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Radiation therapy program approved to award certificate

St. Catharine College in Springfield has been approved by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology to award the post-baccalaureate certificate in radiation therapy, beginning in the fall semester of 2013.

St. Catharine College’s radiation therapy program is the only such program in Kentucky and one of approximately 80 in the nation.

Individuals accepted into this program will already possess a bachelor degree and have completed prerequisites in the areas of human anatomy and physiology, mathematics, physics and chemistry. Those pre-requisites that were not a part of an applicant’s bachelor degree must be completed prior to beginning the two year professional component of the program. Prerequisites may be completed at St. Catharine College or, with college approval, at another regionally-accredited institution. The more traditional approach for completing a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy is already a part of the college’s growing number of programs in the health sciences. 

Radiation therapists use advanced computer systems to operate sophisticated equipment, such as linear accelerators, in the treatment of cancer patients. Working with radiation oncologists, medical physicists and others, they effectively interpret the prescription and develop the plan of treatment for the patient. Once the final plan is approved by the specialized radiation dosimetrists, the therapist delivers the treatment regimen.

The presence of this Kentucky-based radiation therapy program decreases costs to students seeking this academic credential, employers who are competing within a national labor pool and ultimately to the patient/ insurance carrier because of  it increases ‘local’ applicant pool.

The primary employment opportunity for graduates of the program is in hospital or specialty health care facilities focusing on the treatment of cancers.      

Additional information about the radiation therapy program is available by contacting Carol Scherbak, director:  carolscherbak@sccky.edu  or (859) 336-5082, ext. 1399.

St. Catharine College is Kentucky’s only Dominican college and offers certificate, associate, baccalaureate and master degree programs through the Schools of Liberal Arts, Health and Human Sciences, Professional Studies and the Graduate School. The college is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. While a Catholic tradition institution, individuals of all religious traditions are embraced. For additional information go to www.sccky.edu

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic, Dominican College inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

 

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