Radiation Therapy 

Associate in Science

Radiation Therapist

Anatomy and physiology, radiation biology and safety, oncology and radiation physics

The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Radiation Therapy degree program is designed for individuals who wish to become certified in radiation therapy. The program is based on the recommended core curriculum established by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and enhances the educational experience and employment potential for students in the hospital or freestanding clinic. The program emphasizes the art and science of treatment delivery to individuals to restore, improve and enhance performance; diminish or eradicate pathology; and promote and maintain health.

Upon completion of this two-year degree program, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists board examination in radiation therapy.

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Program Code: 2163

77 Credits

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Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.


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Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

Upon completion of this two-year degree program, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist-Radiation Therapy board examination and are prepared to function as entry-level practitioners. Students are strongly advised to complete as many of the general education courses as possible before applying for the program. 

Career Opportunities

The demand for skilled, registered radiation therapists is nationwide and expected to increase in the future. With advanced training/education, radiation therapists also have opportunities to pursue careers in dosimetry, medical physics, teaching and administration. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiation therapists is expected to grow by 20 percent between 2010 and 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

Radiation therapists typically have the following duties:

  • Examine machines to make sure they are safe and work properly
  • Explain treatment plans to the patient and answer questions
  • Follow safety procedures to protect the patient and themselves from overexposure
  • Determine the exact location of the area requiring treatment
  • Check the computer programs to make sure that they will give the correct dose of radiation to the correct area of the patient's body
  • Operate the equipment to treat the patient with radiation
  • Monitor the patient to check for unusual reactions to the treatment
  • Keep detailed records of treatment
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