Radiation therapy involves the use of high-energy radiation in the treatment of patients with malignant tumors. Registered radiation therapists are employed in major cancer treatment centers and in hospitals with radiation therapy departments.
Applicants are required to have graduated from a Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredited school of diagnostic radiography and be eligible for college-level courses. Applicants must be American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) board-certified in diagnostic radiography RT(R) with a minimum passing score of 80% or be board certified and employed in diagnostic radiography for at least one year. Graduates of this certificate program are eligible to sit for the ARRT Radiation Therapy certification exam.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:
- Demonstrate clinical competency in the practice of radiation therapy.
- Employ effective communication skills.
- Apply critical thinking skills.
- Display professional behavior.
Enrollment is limited by available clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate applications to this program.
The Radiation Therapy program is accredited (for 8 years with the most recent accreditation award received in 2016) by and has conformed its curriculum to the standards published and monitored by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60608-3182; 312.704.5300, www.jrcert.org
Kelli Collette, M.A. Ed.R.T.(R)(T)
Professor and Program Director Radiation Therapy Technology Program
Allegheny Campus M607
808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
See Radiation Therapy Program for more information.