for a student who fails to meet the required hospital requirements. A student who is unable to complete the required clinical experience will be unable to complete the requirements for the associate degree in Radiation Therapy but may be able to apply some or all of the credits completed to an associate degree in General Studies. Students are advised to meet with an MCC Counselor to discuss degree completion requirements. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply for participation in the American Registry of Radiologic Technology Certification Exam. For specific requires for eligibility please visit ARRT.org. Once you have received certification from the ARRT by successfully completing the national exam, you will be eligible to work in any state. Many states require licensure prior to your employment. You can access licensure information on each state by contacting the state’s department of labor. Students are responsible for hospital parking fees, uniforms and miscellaneous expenses.

Learning Outcomes


Program Mission

The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program is to provide a learner centered JRCERT accredited educational program that will render qualified and compassionate radiation therapists for the community. 

Goals

The goals of the Radiation Therapy Program are:

Program Effective Measures

  • Graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt and score at or above the national average.
  • Graduates will obtain employment in radiation therapy.
  • The program will provide competent graduates for the community.
  • Students will be satisfied with didactic course instruction.
  • Students will be satisfied with clinical instruction.
     

Goal 1: Students will demonstrate critical thinking.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will accurately perform new patient set ups.
  • Students will create, develop a treatment plan.
     

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will utilize appropriate communication skills in the clinical setting.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication.
     

Goal 3: Students will exhibit ethical and professional behaviors appropriate of a health care professional.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will display professionalism in the clinical setting.
  • Students demonstrate professional growth through participation in continuing education and professional activities.
     

Goal 4:  Students will demonstrate specific skills necessary to be competent entry level Radiation Therapy Professionals.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will accurately perform all treatment procedures.
  • Students will demonstrate basic simulation skills.

Radiation Therapy Requirements


Total Minimum Credits Required: 65


Notes:


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:  www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.

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