About the Program

The 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 graduates wishing to earn a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. 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 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. 

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 encourages professional growth and research to advance radiation therapy practice.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal: Students will develop critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will synthesize didactic and clinical information in clinical case studies.
  2. Students will complete a research project in radiation therapy.
  3. Students will perform treatment calculations.

Goal: Students will communicate effectively with patients and the oncology health care team.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will communicate effectively with their patients.
  2. Students will communicate effectively with the health care team.
  3. Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
  4. Students will demonstrate oral presentation skills.

Goal: Students will demonstrate professionalism during the program.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will develop and maintain professional behavior.
  2. Students will understand ethics.

Goal: Students will perform as competent, entry level radiation therapists.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will perform Treatment Delivery.
  2. Students will perform Simulation.
  3. Students will perform Nursing Skills.
  4. Students will demonstrate consistency and efficiency while rotating in the clinic.

Goal: The program will demonstrate programmatic effectiveness.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates will function as a competent entry level radiation therapist.
  2. Graduates will be satisfied with their education.
  3. Students enrolled in the program will complete the program.
  4. Students will pass the ARRT exam in Radiation Therapy.
  5. Graduates will gain employment.

Accreditation and Program Effectiveness Data

To ensure that graduates are eligible for national certification, the 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.