College for Adults | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Radiation Therapy

Are you interested in preparing for a high-demand health career? Consider becoming a credentialed radiation therapist in the growing field of radiation oncology. In only one year, you can complete a Radiation Therapy major for a bachelor of science degree in St. Kate’s College for Adults.

Pursue the program to complete your first bachelor’s degree. Or, if you already have a bachelor’s, pursue the program as a “second degree” student.

Two tracks are available:

  1. an abbreviated degree-completion pathway for people who have previously earned certification as radiologic technologists at the associate or bachelor’s degree level
  2. 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.

What can I do with a degree in radiation therapy?

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.

Demand for radiation therapists is growing. In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected 14% growth in the field by 2024. In 2015, according to BLS, median annual pay was $84,460.

what will I study?

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. These courses, which meet full-time on weekdays, provide a strong foundation in:

  • Principles of Oncology
  • Pathology
  • Patient care
  • Radiation therapy physics
  • Sectional anatomy

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. You will be trained on equipment and procedures, including:

  • Linear accelerators
  • Tomotherapy
  • Stereotactic body radiosurgery
  • Physics/dosimetry and treatment planning
  • Brachytherapy procedures
  • Gamma knife and cyberknife observations
  • Total body and craniospinal irradiation
  • Geriatric, adult and pediatric treatments

If your bachelor's degree is in a non-radiography field, you will also take:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • College Algebra or Higher
  • Biomedical Ethics or Ethics
  • General Psychology

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admission requirements

The 12-month radiation therapy major sequence begins in the fall of each year. You may apply at any time to the College for Adults to start non-major courses — courses you will need to have completed before starting the major — in fall, spring or summer. Apply now to start non-major courses.

why St. Kate’s?

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