The educational structure for Bergen Community College’s certificate program in Radiation Therapy Technology has three primary areas of concentration:
The liberal arts, science and professional components deal with theoretical studies and principles, while the clinical education component concerns itself with its application and the cultivation of sound professional and ethical practices. Since this is an advanced certificate program, student radiotherapists are expected to demonstrate a personal commitment to their education and training. In light of this commitment, the Bergen Community College Radiotherapy Program created its policies to provide the student with the proper didactic and clinical education for success in becoming a contributing professional member of the health care team. The primary purpose of these policies is two-fold: the welfare of the patient and the perpetuation of professional standards.
This advanced certificate program is distributed over three trimesters with new students starting in the Fall. Upon entry into the program, the candidate must be a registered or registry eligible licensed Radiographer. A maximum of thirty-six college level credits may be awarded to the graduate.
The program follows the recommended guidelines of national and state accreditation agencies. All didactic courses are taught by formalized lectures. Clinical evaluation is competency-based and performed on patients in a hospital setting or in a simulated environment. All competency-based evaluations done on patients are supervised by a designated clinical supervisor. Adjunct clinical supervisors and full time faculty members from Bergen Community College rotate through the clinical site to add input and assist the student in their learning experience. The student may be required to participate in evening and/or Saturday classes.
Clinical experiences are patterned into the student’s schedule each semester. Clinical days are eight (8) hours. Clinical days vary depending on the semester. Students can expect to be rotated to different hospitals during their clinical experience.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply for New Jersey State licensure. Additionally, the graduate is eligible to take a National Certification Examination sponsored by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This National Registry Examination is scheduled and administered electronically. Upon successful performance of the Registry Examination, the student is credentialed as a Registered RT(T) and Licensed Radiation Therapists. Registry applications are signed and distributed when verification is presented that the entire program has been successfully completed.
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652