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Radiation Therapy

The Radiation Therapy Program

Radiation therapy is a medical specialty that uses ionizing radiation to treat patients afflicted with cancer and other diseases.  A practicing radiation therapist works under the direction of a specially trained physician to deliver precise therapeutic doses of potentially harmful energy.  Therefore, students pursuing this career path must be focused and be detail-oriented.  While the profession uses the latest technology to deliver the radiation, the emphasis is on providing compassionate care for patients and their loved ones.  Individuals who like working with people and are committed to high quality patient care should consider the Austin Peay State University radiation therapy concentration.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program is to provide training in the diagnostic and therapeutic realms of the imaging sciences.  The goal of the program will be to fulfill the needs of healthcare providers in the community and surrounding regions.  Serving as a healthcare provider requires critical thinking and technical skills to ensure delivery of the best possible care.  To prepare the students to meet these requirements, they are provided with various levels of training.  This training includes theory, clinical practice, didactic learning, laboratory testing, and competency testing in clinical settings.  Upon successful completion of the program, graduating students will be prepared to meet the requirements for an entry-level position in diagnostic or therapeutic imaging sciences.

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

DEGREE EARNED
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology

PREREQUISITES
Core courses for a Bachelor of Science
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SUGGESTED COURSE OF STUDY
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ADMISSION
Competitive; based on grade point average and interview scores.  Acceptance includes overall grade point average of 2.5 or above, a minimum of a C in all prerequisite courses, physical, application, essay, coursework completion, official transcripts and references.

PROGRAM LENGTH
24 months; classes begin during summer following acceptance

APPLICATION
Due by Feb. 28 of the semester in which the student will complete core courses for a Bachelor of Science.
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JOB PROSPECTS
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics expects this field to grow faster than the average for all other occupations through 2012.

STARTING SALARY
$40,000 (on average) 

For more information, contact Amy Lebkuecher at (931)221-7240.