dosimetryAnswers to your most commonly asked questions.  
    
Q:  HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
A:  Two years, including summers. (more info)
Q: WHAT ARE THE HOURS
A:  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?
A:  $8,000 per year.  (more info
Q:  IS FINANCIAL AID FOR TUITION AVAILABLE?
A:  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?
A:  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?
A:  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?
A:  100% 
Q:  ARE DRUG SCREENING AND A PHYSICAL EXAM REQUIRED?
A:  Yes. 
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?
A:  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:  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?
A:  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?
A:  College credit is given for our curriculum at Charter Oak State College.