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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:

  • Healthcare organization & management
  • Ethics in healthcare
  • Financial management in healthcare
  • Legal aspects in healthcare
  • U.S. healthcare systems

Clinical Experience

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
  • Bensonhurst Radiation Oncology Services
  • Elmhurst Hospital
  • Flushing Radiation Oncology Services
  • 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
  • New York Presbyterian - Lower Manhattan Cancer Center
  • New York Radiation Associates
  • Orange Regional Medical Center 
  • Queens Hospital Center
  • Tribeca Radiation Oncology Services
  • 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

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 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 $55,000-$75,000 a year.