Radiation Therapy Accreditation

Program accreditation information.

  • accreditation

    St. Kate's Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 704-5300. JRCERT.org

  • program mission

    Radiation Therapy

    To provide radiation therapy students with the didactic and clinical education necessary to graduate as an entry-level radiation therapist, who can work successfully in the radiation oncology setting.

  • related information

    Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal Learning Outcomes
1. Students will be clinically competent. Students will:
(1.1) Employ proper treatment techniques
(1.2) Accurately perform dose calculations
2. Students will communicate effectively. Students will:
(2.1) Practice written communication skills
(2.2) Demonstrate effective oral communication skills
3. Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will:
(3.1) Assess treatment equipment and setups daily
(3.2) Evaluate and adjust treatment parameters for non-routine situations
4. Students will demonstrate professionalism. Students will:
(4.1) Practice professional behaviors
(4.2) Analyze their professional growth and goals

Program Effectiveness Data

Note: The St. Catherine Radiation Therapy Program transferred from the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview program in September 2017. The following data is from the last five years of the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview program:

ARRT Credentialing Pass Rate @ 1st attempt
(Not less than 75% on first attempt six months post- graduation)

Year Percent passing on first attempt Number of students passing on first attempt
2013 100% 4 of 4
2014 100% 6 of 6
2015 100% 6 of 6
2016 100% 8 of 8
2017 100% 9 of 9
5-year average 100%

Job Placement Rate
(not less than 75% within 12 months of graduation)

Year of graduation* (August) Percent job placement Number of students
2013 100% 4 graduates (1 not actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation)
2014 100% 6 graduates (1 not actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation)
2015 100% 6 graduates (1 not actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation)
2016 100% 8 graduates (all employed within 12 months of graduation)
2017 100% 9 graduates (all employed within 12 months of graduation)
5-year average 100%

Program Completion Rate

Year of graduation Percent completion Number of students
2013 67% 6 enrolled, 2 voluntary withdrawals, 4 graduated
2014 100% 6 enrolled and graduated
2015 85.7% 7 enrolled, 1 voluntary withdrawal, 6 graduates
2016 89.0% 9 enrolled, 1 voluntary withdrawal, 8 graduates
2017 100% 9 enrolled and graduated
5-year average 88.3%

Program Effectiveness Data from St. Catherine University first graduating class:

Pass Rate for the National ARRT Exam

Year Percent Passing on first attempt Number of students
2018 83% 5 of 6 passed on first attempt

Program Completion Rates

Year Percent Completed Number of students
2018 100% 6 of 6 students graduated

Employment Rate (within 12 months of graduation)
To be determined in August 2019

  • Technical Standards/Essential Requirements

    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, in English, effectively and appropriately, orally and in writing with patients, staff and others.

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

    • Use computers and keyboards to input data
    • Push, pull, bend, stoop and squat routinely
    • Move quickly throughout the clinical site
    • Lift 30 pounds over head
    • Assist in lifting transferring and moving patients and equipment
    • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
    • Stand on their feet for more than 80 percent of the time
    • Distinguish colors and shades of gray
    • Visually align patients and equipment while in dim lighting
    • Hear and identify various background sounds
    • Monitor patients during treatment visually and via audio monitors
    • Demonstrate retention and utilization of clinical information and skills