About the Program

The Bachelor of Science/Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Radiation Therapy Program is a full-time program that includes five semesters of intensive study and is equivalent to the junior and senior years of college. The program begins once a year in August and ends 21 months later in May. The program is open to college students wishing to complete their Bachelor of Science degree and to college graduates wishing to earn a post-baccalaureate certificate. The course work is the same for both types of students. All students participate in regular commencement ceremonies upon graduation.

The program offers preparation for a career in radiation-based cancer treatment. Students enrolled in the program gain experience in all major aspects of radiation therapy through classroom instruction and clinical rotations. After completing the program successfully, you’ll have the skills and experience to:

  • Simulate patients for treatment.
  • Administer treatment to adult and pediatric patients.
  • Provide high-quality patient care.
  • Perform dosimetry calculations.
  • Fabricate beam modification devices.
  • Manage treatment records electronically.
  • Observe brachytherapy procedures.
  • Perform total body irradiation with electrons and photons.
  • Use various image-guided modalities.

You’ll also gain experience with key treatment technologies:

  • Stereotactic treatment with the Gamma Knife, CyberKnife, Varian Trilogy, ElektaSynergy, and BrainLAB Vero
  • Active Breathing Coordinator
  • 4D CT with bellows

At the end of 21 months, successful students receive a Bachelor of Science degree or a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in radiation therapy and are qualified to apply to sit for the national registry examination in radiation therapy administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Our graduates are in demand in a wide range of settings, including hospital radiation oncology departments and freestanding cancer treatment facilities.

Objectives

The Radiation Therapy Program offers a didactic and clinical education to prepare graduates for a career in radiation therapy. Enrolled students gain experience in all major areas of radiation therapy practice, including treatment delivery, medical dosimetry, simulation and patient care. Students may pursue either a Bachelor of Science degree or a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program at UT Southwestern School of Health Professions is to provide a didactic and clinical environment to educate competent, entry-level radiation therapists who provide quality patient care. The program will also encourage professional growth and research to advance radiation therapy practice.

Program Goals

  1. Students will develop critical thinking skills, demonstrating a professional level of expertise in radiation therapy.
  2. Students will communicate effectively with patients and the oncology health care team.
  3. Students will develop professionalism.
  4. Students will perform as competent entry level radiation therapists.
  5. The program will demonstrate programmatic effectiveness by providing the radiation oncology community with entry level radiation therapists.

Accreditation

To ensure that graduates are eligible for national certification, the Bachelor of Science/Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Radiation Therapy Program has earned accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. If you have a question about accreditation, please contact the JRCERT directly.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304

 

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Registry examination in radiation therapy administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Many states require radiation therapists to be licensed, and most employers require initial certification and annual registration.