Radiation therapists use state of the art equipment in a rapidly advancing area of oncology to treat and manage cancer patients. Cancer patients rely on a radiation therapist's precision and mastery of technology to help cure their disease and relieve their pain or discomfort.
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
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:
Healthcare organization & management
Ethics in healthcare
Financial management in healthcare
Legal aspects in healthcare
U.S. healthcare systems
Clinical experience is central to the program and the key to your success. You will complete 16 credits of clinical internship courses with one of our 15 cutting-edge affiliate medical centers in the New York City metropolitan area including:
Advanced Radiation Oncology Services, Nyack
Flushing Radiation Oncology Services
Garnet Health Medical Center
Montefiore Medical Center (locations at the Center for Radiation Therapy and Moses Campus)
Montefiore - Yonkers Radiation Oncology
New York Presbyterian - Columbia Medical Center
New York Presbyterian - Lawrence Hospital
Queens Hospital Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westmed Radiation Oncology
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
Radiation therapy technology is also offered as a certificate.
What Will You Do?
The program trains you to become a radiation therapy technologist. Upon graduation you will be prepared to take on a full-time position. Entry-level radiation therapy technologists can expect to earn between $65,000-$85,000 a year.