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
The program is accredited for five years, with the next self-study due in 2024.
To register a complaint, please contact:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
To view Radiation Therapy pass rates, employment rates, and Program Completion rates, see our Program Effectiveness document (PDF).
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.
The five-year average job employment rate for our radiation therapy school graduates was 97% 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).
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.
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.
- Graduates will be competent entry-level radiation therapists.
- Students will demonstrate critical thinking.
- Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
- The students/graduates will model professionalism.
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 Health Care|
See the undergraduate catalog for more information and course descriptions.
In addition to general education requirements, a student will need to successfully complete the Radiation Therapy (RTS) core courses, with a grade of C or higher, and a grade of B or higher in clinical education requirements. A student must have a cumulative grade point average of a least a 3.0 in all the RTS core courses in order to graduate from the program.
In addition, a student must complete all required competencies as part of the clinical education courses, and complete all rotations in the clinical education setting.
Upon successful complete of radiation therapy program curriculum, a student is eligible to take the American Registry Of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) credentialing examination.
The formal University graduation ceremony is regularly held in May. It is a privilege for the student to attend the graduation ceremony; however, it is not compulsory for students to attend. Students who choose not to attend graduation are requested to notify the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs of this decision. Students electing not to attend graduation ceremonies are responsible for payment of the graduation fee as posted in the University Catalog. The degree will be conferred at the graduation ceremony immediately following the completion of all stated essentials for this approved program and the payment of all required fees.
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 30+ years and is an experienced educator with more than 20 years of teaching experience.
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.
David Romanofski, Med., RT(R)(CT)(T), ARRT
Position: Adjunct Professor, Radiation Therapy
Did You Know? Professor Romanofski has worked in the diagnostic profession for 30+ years and has been published numerous times in RT peer-reviewed journals.
An Exciting Addition to Campus
State-of-the-art classrooms. Immersive simulation and skills labs. Spaces for collaboration between majors to learn how to treat the "whole" patient, a healthcare best-practice. Outdoor terraces, an airy, spacious atrium, and a convenient micro-market.
When it opens in 2025, it will be the largest academic building on GMercyU's campus.
Complete your required clinicals at one of the many organizations affiliated with GMercyU’s Radiation Therapy program:
- Christiana Care Health Systems
- Concord Health Center
- Helen Graham Center
- Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
- Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
- Fox Chase Cancer Center
- Buckingham / Community Hospital
- East Norriton
- Main Campus
- Penn Medicine Health Care Network
- Hospital of University of PA Perelman Center
- Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital
- Penn Medicine Doylestown Hospital
- Penn at Lancaster General Hospital, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute
- Penn Medicine Pennsylvania Hospital
- Penn Medicine at Valley Forge
- Jefferson Health Torresdale
- Lehigh Valley Hospital
- Cedar Crest
- Main Line Hospital Inc.
- Bryn Mawr Hospital
- Lankenau Campus
- Newtown Square
- Paoli Cancer Center
- Riddle Memorial Hospital
- MD Anderson at Cooper at Redeemer Health
- Pottstown Memorial Hospital
- St. Luke's Health Care Network
- Allentown Cancer Center
- Anderson Cancer Center
- St. Mary Regional Cancer Center
- Temple University Cancer Center
- Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Asplundh Cancer Pavilion
- The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
- Tower Health System Reading Hospital
- Wellspan Ephrata Cancer Center
- Wellspan Health - York Cancer Center
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 2022 was $89,530, with the top 10% earning more than $133,260.
More possible careers for radiation therapy majors include:
- Application Specialist
- Biomedical Engineer
- Health Administrator
- Health Professions Educator
- Medical Dosimetrist
- Medical Equipment Sales
- Medical Physicist
- Radiation Oncologist
*Additional education may be required for some of these positions.
A shadow experience and a written report on your observation are required for applying to this program. It's a great way to see if it's the right fit for you! Please contact email@example.com to schedule an in-person shadow visit or to view a virtual (PowerPoint) tour of the Radiation Therapy department.
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.
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.
Licensure: This program was designed to meet the licensure requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If you reside in a different state, you should carefully review your home state’s licensure requirements prior to enrolling in this program. For more information, please visit our Program Licensure Requirement page.
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.