Radiation Oncology Schools

Radiation oncology is a specialty field that employs physicians and therapists who provide potentially life-saving treatments to cancer patients. Read on to learn about these professions, and get tips on choosing a school with a radiation oncology program. Schools offering Diagnostic Medical Sonography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Training in radiation oncology usually takes the form of a residency program, which can be offered by a variety of institutions. Find out more details about these programs and any prerequisites in the following article.

What is Radiation Oncology?

Radiation oncology is a medical specialty concerned with using radiation to treat patients with cancer. Radiation oncologists are physicians who work with a team of radiation therapists, physicists and dosimetrists to develop a plan to direct high-energy beams to shrink cancerous cells. Radiation therapists work under the supervision of radiation oncologists to operate the linear accelerators that produce the radiation. They also ensure that patients are in the right position for radiation treatments and that the patient receives the correct dose of radiation. Radiation treatment is sometimes used in conjunction with other treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy.

What Education Programs Are Available?

Radiation oncology programs are 4-year medical residency programs. To enroll in a residency program, you must first complete medical school, pass the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam and complete a 1-year clinical residency. As a radiation oncology resident, you would take classes, attend conferences, complete research and perform clinical work through rotations in hospitals and medical centers.

Radiation therapy instruction is offered through certificate, associate's or bachelor's degree programs. Some programs require prior experience in radiography. Some schools allow you to complete coursework online, but you'll also need to take part in-person clinical training in a hospital or radiation clinic under supervision of a licensed therapist or oncologist.

What Types of Schools Offer This Education?

Radiation oncology residency programs are typically found at large universities with medical schools and teaching hospitals. Some major clinics and medical centers also host radiation oncology residency programs. Radiation therapy education programs are available at schools with radiation oncology programs and at some community and technical colleges.

Which Schools Offer Radiation Oncology Residency Programs?

Multiple universities offer residency programs in radiation oncology. Listed below are a couple of them:

  • Drexel University College of Medicine hosts a Radiation Oncology Residency program
  • University of California San Diego School of Medicine has a Radiation Oncology Residency program
  • University of California Los Angeles Health provides a Radiation Oncology Residency program

How Should I Choose a School?

To be eligible for certification by the American Board of Radiology in the field of radiation oncology, you need to choose a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association (www.theabr.org). Radiation oncology programs are competitive, with many residency programs only admitting 1-4 residents each year. Residency rotations often occur in several hospitals of varying types. If you're interested in treating a particular population, like children, you might seek a school with a rotation in pediatric oncology.

If you're choosing a school for radiation therapy, look for a school accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. You need to complete an accredited program to qualify for certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and to obtain licensure in most states (www.arrt.org).

Those looking to become radiation oncologists should look for radiation oncology residency programs as a way to become involved in the field. These programs will provide hands-on clinical experience as well as classwork, and qualify students for certification.

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