A radiation therapist is a member of a cancer management team and is responsible for administering radiotherapy treatments. Community colleges across the U.S. offer associate's degree programs in radiation therapy.
10 Schools with Radiation Therapy Programs
These schools offer radiation therapy training at the associate's degree level.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Amarillo College||Amarillo, TX||2 year, Public||$2,010 in-district, $3,042 in-state, $4,578 out-of-state|
|Thomas Edison State University||Trenton, NJ||4 year, Public||$6,135 in-state, $9,036 out-of-state|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4 year, Public||$2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state|
|Manchester Community College||Manchester, CT||2 year, Public||$4,052 in-state, $12,116 out-of-state|
|Galveston College||Galveston, TX||2 year, Public||$1,900 in-district, $2,380 in-state, $4,270 out-of-state|
|Erie Community College||Buffalo, NY||2 year, Public||$5,189 in-state, $9,784 out-of-state|
|Nassau Community College||Garden City, NY||2 year, Public||$4,854 in-state, $9,388 out-of-state|
|Hillsborough Community College||Tampa, FL||2 year, Public||$2,506 in-state, $9,111 out-of-state|
|El Centro College||Dallas, TX||2 year, Public||$1,770 in-district, $3,330 in-state, $5,220 out-of-state|
|Florida State College||Jacksonville, FL||2 year, Public||$2,830 in-state, $9,944 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
When choosing a radiation therapy program, prospective students should keep the following in mind:
- Students should look for radiation therapy programs accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
- Students may want to ask schools about previous graduates' pass rates for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam, which is a minimum requirement to become a radiation therapist in most states.
- Accredited programs include required internship experience, but students with more defined interests may want to look for programs that offer internships in specific settings or with specific patient populations.
- Students who do not live near a school with a radiation therapy program may look for schools that enable students to complete all coursework online and fulfill hands-on training requirements at local clinics.
Associate's Degree in Radiation Therapy
An associate's degree in radiation therapy may be awarded as an Associate of Science or an Associate of Applied Science in Radiation Therapy. Admission requirements typically vary by college; however, many programs require students to complete prerequisite courses in some subject areas, including math, biology and physics. A high school diploma or GED certificate is required by all programs.
Coursework for the two degree programs does not differ significantly, and both programs prepare students for entry-level positions in the field. An associate's degree program can take 1-2 years, including summers, to complete. Required internships and clinical training give students hands-on experience.
Prospective radiation therapy students should look for accredited associate's degree programs with high pass rates on certification exams. Other considerations include the availability of specialized internships or other clinical experience opportunities.