Enrollment up in US radiation therapy educational programs

The number of students enrolled in radiation therapy educational programs in the United States is on the rise, according to a new survey from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

The annual survey, known as the ASRT Enrollment Snapshot of Radiography, Radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs, included input from 377 program directors. It found that an average of 12.4 students were enrolled in radiation therapy programs in 2018, up from 10.5 in 2017. Radiography and nuclear medicine programs also saw moderate increases in the number of enrolled students compared to 2017.

“Our survey results show a modest increase each year since 2014 in the number of students enrolled in radiography programs and some fluctuations in radiation therapy and nuclear medicine programs,” John Culbertson, ASRT Director of Research, said in a prepared statement. “Looking ahead, most of the program directors surveyed say they plan to maintain their current levels of enrollment with no increase, so we’ll continue to monitor trends to see if it continues in 2019.”

The full survey is available as a PDF on the ASRT website.