How to Choose a School for an Aspiring Radiology Therapist

Programs in the growing field of radiation therapy are available as associate degree, bachelor's degree and postbaccalaureate certificate programs, many of which prepare graduates to obtain the professional certification required to obtain a job.

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Students who would like to become radiology therapists can find education programs at community colleges, technical schools and 4-year colleges and universities.

10 JRCERT-Accredited Radiology Therapy Schools

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Wayne State University Detroit, MI 4-year, public Bachelor's $11,814 in-state, $25,254 out-of-state
Upstate Medical University Syracuse, NY 4-year, public Bachelor's $6,470 in-state, $16,320 out-of-state
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse La Crosse, WI 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's $8,832 in-state, $16,783 out-of-state
University of Vermont Burlington, VT 4-year, public Bachelor's $16,768 in-state, $39,160 out-of-state
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, TX 4-year, public Bachelor's, Certificate $5,397 in-state, $19,537 out-of-state
University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $4,296 in-state, $17,682 out-of-state
University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 4-year, public Bachelor's $8,340 in-state, $25,920 out-of-state
University of Michigan-Flint Flint, MI 4-year, public Bachelor's $9,936 in-state, $19,392 out-of-state
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College Blue Ash, OH 4-year - primarily Associate's, public Associate's, Bachelor's $6,746 in-state, $15,544 out-of-state
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX 4-year, public Certificate, Bachelor's $4,590 in-state, $23,280 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Important factors to consider when choosing a school:

  • Consider programs that provide hands-on experience with the most up-to-date technology, while splitting time between a lecture-based classroom environment and clinical experience in a healthcare setting.
  • A few schools offer online coursework, though many of these programs are provided in a hybrid format that requires on-campus participation, on-site clinical training or previous experience in radiology.
  • Research the degrees available and understand the career positions that correspond to the degree offered to ensure that the student has the skills needed to succeed.
  • Individuals wishing to become certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) might benefit by researching programs that provide specific preparation for a credential.

Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology

Though some community colleges, vocational and technical schools offer an Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy, associate degree programs in radiologic technology are more common. An associate degree program incorporates general education into the 2-year program, and students are often required to participate in clinical training.

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science

Bachelor's degree programs in radiologic science can be earned in four years for high school graduates or 1-2 years for students with an associate degree in the field. Bachelor's degree programs typically include internship opportunities during the final two years of study.

Certificate Programs in Radiation Therapy

Certificate programs are intensive, 1-year programs offered at the post-baccalaureate level. Radiology therapy certificate programs require students to complete several hours observing and working with experienced professionals through clinical practicums. Graduates are often qualified to earn ARRT certification and become radiology therapists.

Students interested in radiation technology can find various degree and certificate programs at local community colleges, and through bachelor programs. Internships, practical application and hands-on course work are all key features to sound radiation technology programs.

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