Radiologic Technologists are imaging science professionals that have completed accredited educational programs. Columbus State offers Medical Imaging. For students interested in Nuclear Medicine. Radiation Therapy, and Sonography programs are available at other colleges and more information can be found at www.arrt.org.
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Radiation therapists deliver radiation to patients for therapeutic purposes. Radiation therapists provide for appropriate patient care and safety; apply problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the administration of prescribed treatment protocols, tumor localization, and dosimetry; and maintain pertinent records. Radiation therapists are particularly concerned with the principles of radiation protection for the patient, themselves, and others while performing these responsibilities.
Professional competence requires that radiation therapists apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology, oncologic pathology, radiation biology, radiation oncology techniques, treatment planning procedures, and dosimetry in the performance of their duties. They must also communicate effectively with patients, health professionals, and the public. The radiation therapist accepts responsibility for administering a radiation oncologist (physician)-prescribed course of radiation therapy, observing the patient during treatment, and maintaining pertinent records of treatment. Radiation therapists also evaluate and assess treatment delivery components, evaluate and assess the daily physiologic and psychologic responsiveness of the patient, and promote total quality care for patients undergoing radiation therapy. Additional duties may include tumor localization, dosimetry, patient follow-up, and patient education. Radiation therapists must display competence, compassion, and concern in meeting the special needs of the oncology patient.
Radiation therapists are employed in health care facilities, including cancer centers and private offices; they are also employed in settings where their responsibilities focus on education, management, research, and sales. Salaries and benefits vary with experience and employment location, but are generally competitive with other health specialties.
Programs may be 1,2, or 4 years in length, depending on program design, objectives, and the degree or certificate awarded. The curriculum of an accredited program includes an extensive component of technical and professional courses, including an emphasis on structured, competency-based clinical education. Interested individuals should contact a particular program for information on specific courses and prerequisites.
Accreditation/Accredited Programs. Requests for information on radiation therapy educational program accreditation, including requests for a list of accredited programs, should be submitted to:
- Joint Review Committee on Education in
20 N Wacker Dr/Ste 900
ph. (312) 704-5300
- American Society of Radiologic Technologists
15000 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123 505 298-4500
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Dr
Mendota Heights, MN 55120