Medical Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiation Therapist Major

This major is a program that prepares individuals to administer prescribed courses of radiation treatment, manage patients undergoing radiation therapy, and maintain pertinent records.

Includes instruction in applied anatomy and physiology, oncologic pathology, radiation biology, radiation oncology procedures and techniques, radiation dosimetry, tumor localization, treatment planning, patient communication and management, data collection, record-keeping, and applicable standards and regulations.

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What can you do with a major/degree in Medical Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiation Therapist Major?

If you work as a Radiation Therapist, you provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiation oncologist according to established practices and standards. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files. May assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.


Job opportunities for radiation therapists are very good in the future as this career subsector is expected to see a seven percent (7%) growth 2019-2029.


Typically, an earned associate degree is required to enter this career area.  However, a certificate is sometimes sufficient with on-the-job experience.  Most states require license and/or certification.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Medical Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiation Therapist Major

Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.



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