Radiation Therapy Program - Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiation Therapy

Earn Your Degree from a Leader in Radiation Therapy

If you’re exploring how to become a radiation therapist, you’ve come to the right place. Gwynedd Mercy University’s BS in radiation therapy program has been a regional leader since its inception 40 years ago. Amongst radiation therapy schools in the Philadelphia area, GMercyU was the first to offer JRCERT-accredited BS degree in Radiation Therapy.

The 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.

A Four-Year Degree in Radiation Therapy

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy degree is for high school graduates or college transfer students who meet the admission criteria of the University and the Radiation Therapy Program. Applicants must be proficient in math and science in order to succeed in the radiation therapy degree.

If you already are a registered or registry-eligible radiographer and want to continue your education, we also offer a 20-month Bachelor of Health Science in Radiation Therapy degree program within our radiation therapy school.

Already a registered radiation therapist and interested in completing your Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy? The Degree Completion option is for you!

The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy (Degree Completion) is designed for graduates of a JRCERT accredited Radiation Therapy Program as a degree completion program. Students must be ARRT registered in Radiation Therapy. General Education courses can be completed on a full-time, part-time, evening, or day basis. The requirements to complete the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy (Degree Completion) is a review of all previous coursework and life experience credits evaluated on an individual basis. All transcripts must be submitted with the application. 

Please refer to the curriculum sheet for General Education requirements.

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

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 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.

  • 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 our radiation therapy school 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 radiation therapy major courses taught by experienced faculty
  • Get the lasting value of a four-year degree from a radiation therapy school accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Program 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 in our radiation therapy program 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 radiation therapy program with everyday practical experience that permits the individual to enter the job market immediately following graduation.

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 degree, 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, radiation therapy majors will complete the following courses:

Radiation Therapy Courses - 69 Credits

RTS 100 Introduction to Radiation Therapy
RTS 101 Orientation to Clinical Education I (2 credits)
RTS 107 Principles of Medical Imaging & Rad. Positioning
RTS 110 Orientation to Clinical Education II
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 credit)
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 100 Introduction to Allied Health (2 credits)
HS 208 Basic Pathophysiology 
HS 305 Teaching in Health Profession
HS 403 Current Topics Healthcare 
PHY 111 Physics for AH Services

Credit Requirement
A minimum of 131 credits is required for the bachelor of science in radiation therapy degree.

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 college 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

Among students graduating with a GMercyU Bachelor’s degree in Radiation Therapy, we’ve seen a 5-year average employment rate of 90% (includes radiation therapy degree graduates who reported being employed within six months of graduation).

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay in 2017 for Radiation Therapists was $80,570 per year, and the expected growth is anticipated at a much faster than average growth; 13% through 2024.

Possible careers for radiation therapy majors

•    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.