Radiation therapists treat cancer patients under the direction of an oncologist. Radiation therapy technology programs can be taken at the certificate, associate degree and bachelor's degree levels through the health science departments of community colleges, technical institutes and universities.
10 Radiation Therapy Schools
These accredited schools offer radiation therapy programs at the bachelor's degree level.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2018-2019*|
|Arkansas State University - Main Campus||Jonesboro, AR||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$8,607 in-state, $15,297 out-of-state|
|Armstrong State University||Savannah, GA||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$5,360 in-state, $15,616 out-of-state|
|Augusta University||Augusta, GA||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$8,604 in-state, $23,156 out-of-state|
|Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$9,465 in-state, $29,821 out-of-state|
|Kent State University at Salem||Salem, OH||4-year, primarily associates, public||Bachelor's||$5,834 in-state, $14,332 out-of-state|
|Ohio State University - Main Campus||Columbus, OH||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$10,726 in-state, $30,742 out-of-state|
|Oregon Health & Science University||Portland, OR||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$13,932 in-state, $25,524 out-of-state|
|University of Michigan - Flint||Flint, MI||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$11,304 in-state, $22,065 out-of-state|
|The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center||Houston, TX||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$4,222 in-state, $21,652 out-of-state|
|University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center||Oklahoma City, OK||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$4,788 in-state, $20,169 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Prospective students may want to consider the following:
- Students should ensure that a program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), which prepares graduates for radiation therapy certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
- Research how many graduates from the school's program pass the ARRT radiation therapy credentialing exam.
- Clinical experience that is included as part of the curriculum provides valuable hands-on experience, and students should make sure they can fulfill the clinical experience requirements of the programs they are considering.
- Some radiation therapy programs include more instruction on psychology, sociology, patient care and bedside manner than others, so students should ensure that the desired program includes the kind of patient care training they feel they need.
Certificate in Radiation Therapy
Radiation technologists are not radiation therapists; technologists perform x-rays, electrocardiograms and other tests to diagnose illnesses. To be able to administer treatments, those who are already technologists must complete a therapist training program. Radiation therapy certificate programs provide licensed radiation technologists with instruction in nuclear medicine and radiation therapy. Participants complete clinical rotations under the supervision of oncologists at local hospitals.
Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy
In these 2-year programs, students learn how to participate in treatment plans, analyze radiographic tests, administer treatment and care for patients.
Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy
This program requires four years of study comprising general education and radiation therapy courses. Students are also required to complete several internships. Some programs may also focus on health care administration, potentially preparing graduates to assume leadership positions.
Prospective radiation therapy students should look for accredited schools with high graduate pass rates on certification exams. Other considerations include internship settings and the availability of specializations.