Students enrolled in the Radiation Therapy Specialist program at Florida State College at Jacksonville have the option to complete a portion of their clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.
The certificate program offered by Florida State College at Jacksonville is 12 months long and offered to individuals who have a current radiography license. All prerequisites must be met in order to apply to the Radiation Therapy Specialist program at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Students in the program rotate through several clinical sites to ensure comprehensive learning and experience. Rotations include:
- Block room
- High-dose rate (HDR) and stereotactic radiosurgery
- Treatment rooms
Florida State College at Jacksonville, which offers the program in radiation therapy, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.
While on rotation at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, you gain experience with the following equipment used in radiation therapy:
- Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator with onboard imaging and cone beam CT
- Varian 23 IX with onboard imaging and cone beam CT
- GE CT simulator
- Varian 23 EX linear accelerator with brain lab and respiratory gating equipment
- Varian Ximatron simulator
- Nucletron high-dose rate brachytherapy unit
- Phillips treatment planning system for 3-D conformal and IMRT planning
- Radionics XKnife for stereotactic radiosurgery planning
- VariSeed for planning prostate implants
- IMPAC to record and verify all treatments
Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville is a comprehensive medical facility providing advanced programs in education and research that support the highest quality patient care. Campus activity is conducted in the Mayo Clinic Hospital and the interconnected Davis, Mayo and Cannaday buildings.
The ambulatory facilities provide clinical services ranging from primary to specialty care and advanced procedures. Mayo Clinic Hospital provides comprehensive inpatient services, including surgical and medical intensive care units, specialized solid-organ transplant units, and advanced cardiac and neurosurgery facilities.
Graduation and certification
Upon successful completion of the one-year certificate program in radiation therapy, you will receive a certificate of completion from Florida State College at Jacksonville and be eligible to take the certification exam in radiation therapy technology conducted by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
For the majority of the internship rotations, your learning schedule includes two to four eight-hour days a week, with the time gradually increasing each semester.