Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy

College for Adults | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Are you interested in preparing for a high-demand health career and fulfilling a crucial role in cancer patients’ recovery? Consider becoming a credentialed radiation therapist in the growing field of radiation oncology.

Program Details

Classes meet: Full-time on weekdays for major courses; evenings, weekends, and online for other courses

Time to completion: 12 months

Credits for major: 40

Cost per credit (2019–2020): $445

Start: Fall, spring, or summer to begin non-major courses

Most College for Adults students receive some form of financial aid.

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Choose from Two Tracks to Prepare for a Radiation Therapy Career

In only one year, you can complete a radiation therapy major for a bachelor of science degree in St. Kate’s College for Adults.

Two tracks are available:

  • an abbreviated degree-completion pathway for people who have previously earned certification as radiologic technologists at the associate or bachelor’s degree level

  • a pathway for students who have previously completed bachelor’s degrees in any other field

In both pathways, you’ll meet requirements to become a credentialed radiation therapist.

You will first enroll in St. Kate’s College for Adults to complete any remaining liberal arts and supporting courses outside of the major that you have not yet completed. You may take these courses, which are offered in an evening/weekend/online format, on a part-time basis. Then, in September, you’ll begin a 12-month series of radiation therapy major courses.

You’ll also complete 1,180 hours of hands-on clinical training. Clinical sites include Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center, Park-Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center, and other Twin Cities-area hospitals and clinics.

After completing your bachelor's in radiation therapy, progress into St. Kate's healthcare-focused Master in Business Administration, Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, or Master of Public Health program.

College for Adults students on Fontbonne steps
Careers in Radiation Therapy

Demand for radiation therapists is growing, with median annual earnings of $82,330, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Radiation therapists are responsible for the administration of ionizing radiation for treating diseases, primarily cancer. They work as part of interdisciplinary cancer treatment teams, including oncologists, radiation therapists, physicists and nurses, throughout the course of treatment.

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