Bachelor of Health Science in Radiation Therapy (BHS Program)

Earn Your Degree from a Leader in Radiation Therapy


When your goal is to expand your career options as a qualified radiation therapist, Gwynedd Mercy University’s Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree in Radiation Therapy is an excellent choice. We have been a regional leader in radiation therapy since our program began 40 years ago.

A Bachelor’s Degree for Radiographers

GMercyU's Bachelor of Health Science in Radiation Therapy degree is for radiographers who have graduated from a Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) program and are registered radiographers or registry eligible. 

Our 20-month program is offered through the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions, an innovator and leader in nursing and health care for more than 50 years. 

If you are not yet a registered or registry-eligible radiographer, we also offer a four-year Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy degree program.

To learn more about the specific Admissions Criteria for GMercyU's Radiation Therapy programs, click here.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program is consistent with the mission of the University and the in that it offers a career-oriented program that prepares competent entry level radiation therapists who provide empathetic patient centered care.

The GMercyU Difference

Through GMercyU's radition therapy programs, you can build on your educational foundation in radiation therapy and take your career in different directions including administration, dosimetry, research, education and direct patient care, making us a great choice for students seeking a radiation therapy school in PA.

  • Individualized attention through our low 13:1 classroom student-to-faculty and 1:1 student-to-clinical instructor ratios
  • All courses taught by experienced faculty
  • Hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment at more than 30 clinical affiliates
  • Get the lasting value of a bachelor’s degree from a program accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

As a radiation therapist, you will work directly with patients, radiation oncologists and radiation physicists using advanced equipment to administer high energy x-rays, radioactive materials and other sources of ionizing radiation to treat cancer. While here at GMercyU, one of the top radiation therapy schools in PA, you will be prepared to deliver competent and compassionate patient-centered care. In keeping with our Mercy tradition, our curriculum is career-oriented but also helps you build a strong foundation in liberal arts and ethics, so you are prepared to treat the whole person with respect and dignity.

You can build on your educational foundation in our radition therapy programs and take your career in different directions including administration, dosimetry, research, education and direct patient care, making us a great choice for students seeking a radiation therapy school in PA.

  • 85% average first-time pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certifying exam over the past five years
  • 90% average program retention rate (PDF) in the past five years.
  • The five year average job employment rate for graduates was 86% within 12 months of graduation (PDF).
  • A minimum of three clinical placements through affiliation agreements with 30 cancer management centers around Pennsylvania and Delaware.
  • Individualized attention through our low 13:1 classroom student-to-faculty and 1:1 student-to-clinical instructor ratios.
  • All courses taught by experienced faculty.
  • Get the lasting value of a four-year degree from a program accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Program Philosphy

Consistent with the Mission of Gwynedd Mercy University, it is the goal of the Radiation Therapy Program to offer a career-oriented program that provides moral, social, intellectual, cultural and spiritual development of the individual. We believe that it is necessary that our graduates not only view patients as whole persons requiring medical assistance but who will also support them with regard for the dignity of the individual. In order to fulfill this belief and philosophy we offer a fully integrated curriculum that encourages interest in the humanities as well as theory and clinical experience in the current technology of radiation therapy. Theory within the concentration is strengthened throughout the program with everyday practical experience that permits the individual to enter the job market immediately following graduation. Our Radiation Therapy programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). To register a complaint, please contact:

Goals

  1. Graduates will be competent entry level radiation therapists.
  2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking.
  3. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
  4. The students/graduates will model professionalism.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the radiation therapy program, the graduates will demonstrate:  

  • Empathic patient centered care
  • Application of appropriate radiation safety principles
  • Accuracy in performing radiation therapy procedures
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Appropriate response to events in clinical and lab situations
  • Appropriate professional behaviors

Curriculum

In addition to general education requirements, you will complete the following courses:

Radiation Therapy Courses - 62 Credits

RTS 200 Radiation Biology 
RTS 202 Principles of Radiation Oncology Patient Care (2 credits)
RTS 203 Principles of Technical RT (2 credits)
RTS 204 Clinical Education I
RTS 208 Tech. Radiation Therapy I
RTS 209 Clinical Oncology I (1 credit)
RTS 303 Clinical Education II 
RTS 304 Tech Radiation Therapy II
RTS 305 Clinical Oncology II (1 credit)
RTS 306 Applied Radiation Physics I
RTS 307 Principles of Medical Dosimetry
RTS 308 Cross-Sectional Anatomy (2 credits)
RTS 320 Clinical Education III
RTS 400 Tech Radiation Therapy III (1 credit)
RTS 402 Applied Radiation Physics II
RTS 403 Clinical Education IV
RTS 404 Advanced Medical Dosimetry (2 credits)
RTS 406 TQM in Radiation Oncology (1 cred
RTS 407 Clinical Education V  (4 credits)
RTS 408 App Physic of Advanced Treat Tech 2 credits)
RTS 410 Capstone Seminar in RT (2 credits)
RTS 4000 Capstone Research Project

Additional Courses – 9 Credits

HS 208 Basic Pathophysiology 
HS 305 Teaching in Health Profession
HS 403 Current Topics in Healthcare

To review course descriptions, please refer to the undergraduate catalog (PDF).

For Radiation Therapy related information, view the Radiation Therapy Student Handbook (PDF).

Clinical Opportunities

GMercyU’s radiation therapy students have worked at some of the following facilities:

  • Aria Health
  • Christiana Care Health System
  • University of Pennsylvania Health Systems
  • Einstein Healthcare Network
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • St. Mary Hospital

Our Outstanding Faculty

Career Outcomes

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay in 2012 for Radiation Therapists was $77,560 per year, and the expected growth is anticipated at a much faster than average growth; 24% through 2022.

Possible careers for radiologic technology majors

•    Application Specialist
•    Biomedical Engineer
•    Health Administrator
•    Health Professions Educator
•    Medical Dosimetrist

•    Medical Equipment Sales
•    Medical Physicist
•    Radiologist
•    Radiation Oncologist
*Additional training and education may be required for some of these positions.