Radiation Therapists are vital members of cancer teams who administer radiation treatments according to the prescription and instruction of the radiation oncologist (physician). Therapists use a variety of therapeutic modalities in the treatment of cancer, including high-energy linear accelerators and radioactive isotopes. They also assist in treatment planning procedures involving computerized treatment planning, simulation, and dosimetry, and are responsible for maintaining accurate treatment records, assessing patient’s psychosocial needs, and providing support and comfort to the patient.
This is a full-time program for students without any prior experience in the radiation therapy field. Approximately 10 students may be admitted each year to our Radiation Therapy program with a curriculum that starts every fall quarter in September. It is an eight-quarter, 24 month program, which upon graduation confers an Associate in Arts degree in Radiation Therapy. You will study pathology, oncology, radiation physics, treatment planning, and human relations in addition to getting extensive hands-on experience in a modern clinical setting.
Are you a good fit for this program?
If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging health care career that allows you to help others, radiation therapy may be the ideal career for you. Radiation therapists work with precise amounts of ionizing radiation to treat patients with cancer and other diseases. Radiation therapists usually work in hospitals, or private clinics and are an integral part of the healthcare team.
Benefits of completing the Radiation Therapy program include:
- Career Outlook – Radiation Therapists jobs is projected tp grow 13% within 2016-2026. Learn more at bls.gov.
- Good Pay – In the Puget Sound area, entry level therapists may earn approximately $37.00/hr. With additional education and experience, one may earn $40-$50/hour and more as a supervisor, manager or dosimetrist.
- Advanced degree opportunities available at Bellevue College for BAS in Radiation and Imaging Science with a Medical Dosimetry, Technology, or Management concentration. Advanced certificate options in Medical Dosimetry, MRI, CT are also available. Classes are designed for working RT(T) professionals to help them advance their education while continuing to work.
The Bellevue College Radiation Therapy Program curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements for national certification that is required for employment in the United States. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists is the agency responsible for individual certification.
The state of Washington does require additional licensure. The Bellevue College Radiation Therapy Program curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements for state department of health licensure that is required for employment in the state of Washington. Washington State Department of Health is the agency responsible for individual licensure.
The Radiation Therapy Program has not determined whether licensure is required in any other state.
More information for Out of State students can be found at: bellevuecollege.edu/elearning/start/out-of-state/