Mission, Goals & Quality - Radiation Therapy | Radiation Sciences Programs
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Mission, Goals & Quality - Radiation Therapy

Mission, Goals and Learning Outcomes

The program has as its goal the preparation of the individual student radiation therapist to assume duties as a member of the health care team of radiation therapist, radiation oncologist, nurse, and physicist. This health care team provides total quality care for each patient undergoing a prescribed course of treatment using ionizing radiation.

Goal #1 Students will perform the responsibilities of a Radiation Therapist in competent manner

  • Administer radiation as prescribed by the physician
  • Perform simulation as directed by the physician
  • Safe and correct equipment utilization

Goal #2 Students will demonstrate effective communication skills

  • Demonstrate effective patient contact and communication in the clinical setting
  • Effectively communicate the components of a prescribed course of radiation therapy
  • Students will use presentation skills

Goal #3 Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills

  • Observe the clinical progress of the radiation oncology patient; use clinical decision making skills
  • Demonstrate ability to adapt and learn from new situations
  • Properly employ accessory and immobilization equipment

Goal #4 Students will possess professionalism

  • Students will demonstrate professional behavior
  • Students will understand ethical behavior

Commitment to the Pursuit of Quality

The Radiation Therapy Program takes great care in its pursuit to select and educate top quality technologists. The items below provide verification of our commitment to this pursuit.

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) Radiation Therapy Program had outstanding achievement on The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' (ARRT) Certification exam, consistently performing above the national mean.  In 2014, sponsorship was transferred to the University of Iowa and the terminal award for the program became solely a baccalaureate degree. Therefore, UIHC’s program effectiveness data is no longer available on the JRCERT web-site. Data for the University of Iowa sponsored program will be reported by the JRCERT in 2017.  The initial baccalaureate class graduated in May of 2016. Program effectiveness criteria are defined by JCERT at: http://www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data/

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
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Certification Examination Rates

ARRT Certification Rate:

Year Credentialing Area Number Taking Number Passed % Successful on 1st Attempt National
2020 Radiation Therapy 6 6 100% N/A
2019 Radiation Therapy 7 7 100% 86.6%
2018 Radiation Therapy 6 6 100% 86.5%
2017 Radiation Therapy 7 7 100% 88%
2016 Radiation Therapy 7 7 100% 88.4%
Total       100% 87.5%

Job Placement Rate:

Graduating Year Number Seeking Employment Number Who Found Employment Placement Rate
2019 7 7 100%
2018 6 6 100%
2017 7 7 100%
2016 7 7 100%
Total     100%

Program Completion Rate:

Graduating Year Number Entering Program Number Graduating Program Completion Rate
2020 7 6 86%
2019 7 7 100%
2018 7 6 86%
2017 7 7 100%
2016 7 7 100%
Total     94.4%

Program On-Time Completion Rate and Median Student Debt Load Information

Program on-time completion rate and median student debt load information are not listed for the Radiation Therapy Program because of federal privacy issues that state when less than 10 people start or graduate from the program this data cannot be listed. If you have questions or concerns about these topics, please contact Jared Stiles, Program Director (319) 356-8286.