Program Mission, Goals, & Effectiveness

Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiation Therapy program at Bellevue College is to provide a low cost, high quality education serving the needs of the state of Washington. The program prepares graduates for pursuing a career as a radiation therapist with the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver prescribed treatments safely and competently and provide quality patient care. In affirming the mission, vision and core values of Bellevue College, the Radiation Therapy program places students at the center of its program and supports and promotes the excellence of their efforts.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Program Goal One: Students will be clinically competent as entry level radiation therapists

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Student will implement appropriate clinical procedures
  • Student will apply principles of radiation protection to clinical practice
  • Student will apply appropriate ethical and legal practices

Program Goal Two: Students/graduates will be able to effectively communicate in all aspects of radiation therapy

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Student will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with members of the oncology team
  • Student will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with patients

Program Goal Three: Students/graduates will be able to apply critical thinking and problem solving in analyzing radiation therapy scenarios

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Student will demonstrate appropriate critical thinking skills and problem solving in clinical situations
  • Student will demonstrate appropriate critical thinking skills and problem solving in didactic situations

Program Goal Four: Students will exhibit professional growth in the program and after graduation

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will join the ASRT as student members
  • Students will participate in the ASRT Directed Readings Program
  • Graduates will continue with their formal education

Program Effectiveness Measures

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate – 2008 through 2012

This is the number of students who pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt within six months of graduation from the program. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. The program’s credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average from the years 2008 through 2012 is 100%. Forty-nine (49) graduates of this program took the exam, all passed the exam and the average scaled score was 87.

Job Placement Rate – 2008 through 2012

This is the number of students that gain employment in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. The program’s job placement rate as an average from the years 2008 through 2012 is 100%. Forty-eight of the graduates gained employment in radiation therapy and one graduate continued education in a medical dosimetry program.

Program Completion Rate – September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2012

This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. Nine (9) students entered the program in September 2010 and seven (7) graduated from the program in August 2012. The program’s completion rate for this group of students is 78%. Over the five years 2006-2010, fifty-five (55) students started the program and forty-nine completed the program. This represents an 89% completion rate averaged over a five year period.