Bachelor of Health Science in Radiation Therapy (BHS Program)


Earn Your Degree from a Leader in Radiation Therapy


Expand your career options as a qualified radiation therapist with Gwynedd Mercy University’s Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree in Radiation Therapy. 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. 

This 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 60 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.

 

Our Radiation Therapy programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) 
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300
email: mail@jrcert.org

To register a complaint, please contact:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
https://www.jrcert.org/students/process-for-reporting-allegations/report-an-allegation/

To view Radiation Therapy pass rates, employment rates, and Program Completion rates, check the Program Effectiveness document (PDF).

Why Choose GMercyU

At GMercyU, a top radiation therapy school in PA, you will prepare 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.

Program highlights include:

  • A minimum of three clinical placements through affiliation agreements with 30+ cancer management centers around Pennsylvania and Delaware.
  • Our state-of-the-art teaching tool, the VERT (Virtual Environment of a Radiotherapy Treatment room), offers a safe, simulated radiotherapy treatment room complete with 3D views and life-size visualizations.
  • 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
  • The lasting value of a four-year degree from a program accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) for the past eight years

Through GMercyU's radiation 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.

Outstanding Employment Rate

The five-year average job employment rate for graduates was 97.5% within 12 months of graduation (PDF).

You can also check out the average first-time pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certifying exam over the past five years by viewing GMercyU's Program Effectiveness document (PDF).

Mission and Philosophy

Mission Statement

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

Philosophy

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.

Goals and Learning Outcomes

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 Health Care

See the undergraduate catalog for more information and course descriptions.

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

Meet the Faculty

Rose Troutman, MS, RT, (T)

Position: Assistant Professor and Program Director, Radiation Therapy

Did You Know? Professor Troutman has worked in the field of radiation therapy for over 30 years and is an experience educator with more than 20 years of teaching experience.

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Lorraine Quarles, MS, RT (T)

Position: Assistant Professor, Radiation Therapy

Did You Know? Professor Quarles previously worked as a dosimetrist at the American College of Radiology.

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Real-World Opportunities

Clinical Opportunities

Complete your required clinicals at one of the many organizations affiliated with GMercyU’s Radiation Therapy program: 

  • Aria Health
  • Asplundh Cancer Pavilion - Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
  • Christiana Care Health System
  • Corporal Michael J Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Department of Radiation Oncology
  • Einstein Health Care Network
  • Einstein Medical Center
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center, Buckingham Department of Radiation Oncology
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center, East Norriton
  • Hospital of University of PA Perelman Center
  • Jefferson Health Torresdale
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital - Main and Muhlenberg
  • Mainline Health Systems, Lankenau Medical Center
  • Paoli Hospital
  • Penn at Lancaster General Hospital, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute
  • Penn Medicine, Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital
  • Penn Medicine, Valley Forge
  • Penn Radiation Oncology, Doylestown Hospital
  • Penn Radiation Oncology, Chestnut Hill
  • Penn State Health System, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Pennsylvania Hospital Penn Radiation
  • Penn at Radnor (pending)
  • Penn at Presbyterian (pending)
  • Phoenixville Hospital (pending)
  • St. Mary Hospital
  • St. Luke's Hospital
  • St. Luke's, Allentown Cancer Center
  • St. Luke's, Anderson
  • St. Mary Regional Cancer Center
  • Suburban Community Hospital Fox Chase
  • Temple University Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology
  • The Cancer Center at Holy Redeemer Hospital
  • University of Pennsylvania Health Systems
  • U.S. Oncology (pending)
  • Wellspan Ephrata Cancer Center
  • Wellspan Health York Cancer Center
Career Opportunities

Earning your Bachelor of Health Science in Radiation Therapy can expand your career possibilities and earning potential. As a qualified 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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for radiation therapists in 2020 was $85,650, with the top 10% earning more than $132,930.

More possible careers for radiation therapy majors include:

  • Application Specialist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Professions Educator
  • Medical Dosimetrist
  • Medical Equipment Sales
  • Medical Physicist
  • Radiologist
  • Radiation Oncologist

*Additional education may be required for some of these positions.


Next Steps

Admission Requirements

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

Have questions about GMercyU's admissions requirements or transferring eligible credits? Contact us! Our Admissions staff is ready to walk you through the process of applying to GMercyU’s BHS in Radiation Therapy degree.

Email: admissions@gmercyu.edu
Phone: 215-641-5510

Please note: Students enrolling in this program must have the ability to obtain a U.S. background check and other clearances for placement in a U.S. clinical/school setting. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is also a requirement for licensure within certain academic programs. International students and students who are under DACA status or are undocumented should carefully review the licensure requirements in their state before enrolling in a degree program that leads to licensure. Additional information can be found on the National Conference of State Legislatures website

Financial Aid, Tuition, and Fees

At GMercyU, we strive to make a quality education accessible to all through financial aid, scholarships, and grants. As a military-friendly university, we welcome service members and participate in all VA educational benefits programs. 

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Complete the training you need to become a radiation therapist. Start your journey at GMercyU today!