What Are the Best Radiation Therapy Schools?

To become a radiation therapist, you must complete an accredited radiation therapy program. Read more to learn about area specializations, degrees and certification from three of the best schools in the U.S. Review a list of ten additional nationally ranked schools that offer radiation therapy programs. Schools offering Diagnostic Medical Sonography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Some Characteristics of the Best Schools for Radiation Therapy?

When aspiring to become a radiation therapist, you may prefer schools that meet radiation therapy accreditation standards of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Access to teaching hospital rotation facilities or a great placement record could be attractive.

You could prefer schools with radiation therapy facilities onsite, and schools that keep their radiation equipment up-to-date. One of these three schools could address your needs.

Three of the Best Radiation Therapy Schools

Ohio State University in Columbus

OSU tied for 54th place among U.S. News & World Report's national universities in 2016. U.S. News & World Report also ranked its College of Medicine tied for 33rd for research and the Ohio State University Hospital was nationally ranked 29th for its specialties in women's health and pediatrics. OSU hosts the Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging. OSU's College of Medicine includes the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, which offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science. Specialization options in the program are available in in radiation therapy, radiography and sonography. Radiologic sciences study is also offered through either a Certificate of Study or a bachelor's completion option if you already have medical imaging certification.

  • AS to BS Degree Completion Program in Radiation Therapy

University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill was ranked as having the number two graduate medical school for primary care and the number 22 graduate medical school for research in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. The UNC Hospitals were also nationally ranked in 4 specialties by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The Department of Radiation Oncology offers a JCERT-accredited 12-month, post-radiography Radiation Therapy certificate program to students who have an associate degree and current certification in radiography.

You'll be supervised by radiation oncologists and biologists, medical dosimetrists, medical physicists and certified radiation therapists during your training. Your clinical rotation sites could include the UNC Hospitals or the Duke University Medical Center. UNC's North Carolina Cancer Hospital offers external beam radiation therapy, image guided radiation therapy, CyberKnife Robotic Surgery and a Brachytherapy Suite. Upon completion of the program, you'll be eligible to take the AART examination's radiation therapy component. According to the university, 100% of graduates since 1969 have passed this examination.

  • Certificate in Radiation Therapy

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas

This medical center's medical school ranked the 25th-best medical research school and had one nationally-ranked specialty in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 evaluation. The Department of Radiation Oncology supports a radiation therapy program in conjunction with the School of Health Professions and a residency for doctors in radiation oncology. The program admits 4-6 students each year.

The Bachelor of Science/post-baccalaureate certificate in radiation therapy will prepare you for cancer care with training in physics, radiation safety and patient anatomy. You'll support a radiation oncology team using imaging technology to locate tumors. In your junior year, you'll begin rotations at the Moncrief Radiation Oncology Center or the Annette Simmons Stereotactic Center at University Hospital-Zale Lipshy. The standalone 5-semester post-baccalaureate certificate in radiation therapy could help you complete a bachelor's degree, or use an existing bachelor's degree as a basis to train in radiation therapy.

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Radiation Therapy

More Radiation Therapy Schools

College/University Institution TypeLocation
Ivy Tech Community College 2-year, Public Indianapolis, IN
St. Petersburg College 4-year, Private Clearwater, FL
Saint Louis University 4-year, Private St. Louis, MO
University of Maryland - College Park4-year, Public College Park, MD
North Central College4-year, PrivateNaperville, IL
Pennsylvania College of Technology 4-year, Public Williamsport, PA
Augusta University 4-year, Public Augusta, GA
University of Michigan-Flint 4-year, Public Flint, MI
CUNY New York City College of Technology4-year, Public New York, NY
Suffolk University 4-year, Private Boston, MA

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