Radiation Therapy Technology

Radiation therapists help cure cancer in some patients or ease the pain of cancer in others. High technology equipment delivers radiation to destroy cancer cells.

Why Choose Radiation Therapy Technology?

If you have an interest in science and medicine and a desire to help people, radiation therapy technology may be the right field for you. The profession involves patient contact and the utilization of state-of-the-art medical procedures and technology.

Curriculum & Classes

The radiation therapy technology program is designed to help you prepare for a career as a radiation therapist. Course topics include:

  • Radiation detection and protection
  • Radiation physics
  • Radiation biology
  • Treatment planning
  • Patient care & nursing

The bachelor’s degree includes a concentration in healthcare administration designed to develop ethical and management skills specific to the field, and help you climb the career ladder. Course topics include:

  • Hospital organization & management
  • Ethics in healthcare
  • Financial management in healthcare
  • Legal aspects in healthcare
  • Hospital accounting

Clinical Experience

Clinical experience is central to the program and the key to your success. You will complete 16 credits of clinical internship courses — amounting to approximately 275 full work days — with one of our 14 cutting-edge affiliate medical centers in the New York City metropolitan area:

  • Advanced Radiation Oncology Services of Rockland
  • Bensonhurst Radiation Oncology Services
  • Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • East Side Radiation Oncology
  • Farber Center for Radiation Oncology
  • Flushing Radiation Oncology Services
  • Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern
  • Montefiore Medical Center
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • New York Presbyterian-Columbia Medical Center
  • Queens Hospital Center
  • Tribeca Radiation Oncology Services
  • Westchester Medical Center
  • Meet a Radiation Therapy Technology Major: Anna Lemcke
    Radiation Therapy Technology student

    “You have to be compassionate in this field. As long as you put a smile on your face - it makes a difference in the patients' lives. When my mom was going through radiation treatment, the technicians that helped her were so wonderful. They were caring and funny. That's when I realized how much I like the medical field.

    “I transferred from Dutchess Community College after earning my liberal arts and science bachelor's degree. I was considering majoring in radiation technology (X-ray), but when I learned about the Radiology Therapy Technology program, I figured why not just skip a step and go right there. My career counselors at Dutchess suggested I apply to Manhattan College. With the rolling admission, it was a really fast process. I applied and was accepted a few months later.

    “It really helped to see radiologic treatment first hand. I was able to watch the process when my mom was going through treatment – they let me in the monitoring room. But when I got accepted here, the program chair asked observe at a hospital for a day and observe and see if you still like it before you accept at Manhattan. So I went back and watched it for four hours - and it just confirmed this field for me.

    “All of the classes are small. Your professors get to know you, and you get to know them. It takes a lot of the uncertainties out of the classroom experience. It’s easier to ask questions too. You don't have to wonder about the best way to approach your professor - it creates more of an open, ongoing conversation.

    In the past I've had teachers who I just couldn't approach – they would make me feel like the dumb person in the class. It's not like that here.

    “A major part of the program is the internships - you do that for 274 days. It can be really nerve-wracking because you actually put all of the things you learned into hands on training.

    “Beginning my second internship at Westchester Medical Center was one of the most difficult experiences. I had built a sort of family at Nyack Hospital Cancer Center, where I did my first internship. You get into a certain rhythm and you know how everything works. Switching over to another hospital is difficult because you have to learn how they operate - sometimes you feel behind. It's a little tough at the beginning, but once you understand how everything has to be done, it's a lot easier.”

What Will You Learn?

You will develop the skills to join a team of specialists, such as radiation oncologists, physicists and dosimetrists, to deliver appropriate radiation to cancer patients. As a radiation therapy technology major, you will learn how to:

  • Prepare the patient and equipment for the delivery of the radiation;
  • Keep accurate records of the treatment of each patient;
  • Observe radiation safety and protection procedures;
  • Assist with treatment & computer planning, which includes the exact location of the tumor and the optimal technique for treatment
  • Assist in the computer planning of the specific treatment plan

See the Degree Requirements

Radiation therapy technology is also offered as a certificate.

What Will You Do?

The program trains you to become a radiation technologist. Upon graduation you will be prepared to take on a full-time position. Entry-level radiation therapy technologists can expect to earn between $55,000-$75,000 a year.