Radiation Therapy Program
Radiation Therapist Training Program
Program Overview: Radiation Therapy Program
Become a Radiation Therapist in 2 Years
The radiation therapy training program at Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology offers students the education and training needed to work in a healthcare facility as a professional radiation therapist.
The two-year Associate’s degree program is offered both online and in-classroom, allowing students to complete a portion of their studies from the comfort of their homes.
Upon successful completion of the program, students are armed with the knowledge, skills and training to pursue entry-level employment within the field of radiation therapy, and to take and pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Registry Examination.
Simulation Laboratory Technology
We are pleased to be utilizing Vertual’s Compact VERT technology in our simulation labs. To learn more about VERT’s features and the many benefits it provides to our students in training, please review this presentation.
What Is a Radiation Therapist?
Radiation therapists are professionals who work with cancer patients, typically in hospital and clinic settings. They usually work under radiation oncologists, who develop and oversee patient treatment plans.
Financial Aid for the Radiation Therapy Associate’s Degree Program
Cambridge participates in the Federal Financial Aid (Title IV) Program, which helps students and families finance the cost of education. Qualifying students may receive Pell Grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, and more. We also offer scholarships.
Why Choose Cambridge for Your Radiation Therapy Associate’s Degree?
Students select Cambridge for radiation therapy training for many reasons, including the program’s:
- Hybrid approach to learning: Our program is offered partially online, allowing students to work, play and live while obtaining an education. The in-class portions are offered at our Atlanta, Miami, Orlando and Palm Beach campuses.
- Focus: The program’s curriculum is focused on the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the radiation therapy field. This allows students to obtain the skills and education they need in under two years.
- Exam preparation: Cambridge’s program prepares you for the ARRT Registry Examination. This exam certifies radiation therapists as qualified candidates for employment in healthcare facilities and is a requirement of many employers throughout the United States.
Radiation Therapist Education
As a student in Cambridge’s radiation therapy program, you’ll learn both the theoretical and practical skills needed to obtain employment in the field. You’ll be able to take some classes online, and others in a classroom setting for hands-on training. Classes are taught by experienced instructors and hands-on training takes place in well-equipped on-campus lab settings.
Radiation therapy is a viable treatment for many forms of cancer. Radiation Therapists play a vital role in administering radiation therapy to patients, supporting patients and family members, and maintaining safe treatment conditions.
What Does a Radiation Therapist Do?
Radiation Therapists play a key role in the treatment of cancer patients in hospitals and medical clinics. Working with a Radiation Oncologist, Radiation Therapists are responsible for many duties, including:
- Preparation and sterilization of radiation therapy rooms
- Understanding and maintaining radiation safety standards
- Monitoring and documentation of radiation treatments
- Positioning patients for treatment
- Applying ionizing radiation therapy to patients
- Supporting patients throughout the delivery of care
Where Do Radiation Therapists Work?
Radiation therapists are employed in a variety of settings. Most often they work in clinics, doctor’s offices, hospitals and outpatient centers. Radiation therapists can treat patients of any age, though some decide to focus on certain age groups, such as children.
Job Outlook for Radiation Therapists
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says employment of radiation therapists is expected to grow 9% from 2020 to 2030, which is slightly faster than average. The BLS says our aging population may increase future demand for radiation therapists, as could advances in cancer detection and treatment techniques.
Salaries in Radiation Therapy
BLS notes that the median annual wage for radiation therapists was $86,850 in 2020. This highest-earning 10% earned nearly $133,000 while the lowest-earning 10% earned about $60,000.
Upon successful completion of this program, students receive an Associates of Science Degree in Radiation Therapy
- Associates of Science in Radiation Therapy
- 2-year curriculum
- Online and classroom learning
The professors are all very approachable and the administrative staff is always available to answer questions on financial aid, uniforms, clinicals, and more. I was impressed that they had such an organized program to follow, making it easy to graduate in the advertised 2 years for an Associates Degree."
Once I started classes, all my teachers were extremely knowledgeable and made sure that all the material was understood before moving on. The program director and clinical coordinator were very attentive to the needs of all the students…What I liked most about this program was that the staff gave you the tools and knowledge to be successful. Success is earned and not given."
I would like to share with you my experience into Cambridge College in the Radiation Therapist program. It’s amazing. I can find my profession in the program because I realized in the clinical rotation that I feel so good. I would like to do that for the rest of my life."
Cambridge college has been great with it’s Radiation Therapy program because the instructors are educated and willing to give you their time. Mr. Jackson, Dr. Pete, and Ms. Hill go above and beyond to make sure the students get what they need out of this program."
My time here at Cambridge has been a great experience. I have learned more than the average curriculum provides, including team skills, critical thinking application, and professionalism. Cambridge has definitely prepared me, if not over-prepared me, for my career choice as a Radiation Therapist."
I love attending Cambridge College. I am finishing my first year and couldn’t ask for a better school. Going to several clinical sites is giving me a lot of experience and helping me become a confident student. The teachers at Cambridge College are very helpful, even offering tutoring when you need the extra help. I would recommend the school to anyone wanting a good education."
Radiation Therapists assist, support, guide and aid patients to a better tomorrow. These are all traits that I learned from Cambridge College. Without them, I would not have been able to become the person I am today…Everyone at Cambridge is always ready to help, they become your cheerleaders, your success is their success"
Cambridge College provides a wonderful environment for anyone wanting to pursue a career in healthcare technology. After completing my BA at a state university, I came to Cambridge to further my career in the medical field and could not be more pleased."
The instructors were nothing short of amazing as they would make themselves available nearly every day (including the weekends) for tutoring or even just talking through your clinical struggles."
Radiation Therapy FAQ
What Can I Do With a Radiation Therapy Degree?
Radiation therapy is for people who are interested in cancer treatment. The two main career choices are radiation therapy and dosimetrist. You can become a radiation therapist with your two-year Associate’s degree; dosimetry requires that you go on to earn a Bachelor’s.
What Types of Courses Will I Take in the Radiation Therapy Associate’s Degree Program?
You will complete courses in anatomy and physiology, radiation therapy physics, principles and practice of radiation therapy, radiation biology, and more. You will also take courses in “soft skills” such as communication, writing, and patient care, thus ensuring you are a well-rounded person who knows how to interact with patients and families.
Start Your Radiation Therapy Career with a Degree from Cambridge
Cambridge is the place to earn your Associate’s degree in radiation therapy. You can start your career after completing the two-year program. To learn more or apply, please call 877-206-4279 or send us a message online.
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