Radiation Therapist Training Program

Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy

Program Overview

Program Overview, Radiation Therapy

You can be fully trained to work in a healthcare facility as a professional Radiation Therapist.

Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology trains students with the knowledge and clinical skills they need to become competent, entry-level radiation therapists upon graduation and to pass the ARRT Registry Examination. This program allows students to earn an associates degree in two years!

Available At These Locations:

Delray Beach Campus – (Associate Degree Program)  Palm Beach, Florida Area

Atlanta Campus – (Associate Degree Program) Atlanta, Georgia Area

Our Radiation Therapy Training Program Offers

  • Classroom learning lead by qualified, registered instructors.
  • Hands-on experience at clinical healthcare facilities.
  • Preparation for the ARRT Registry Examination.

What Does A Radiation Therapist Do?

Radiation Therapists administer, monitor and document treatments as prescribed by a radiation oncologist. Typically, Radiation Therapists have direct contact with cancer patients. Specific duties include:

  • Preparing therapy rooms
  • Understanding radiation safety measures
  • Monitoring and documenting radiation treatments
  • Positioning patients
  • Applying ionizing radiation
  • Communicating with and comforting patients

A Hands-on Approach to Medical Training

At the Cambridge you’ll be trained through clinical rotations along with detailed experience in medical facilities. These classes at the Cambridge are unsurpassed in terms of personal attention and student preparation.

We are committed to academic and clinical excellence that ensures high-quality and hands-on instruction leading to superior patient care. Our facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and medical equipment. Our staff and instructors are skilled, experienced professionals in their field. Each of our graduates is fully trained and prepared to immediately work as a healthcare professional.

Radiation Therapy Program Disclosure



Job Outlook

The job outlook for radiation therapists are good, and their employment is expected to grow rapidly through 2016. This growth is due to the high percentage of older people in our population, the increased use of radiologic imaging in medical treatment, and improvements in cancer detection.

Employment is expected to increase much faster than the average, and job prospects should be good.

Employment change. Employment of radiation therapists is projected to grow by 27 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The growing elderly population is expected to cause an increase in the number of people needing treatment. In addition, as radiation technology becomes safer and more effective, it will be prescribed more often, leading to an increased demand for radiation therapists. Growth is likely to be rapid across all practice settings, including hospitals, physicians’ offices, and outpatient centers.

Job prospects. Job prospects are expected to be good. Job openings will result from employment growth and from the need to replace workers who retire or leave the occupation for other reasons. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree and related work experience may have the best opportunities.

Source:
U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook

Careers

Overview

With your degree from Cambridge in Radiation Therapy, you’ll be trained and ready to work closely with doctors, patients and other members of the health care team. In this position, you’ll use advanced computer systems and radiation therapy equipment to design and implement treatment plans. The hands-on experience received at Cambridge will have you prepared for immediate entry into the healthcare workforce as a Radiation Therapist.

Career Opportunities

Because this is a specialized area of healthcare training, you’ll be a valuable member of any healthcare team. Employment opportunities for Radiation Therapists are available at hospitals, clinics and cancer treatment centers. Popular job titles for Cambridge graduates of the Radiation Therapy program include:

  • Radiation Therapist
  • Consultant for Therapy Equipment and Sales
  • Dosimetrist* (with additional training from employer)
  • International Positions include: Healthcare Sector / Imaging & Therapy system / Customer
  • Service Engineer for Siemens
  • Radiation Therapist Technologist

What Does A Radiation Therapist Do?

The Radiation Therapist administers, monitors and documents treatments as prescribed by a radiation oncologist. Radiation Therapists also have direct contact with cancer patients. Overall duties typically include:

  • Preparing therapy rooms
  • Understanding radiation safety measures
  • Monitoring and documenting radiation treatments
  • Positioning patients
  • Applying ionizing radiation
  • Communicating with and comforting patients

Online Training

Note: This program is only partially online. Students must live near our campuses in order to participate in clinical labs and other classes. (Delray Beach, FL campus only)

Cambridge offers online courses within its Radiation Therapy program. Radiation Therapy students can take advantage of the convenience of flexible scheduling that comes with online training for some of the courses within the program of study. Request more information about this convenient online allied health program or schedule an appointment by contacting one of our admission representatives today.

Why Choose A Program at Cambridge With An Online Component?

It’s one of the most convenient and flexible education options available, allowing you to complete classwork from the comforts of home. It’s an ideal program for students with families, part-time work or anyone looking for a more flexible way to earn his or her degree.

Associate Degree

Gaining a degree and beginning a new career in the field of radiation therapy has never been easier than with certified training at Cambridge. This highly skilled trade plays an important role in the realm of Allied Health services, and our dedicated staff will provide you with all of the guidance necessary throughout your education to ensure your success upon completion of this program.

Explanation of Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy utilizes ionizing beams of radiation as a form of treatment prescribed by an oncologist. Typically, this type of treatment is implemented as a means of localizing malignant cells associated with cancer. The machinery that is used to provide this type of treatment is called a linear accelerator. Therapists that operate this machinery must possess a high level of skill and expertise to provide the correct dosage in the exact area needed in order to ensure a patient’s safety throughout treatment. When the linear accelerator focuses these beams of radiation on cancerous cells throughout the body, the DNA in those cells becomes damaged causing them to shrink or, in some cases, disappear completely. In addition to properly operating highly technical equipment and inducing treatment protocol prescribed by an oncologist, radiation therapists must excel in intrapersonal communication in order to inform patients of impending procedures as well provide emotional support. At Cambridge Health, our radiation therapist degree program provides students with all of these integral pieces of knowledge to ensure confidence and success upon graduation.

Gain a Radiation Therapy Degree at Cambridge

At Cambridge, we offer a 24 month associate degree program that will provide you with all of the necessary education and hands-on experience needed to move forward into a rewarding career in this exciting role in healthcare. During your studies, you will be faced with real-life scenarios and have full use of the most up-to-date equipment available to prepare for your new career. We even provide relevant clinical rotations in our radiation therapist degree programs. With student-centric teaching methods and full support and guidance, we value your success both throughout this program and as you begin your new career as a dedicated radiation therapy specialist. If you have ever considered learning a new trade in the field of healthcare, please contact our staff today and discover how an education at Cambridge can get you on the fast track to a personally rewarding new career with our radiation therapist degree course at any one of our accredited campuses.