Bachelor of Science (BS) 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. Our program was the first JRCERT-accredited BS degree in Radiation Therapy in the Philadelphia area.

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 with courses in biology, algebra I & II, geometry, and physics and/or chemistry required; trigonometry is recommended. Minimum acceptable grade is a C+.

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.

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. As a GMercyU-educated radiation therapist, 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.

  • 86% average first-time pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certifying exam over the past five years:
  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 students must pass within three tries or they will not be allowed to sit for Registry exam.

  • 86% program completion rate (PDF)
  • The five year average job employment rate for graduates was 83% 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)


In addition to general education requirements, you 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 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 graduates who reported being employed within six months of graduation).

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 radiation therapy 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.