Best Radiation Therapy Schools: List of Top U.S. Schools

Jan 09, 2020

Learn about top programs for earning a degree in radiation therapy. Research the schools, rankings, programs, and locations to make an informed decision.

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Radiation therapy programs are commonly available at the bachelor's degree level and can be found at top-ranked schools around the country. Three strong bachelor's programs in radiation therapy are available at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland; Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan; and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. All three schools are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report and all of the schools' programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). A list of other programs is also provided.

Oregon Health and Science University

Oregon Health & Science University ranked 6th in primary care (tie) and 29th in research (graduate programs) in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy at this school. This program is available to those with a radiologic technology certificate or associate's degree from a JRCERT-accredited institution or applicants who have completed the required 60-semester hour prerequisites. After completing a one-hour online training course, all applicants must complete 40 hours of radiation therapy observation prior to admittance into the program. Once admitted, students will complete a 71-credit curriculum including classroom instruction, laboratory time, oncology study, and clinical practice. Over a five-year span, this school's radiation therapy graduates have reported a 95% pass rate on their first attempt at the ARRT national exam.

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Ranked 8th in primary care, as well as among the top 70 research medical schools of 2019 by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Nebraska Medical Center offers the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science Technology program. In order to be admitted, applicants must have completed 35 semester hours of core university classes from an accredited college or university. This includes a college-level computer content course, for which documentation must be shown. Applicants also need a certificate in radiography. The Radiation Science Technology program is 12 months in length, and students gain clinical experience from participation in a clinical rotation at one of seven medical centers around Nebraska. In addition to the bachelor's degree offered at this school, a post-baccalaureate professional certificate is also available.

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University was nationally ranked as the 109th (tie) best public school by U.S. News & World Report in 2020. The school's radiation therapy bachelor's program includes two years of general education and prerequisite courses followed by two years of professional coursework. Topics include human sectional anatomy, radiation biology, and radiation protection physics. Radiation therapy students at GVSU benefit from small class sizes, a cohort program, and clinical experiences in a downtown Grand Rapids location.

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Other top schools with radiation therapy programs include the following:

School Name Distinction Location
Ohio State University Offers a six-semester radiation therapy program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences degree; students must complete prerequisites and general education coursework prior to admission Columbus, OH
Southern Illinois University Three years of basic radiography courses and clinical experiences result in an associate's degree in radiography and preparedness for the ARRT Radiographer exam; radiation therapy courses begin in the fourth year and graduates qualify for the ARRT radiation therapy exam Carbondale, IL
St. Louis University Graduates of the radiation therapy program at the Doisy College of Health Sciences had a 100% first-time pass rate for the AART certification exam in 2017 St. Louis, MO
Texas State University Admission decisions for the two-and-a-half-year program are based upon students' transcripts from the two years of prerequisite credits; status as a registered radiographer can be helpful for qualifying San Marcos, TX
University of Alabama A two-and-a-half-year pre-professional stage is followed by a two-year professional stage in order to earn a Bachelor of Science in Radiological Sciences Birmingham, AL
Virginia Commonwealth University Offers a three-year professional program, following 27 prerequisite credits, that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences Richmond, VA
Wayne State University Offers a B.S. in Radiation Therapy and a B.S. in Radiologic Technology at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Detroit, MI

Students looking for radiation therapy programs may take into consideration things such as program requirements, class sizes, clinical experience, and a school's pass rate for the AART radiation therapy exam.

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