Radiation therapists are skilled medical professionals with in-depth training in radiation safety, physics, human anatomy, and patient care. They work under the supervision of a radiation oncologist to treat disease using various ionizing radiation modalities. The United States Department of Labor predicts a 20 percent increase in radiation therapist positions from 2010 to 2020. According to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, candidates for radiation therapy certification must have completed an accredited radiation therapy educational program.
University of Texas
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, located at a major academic medical center near Dallas, is the only program in the southwestern United States which grants both a Bachelor of Science degree and post-baccalaureate certificate. The program combines academic and clinical experiences in a clinical environment offering the latest treatment techniques and technologies. Small class sizes and reasonable tuition rates compliment the faculty’s commitment to excellence in the classroom and clinical environment.
New York Methodist Hospital
Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist and the New York State Department of Health, the New York Methodist Hospital offers a certificate in radiation therapy. The program aims to train students to be skilled individuals, qualified by technical education, to provide services using various imaging modalities. The New York Methodist Hospital has agreements in place with St. Francis College of Brooklyn, New York and Clarion University of Pennsylvania’s Online College so that graduates of the certificate program can receive credits towards a bachelor's degree in radiologic or medical imaging sciences from these institutions.
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda University is a Seventh-day Adventist educational health-sciences institution located in Southern California offering a certificate in radiation therapy. This full-time, 15-month program prepares students to gain national certification as a radiation therapist and is intended for diagnostic radiographers seeking additional specialization. The program includes format classes along with instruction in a clinical setting. Courses include radiation therapy procedures, radiation oncology, radiation biology, applied dosimetry, pathology and Christian ethics and health.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York is the largest privately operated non-profit cancer center in the world. The institution offers a 64-week long certificate in radiation therapy program with small class sizes and both clinical and academic instruction conducted in the cancer center. The program exposes students to the latest advances in three dimensional intensity-modulated radiation therapy, organ motion studies, image-guided radiation therapy and research protocols.
- United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: Radiation Therapists
- The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists: Radiation Therapy Certification
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Radiation Therapy
- New York Methodist Hospital Allied Health Education: Radiation Therapist Program
- Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions: Certificate in Radiation Therapy
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center School of Radiation Therapy: Why Choose This Program?
Laura Harris has two Master of Science degrees and has been a collegiate biology instructor on campus and online since 2009. She has been lead faculty of health and science for University of Phoenix West Michigan since 2011. Harris also has two young girls and enjoys tae kwon do and triathlons.