Radiation Science & Radiation Therapy

Get a top-notch scientific education amid the nation's top hospitals

More than one million cancer patients receive radiation treatment each year—and Suffolk University’s Radiation Science & Therapy program can put you on the front lines of this multi-faceted field that integrates radiation, biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Prepare for a rewarding career in the medical field, research, or further graduate study in the field of cancer treatment and health sciences. (Medical Dosimetry Certificateprogram is no longer enrolling students. Applications are being accepted for the new Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry).

You'll learn from leaders in the field while gaining clinical experience at some of the finest oncology facilities in the country. Our JRCERT-accredited program is a collaboration between the Suffolk University Biology Department and our world-class clinical sites: Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston), Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston), Emerson Hospital (Concord, Massachusetts), Newton-Wellesley Hospital (Newton, Massachusetts), and North Shore Cancer Center (Danvers, Massachusetts).

Our expert faculty will work with you to tailor a program of study from our program options that helps you achieve your goals. You will begin your freshman year as a radiation science major. If you're interested, you can apply to the radiation therapy major in your sophomore year. If at that time you're not accepted to the radiation therapy program, you may reapply the following year, while continuing your studies in radiation science.

The Radiation Science Major emphasizes laboratory and research training rather than clinical training, making it ideal preparation for medical research careers and graduate study. By integrating the study of biology, radiation, physics, chemistry, and mathematics, our well-rounded program prepares you for a career in health care or any of the sciences. Majors in the program have the opportunity to complete an internship at a regional healthcare facility, including the possibility of interning at a top medical center.

If you are selected for the Radiation Therapy Major, you'll combine your classroom studies with hands-on clinical training at one of our partnering hospitals. Suffolk students enjoy clinical experiences at Boston's world-famous healthcare facilities, including Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Your clinical training includes observing and participating in the daily responsibilities of radiation therapists, patient care, and operation of the linear accelerator treatment machines.

Suffolk also offers a Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry


Our program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), the national governing body for radiation education programs:

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Suffolk prepared me extremely well to graduate and jump into the field with ample clinical experience and knowledge. I feel Suffolk prepared me very well educationally for the board exam and also as a professional in a clinical setting. Suffolk sets its RT students to a high standard and expects us to graduate as well-rounded Radiation Therapists.

Olivia Hess, ’22, Radiation Therapy Major Radiation Therapist, Massachusetts General Hospital

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