How to qualify as a Radiation Therapist in Ohio
Ohio offers just a couple of accredited educational options leading directly to qualification as a Radiation Therapist. Both programs currently on offer are four-year baccalaureate level programs offering a broad background in radiology with options to concentrate on Radiation Therapy.
Students who would prefer to undertake an associate-level degree in Radiation Therapy alone would need to study out of state and then either obtain their professional credentials or take the Ohio state Radiation Therapists license examination, in order to obtain a license to practice in Ohio.
How to obtain professional credentials as a Radiation Therapist in Ohio
Obtaining professional credentials as a Radiation Therapist is an important step on the route to obtaining a license to practice in Ohio. In addition, professional credentials are looked upon favorably by employers as they help to evidence the knowledge and competence of job applicants in their field.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is the only organization that has the power to confer professional credentials upon Radiation Therapists in the USA and the organization has established three fundamental building blocks that candidates must evidence in order to receive their credentials.
The first building block is the completion of an accredited and approved program of study specifically focused on Radiation Therapy in addition to completion of at least an associate level degree. If studying in Ohio, in practice both requirements will usually be met simultaneously by virtue of completing a Bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Technology with a concentration in Radiation Therapy.
The second building block is assurance that the candidate is of good moral character and meets the ethical code of ARRT. Applicants must answer several specific questions about any prior ethical concerns or convictions for felonies or misdemeanors when requesting their credentials. Applicants are also required to become familiar with the document that fully details the ARRT Standard of Ethics.
The third and last building block is to pass the ARRT examination. This computer-based examination tests that the candidate can demonstrate a strong grasp on the fundamental principles of radiation oncology and that they understand how to plan and deliver radiation treatment safely, professionally, and with care and compassion for patients. Passing the test requires achievement of a scaled score of 75 or more and up to three attempts are allowed in a three-year period.
Holders of ARRT credentials must keep their skills and knowledge up to date by undertaking Continuing Education courses every two years and pursuing a more in depth continuing qualification course once every ten years.
How to become a licensed Radiation Therapist in Ohio
The Ohio Department of Health takes responsibility for issuing Radiologic licenses for Radiographers, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, Radiation Therapists, and general X-ray machine operators.
There are three ways to obtain a license to practice as a Radiation Therapist in Ohio. Candidates must either a) currently hold credentials as a Radiation Therapist from ARRT, or b) hold a valid license certificate, or other credential, issued by another state that is at least equal to the standards established by the Ohio radiologic license rules, or c) be eligible to take the state Radiation Therapists license examination by completing an accredited educational program.
Accredited Radiation Therapy Schools in Ohio
Kent State University – Salem Campus
Kent State University at East Liverpool and Kent State University at Salem compose Kent State University’s regional Columbiana County campus which offers 26 degrees, including 12 bachelor’s degrees across the two sites.
Kent State Salem is located just south of the city on a 100-acre campus featuring ponds and nature trails. The campus recently added a multi-million dollar Health and Science Wing, complete with modern classrooms and a new radiologic and imaging sciences laboratory.
KSU at Salem offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic and Imaging Services Technology with majors in 4 concentrations. One available concentration is Radiation Therapy and there are two possible pathways for a student to follow. The first pathway starts with Radiologic Technology before moving onto Radiation Therapy. The second pathway is a full concentration in Radiation Therapy and is better suited to students without a previous background in radiologic technology.
Application to the program takes place in the junior year. It is competitive and based upon a points system linked to previous academic performance. The number of places is dependent upon the availability of clinical rotation experiences. Typically around half of applicants are offered a place in the program which is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and approved by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
2491 St. Rt. 45 South
Salem, Ohio 44460
Ohio State University
The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State or OSU, is a large public university in Columbus, Ohio. The university also operates regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and Wooster. OSU’s ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is #54 among National Universities. Its 46,000 enrolled students have the opportunity to get involved in 1,000 plus clubs and organizations, incorporating approximately 65 fraternities and sororities. Students of radiation therapy may be interested to join the Radiologic Sciences Diversity Advisor Group, the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT) Quiz Bowl team or the Senior Steering Committee. Students are also encouraged to join the Radiologic Society of North America and attend their annual conference.
The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences and Therapy at its Columbus campus. The university utilizes a cohort approach for this study program with members taking classes together as part of a small group. The curriculum is based on a core foundation of theory and clinical education components that address the use of both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Additional instruction and clinical education are provided in adjunct areas including management skills, quality management and risk assessment, radiation sciences education, health informatics management, and research methodologies. The program completes with an advanced practicum in a clinical specialty.
The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and approved by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the professional credential examinations offered by ARRT, the State of Ohio’s Radiographer Licensing Examination, and/or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Additional certificate options exist for program graduates to continue their education in specialized clinical areas.
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
206 Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210