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An Analysis of Certification Exam Rates Among Varying Degree Levels in Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry Educational Programs

Palmer Jones, LeShell and Allison-Jones, Lisa and Mayhew, Glen and Peerman, Carey and Watson, Courtney (2020) An Analysis of Certification Exam Rates Among Varying Degree Levels in Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry Educational Programs. [Doctoral Capstone Project]

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Abstract

Abstract The fields of radiation therapy and medical dosimetry have experienced advancements in recent years. One of the advancements has been in the educational requirements experienced by radiation therapists and medical dosimetrists. Certification is required to practice radiation therapy and medical dosimetry. This study will seek to determine if degree level has an impact on certification exam pass rates in radiation therapy and medical dosimetry. Objectives: This study sought to determine if degree level, geographic location, number of examinees, and JRCERT accreditation status are significant predictors of radiation therapy and medical dosimetry certification exam pass rates. Methodology: This study is a quantitative-correlational-retrospective study. The target population was all JRCERT accredited radiation therapy and medical dosimetry programs in the United States. Data was collected from the JRCERT, OMB, and programmatic websites. Multiple linear regression tests were used to analyze the data which was done by the statistical program SAS version 9.4. Results: The results showed that none of the parameters analyzed for medical dosimetry were significant predictors of medical dosimetry certification pass rates. For radiation therapy, accreditation status was found to be a significant predictor (p= 0.001) of radiation therapy certification exam rates. Conclusions: This study found that degree level, geographic location, and number examinees were not significant predictors of radiation therapy or medical dosimetry certification exam pass rates. For radiation therapy, it was determined that accreditation length was a significant predictor of radiation therapy certification exam pass rates and accounts for 15.16% of the variability of certification exam rates. None of the parameters analyzed for this study were significant predictors of medical dosimetry certification exam pass rates, however 21.93% of the variability of JRCERT accredited medical dosimetry programs is attributed to number of examinees. Keywords: radiation therapy, medical dosimetry, certification exam

Item Type: Doctoral Capstone Project
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Divisions: Radford University > Waldron College of Health and Human Services > Health Sciences Program
Depositing User: LeShell Palmer Jones
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2021 01:21
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2022 18:55
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/662

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