Radiation Therapy Accreditation

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

Accreditation details and status


Program Mission

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.


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 equipment malfunctions or problems
(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 in September 2017. St Catherine University graduated its first class in August 2018.

The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. The information can be found directly on the JRCERT web page.

Credentialing Examination: The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Credentialing Examination Rate Number passed on 1st attempt divided by number attempted within 6 months of graduation
YEAR RESULTS
Year 1 — 2018 5 of 6 — 83%
Year 2 — 2019 9 of 10 — 90%
Year 3 — 2020 10 of 11 — 91%
Year 4  
Year 5  
Program 5-Year Average 24 of 27 — 89%

 

Job Placement: The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Job Placement Rate Number employed evenly divided by number actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation
YEAR RESULTS
Year 1 — 2018 5 of 6 — 83%
Year 2 — 2019 9 of 10 — 90%
Year 3 — 2020 TBD
Year 4  
Year 5  
Program 5-Year Average 14 of 16 — 88%

 

Program Completion: The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 80%.

Program Completion Rate Number graduated divided by number started the program
YEAR RESULTS
Year 1 — 2020 11 of 13
Annual Completion Rate 85%

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