Radiation therapists are vital members of the cancer management team. They administer high energy radiation treatments with external beam linear accelerators and operate CT simulators, which aid in the treatment planning process. Therapists work directly with radiation oncologists to administer patient treatments. While in the program, students will learn to operate state-of-the-art equipment used in the treatment of cancer. The program uses an integrated didactic and clinical competency-based curriculum. Students should have a strong interest in math, physics and computers. In addition, students should have good communication skills, critical thinking skills, a strong work ethic and a desire to help others. Certified radiation therapists enjoy mobility in the field of radiation therapy with opportunities in management, education, dosimetry and simulation.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination in radiation therapy.
The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182 (312) 704-5300. Email: email@example.com
A separate Health Sciences application is required for this degree, and students must attend an information session prior to the application deadline.
Radiation Therapy Program AS/ATC Information Sessions
Information sessions are offered to give prospective students an overview of both the AS and ATC programs and the admissions processes. Attendance at one of the information sessions is mandatory. Your application will not be considered complete if you have not attended an information session.
All information sessions will be held virtually via MSTeams and begin at 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time. Registration for each session will open approximately 6 weeks prior to the Information Session Date.
November 9, 2023 (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
January 25, 2024 (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
This curriculum is from the current college catalog and is meant to provide prospective students an example of courses taken in this degree/certificate. It is not intended to be used for graduation requirements. Students should consult an advisor for graduation information.
Prerequisite Courses Required for Admission
†BSC 2085 Anatomy and Physiology I - 3cr.
†BSC 2085L Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 cr
†BSC 2086 Anatomy and Physiology II - 3cr.
†BSC 2086L Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 cr
†ENC 1101 English Composition I - 3cr.
†MAC 1105 College Algebra or higher level math - 3cr.
†PHY 1025 Fundamentals of Physics - 3cr.
†PHY 1025L Fundamentals of Physics Lab 1 cr
Program Required Courses
YEAR I – First Semester
†AMH 2020 Modern American History or †POS 2041, American Government - 3 cr.
RAT 1610 Radiation Therapy Medical Imaging - 2 cr.
RAT 1614 Radiation Therapy Physics I - 2 cr.
RAT 2001C Introduction to Radiation Therapy - 2 cr.
RTE 1782 Pathology of Medical/Surgical Diseases - 3 cr.
Humanities General Education CORE - 3 cr.
YEAR I – Second Semester
RAT 1618 Radiation Therapy Physics II - 2 cr.
RAT 1691L Introduction to Clinical Concepts Lab - 2 cr.
RAT 2023 Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy I - 3 cr.
RAT 2242 Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy II - 3 cr.
YEAR I – Third Semester
RAT 1810 Radiation Therapy Clinic I - 2 cr.
RAT 2303 Psychological Aspect of Oncology - 2 cr.
RAT 2901 Simulation Lecture I - 1 cr.
RAT 2901L Simulation Lab I - 1 cr.
YEAR II – First Semester
RAT 2241 Radiation Biology - 3 cr.
RAT 2620 Radiation Therapy Physics III - 2 cr.
RAT 2804 Radiation Therapy Clinic II - 3 cr.
RAT 2902 Simulation Lecture II - 1 cr.
RAT 2902L Simulation Lab II - 1 cr.
YEAR II – Second Semester
RAT 2021 Dosimetry and Treatment Planning - 4 cr.
RAT 2621C Radiation Therapy Physics IV - 2 cr.
RAT 2814 Radiation Therapy Clinic III - 4 cr.
YEAR II – Third Semester
RAT 2061 Radiation Therapy Seminar - 3 cr.
RAT 2619L Computer Applications in Treatment Planning - 1 cr.
RAT 2824 Radiation Therapy Clinic IV - 3 cr.
RTE 2473L Quality Assurance in Radiation Therapy - 1 cr.