Radiation therapy is a rewarding career that’s different from the traditional medical route. As a radiation therapist, you’ll use medical machines to deliver radiation that treats tumors and cancer cells. The goal is to shrink the tumor or cells over time, thus improving the lives of your patients. You’ll also spend your days supporting patients through treatment and recording all treatment for the continuance of care.
The Steps for Becoming a Radiation Therapist
Sound like the perfect career for you? First things first, you need to have a high school diploma or GED before attending any additional programs. This helps you build a proper foundation for the rest of your studies. Plus, it’s a requirement for most positions.
Next, it’s time to attend an accredited Radiation Therapy program such as the one offered here through Cambridge. Your program will involve the subject material and courses you need to succeed in your new career. At Cambridge, you’ll learn how to:
- Prepare and sterilize radiation rooms
- Comply with radiation safety standards
- Position patients for treatment
- Apply ionizing radiation therapy
- Support patients throughout the delivery of care
After completion of your program, you’ll receive your Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy. You’ll now be eligible to take the ARRT Registry Examination, a requirement for most employers throughout the US. This exam qualifies you for employment in various healthcare facilities and solidifies your knowledge as a radiation therapist.
Finally, with certification in hand and the knowledge you need for success, you’ll be ready to enter the field as an entry-level radiation therapist.
Find a Job Through Cambridge’s Career Services Department
Once you obtain your degree and certification, it’s time to face the challenge of securing a position. With Cambridge’s help, you can face it head-on. Our Career Services department helps you find a position through our partnerships with local healthcare facilities.
Beyond job placement, we also help you prepare your resumé and improve your interview skills. This means you’ll learn how to sell your unique abilities and skills to successfully obtain the best entry-level job for you.
Start Down Your Path Toward a Radiation Therapy Career Today
Cambridge College of Healthcare and Technology is here to support you as you enter the radiation therapy field. Our Radiation Therapy program is a great place to jumpstart your career. To learn more about our program or to apply today, give us a call at 877-206-4279 or send us a message.