Frequently Asked Questions - Radiation Therapy AS

Q: “How many students are accepted each year and what is the start date?”
A: Each year, the Radiation Therapy Program accepts 20 students from about 120 applications submitted. The start date is the beginning of the Fall semester (August) each year.

Q: “When is the application deadline and who should I contact if I have any questions concerning my application?”
A: The application deadline is February 15 of each year. All prerequisites must be completed by this date. For any questions concerning your application, please contact For any other questions, regarding transcripts, transfer of grades etc, please contact a HCC advisor or counselor. All classes are held on the Dale Mabry Campus.

Q: “What is the lowest grade point average that you accept?”
A: The lowest grade point average that HCC accepts is a 2.0 however; to qualify for a limited access program (such as Radiation Therapy), it is recommended that on the prerequisite courses your grades be significantly higher than the college required minimum in order to be competitive for admission. Selection of students is based on the GPA average in the prerequisite courses. Therefore the students with the highest GPA in the prerequisite courses will be selected.

Math and Science prerequisite courses must be completed within seven (7) years of the program’s admissions deadline.  All other prerequisite courses do not expire, but can be petitioned to be repeated for a better grade if the course is older than seven (7) years prior to the admissions deadline.”

Q: “What are clinicals?”
A: The Radiation Therapy Program is a competency based program which means that students will attend clinical at off campus JRC approved clinical sites. Mandated competencies will be performed off site on patients during the clinical rotation. Students will be supervised and work under a qualified practitioner at all times.

Q: “Can I take the program classes at night?”
A: The Radiation Therapy Program is primarily a day-time program, however, there may be labs and classes scheduled at night but there is no night time curriculum track offered. A significant portion of the program is spent in off campus clinical locations, which are open during daytime hours only.

Q: “Can I work while I am in the program?”
A: Students can work during the first year of the program on non class days but the second year is a full time commitment. A student in the program will not be able to work in a full time capacity during the second year.

Q: “Is your program accredited?”
A: The Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by SACS and Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). More info on accreditation here.