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Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapists help one patient at a time fight cancer.

The Associate in Science in Radiation Therapy degree immerses students in the field of cancer care. Radiation therapists treat cancer in patients by administering radiation treatments using machines called linear accelerators. These machines direct high-energy x-rays at specific cancer cells in a patient’s body, shrinking or removing them. Radiation therapists work as part of an oncology team.

Radiation therapists typically do the following:

  • Explain treatment plans to the patient and answer questions about treatment
  • Follow safety procedures to protect the patient and themselves from overexposure to radiation
  • Examine machines to make sure they are safe and working properly
  • Determine the exact location of the area requiring treatment
  • Check computer programs to make sure the machine will give the correct dose of radiation to the appropriate area of the patient’s body
  • Operate the machine 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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This is an equally challenging and rewarding program that requires classroom learning as well as considerable travel to clinical locations in Massachusetts. This hands-on clinical component is spread across a variety of locations allowing students to work in multiple hospitals, with different equipment and patients. The program is run by experienced faculty who are dedicated to their students and who will help you become a skilled, confident radiation therapist.

"My experience at Labouré College as a student in the radiation therapy program was the starting point for what was to become a very fulfilling career in radiation oncology. Throughout my education, the constant words of praise and encouragement helped me to obtain the clinical strength necessary to be employed by a well-known Boston hospital. With this experience, I gained the confidence to pursue a career in management and return to school for my Master's degree."
- Natalie Campbell '10, Manager, Alliance Oncology

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Radiation Therapy Mission Statement

The mission of the radiation therapy program is to educate students to become competent entry level radiation therapists. The education provided both clinically and didactically, will prepare students to deliver quality care in a variety of healthcare settings. The program strives to build upon sound principles of general education by preparing students to communicate effectively, develop critical thinking skills and apply ethical standards and values to the practice of radiation therapy.

Important Forms

Download a Clinical Acknowledgement form (Word)  

Download a Clinical Acknowledgement form (PDF) 

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology ( JRCERT ). Graduates are eligible for examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists ( ARRT ) to earn the designation of RT. Massachusetts radiation therapists are licensed by the Massachusetts state licensing board (Massgov). The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Radiation Control Program will only grant a license to individuals who have graduated from a JRCERT accredited program.

The JRCERT may be contacted at:
JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304

Eligibility for Certification

Candidates for certification as a radiation therapist must comply with the rules of ethics contained in the ARRT standards of ethics. One issue addressed by the rules of ethics is the conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor, or a misdemeanor with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations.

Individuals who have violated the rules of ethics may request a pre-application review of the violation in order to obtain a ruling of the impact on their eligibility for ARRT examination. Individuals are advised to submit this pre-application form before entry into a radiation therapy program. Applicants with a previous court record should make an appointment with the director of admissions and/or the chairperson of radiation therapy to review current information on ARRT requirements.