Radiation Therapist Schools

For those who are fascinated with the inner workings of the human body, there are a variety of career options in healthcare and research to consider. One of the better-paying paths may be a two- or four-year degree from a top radiation therapy school. With an average salary of $79,140 per year, radiation therapy is a relatively lucrative profession in the U.S., and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2014) projects that jobs in this field will grow by 24% between 2012 and 2022—much faster than the national average projected for all occupations.

Although it is a potentially gainful and captivating field, the educational and certification requirements are significant. Students who complete a program that qualifies them for certification through the American Registry of Radiology Technologists (ARRT) must have completed high-level coursework and logged over 200 hours of clinical practice.

Fortunately, there are several high-quality, low-tuition schools that provide flexible ways to complete these stringent requirements. From radiation therapy programs like the one at Gateway Community College, which offers online education options, to top-ranked healthcare schools like the University of North Carolina, every student should be able to find a school to fit their needs and budget.

Radiation Therapist fast facts
Projected Jobs Created4,500
Projected Job Growth24%
Low Salary$53,010
Average Salary (Median)$81,740
High Salary$114,900
Entry-Level EDUAssociate's Degree
Sourced from BLS, January 2015

Accredited Radiation Therapy Programs

In order to become a radiation therapist, students must complete a program at an accredited school. While certificate programs were common in the past, as of January 1, 2015, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), the primary licensing body for radiation therapists, requires that candidates have completed at least an associate degree to qualify for licensure. In addition to associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degrees, students can pursue bachelor’s of science (B.S.) or post-baccalaureate specializations in radiation therapy.

Here is a sampling of esteemed, accredited programs in radiation therapy:

  • Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) – At VWCC, the radiation oncology A.A.S. degree prepares students to perform the tasks of a radiation therapist and has an impressive ARRT certification pass rate of 93%. In addition, VWCC reports that over 80% of their graduates are employed within six months of completing the two-year program. While much of the curriculum must be completed on campus, courses such as medical terminology, pharmacology, and concepts of disease can be completed online at a student’s convenience.

  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (UNC) – Named recently as one of the Top 30 National Universities by the U.S. News and World Report (2015), and the second best Medical Healthcare – Primary Care Grad School, UNC has a long-established tradition of excellence in healthcare education. This 12-month, post-baccalaureate certificate program qualifies students to sit for the ARRT’s national board certification exam in radiation therapy. This program also has an impressive post-graduation employment rate of 75%.

  • University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) – The U.S. News and World Report named this cost-effective school one of the Top 10 Primary Care Grad Schools in the Nation (2015). Students who complete this 12-month program receive a B.S. in radiation science technology or a post-baccalaureate certificate, both of which qualify them to sit for the ARRT exam. UNMC reports that 100% of their students pass the certification exam, and their post-graduation job placement rate is an impressive 93%.

  • University of Vermont (UV) – Not only is this one of the Top 30 Primary Care Grad Schools for 2015, but is one of the most cost-effective at less than $15,000 annually (in-state tuition). This B.S. degree program provides the perfect career springboard, as their average job-placement rate is one of the highest on record, at 94%. As an investment, this is one of the lowest-cost, highest-yield options when it comes to radiation therapy programs.

  • Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) – Besides being placed in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, this school was ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as being the third best Primary Care Medical School in the Nation (2015). Additionally, OHSU is ranked in the top 10 schools for Nursing, Physician Assisting, and Family Medicine. This B.S. in radiation therapy from OHSU boasts a 89% degree completion rate, a 98% exam pass rate, and a 95% job placement rate.

List of Radiation Therapist Schools

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SchoolCityStateWebsiteTotal grads (2013)
Keiser University-Ft LauderdaleFort LauderdaleFloridahttp://www.keiseruniversity.edu396
West Coast Ultrasound InstituteBeverly HillsCaliforniahttp://www.wcui.edu/ 129
Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleCarbondaleIllinoishttp://siu.edu/ 105
Arkansas State University-Main CampusJonesboroArkansashttp://www.astate.edu/ 105
Kaplan College-North HollywoodNorth HollywoodCaliforniahttps://www.brightwood.edu/locations/north-hollywood-ca/99
Medvance Institute-West PalmPalm SpringsFloridahttps://www.fortis.edu/ 85
Universidad Del EsteCarolinaPuerto Ricohttp://ac.suagm.edu/ 80
Palm Beach State CollegeLake WorthFloridahttp://www.palmbeachstate.edu/71
Mount Aloysius CollegeCressonPennsylvaniahttp://www.mtaloy.edu/homecoming/ 67
Ultimate Medical Academy-TampaTampaFloridahttp://www.ultimatemedical.edu62
Kent State University at SalemSalemOhiohttps://www.kent.edu/columbiana 61
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash CollegeBlue AshOhiohttp://www.ucblueash.edu/59
College of DuPageGlen EllynIllinoishttp://www.cod.edu59
Boise State UniversityBoiseIdahohttp://www.boisestate.edu58
Fortis Institute-Port Saint LuciePort Saint LucieFloridahttps://www.fortis.edu/ 55
Carrington College-Phoenix WestsidePhoenixArizonahttp://carrington.edu/ 55
Lone Star College SystemThe WoodlandsTexashttp://www.lonestar.edu54
Florida State College at JacksonvilleJacksonvilleFloridahttp://www.fscj.edu52
CUNY New York City College of TechnologyBrooklynNew Yorkhttp://www.citytech.cuny.edu51
Anthem College-DenverAuroraColoradohttp://www.anthem.edu51
Niagara County Community CollegeSanbornNew Yorkhttp://www.niagaracc.suny.edu48
Valencia CollegeOrlandoFloridahttp://valenciacollege.edu44
CUNY Bronx Community CollegeBronxNew Yorkhttp://www.bcc.cuny.edu44
Chattanooga State Community CollegeChattanoogaTennesseehttps://www.chattanoogastate.edu/ 44
The College of Health Care Professions-San AntonioSan AntonioTexashttp://www.chcp.edu/ 42
Ohio State University-Main CampusColumbusOhiohttps://www.osu.edu/ 42
Broward CollegeFort LauderdaleFloridahttp://www.broward.edu/Pages/home.aspx 42
Hillsborough Community CollegeTampaFloridahttp://www.hccfl.edu41
Cambridge Institute of Health & TechnologyDelray BeachFloridahttp://www.cambridgehealth.edu/41
University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityOklahomahttp://www.ouhsc.edu/ 40
Cuyahoga Community College DistrictClevelandOhiohttp://www.tri-c.edu39
Nassau Community CollegeGarden CityNew Yorkhttp://www.ncc.edu/38
Ferris State UniversityBig RapidsMichiganhttp://www.ferris.edu/38
Miami Dade CollegeMiamiFloridahttp://www.mdc.edu/main/37
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-BarranquitasBarranquitasPuerto Ricohttp://www.br.uipr.edu/inter/ 37
St Catherine UniversitySaint PaulMinnesotahttp://www.stkate.edu36
Loma Linda UniversityLoma LindaCaliforniahttp://www.llu.edu/index.html36
Anthem College-OrlandoOrlandoFloridahttp://www.anthem.edu36
Valley Grande Institute for Academic StudiesWeslacoTexashttp://vgi.edu36
Indiana University-Purdue University-IndianapolisIndianapolisIndianahttp://www.iupui.edu35
Bluegrass Community and Technical CollegeLexingtonKentuckyhttp://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/35
Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaBloomsburgPennsylvaniahttp://www.bloomu.edu35
Bellevue CollegeBellevueWashingtonhttp://www.bellevuecollege.edu/ 35
University of Akron Main CampusAkronOhiohttp://www.uakron.edu34
Central California SchoolSan Luis ObispoCaliforniahttp://ccsce.org34
The College of Health Care Professions-AustinAustinTexashttp://www.chcp.edu33
Davis Applied Technology CollegeKaysvilleUtahhttp://www.datc.edu33
Quinnipiac UniversityHamdenConnecticuthttp://www.quinnipiac.edu32
Rend Lake CollegeInaIllinoishttps://www.rlc.edu30
Portland Community CollegePortlandOregonhttp://www.pcc.edu30
Middlesex County CollegeEdisonNew Jerseyhttp://www.middlesexcc.edu30
Hagerstown Community CollegeHagerstownMarylandhttp://www.hagerstowncc.edu/admissions/apply-online30
Fort Hays State UniversityHaysKansashttp://www.fhsu.edu30
Tulsa Community CollegeTulsaOklahomahttp://www.tulsacc.edu29
Volunteer State Community CollegeGallatinTennesseehttp://www.volstate.edu28
Lamar Institute of TechnologyBeaumontTexashttp://www.lit.edu28
College of Lake CountyGrayslakeIllinoishttp://WWW.CLCILLINOIS.EDU28
LIU PostBrookvilleNew Yorkhttp://www.liu.edu27
Baker College of OwossoOwossoMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu27
The Community College of Baltimore CountyBaltimoreMarylandhttp://www.ccbcmd.edu26
Roane State Community CollegeHarrimanTennesseehttp://www.roanestate.edu26
Northern Kentucky UniversityHighland HeightsKentuckyhttp://www.nku.edu26
Hudson Valley Community CollegeTroyNew Yorkhttps://www.hvcc.edu/ 26
Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniahttp://www.drexel.edu26
Argosy University-Twin CitiesEaganMinnesotahttps://www.argosy.edu/locations/twin-cities 26
Wayne State UniversityDetroitMichiganhttp://wayne.edu/ 25
The College of Health Care Professions-Southwest HoustonHoustonTexashttp://www.chcp.edu25
Santa Fe CollegeGainesvilleFloridahttp://www.sfcollege.edu25
Pennsylvania College of TechnologyWilliamsportPennsylvaniahttp://www.pct.edu25
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-PonceMerceditaPuerto Ricohttp://www.ponce.inter.edu25
Horry-Georgetown Technical CollegeConwaySouth Carolinahttp://www.hgtc.edu25
Dunwoody College of TechnologyMinneapolisMinnesotahttp://www.dunwoody.edu25
Owens Community CollegePerrysburgOhiohttps://www.owens.edu24
Massasoit Community CollegeBrocktonMassachusettshttp://www.massasoit.edu/ 24
CUNY Hostos Community CollegeBronxNew Yorkhttp://www.hostos.cuny.edu24
Bellingham Technical CollegeBellinghamWashingtonhttp://www.btc.edu/ 24
Western Oklahoma State CollegeAltusOklahomahttp://www.wosc.edu23
Trident Technical CollegeCharlestonSouth Carolinahttp://www.tridenttech.edu23
SUNY Broome Community CollegeBinghamtonNew Yorkhttp://WWW.SUNYBROOME.EDU23
Prince George's Community CollegeLargoMarylandhttp://www.pgcc.edu23
Orange County Community CollegeMiddletownNew Yorkhttp://www.sunyorange.edu/23
Kapiolani Community CollegeHonoluluHawaiihttp://www.kapiolani.hawaii.edu//page/home 23
Jackson State Community CollegeJacksonTennesseehttp://www.jscc.edu23
Essex County CollegeNewarkNew Jerseyhttp://www.essex.edu23
Carrington College-SpokaneSpokaneWashingtonhttp://carrington.edu/ 23
Monroe Community CollegeRochesterNew Yorkhttp://www.monroecc.edu/22
Emory UniversityAtlantaGeorgiahttp://www.emory.edu/home/index.html 22
Columbus State Community CollegeColumbusOhiohttp://www.cscc.edu/22
SUNY Downstate Medical CenterBrooklynNew Yorkhttp://www.downstate.edu/21
Pitt Community CollegeWintervilleNorth Carolinahttp://www.pittcc.edu21
Montgomery CollegeRockvilleMarylandhttp://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/edu/ 21
Fortis College-Winter ParkWinter ParkFloridahttps://www.fortis.edu/ 21
Concorde Career College-AuroraAuroraColoradohttp://www.concorde.edu21
Columbia State Community CollegeColumbiaTennesseehttp://www.columbiastate.edu21
Chippewa Valley Technical CollegeEau ClaireWisconsinhttp://www.cvtc.edu/home.aspx 21
Bergen Community CollegeParamusNew Jerseyhttp://www.bergen.edu21
Anthem College-MinnesotaSaint Louis ParkMinnesotahttp://www.anthem.edu21
University of Nevada-Las VegasLas VegasNevadahttps://www.unlv.edu/ 21
Washtenaw Community CollegeAnn ArborMichiganhttp://www.wccnet.edu20
Jefferson Community and Technical CollegeLouisvilleKentuckyhttp://www.jefferson.kctcs.edu20
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort WayneFort WayneIndianahttp://www.ipfw.edu20
Eastern Florida State CollegeCocoaFloridahttp://www.easternflorida.edu20
Concordia University-WisconsinMequonWisconsinhttp://www.cuw.edu/ 20
SUNY Westchester Community CollegeValhallaNew Yorkhttp://www.sunywcc.edu19
Southwest Tennessee Community CollegeMemphisTennesseehttp://www.southwest.tn.edu19
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical CollegeCumberlandKentuckyhttp://www.southeast.kctcs.edu19
Polk State CollegeWinter HavenFloridahttp://www.polk.edu19
Northern Essex Community CollegeHaverhillMassachusettshttp://www.necc.mass.edu/19
Molloy CollegeRockville CentreNew Yorkhttp://www.molloy.edu19
Yakima Valley Community CollegeYakimaWashingtonhttp://www.yvcc.edu/Pages/default.aspx 18
St Vincent's CollegeBridgeportConnecticuthttp://www.stvincentscollege.edu18
St Petersburg CollegeClearwaterFloridahttp://www.spcollege.edu18
St Luke's CollegeSioux CityIowahttp://www.stlukescollege.edu18
Northwest Florida State CollegeNicevilleFloridahttp://www.nwfsc.edu/18
Newman UniversityWichitaKansashttp://newmanu.edu/ 18
Mid Michigan Community CollegeHarrisonMichiganhttps://www.midmich.edu/ 18
Passaic County Community CollegePatersonNew Jerseyhttp://www.pccc.edu17
Marion Technical CollegeMarionOhiohttp://www.mtc.edu17
Kellogg Community CollegeBattle CreekMichiganhttp://www.kellogg.edu17
Idaho State UniversityPocatelloIdahohttp://www.isu.edu/17
Cumberland County CollegeVinelandNew Jerseyhttp://www.cccnj.edu17
Brookdale Community CollegeLincroftNew Jerseyhttp://www.brookdalecc.edu17
Baker College of JacksonJacksonMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu17
Baker College of Clinton TownshipClinton TownshipMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu17
York Technical CollegeRock HillSouth Carolinahttp://www.yorktech.edu16
University of New Mexico-Main CampusAlbuquerqueNew Mexicohttp://www.unm.edu16
Southside Regional Medical Center Professional SchoolsPetersburgVirginiahttp://www.srmconline.com/Southside-Regional-Medical-Center/home.aspx 16
Saint Johns River State CollegePalatkaFloridahttp://www.sjrstate.edu16
Piedmont Technical CollegeGreenwoodSouth Carolinahttp://www.ptc.edu16
Pennsylvania College of Health SciencesLancasterPennsylvaniahttp://www.pacollege.edu/ 16
Middlesex Community CollegeBedfordMassachusettshttps://www.middlesex.mass.edu/ 16
Madison Area Technical CollegeMadisonWisconsinhttp://madisoncollege.edu16
Lakeland Community CollegeKirtlandOhiohttp://www.lakelandcc.edu16
Eastern Maine Community CollegeBangorMainehttp://www.emcc.edu16
Community College of Beaver CountyMonacaPennsylvaniahttp://www.ccbc.edu16
College of Central FloridaOcalaFloridahttp://www.cf.edu16
California College San DiegoSan DiegoCaliforniahttp://www.cc-sd.edu16
Avila UniversityKansas CityMissourihttp://www.Avila.edu16
Allegany College of MarylandCumberlandMarylandhttp://www.allegany.edu16
West Virginia Northern Community CollegeWheelingWest Virginiahttp://www.wvncc.edu/15
Virginia Western Community CollegeRoanokeVirginiahttp://virginiawestern.edu/15
Universidad Central Del CaribeBayamonPuerto Ricohttp://uccaribe.edu/15
Rose State CollegeMidwest CityOklahomahttps://www.rose.edu/ 15
Midlands Technical CollegeWest ColumbiaSouth Carolinahttp://www.midlandstech.edu15
Mercer County Community CollegeWest WindsorNew Jerseyhttp://www.mccc.edu15
MCPHS UniversityBostonMassachusettshttps://www.mcphs.edu/ 15
Lorain County Community CollegeElyriaOhiohttp://www.lorainccc.edu15
Kent State University at AshtabulaAshtabulaOhiohttp://www.kent.edu/ashtabula 15
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San GermanSan GermanPuerto Ricohttp://www.sg.inter.edu15
Cape Fear Community CollegeWilmingtonNorth Carolinahttp://cfcc.edu/15
Baptist Memorial College of Health SciencesMemphisTennesseehttp://www.bchs.edu15
Baker College of MuskegonMuskegonMichiganhttp://www.Baker.edu15
Spartanburg Community CollegeSpartanburgSouth Carolinahttps://www.sccsc.edu/home/ 14
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical CollegeBowling GreenKentuckyhttp://www.bowlinggreen.kctcs.edu14
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State SchuylkillSchuylkill HavenPennsylvaniahttp://www.sl.psu.edu14
North Arkansas CollegeHarrisonArkansashttp://www.northark.edu14
Indiana University-KokomoKokomoIndianahttp://www.iuk.edu14
Indian River State CollegeFort PierceFloridahttp://www.irsc.edu14
Howard Community CollegeColumbiaMarylandhttp://www.howardcc.edu14
Fortis Institute-NashvilleNashvilleTennesseehttps://www.fortis.edu/ 14
Florence-Darlington Technical CollegeFlorenceSouth Carolinahttp://WWW.FDTC.EDU14
Covenant School of Nursing and Allied HealthLubbockTexashttp://www.covenanthealth.org/About-Us/Facilities/School-of-Nursing/About-Us.aspx 14
College of Southern IdahoTwin FallsIdahohttp://www.csi.edu14
Capital Community CollegeHartfordConnecticuthttp://www.ccc.commnet.edu14
Bluefield State CollegeBluefieldWest Virginiahttp://bluefieldstate.edu/ 14
Atenas CollegeManatiPuerto Ricohttp://atenascollege.edu/14
Anne Arundel Community CollegeArnoldMarylandhttp://www.aacc.edu14
Zane State CollegeZanesvilleOhiohttp://www.zanestate.edu/ 14
Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuseNew Yorkhttp://www.upstate.edu14
University of Sioux FallsSioux FallsSouth Dakotahttp://www.usiouxfalls.edu/14
University of HartfordWest HartfordConnecticuthttp://www.hartford.edu14
Tallahassee Community CollegeTallahasseeFloridahttps://www.tcc.fl.edu/Pages/default.aspx 14
Southwestern Oklahoma State UniversityWeatherfordOklahomahttp://www.swosu.edu13
Somerset Community CollegeSomersetKentuckyhttp://www.somerset.kctcs.edu/13
Shawnee State UniversityPortsmouthOhiohttp://WWW.SHAWNEE.EDU13
Pensacola State CollegePensacolaFloridahttp://www.pensacolastate.edu13
Northern Oklahoma CollegeTonkawaOklahomahttp://www.noc.edu13
New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health EducationBrooklynNew Yorkhttp://www.cahe.edu/ 13
Naugatuck Valley Community CollegeWaterburyConnecticuthttp://www.nv.edu13
Madisonville Community CollegeMadisonvilleKentuckyhttp://www.madisonville.kctcs.edu/13
James A Rhodes State CollegeLimaOhiohttp://www.rhodesstate.edu13
Hutchinson Community CollegeHutchinsonKansashttp://www.hutchcc.edu13
Holyoke Community CollegeHolyokeMassachusettshttp://www.hcc.edu13
Fortis Institute-Fort LauderdaleLauderdale LakesFloridahttps://www.fortis.edu/ 13
Erie Community CollegeBuffaloNew Yorkhttps://www.ecc.edu/ 13
Bowling Green State University-FirelandsHuronOhiohttp://www.firelands.bgsu.edu13
Blackhawk Technical CollegeJanesvilleWisconsinhttp://www.blackhawk.edu13
Ball State UniversityMuncieIndianahttp://cms.bsu.edu/ 13
Aiken Technical CollegeGranitevilleSouth Carolinahttp://www.atc.edu13
Truckee Meadows Community CollegeRenoNevadahttp://www.tmcc.edu13
West Kentucky Community and Technical CollegePaducahKentuckyhttp://www.westkentucky.kctcs.edu12
University of Central ArkansasConwayArkansashttp://uca.edu/ 12
Mercy College of Health SciencesDes MoinesIowahttp://www.mchs.edu12
Hillyard Technical CenterSaint JosephMissourihttp://www.sjsd.k12.mo.us/Domain/16 12
Gulf Coast State CollegePanama CityFloridahttp://www.gulfcoast.edu/default.htm12
Elizabethtown Community and Technical CollegeElizabethtownKentuckyhttp://www.elizabethtown.kctcs.edu12
Eastern Gateway Community CollegeSteubenvilleOhiohttp://www.egcc.edu12
Delta CollegeUniversity CenterMichiganhttp://www.delta.edu/12
Tacoma Community CollegeTacomaWashingtonhttp://www.tacomacc.edu11
Saint Louis UniversitySaint LouisMissourihttp://www.slu.edu11
Rolla Technical InstituteRollaMissourihttp://rolla.k12.mo.us11
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New KensingtonNew KensingtonPennsylvaniahttp://www.nk.psu.edu/11
Pasco-Hernando Community CollegeNew Port RicheyFloridahttp://phsc.edu/programs11
Moraine Park Technical CollegeFond du LacWisconsinhttp://www.morainepark.edu11
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-AguadillaAguadillaPuerto Ricohttp://www.aguadilla.inter.edu/index.php?nomobile=1 11
Gwynedd Mercy UniversityGwynedd ValleyPennsylvaniahttp://www.gmc.edu11
Fulton-Montgomery Community CollegeJohnstownNew Yorkhttp://www.fmcc.edu/ 11
Fortis Institute-CookevilleCookevilleTennesseehttps://www.fortis.edu/ 11
CUNY LaGuardia Community CollegeLong Island CityNew Yorkhttp://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/home/ 11
Blessing Hospital School of Radiologic TechnologyQuincyIllinoishttp://www.blessinghealthsystem.org11
GateWay Community CollegePhoenixArizonahttp://www.gatewaycc.edu10
El Paso Community CollegeEl PasoTexashttp://www.epcc.edu/_layouts/temp/index.html 10
Daytona State CollegeDaytona BeachFloridahttp://www.daytonastate.edu/ 10
College of Southern NevadaLas VegasNevadahttp://www.csn.edu10
Burlington County CollegePembertonNew Jerseyhttp://www.rcbc.edu/dental10
Baptist Health Schools-Little RockLittle RockArkansashttps://www.bhclr.edu/ 10
Avera McKennan Hospital School of Radiologic TechnologySioux FallsSouth Dakotahttp://www.avera.org10
Wor-Wic Community CollegeSalisburyMarylandhttp://www.worwic.edu10
UnityPoint Health-Des Moines School of Radiologic TechnologyDes MoinesIowahttp://www.unitypoint.org/desmoines/radtech.aspx 10
Texas State UniversitySan MarcosTexashttp://www.txstate.edu10
Technical College of the LowcountryBeaufortSouth Carolinahttp://www.tcl.edu10
State College of Florida-Manatee-SarasotaBradentonFloridahttp://www.scf.edu10
Southeast Arkansas CollegePine BluffArkansashttp://seark.edu/ 10
Mohawk Valley Community CollegeUticaNew Yorkhttp://www.mvcc.edu10
Hazard Community and Technical CollegeHazardKentuckyhttp://www.hazard.kctcs.edu10
Guilford Technical Community CollegeJamestownNorth Carolinahttp://home.gtcc.edu/ 10
Great Plains Technology CenterLawtonOklahomahttp://greatplains.edu/ 10
Georgia Northwestern Technical CollegeRomeGeorgiahttp://www.gntc.edu10
Gateway Technical CollegeKenoshaWisconsinhttps://www.gtc.edu/ 10
University of Michigan-FlintFlintMichiganhttp://www.umflint.edu9
University of CharlestonCharlestonWest Virginiahttp://www.ucwv.edu9
Owensboro Community and Technical CollegeOwensboroKentuckyhttp://www.owensboro.kctcs.edu9
Oregon Health & Science UniversityPortlandOregonhttp://www.ohsu.edu/xd/ 9
Northern New Mexico CollegeEspanolaNew Mexicohttp://nnmc.edu9
Northeast Wisconsin Technical CollegeGreen BayWisconsinhttps://www.nwtc.edu/ 9
Northcentral Technical CollegeWausauWisconsinhttp://www.ntc.edu9
North Idaho CollegeCoeur d'AleneIdahohttp://www.nic.edu/9
Mansfield University of PennsylvaniaMansfieldPennsylvaniahttp://www.mansfield.edu9
Gannon UniversityEriePennsylvaniahttp://www.gannon.edu9
East Arkansas Community CollegeForrest CityArkansashttp://WWW.EACC.EDU9
Drury UniversitySpringfieldMissourihttp://www.drury.edu9
Bacone CollegeMuskogeeOklahomahttp://www.bacone.edu9
Vincennes UniversityVincennesIndianahttp://vinu.edu/web/guest/home8
University of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaNebraskahttp://www.unmc.edu8
South Florida State CollegeAvon ParkFloridahttp://www.southflorida.edu8
South Arkansas Community CollegeEl DoradoArkansashttp://www.southark.edu8
Saint Cloud State UniversitySaint CloudMinnesotahttp://www.stcloudstate.edu8
Missouri Southern State UniversityJoplinMissourihttp://www.mssu.edu8
Middlesex Community CollegeMiddletownConnecticuthttp://mxcc.edu/ 8
Manhattan CollegeRiverdaleNew Yorkhttp://manhattan.edu/ 8
Ivy Tech Community CollegeIndianapolisIndianahttp://www.ivytech.edu8
Galveston CollegeGalvestonTexashttp://www.gc.edu/gc/default.asp 8
Chesapeake CollegeWye MillsMarylandhttp://www.chesapeake.edu8
Briar Cliff UniversitySioux CityIowahttp://www.briarcliff.edu8
Community College of DenverDenverColoradohttps://www.ccd.edu/ 7
Ashland Community and Technical CollegeAshlandKentuckyhttp://www.ashland.kctcs.edu/7
American Institute of Medical Sciences & EducationPiscatawayNew Jerseyhttps://www.aimseducation.edu/ 7
Amarillo CollegeAmarilloTexashttps://www.actx.edu/ 7
University of VermontBurlingtonVermonthttp://www.uvm.edu7
Roxbury Community CollegeRoxbury CrossingMassachusettshttp://www.rcc.mass.edu7
Oakland Community CollegeBloomfield HillsMichiganhttps://www.oaklandcc.edu/ 7
Mott Community CollegeFlintMichiganhttp://www.mcc.edu7
Mitchell Technical InstituteMitchellSouth Dakotahttps://www.mitchelltech.edu/ 7
Memorial Hospital School of Radiation Therapy TechnologyNew YorkNew Yorkhttps://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/13431.cfm 7
Grady Health System Professional SchoolsAtlantaGeorgiahttp://www.gradyhealth.org/ 7
Georgia Regents UniversityAugustaGeorgiahttp://www.gru.edu7
Cooper Health System Center for Allied Health EducationCamdenNew Jerseyhttp://www.cooperhealth.org7
University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallasTexashttp://www.utsouthwestern.edu6
St Francis CollegeBrooklyn HeightsNew Yorkhttp://www.sfc.edu6
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical CollegeMount GayWest Virginiahttp://www.southernwv.edu6
Notre Dame of Maryland UniversityBaltimoreMarylandhttp://www.ndm.edu6
Northeast Community CollegeNorfolkNebraskahttp://www.northeast.edu6
Mountwest Community and Technical CollegeHuntingtonWest Virginiahttp://www.mctc.edu6
Forsyth Technical Community CollegeWinston SalemNorth Carolinahttp://www.forsythtech.edu/6
East Central CollegeUnionMissourihttp://www.eastcentral.edu6
Delgado Community CollegeNew OrleansLouisianahttp://WWW.DCC.EDU6
City College of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCaliforniahttp://www.ccsf.edu6
Carolinas College of Health SciencesCharlotteNorth Carolinahttp://www.carolinashealthcare.org/carolinas-college-of-health-sciences 6
Mayo School of Health SciencesRochesterMinnesotahttp://www.mayo.edu/mshs/5
Howard UniversityWashingtonD.C.http://www.howard.edu5
Georgetown UniversityWashingtonD.C.http://www.georgetown.edu5
Catawba Valley Community CollegeHickoryNorth Carolinahttp://www.cvcc.edu/index.php 5
West Virginia University Hospital Departments of Rad Tech and NutritionMorgantownWest Virginiahttp://www.wvuhradtech.com4
University of St FrancisJolietIllinoishttp://www.stfrancis.edu4
Suffolk UniversityBostonMassachusettshttp://www.suffolk.edu4
Siena Heights UniversityAdrianMichiganhttp://www.sienaheights.edu4
Oregon Institute of TechnologyKlamath FallsOregonhttp://www.oit.edu4
Northwest Mississippi Community CollegeSenatobiaMississippihttp://www.northwestms.edu4
New York Chiropractic CollegeSeneca FallsNew Yorkhttp://www.nycc.edu4
Minot State UniversityMinotNorth Dakotahttp://www.minotstateu.edu4
Laboure CollegeMiltonMassachusettshttp://www.laboure.edu/about-labour- 4
Gateway Community CollegeNew HavenConnecticuthttp://www.gatewayct.edu/ 4
Ultimate Medical Academy-ClearwaterClearwaterFloridahttp://www.ultimatemedical.edu3
NHTI-Concord's Community CollegeConcordNew Hampshirehttps://www.nhti.edu/ 3
Kaskaskia CollegeCentraliaIllinoishttp://www.kaskaskia.edu/home/Default.aspx 3
Indiana University-South BendSouth BendIndianahttps://www.iusb.edu/ 3
Alderson Broaddus UniversityPhilippiWest Virginiahttp://ab.edu/ 3
Abdill Career College IncMedfordOregonhttp://www.abdill.com3
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New JerseyNewarkNew Jerseyhttp://www.umdnj.edu/2
University of JamestownJamestownNorth Dakotahttp://www.uj.edu/ 2
Roosevelt UniversityChicagoIllinoishttp://www.roosevelt.edu2
Regis CollegeWestonMassachusettshttp://www.regiscollege.edu2
Oakland UniversityRochester HillsMichiganhttp://wwwp.oakland.edu/ 2
Western Nebraska Community CollegeScottsbluffNebraskahttp://www.wncc.edu1
Treasure Valley Community CollegeOntarioOregonhttp://www.tvcc.cc1
Oakton Community CollegeDes PlainesIllinoishttp://www.oakton.edu1
Georgia Perimeter CollegeDecaturGeorgiahttp://www.gpc.edu1
Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at FlorhamMadisonNew Jerseyhttp://www.fdu.edu1
Belmont UniversityNashvilleTennesseehttp://www.belmont.edu1
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Online Radiation Therapy Schools

University of Cincinnati
Online BS - Radiation Science Technology
Adventist University
Online BS in Radiologic Sciences
The George Washington University (MSHS)
Online MSHS - Clinical Research Administration
Online MSHS - Clinical and Translational Research
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There are a handful of online and hybrid radiation therapy programs that are well-respected in the healthcare community. In fact, the Joint Review Committee in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) has a comprehensive list of these programs that can be sorted by type of degree.

While there are no accredited programs that can be completed 100% online due to the essentially clinical nature of radiation therapy, there are a number of required general education and radiology courses that can be completed online.

Here is a sampling of accredited, hybrid, radiation therapy programs recommended by JRCERT: 

  • Gateway Community College (GCC)  – At just over $10,000 per year in out-of-state tuition costs, this is one of the most inexpensive radiation therapy certificate programs available. GCC is well-known for its flexible and extensive online course options. Their radiation technician program is only 13 months long and offers a clinical radiation therapy course (RTT150) which can be completed partially online. Not only is it inexpensive and flexible, but the learning outcomes are stellar. A full 89% of enrolled students complete the program, 98% pass the national certification exam on the first try, and they have a 98% job placement rate upon graduation. It’s important to note that this program is only open to students who are already certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) as medical radiographers. 

  • St. Francis College – St. Francis College of Illinois offers a B.S. degree in radiation therapy. This “2+2” program begins with two years of liberal education and pre-professional science requirements. The last two years comprise the professional education component of the program, and a number of the didactic courses can be taken online.

  • University of Nebraska – The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) offers a 12-month B.S. in radiation therapy giving students the clinical laboratory experiences, medical training, and core instruction necessary to advance their skills as a radiation therapist. While much of the clinical work must be done on-campus, some of the more theoretical courses are offered online. The UNMC has an impressive 100% ARRT certification pass rate over the last 15 years. For consideration, applicants to this program must have already completed an accredited program (A.S. or certificate) and be ARRT-certified.

  • Armstrong State University – Armstrong State University of Georgia offers both a B.S. and post-baccalaureate certificate option for registered radiology technicians. In this flexible program, students’ attendance in the brick-and-mortar facilities is necessary during the first semester of didactic instruction. For the remainder of the program, students can complete much of the coursework online and set up clinical rotations at a facility near their home at their convenience.

SchoolCityStateWebsiteTotal grads (2013)
Weber State UniversityOgdenUtahhttp://www.weber.edu203
Armstrong Atlantic State UniversitySavannahGeorgiahttp://www.armstrong.edu75
Clarkson CollegeOmahaNebraskahttp://www.clarksoncollege.edu/72
University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockArkansashttp://www.uams.edu69
Morehead State UniversityMoreheadKentuckyhttp://www.moreheadstate.edu63
Washburn UniversityTopekaKansashttp://www.washburn.edu61
Greenville Technical CollegeGreenvilleSouth Carolinahttp://www.gvltec.edu/index.aspx 54
Bunker Hill Community CollegeBostonMassachusettshttp://www.bhcc.mass.edu37
University of Wisconsin-La CrosseLa CrosseWisconsinhttp://www.uwlax.edu/Home/Future-Students/ 33
La Roche CollegePittsburghPennsylvaniahttp://www.laroche.edu31
Southeast Community College AreaLincolnNebraskahttps://www.southeast.edu/ 30
Clarion University of PennsylvaniaClarionPennsylvaniahttp://www.clarion.edu29
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonTexashttp://www.mdanderson.org27
University of IowaIowa CityIowahttp://www.uiowa.edu25
University of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbiaMissourihttp://missouri.edu/25
Misericordia UniversityDallasPennsylvaniahttp://www.misericordia.edu23
Widener University-Main CampusChesterPennsylvaniahttp://www.widener.edu17
Orangeburg Calhoun Technical CollegeOrangeburgSouth Carolinahttp://www.octech.edu13
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillNorth Carolinahttp://www.unc.edu9
Western Wyoming Community CollegeRock SpringsWyominghttp://www.wwcc.wy.edu6
North Central Missouri CollegeTrentonMissourihttp://www.ncmissouri.edu/ 2
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Core & Elective Courses

Radiation therapists undergo similar training to other radiological professionals (e.g., sonographers, dosimetrists, radiation technologists). Still, there are several courses that are unique to radiation therapy programs. Some of the most common include:

  • Principles of Oncology – In this course, students learn how cancer affects a patient’s physical, mental, and emotional health. It also discusses typical cancer treatments and how to identify aberrations in cancer-related screenings.
  • Radiation Pathology – Students study various types of illnesses, disease, and physical impairments. Although this is a common course for many types of healthcare workers, this course focuses specifically on cancer-related pathologies, such as carcinoma, melanoma, neoplasms, and tumors.
  • Medical Imaging – This course teaches the different types of medical images and how to use various medical imaging equipment (e.g., computerized tomography [CT], magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]). 
  • Sectional Anatomy – In this course, students are introduced to advanced anatomy focusing on interpreting results in transverse and sagittal orientations. Students examine typical scans taken from these orientations, including spinal, abdominal, chest, and pelvic exams.
  • Practicum – This clinical component of allows students to apply their didactic knowledge to real-life situations. Comprising around 200 hours each, this series of clinical rotations must include the use of CT and MRI systems, analysis of radiological imaging results, standard radiological treatment procedures, and other key practical experiences.

Accreditation

According to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), there are a number of acceptable accrediting agencies for radiation therapy programs. In order to be considered valid, they must be recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the United States Department of Education (USDE) as an legitimate accrediting agency.

Some of the reputable national and regional accrediting agencies for radiation therapy programs include:

In order to be accredited, schools must meet certain program requirements, including a thorough self-qualifying study to ensure that their program is meeting national standards. This study is typically followed by a site visit, wherein a team of radiation professionals evaluates the curriculum, technology, and course outcomes of the program. Finally, the evaluation team creates a findings report and the agency may choose to grant the program accreditation.

Licensing and Certification

After completing a program at an accredited radiation therapy school, students may be eligible to seek licensure which is required to practice in most states. As of January 1, 2015, all candidates for certification must have earned an academic degree (e.g., associate, bachelor's) before becoming certified by the ARRT. A certificate without a degree is no longer valid for ARRT licensure.

The ARRT (2015) offers a comprehensive handbook to prospective radiation therapists seeking certification. Candidates must abide by ARRT's ethical standards and demonstrate their clinical efficacy by completing the Radiation Therapy Didactic and Clinical Competency Requirements. Registered radiation therapy candidates must have completed their programs within three years of pursuing ARRT's certification. The ARRT test covers subjects including clinical concepts in radiation oncology, treatment planning, and radiation protection. 

Once radiation therapists (RT's) become certified, they must meet the Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal of Registration every two years.

Finally, American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) provides a guide to state-specific standards of licensure and continuing education.

Career Outlook

While the high-paying field of radiation therapy is expected to grow much faster than the national average (over 24% by 2022), very few jobs are expected to be created in this field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) suggests that only between 4,500 and 8,000 new jobs will be available to radiation therapists over the next eight years (2012).

The growth is due partially to the rising number of aging Baby Boomers that are projected to need screenings for cancer. In addition, it is probable that there will be in increase in the number of younger people who will seek out early cancer detection options as affordable screening options become available.

Currently, 93% of radiation therapists work in general hospitals, private practices, and outpatient care centers, with an average wage of $83,943 (BLS, 2013). However, the most highly-paid radiation therapists make an average wage of over $90,000 per year, and usually work in specialty hospitals. The highest wages paid to radiation therapists are in California, Connecticut, Washington, and New York – averaging between $101,000 to $117,000 per year (BLS, 2013).

Radiation therapists who complete an associates or bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy are most likely to get the highest-paid positions in this field. Board certification may also qualify students for more prestigious jobs. In addition, students who want to further their career in this field may continue their education to gain certification as a Medical Dosimetrist, which pays between $90,000 – $136,000 per year (2014).

Career FactsRadiation Therapist
Related CareersRespiratory Therapist, Radiologic Technician, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Common Job TitlesRadiation Therapists, Computed Tomography Simulation Therapist, Dosimetrist
Technology & EquipmentDefribrillators, Radiation Therapy Collimeters, Radiological Positioning Aids, X-Ray Intensifying Screens
Sourced from BLS, January 2015

Licensing & Certification

In order to be licensed as a therapist in most states, you must complete a clinical period of study (usually two years), in addition to passing the national exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). A complete list of the state licensure requirements for radiation therapists is housed by American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

As of 2015, students wishing to sit for the national exam administered by the ARRT must complete a minimum of an associate degree from an accredited college. This doesn’t have to be a Radiological A.S. degree, however. As long as the associate degree is completed at a college accredited by a body that is recognized by the ARRT, students may sit for the exam.

Although experience in a clinical setting is not necessary to take the exam, it is vital to becoming a licensed Radiation Therapist. Most states require at least 200 hours of clinical training in order to become licensed. In addition, those hours must be corroborated by a currently licensed and registered therapist to allow qualification for the licensure.