Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT PROGRAMS ARE YOU OFFERING?
RTU is currently offering 7 degree programs
- Master of Science in Medical Physics
- Master of Science in Medical Health Physics
- Master of Science in Health Physics
- Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry
- Bachelor of Science in Medical Dosimetry
- Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy
- Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science
RTU offers 3 semesters per calendar year
ARE THE PROGRAMS RESIDENT OR HYBRID?
All programs utilize the blended learning environment (hybrid).
Hybrid option: The hybrid option allows students to receive all communication and course material and submit coursework through a web-based course management system. Students are required to participate in live weekly discussions for their classes as well as on-site instruction (boot camp week) each semester. If the student’s performance is not satisfactory and benchmarks for improvement are not met, the student may be required to attend as a resident.
The clinical internship required for the program is to be served through a host site. Students are expected to secure their own host sites. RTU may be able to assist students in arranging host sites, but makes no guarantees.
HOW DOES THE HYBRID PROGRAM WORK?
3 Semesters are offered each year.
Each Semester has a boot camp week (required on-site attendance).
Each course has live weekly discussions throughout the semester.
Boot camps are 3 days in duration and are held in South Bend, Indiana.
Boot camps are typically held in March, July, and November of each year.
WHAT IS THE TUITION?
The cost is listed per program. Tuition rates are effective January 1, 2019.
MS Medical Physics, MS Medical Health Physics, MS Health Physics: $50,000 ($1,111.11 per credit)
MS Medical Dosimetry: $40,000 ($888.89 per credit)
BS Medical Dosimetry, BS Radiation Therapy: $34,134 ($533.34 per credit)
BS Radiologic Science: $32,000 ($533.34 per credit)
CAN I GO PART-TIME?
Students are allowed to go part-time. It is recommended to go full-time. It is recommended that students attending part-time undertake at least 7 credits per semester. Students are required to complete their program of study within 150% of the standard required time frame.
Dosimetry Program Full-Time Status Policy
Effective May 1, 2019, RTU will only be accepting full-time students into the Medical Dosimetry Program (BS level and MS level). Full time is defined as a minimum of 12 credits per semester (BS level) and a minimum of 9 credits per semester (MS level). Full-time enrollment is not required in the last semester of the program, or if approved transfer credits eliminate the need for some courses.
RTU is implementing this change for the following reasons:
1. Student performance, including information retention, is better if students are more fully engaged.
2. RTU will be creating a more “lock-step” program where incoming students will have the same track. We currently do that, but find customized program plans of study are taking away from the advantages of students progressing through the program together.
3. Accreditors encourage institutions to ensure students progress through their program in a timely fashion.
4. A Full-time plan of study complements clinical internship competency completion.
Students that have entered the program prior to May 1, 2019 at a part-time status (signed a part-time enrollment agreement) will be able to remain part-time. Students that are engaged as full-time students will remain full time.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
The requirements for each program are listed along with the program descriptions in the Requirements Section.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRAM RECOMMENDATIONS?
Program requirements are part of the application process and must be completed prior to the start of the program. Program recommendations are required in order to complete the program, but they are not required prior to acceptance or program study.
WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?
The instructors for the programs are Ph.D. and Masters level instructors that are leaders in the Industry. A majority or RTU’s faculty are clinical and in the industry. This gives the advantage of tying together didactic education with clinical skills.
WHAT ARE THE HOUSING OPTIONS?
Several housing options are available. These are independent of RTU but include:
- Local condos and apartments (for sale or lease)
- Local houses (for sale or lease)
- Long term hotel studios
- RTU has a corporate rate with the DoubleTree downtown South Bend.
IS FINANCING AVAILABLE?
- Financing is available from Sallie Mae.
- Federal Student Aid is available for degree programs that qualify. Refer to the Consumer Information Page
- Payment plans may be available through RTU.
- Opportunities are available for Teaching Assistant positions
ARE PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE?
Yes. We can set-up customized payment plans to include:
- One time
- Per semester
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO APPLY?
Applications are available on our website at www.rtuvt.edu, or you can contact us via email or phone to request one. Only full applications will be considered. A full application includes:
- Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning
- Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
- 3 letters of reference that attest to academic and professional achievements
- TOEFL or IELTS scores (if your first language is not English)
- Application fee of $35.00
DO THE PROGRAMS HAVE STATE ACCREDITATION AND NATIONAL ACCREDITATION?
Radiological Technologies University is authorized by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education.
Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984
317.464.4400 Ext. 138
317.464.4400 Ext. 141
Radiological Technologies University is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Radiological Technologies University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302
Arlington, VA 22201
HOW DO I CONTACT RTU?
Call us: 574.232.2408 or Toll Free 877.411.7238
Email us: email@example.com
WHAT ARE THE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES?
The leaders of RTU are very well networked. The founder of RTU is also the Founder of ARC (Advanced Radiotherapy Consulting) and Co-Founder of GPS (Global Physics Solutions, Inc.). In the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics [Online] Vol. 11, No. 2, “Future Trends in the Supply and Demand for Radiation Oncology Physicists” estimates that anywhere from 150 to 250 trained professionals will need to enter the field annually to meet the demand in 2020. There is a significant shortage in these fields both nationally and internationally. RTU is able to assist students with employment placement. Similar trends are noted for other disciplines in the Radiological Sciences.
HOW IS COURSE CREDIT AWARDED?
RTU awards credit based on attendance, homework and project submissions, and assessments. Graduate program courses require a minimum grade of 80% (B) in order to receive credit. Undergraduate program courses require a minimum grade of 70% (C) in order to receive credit.
DO YOU OFFER A MEDICAL PHYSICS RESIDENCY PROGRAM?
RTU does not offer a Residency program. RTU recognizes the significance of excellent Medical Physics Residency Programs. Through collaboration with various clinical facilities, Advanced Radiotherapy Consulting (ARC) is offering a Medical Physics Residency program. The Residency Program follows the guidelines of CAMPEP and follows the instructional guidelines of the AAPM (American Association of Physicists in Medicine) Task Group. The Resident Program offers several advantages to a standard Residency Program. These advantages include:
- Established and expanding Training Site locations
- Primary Instructors (Certified Medical Physicists)
- Both Resident Hands-On Training and On-Line Virtual Training
- Access to all new and emerging technologies in the field of Radiation Therapy
- Access to the ARC Medical Dosimetry School
- Job Placement Service
- Web-based documentation and training support
For additional information, please refer to the Academic Catalog.