Thank you for your interest in UT Southwestern’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Radiation Therapy Program, a dynamic learning experience that will prepare you for a fascinating and rewarding career. We invite you to apply.
Beginning the Application Process
The first step in applying is to submit an online application and all supporting materials by February 1. When you submit your application, please mail to the registrar’s address listed in the application:
- Three letters of recommendation from undergraduate advisors, instructors or professors, employers, and volunteer supervisors.
- Original transcripts from all of the colleges you’ve attended.
- TOEFL scores if you’re an international student.
We must receive your application and all supporting materials by 5 p.m. on February 1 of the year classes begin. We encourage you to apply early if all of your materials are ready. We are not able to review applications that arrive late or are incomplete, so be sure to apply on time. Our Admissions Committee reviews applications after the university has received all required documentation. Please follow the directions in the online application to determine the status of your documents and application. Each new group of students begins courses in August.
Clinical Observation Hours
To apply to the program, you need to complete 16 hours of clinical observation at any radiation oncology department or clinic before February 1. Observation entails shadowing a radiation therapist during the treatment of patients. Once you’ve completed 16 hours, have the clinic complete the observation form, then fax it back to us at 214-648-0621. You may be able to complete your observations at the UT Southwestern Radiation Oncology Clinic if you’ve started an online application and all of your prerequisites are complete or in progress. To learn more about this option, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee selects the group of candidates to be interviewed on campus. If you’re selected, we’ll contact you by March 15 to arrange an interview time. We hold interviews at the end of March and beginning of April.
After the interviews, our Admissions Committee will decide which applicants to accept and let you know by April 20.
As You Apply
As you prepare your application, your goal is to demonstrate a strong work ethic and a desire to join the radiation therapy profession. Equally important is your ability to handle the life, work, and academic challenges of a demanding curriculum. The Admissions Committee takes a broad range of factors into consideration as we select candidates, including:
- Cumulative grade point average
- Science and mathematics grade point averages
- Anatomy and physiology grades
- Communication skills
- Problem-solving ability
- Personal qualities, including maturity and career goals
- Letters of recommendation
- Personal interview
Each year, the department/program will provide a non-renewable $1,000 scholarship to two incoming students. The purpose of this scholarship is to diversify the enrollment of the School of Health Professions by providing a financial award to students from a disadvantaged background* who are pursuing a career in the health professions. More information on this scholarship will be provided to those students accepted for admission into a health professions program.
*From a disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
An individual from a disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession; or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary, HHS, for use in health professions and nursing programs.
In each class, we strive to admit students with the diverse experiences and talents to serve our changing communities effectively. We welcome applications regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. Our commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.