College for Adults | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Radiation Therapy

Are you a certified radiographer, or radiography student, who is interested in becoming a credentialed radiation therapist in the growing field of radiation oncology?

Consider the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy, a new bachelor's degree-completion option from St. Catherine's College for Adults. This longstanding program was recently transferred to St. Kate's from the University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview.

What can I do with a degree in radiation therapy?

This radiation therapy degree program on our Minneapolis campus is designed specifically for adults who have already completed an associate or bachelor's degree in radiography, and who have passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam.

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 courses outside of the major, that you have not yet completed.

Then, in September, you’ll begin a 12-month series of radiation therapy major courses. Courses meet full-time on weekdays on St. Kate’s Minneapolis campus. These courses 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

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admission requirements

To enroll in this bachelor’s degree-completion program you must first have completed an accredited associate or bachelor's degree in radiography. You may apply at any time to the College for Adults and start non-major courses in fall, spring or summer.

The 12-month radiation therapy major sequence begins in the fall of each year—apply now!

why St. Kate’s?

St. Catherine University credentials carry weight in the working world. Employers hire Katies because we’re well-rounded with deep entrepreneurial spirit. Plus, a St. Kate’s private, adult-centered education is more affordable than you might think!

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Major Course Requirements

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Core Curriculum

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