Radiation Therapy

Degree Type
Associate of Science

NHTI's Radiation Therapy degree program uses didactic, laboratory, and clinical education to train you to work as a radiation therapist in cancer treatment centers. Radiation therapists work under the direction of an oncologist to treat patients with malignant diseases using ionizing radiation. A certificate option is available for students with prior degrees in radiological sciences. The radiation therapist uses creativity in a patient care environment with new technology. NHTI offers the only Radiation Therapy program in N.H. We offer students in northern New England the opportunity to enter radiation therapy with state-of-the-art clinical facilities.

Do you have questions? Contact Amy VonKadich, department chair, at avonkadich@ccsnh.edu or 603-271-6484 x4332.

Admission Requirements

Apply for this program today on our Admissions page with step-by-step instructions and enrollment pathways build just for you!

Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete (with the exception of the interview) and received by the Admissions Office at NHTIadmissions@ccsnh.edu by the deadline.

Fall 2023 Admission

The application deadline is March 3, 2023.

Fall 2024 Admission

The application deadline is March 1, 2024.

Applicants are required to have:

  • High school or college Biology with lab and Chemistry with lab, both with C or higher
  • College prep Algebra I with a C or higher, or NHTI’s MATH092C with a C or higher
  • High school- or college-level Physics recommended, such NHTI's PHYS133C
  • An essay on desire to enter the field of Radiation Therapy. Essay directions: Radiation Therapy Essay requirement
  • Course in CPR and Airway Obstruction Management for the Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer before program registration
  • A personal interview with qualified applicants will be arranged by the department after the application deadline

Students who wish to enter this program and are currently enrolled in another NHTI program must complete and submit the Change of Program form to the Admissions Office prior to the application deadline.

Career Information

This program boasts excellent job opportunities with high employer satisfaction. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and find employment in hospitals and private clinics.

Curriculum

First Year

Fall Semester 
Item #
Title
Lecture Hours
Lab Hours
Credits
Subtotal Credits
10
4
12
Spring Semester
Item #
Title
Lecture Hours
Lab Hours
Credits
Subtotal Credits
10
18
15
Summer Semester 
Item #
Title
Lecture Hours
Lab Hours
Credits
Subtotal Credits
8
18
12

Second Year

Fall Semester 
Item #
Title
Lecture Hours
Lab Hours
Credits
Subtotal Credits
9
26
15
Spring Semester 
Item #
Title
Lecture Hours
Lab Hours
Credits
Subtotal Credits
9
24
14
Summer Semester 
Item #
Title
Lecture Hours
Lab Hours
Credits
Subtotal Credits
4
23
9
Total Credits
77
Additional Information
  • Prior to the start of clinical Radiation Therapy courses, students are required to have on file in the Health Services Office documentation of: current medical insurance; a complete physical examination; current immunizations; current CPR certification for one- and two-person adult, infant. and child. Professional liability malpractice insurance is arranged by the college and will be charged to the student’s account.
  • College-level science and technical courses (i.e., Anatomy and Physiology I and II) taken more than five years prior to desired entry into the Radiation Therapy program must be repeated. Courses with virtual/online labs are not accepted, except for labs completed online in 2020-21 due to COVID-19.
  • The program integrates all theory coursework with clinical experience. All Radiation Therapy major field courses must be passed with a C- or higher before proceeding to the next level. Grades of C or higher in BIOL 195C and BIOL 196C are required to enter or progress in the Radiation Therapy courses.
Accreditation

NHTI’s Radiation Therapy degree is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The Radiation Therapy Program has been awarded 8 years of accreditation with the next site visit scheduled for 12/1/2027. The program will assure continued excellence through accreditation by JRCERT. For further information, please contact:

JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL  60606
Tel: 312-704-5300; fax: 312-304-5304
Email: mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org

Clinical Rotations and Obligations

We offer clinical rotations at eight oncology sites in N.H., six in Maine, and two in Mass. and Vt., offering students broad experience in procedures, equipment, and patients. Students can rotate to a different radiation oncology clinic each semester, enabling versatility.

The student must complete all of the following to receive a clinical pass (P) for the semester:

  1. Passing grade on all mandatory competencies for that semester (within 2 attempts)
  2. Passing grade (>75%) on end of semester clinical exam
  3. >70% average on clinical affective evaluations
  4. Completion of required clinical hours for that semester
  5. Complete criminal background check as directed through NHTI’s approved vendor. Background checks from previous employers or other vendors are not accepted. Students are required to undergo and meet the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Department’s criteria for a criminal background check. No student is exempt. Students are provided with procedural and cost information and are responsible for all costs associated with these testing procedures. Students will repeat the criminal background check prior to their second year.
  6. Complete drug and alcohol testing as directed through NHTI’s approved vendor. Drug testing from previous employers or other vendors are not accepted. Students are required to undergo and successfully meet the Diagnostic Medical Imaging department’s criteria for drug and alcohol screening. No student will be exempt. Students are provided with procedural and cost information and are responsible for all costs associated with these testing procedures. Drug and alcohol screenings are required prior to clinical, prior to the second year, and randomly throughout the program.

If a student does not complete any of the above requirements, they will be issued a no pass (NP).

If a student is dismissed from the clinical semester due to performance or behavioral issues, they will be issued an AF.  Any student receiving a failing grade in a clinical course will be dismissed from the program and is not eligible to reapply. Clinical practice is the essence of the profession and a failure in the clinical environment indicates that the student is not competent to continue in the program.

Download Student Program Manual
Essential Student Functions and Requirements

Students must have sufficient strength and motor coordination to perform the following physical activities:

  • Standing and walking for up to eight hours during the work day
  • Frequent reaching and manual dexterity in handling accessory equipment for radiation therapy purposes
  • Frequently transporting, moving, lifting items up to 40 lbs unassisted
  • Sufficient strength to assist patients including transfer of patients from a wheelchair/stretcher to and from a treatment/simulation table

In addition, the student must have:

  • No medical restrictions concerning operation of radiation producing equipment
  • Sufficient hearing to distinguish audio signals from equipment and assess patient needs
  • Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment, and evaluate radiographic quality; sufficient visual acuity to analyze data, figures, and small print; work with computer terminals; and inspect small defects, small parts, and operation of machines. Vision must be maintained within dim lighting.
  • Sufficient writing skills to communicate needs promptly and effectively.
  • Ability to express or exchange ideas includes conveying detailed or important spoken instructions to patients, physicians, families, and other employees, accurately, loudly or quickly
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and respond appropriately to unexpected situations
  • Ability to work with wide variations in workload and stress levels
  • Approval of the clinical facility if there is any question of meeting essential functions
Mindful Communication Options

Students who completed a non-Mindful Communication version of a course at another institution may be waived from the MC version of the courses at NHTI. Students who wish to opt-out of the Mindful Communication coursework may contact the department chair.

Program Effectiveness Data

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. Click here to go directly to the JRCERT webpage.

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 first attempt divided by number of attempted within 6 months of graduation
Year Results
Year 1: 2022 3 of 3—100%
Year 2: 2022 7 of 8—87.5%
Year 3: 2020 6 of 6—100%
Year 4: 2019 4 of 7—57%
Year 5: 2018 4 of 4—100%
Program 5-Year Average 24 of 28—86%

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 divided by number actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation
Year Results
Year 1: 2022 3 of 3—100%
Year 2: 2021 8 of 8—100%
Year 3: 2020 6 of 6—100%
Year 4: 2019 6 of 6—100%
Year 5: 2018 4 of 4—100%
Program 5-Year Average 27 of 27—100%

Program Completion: The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 75%.

Program Completion Rate Number graduated by number started the program
Year Results
Year 1: 2022 3 of 4–75%
Annual Completion Rate 3 of 4–75% 

Click here to download a PDF of this data.

Program Learning Outcomes

The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program is to educate and produce highly qualified radiation therapists through an objective-based didactic education and competency-based clinical education. Student growth and professional development will be instilled through the community college system and atmosphere in conjunction with NHTI’s Mission Statement.

Students/graduates will be clinically competent.

  • Students will demonstrate and recognize appropriate treatment setup factors.
  • Students will practice radiation protection.
  • Students will be exposed to a variety of alternate treatment setups.

Students/graduates will communicate effectively.

  • Students will articulate the treatment setup procedure with the patient.
  • Students will practice effective oral skills with the radiation therapy community.

Students/graduates will use critical thinking.

  • Students will create a reproducible patient position in simulation.
  • Students will demonstrate competence when setting up an IMRT treatment.

Students will demonstrate professionalism.

  • Students will examine the importance of continued professional development.
  • Students will demonstrate ethics/professional behavior when interacting with both patients and the healthcare team.
Faculty
Amy VonKadich
Email:
avonkadich@ccsnh.edu
Position:
Department Chair/Professor
Department:
Orthopaedic Technology,
Radiation Therapy,
Radiologic Technology
Jennifer Cox
Email:
jcox@ccsnh.edu
Position:
Clinical Coordinator/Adjunct Professor
Department:
Radiation Therapy
Jenny Lemmo
Email:
jlemmo@ccsnh.edu
Position:
Adjunct Professor
Department:
Radiation Therapy
John VonKadich
Email:
jvonkadich@ccsnh.edu
Position:
Adjunct Professor
Department:
Radiation Therapy
Michael Klesh
Position:
Adjunct Professor
Department:
Radiation Therapy
Tammy Miron
Email:
tmiron@ccsnh.edu
Position:
Adjunct Professor
Department:
Radiation Therapy