Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) Degree in Radiation Therapy

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.

The GMercyU Difference

At GMercyU, 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. 

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certifying exam pass rates:

  First Attempt
Class of 2016 89%
Class of 2015 90%
Class of 2014 70%*
Class of 2013 100%
Class of 2012 80%
Class of 2011 100%
Class of 2010 89%

Benchmark: 75% pass rate for first attempt

*Remediation: Faculty will require all students to take online prep test, which must be passed within three attempts or students will not be allowed to sit for Registry exam.

  • 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)

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.


  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


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).


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.