Department Chair: Professor Carol Chovanec, M.S., R.T.T.
Office Location: Room S-214
Program Secretary: Gerri Farrell
Clinical Coordinator/Lecturer: Professor Amy Diaz. B.S., R.T.T.
Radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer and is prescribed in more than half of all cancer cases. Many people become free of cancer after receiving radiation treatment alone or in combination with surgery, chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy (biologic therapy). The Radiation Therapist works with a team of oncology professionals to effectively design and administer a therapeutic dose of radiation to a targeted area. They use advanced computer systems to operate sophisticated radiation therapy equipment such as a Linear Accelerator and a Computed Tomography Simulator. Additionally, the Radiation Therapists assists in managing the patient’s well-being by providing care and support for patients throughout their course of radiotherapy treatment..
The Bergen Community College Radiation Therapy Program is a one year advanced certificate program. Didactic courses are incorporated with formalized lectures and laboratory training followed by actual clinical experience. Upon entry into the program, the candidate must be a registered or registry eligible Diagnostic Radiographer and must have completed an Associate’s degree or higher (Bachelor’s or Master’s) from an accredited college with a minimum overall average GPA of 2.5. Admission is for the Fall semester only. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply for state licensure and national registration in this specialty. A maximum of thirty-six college level credits may be awarded to the graduate.
The BCC Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by:
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
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