Answers to your most commonly asked questions.
Q: HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
Two years, including summers. (more info
Q: WHAT ARE THE HOURS
Monday – Friday, eight hours / day, 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 PM (varies throughout the year). (more info
Q: WHAT IS THE COST OF TUITION?
$8,000 per year. (more info
Q: IS FINANCIAL AID FOR TUITION AVAILABLE?
The Hartford Hospital Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by the VA. All Veterans can apply for financial assistance.
No other federal funding is available; however, students may apply for scholarships from various sources and student loans through institutions such as the Hartford Healthcare Credit Union or TERI. (more info
Q: IS HOUSING OR PARKING AVAILABLE?
Dormitory rooms are available for approximately $350/month. Parking is available at local garages/lots for approximately $70-$90 / month. (more info
Q: IS THIS CAREER FOR ME?
A: Yes, if you:
• Are a compassionate, sensitive, and caring individual who loves to work with people
• Are looking for long-term patient interaction (up to 6-8 weeks vs. a one-time office visit)
• Enjoy being technically challenged while keeping pace with the advancements in cancer treatment and with attention to detail
• Are seeking an education rich in mathematics and physical sciences related to medicine.
• Have lots of energy and communicate well
Q: WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES NEEDED TO ENTER THE PROGRAM?
High school diploma or equivalent. Completed application including official high school/college transcripts. Must have taken prerequisite courses at a college with a grade of “C” or better. Must successfully complete a placement exam, complete an interview with the admissions committee, and pass pre-enrollment screening including substance abuse screening. (more info
Q: WHAT IS YOUR CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION PASS RATE?
Q: ARE DRUG SCREENING AND A PHYSICAL EXAM REQUIRED?
Q: WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAM?
A: Refer to the Admission Requirements page
found on this web site.
Q: DOES THE HOSPITAL GUARANTEE YOU JOB PLACEMENT?
A: No. However, we do assist students in securing employment upon graduation and provide opportunity for site visits at other facilities.
Q: WHAT IS THE SALARY LIKE FOR THIS PROFESSION?
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics listed median annual wages of radiation therapists were $72,910 in May 2008. Employers may also reimburse their employees for the cost of continuing education. For more information visit www.bls.gov/oco/ocos299.htm
Q: WHAT IS THE JOB MARKET FOR RADIATION THERAPISTS?
A: There is currently a shortage in radiation therapy. Recent national statistics predict that this will continue until 2010.
Q: CAN I TRANSFER CREDITS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS?
: A student may apply previous didactic education to the program with program official approval. Tuition remains the same. (more info
Q: ARE EVENING CLASSES AVAILABLE? CAN YOU START IN A JANUARY SEMESTER?
A: No, classes are only held Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM and we begin our two-year program in September only.
Q: HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED PER YEAR?
A: Eight per class.
Q: WILL I HAVE TO ATTEND CLINICAL TRAINING AT OTHER FACILITIES?
Yes, we currently send our students to six satellite facilities in addition to Hartford Hospital. (more info
Q: WHAT DOES YOUR TRAINING PREPARE ME FOR?
A: The graduate of this program is provided with educational information and experiences to develop individual potential and become eligible to apply for certification to the ARRT in radiation therapy technology.
Q: WHAT WOULD A CAREER LADDER LOOK LIKE FOR ME ONCE I BECAME A RADIATION THERAPIST?
A: Once licensed, your choices range from staff therapist to opportunities in management, dosimetry, sales, physics, and education among others.
Q: ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH A COLLEGE?
College credit is given for our curriculum at Charter Oak State College