General Professional Information
Radiation therapy is a fast growing allied health specialty. The radiation therapist assists in the treatment of patients with cancer. Radiation is directed at the tumor site under strictly controlled conditions in an attempt to cure or palliate the disease. The therapist positions the patient for treatment, performs the necessary calculations to determine the proper radiation dosage and, under the supervision of a physician, delivers the required radiation utilizing highly complex equipment. Therapists work closely with patients, physicians, and co¬workers.
Graduates of the Radiation Therapy (2163) (A.S.) program are eligible to take the nationally recognized American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) examination immediately after graduation. This credential offers the therapist excellent employment opportunities as well as a competitive salary.
Students must complete all prerequisites to be eligible for this program. Successful students must have a genuine desire to work with people. An aptitude in math and science is helpful, as is a willingness to devote ample time to independent study and homework.
For more information concerning the program, call (904) 766-6689. The Faculty Member can arrange for you to tour the facilities, meet current students, or speak to faculty members or others working in the field.
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Application and Admission
Students are accepted into this program every two years. New students will be accepted for the Fall Term of 2010 and every two years after that.
Application is a two-step process. You must first make general application to Florida State College. This can be done at any Florida State College campus, and there will be a one-time $25 application fee. After applying to Florida State College, you may then apply specifically to the Radiation Therapy program. This limited access program is open to applicants regardless of race, religious affiliation, sex or age. Applicants must meet the Florida State College general admissions eligibility requirements and completed all prerequisites in order to be considered for admission. All applicants should contact a campus admissions office to see if they need to take the College Placement Test and for other admissions requirements. Application deadline is midnight on May 31 for admission to the program for the following fall term. Applications may be accepted after the deadline should the class not be filled. Applicants will be required to have a drug screen and background check performed prior to entrance into the program.
All radiation therapy courses must be taken in sequence or with the permission of the Faculty Member. Students must achieve a “C” average in all the radiation therapy courses prior to graduation from the program. No radiation therapy course may be repeated more than twice. Any withdrawals or re-enrollments must be approved by the Faculty Member.
Denial or Required Withdrawal
The radiation therapy program reserves the right to deny admission or require withdrawal of any student who, in the judgment of the department, gives evidence of being unable to perform the responsibilities and tasks required of the radiation therapy profession. Students must be able to demonstrate ability to communicate, ambulate and perform fine motor coordination; have adequate vision and auditory perception. In accordance with Chapter 486.125 of the Florida Statutes, the radiation therapy program reserves the right to deny or delay admission, or require withdrawal of any student, who in the judgment of the department, gives evidence of “being unable to practice radiation therapy with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of illness or use of alcohol, drugs, narcotics, chemicals or any other type of material, or as a result of any mental or physical condition.”
Submission of Application
Completed applications must contain the following items. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
- Completed Radiation Therapy program application (PDF).
- Transcript printed from Connections.
- Copy of current CPR certification card
(The American Heart Associations Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, the American Red Cross’ CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Florida State College at Jacksonville’s HED 0300 Basic Life Support will fulfill this requirement. Students must keep their certification current through the expected date of graduation.)
The radiation therapy program is unable to provide applicants with copies of any documentation in their files. Please make and retain copies for your future use prior to submitting them to the program.
Completed program applications should be sent to:
Radiation Therapy Program
Florida State College, North Campus
4501 Capper Road
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Candidates will be notified by mail of their status after all completed applications have been reviewed. Information concerning a student’s status will not be given over the telephone. It is the applicant’s responsibility to keep the Radiation Therapy program informed of any changes in mailing address. Incorrect addresses may delay a candidate’s notification, or cause the candidate to lose his/her seat.
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*Tuition and fees are subject to change by action of the College’s District Board of Trustees. Current tuition and fees will be posted at the time of registration.
Students who are Accepted to the Radiation Therapy Program
Students are notified of their acceptance into the program by mail. Accepted students will receive an acceptance letter, and the necessary form(s) for a background check.
Students who receive letters of acceptance are given a specified period of time to formally accept the seat. A timeline and guidelines for accepting the seat are included with the acceptance letter. For this reason, if you are going to be on vacation in the summer, have someone monitor your mail. If the student does not accept the seat by the deadline, the seat may be offered to another candidate.
Students are required to attend a radiation therapy program orientation session to be held on Florida State College’s North campus prior to the program’s start date. The time, date and location of the session will be provided to the student.
Students must submit a current Student Health Certificate (completed by a physician), Student Health Form (completed by the student) and Hepatitis B Vaccine Statement. Official forms will be sent to the student.
Florida State College’s tuition and fees for the radiation therapy program include limited insurance to cover medical expenses resulting form accidental injuries incurred while participating in designated student activities only. Florida State College and the radiation therapy program do not require, but strongly encourage students to obtain more comprehensive medical insurance if they are not presently covered under an existing plan. Information on low cost student plans can be obtained from the Student and Leadership Development office of any Florida State College campus.
Questions about any information contained in this package should be addressed to the faculty member of Radiation Therapy at (904) 766-6689.