Requirements

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The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Radiation Therapy Program is an educational experience that will challenge and motivate you. To meet your expectations and satisfy accreditation requirements, we ask our applicants to be exceptionally well prepared. 

 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate requirements

Here are the steps you’ll need to take to be considered:

  • Complete a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in natural sciences and mathematics courses.
  • Complete and submit an online application.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation. (We recommend letters from undergraduate advisors, instructors or professors, employers, or volunteer supervisors.)
  • Complete an on-campus interview
  • Submit your TOEFL scores if you’re an international student.  
  • Complete the following prerequisite courses.
Component areasTexas common course numbersCredit hours
Communication    
English composition ENGL 1301, 1302, 2311, 2321, 2326 or equivalent 3
Speech/communication SPCH 1311 or equivalent 3
Mathematics (Course must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.)
Pre-calculus MATH 2412 or higher 3
Natural Sciences (All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.)
General chemistry with laboratory CHEM 1405 or equivalent 4
Physics with laboratory PHYS 1401, 1402 or equivalent 8
Anatomy and physiology BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402 or equivalent 8
Computer Science
Computer science COSC 1300, 1401 or equivalent 3

All required science classes must be for science majors.

Higher-level course may be substituted in any category. For example, Calculus for Pre-calculus.

Special notes about prerequisites

Here are some important points to remember about prerequisite courses.

  • CLEP and AP: We may accept College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) credits for core curriculum requirements, as long as a previously attended college or university has accepted the credits and they’re noted on your transcript.

  • Transcript evaluations: If you have questions about whether we’ll accept your courses, send us your transcript for evaluation by a faculty member. You can email it to marissa.johnson@utsouthwestern.edu or fax it to 214-648-0621.

  • Applying before prerequisites are completed: We recommend you complete all prerequisites courses by the February 1 deadline, but you can still apply if you have no more than two classes in progress. Please list the courses in progress on your application.

Essential Functions

Everyone who applies for admission to the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions, including people with disabilities, must be able to perform specific essential functions, which differ depending upon the academic program. Essential functions are the basic activities that a student must be able to perform to complete the program’s curriculum. Applicants who cannot perform the program’s essential functions—either with or without reasonable accommodations—may not be considered for admission.

Each UT Southwestern School of Health Professions student must be able to:

  • Attend scheduled classes and laboratory sessions and be present for examination and testing.
  • Travel to practicum sites and have mobility within and around the sites.
  • Assimilate information presented via lecture, handouts, videos, discussions, computer, and/or other educational modalities.
  • Complete assignments such as written assignments, oral presentations, class participation, examinations, and computer-based activities.
  • Apply the assimilated information to appropriate clinical situations.
  • Effectively communicate with patients/clients, their families, faculty, and other professionals using oral, telephonic, written, and computer modalities in private and group settings.
  • Make effective use of learning resources at UT Southwestern and affiliated facilities.

In addition to essential functions for all students, each student in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Radiation Therapy Program must be able to:

  • Participate in supervised clinical activities, including walking and standing, for eight-hour days.
  • Demonstrate sufficient vision acuity to monitor patients, input data, read computer monitors, and distinguish markings in dim lighting.
  • Demonstrate sufficient strength to lift, carry, and move items weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Distinguish and interpret audio signals from equipment.
  • Demonstrate sufficient upper- and lower-body strength to move, lift, and transport patients.