Curriculum

Analog data from a film must be digitized for effective treatment planning.
Analog data from a film must be digitized for effective treatment planning.


The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Radiation Therapy Program is a full-time curriculum that comprises five semesters of intensive study and is equivalent to the junior and senior years of a baccalaureate program. Students in the program can expect to be involved in either didactic classes or clinical rotations five days a week, Monday through Friday, for approximately 40 hours. Classes and clinical rotations are usually held during normal weekday business hours. The program does not offer weekend or online classes.

The curriculum is a competency-based clinical learning experience that will prepare you to perform as an entry-level radiation therapist. As you begin the program, junior year courses will strengthen your knowledge of the health care industry, patient care, oncologic pathology, radiobiology, medical physics, sectional anatomy, and dosimetry. In your final year, senior level courses will integrate these ideas into more advanced concepts encompassing clinical oncology, treatment planning, patient simulation, and treatment delivery.

From the spring of your junior year, your experiences in the classroom are complemented by hands-on clinical experience in radiation simulation, treatment, and patient care. Over the course of four terms, clinical rotations will give you the opportunity to achieve competence and confidence in the treatment of patients with ionizing radiation.

We’ve sequenced the curriculum to create an effective and efficient path for learning. Many of the courses in a given semester are prerequisites for the courses that follow in the next semester. Some sequencing may change from year to year without notice. Please note: If you’re a practicing radiographer who’s already taken radiation biology and pathology courses, you still need to take these courses in our program because of their focus on cancer treatment.

Degree Plan

14 Total Credit Hours Per Term

62 Total Program Hours

  • RT 3301 Oncology Nursing and Patient Care | 3 Credit Hours
  • RT 3302 Introduction to Radiation Therapy | 3 Credit Hours
  • HCS 5306 Pathology | 3 Credit Hours
  • HCS 5106 Professional Development | 0 Credit Hours
  • RT 3212 Sectional Anatomy | 2 Credit Hours
  • RT 3303 Medical Imaging and Processing | 3 Credit Hours

15 Total Credit Hours Per Term

62 Total Program Hours

  • RT 3412 Radiation Biology | 4 Credit Hours
  • RT 3304 Clinical Education I | 3 Credit Hours
  • RT 3311 Legal and Ethical Issues in Radiation Therapy | 3 Credit Hours
  • RT 3421 Principles and Practices of Radiation Therapy I | 4 Credit Hours
  • HCS 5106 Professional Development | 1 Credit Hours

7 Total Credit Hours Per Term

62 Total Program Hours

  • RT 3314 Medical Dosimetry I | 3 Credit Hours
  • RT 3405 Clinical Education II | 4 Credit Hours

14 Total Credit Hours Per Term

62 Total Program Hours

  • RT 4422 Principles and Practices of Radiation Therapy II | 4 Credit Hours
  • RT 4315 Medical Dosimetry II | 3 Credit Hours
  • RT 4301 Introduction to Research Methodology | 3 Credit Hours
  • RT 4406 Clinical Education III | 4 Credit Hours

12 Total Credit Hours Per Term

62 Total Program Hours

  • RT 4216 Quality Assurance and Operational Issues | 2 Credit Hours
  • RT 4302 Directed Research | 3 Credit Hours
  • RT 4223 Registry Review | 3 Credit Hours
  • RT 4407 Clinical Education IV | 4 Credit Hours
For detailed course descriptions, please download our catalog.

Required Textbooks

Special Requirements

Students are expected to maintain high academic performance and display appropriate professional and ethical behavior during all phases of their education and training. The Radiation Therapy Program’s academic policies are consistent with those of UT Southwestern School of Health Professions as stated in this website.

Graduation Requirements

A candidate for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Radiation Therapy Program must complete all of the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate a high order of scholarly achievement in radiation therapy, including appropriate professional competencies. The program’s Student Progress Committee determines whether adequate mastery has been acquired.
  • Complete satisfactorily a minimum of 66 semester hours in the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions.
  • Discharge all financial obligations to the medical center. (In the event of nonpayment, the Dean may take one or more actions: a) deny readmission; b) withhold the student's grades and official transcript; and/or c) withhold the degree to which the student would otherwise be entitled.)
  • Complete the academic requirements listed in the degree plan, including completion of any academic deficiencies in prerequisite courses, by the times stated in the student's official letter of acceptance, and submit official documentation of successful completion to the Office of the Registrar.
  • All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of “C” and Pass/Fail classes must be passed.
  • Pass the mid-program assessment administered in the summer semester with a minimum grade of “C” by the second attempt.
  • Complete and pass all clinical competencies.
  • Pay a graduation fee designated to partially offset the costs associated with the diploma and diploma cover production, regalia, and the commencement ceremony. All students completing a degree or certificate must pay the fee whether they attend the commencement ceremony or not.