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Radiation Therapy

The Howard University Radiation Therapy program has a rich legacy of providing quality education for individuals interested in a career as a radiation therapist who will serve diverse and underserved populations locally and globally.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiation Therapy program at Howard University is to provide quality educational opportunities in a culturally diverse environment to prepare entry-level radiation therapists who are competent, compassionate, and engaged in discovering solutions to human and social problems nationally and globally. Emphasis is placed on the education of individuals from under-represented groups.

Vision Statement

The Department of Radiation Therapy will prepare national and international radiation therapy leaders of excellence in service delivery through undergraduate and graduate education, conducting research in cancer management utilizing state-of-the-art technologies.

Academic Structure

The Radiation Therapy Program is a four-year integrated academic and clinical program that has two divisions. The Lower Division includes the first and second years where students complete general education requirements. Individuals who complete all Lower Division requirements are eligible to apply for admission to the Upper Division.

The Upper Division includes didactic courses as well as a clinical education component throughout the third and fourth years. The clinical education phase of the program is designed to reinforce didactic information as it relates to clinical procedures. It is expected that through this effort, greater cohesion can be achieved between the two learning environments, thereby facilitating a greater transfer of knowledge between them. During clinical education, students have an opportunity to receive practical experience at prestigious affiliating hospitals.

Program Effectiveness

2015-2019 PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS

Data outcome Descriptions Number of Graduates Averages
Program Completion Rate (the number of students who graduated within 150% of started program length) 4 out of 4 2019 Avg - 100%
Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (percentage of graduates passing on first attempt within six months of graduation. Five Year Avg.) 11 of 20 5 YR - 55%*
Job Placement Rate (the number of graduates actively seeking employment within twelve months of graduation Five Year Avg.) 12 of 14 5 YR - 86%

*On  November 21, 2019 the Howard University Radiation Therapy Program was notified that it was being placed on probation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) due to lack of compliance with Standard Five, Objective 5.2 and 5.3.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Goal:  Students will demonstrate clinical competence.
    • Students will demonstrate competence in localization and treatment set-ups.
    • Students will apply the principles of radiation protection.
  2. Goal:  Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
    • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills with patients and clinical staff
    • Students will demonstrate effective verbal communication skills
  3. Goal:  Students will utilize critical thinking.
    • Students will utilize critical thinking strategies to ensure best patient outcomes.
    • Students will evaluate portal images and make appropriate adjustments.
  4. Goal:  Students will exhibit professionalism.
    • Students will demonstrate values, behaviors, and attitudes consistent with professional standards.
    • Students will adhere to institutional, departmental, and program policies.

 

Policies and Procedures

Radiation Therapy Student Handbook (PDF)

Radiation Therapy Clinical Handbook (PDF)

APPLY (PDF)

Program Scheme (PDF)

 

Career Paths

Radiation Therapists provide services as:

  • Staff Radiation Therapists
  • Educators
  • Dosimetrists,
  • Clinical Supervisors
  • Clinical Instructors
  • Administrators, directors, and managers in hospitals and free standing private facilities
  • Patient Navigators
  • Oncology Care Coordinators
  • Cancer Information Specialists
  • Clinical Application Specialists
  • Marketing, Sales Representatives and Researchers

Radiation Therapists are employed in hospitals, community offices, military institutions, schools, universities, research institutions, independent contractors, and private industry.

FAQs

To become accepted to the Bachelor of Science degree program in Radiation Therapy, you must apply to Howard University for admission. Students considered for Lower Division admission must submit a Howard University Application, or Common Application Supplement, official transcripts, etc. (See HU website for prospective students, if not currently enrolled at Howard University.

www.howard.edu/enrollment/admission/undergraduate.htm

To become accepted to the Bachelor of Science degree program in Radiation Therapy, you must apply to Howard University. Students considered for admission must:

a. Submit a Howard University Application, or Common Application Supplement, official transcripts, etc. (See HU website for prospective student, if not currently enrolled at Howard University

http://www.howard.edu/enrollment/admission/undergraduate.htm

b. Have an overall cumulative GPA of 2.8/4.0 or higher in all required prerequisite college courses for an approved accredited University/College, with no grade below “C”; Possess a math and science GPA of 2.5/4.0 or higher;
c. Successfully complete pre‐professional course work, as specified;
d. Submit the Department of Radiation Therapy Upper Division Admission Application;
e. Submit three letters of professional recommendations using the Applicant Evaluation and Recommendation forms;
f. Submit evidence of TOEFL test results with application if your native language is not English, please see website for international student score requirements:

http://www.howard.edu/enrollment/admission/international.htm

g. Submit a statement of Reason for Professional Career Choice (max. 2 pages)
h. Submit a copy of completed First Aid and CPR certifications for health professionals (Adult and Child);
i. Have taken Math and science prerequisite courses within the past 3 years.

The time frame for completion of the Radiation Therapy program at Howard is 4 years, if an entering freshman. If all prerequisite courses have been completed, the Upper Division can be completed in four semesters and the two full‐time summer sessions (6 credits) between the junior and senior year.

The Department will review official transcripts from approved accredited university/colleges along with documentation and references. Prospective applicants may to take challenge examinations and if successful, transfer courses can be applied to the junior year only. Make sure to meet with the Program Director in the Radiation Therapy Department to determine what credits can be transferred. This process of transferring credits to HU from another accredited university/college is called Advanced Standing.

The Department will review official transcripts from approved accredited university/colleges along with documentation and references. You have to complete all the prerequisite courses for acceptance to the Radiation Therapy Upper Division.

Yes. However, at the time of application, you cannot have more than 15 outstanding credits, which must be completed before acceptance into the Radiation Therapy Upper Division.

No. All students must rotate through each clinical affiliate site.

No. The RT program is a full‐time program during the Upper Division. Students are enrolled in didactic and clinical instruction which consists of a 40‐hour week. Clinical practicums are scheduled during the summer sessions (6 credits) between the junior and senior year, which are full‐time.

Yes. Please contact the Program Director for more information on scholarships. The University has a list of scholarships under the Financial Aid website.