The Radiation Therapy Program offers a didactic and clinical education to prepare graduates for a career in radiation therapy. Students gain experience in all major areas of radiation therapy practice, including treatment delivery, medical dosimetry, simulation, and patient care. Students must already hold a bachelor’s degree to pursue a post-baccalaureate certificate.
The curriculum is designed to support a competency-based clinical education that prepares graduates to perform as an entry-level radiation therapist. The first-year courses introduce students to the health care industry, specifically radiation oncology. The second-year courses integrate these ideas into more advanced concepts.
The clinical aspect of the Program combines the didactic material with simulated and actual patient care and treatments. Clinical experience rotations are provided at the Moncrief Radiation Oncology Center, located on the North Campus of UT Southwestern, and Simmons Radiation Oncology on the East Campus. At these locations, students can experience state-of-the-art cancer treatment under the supervision of faculty and staff. Students also rotate through the Annette Simmons Stereotactic Treatment Center at Zale Lipshy University Hospital. The clinical setting allows students to hone their clinical skills and achieve competence in the treatment of cancer patients with ionizing radiation. Graduates of the Program must apply to take the National Registry Exam in Radiation Therapy administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
The Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850; Chicago, IL 60606-3182; 312-704-5300).