Radiation therapy utilizes ionizing radiation in the treatment and cure of cancer. Radiation therapy is a rewarding profession that requires interpersonal communication skills, critical thinking skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks.
The Radiation Therapy (RADON) program at Bellevue College (BC) offers you personalized and intensive instruction to form a solid foundation for a rewarding career in this field. Bellevue College has the only radiation therapy technology program in Washington State and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
What Does a Radiation Therapist Do?
As a radiation therapist, you’re a vital member of a radiation therapy team that includes: physicians, nurses, physicists and other professional support personnel. You’re responsible for administration of the radiation treatments to patients and may assist in treatment simulation, computerized planning and quality assurance procedures.
Radiation therapists use modern high energy linear accelerators and other advanced technologies to treat their patients. Your day to day activity is that of a care giver who treats and monitors patients on a daily basis, and often a close relationship between the therapist and the patient is formed. The radiation therapist assesses the patient’s psychosocial needs and refers to other team members. Providing support and comfort to patients with cancer is a rewarding experience for the therapist.