Radiation Therapy Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Looking to learn from leaders in the field of radiation therapy while earning your clinical experience at some of the country's finest oncology facilities? If you already have your bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and want to make a career change, Suffolk University's JRCERT-accredited Post-Baccalaureate Radiation Therapy Program could be perfect for you.

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)
  • North Shore Cancer Center (Danvers, Massachusetts)

Through observation and hands-on experience, you will become part of a team of radiation therapists as you complete more than 1,300 hours of clinical rotations. At the hospitals, you'll participate in the daily responsibilities of radiation therapists, as well as patient care and the operation of treatment machines. When you complete this program, you'll be eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Exam and can begin working immediately after you graduate.

Accreditation

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

20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300
Email: mail@jrcert.org

Data provided through Class of 2018. Data updated one year after graduation for prior graduating class, once data is available.

This data can also be found on the JRCERT website.

JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304

Program Effectiveness Measure Result
Current 5-Year Average Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (1st Attempt Within 6 months of Matriculation, Class of 2014-2018) (%) 82.1% (of 28 students)

23 students passed the exam out of the 28 students who took the exam within 6 months of matriculation
Current 5-Year Average Job Placement Rate (Within 1 Year of Matriculation, Class of 2014-2018) (%) 83% (of 29 Students)

1 student continued on to further schooling following matriculation, thus is not included in percentage
Current Program Completion Rate (2018) (%) 100% (of 5 students)

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will...
Students will be able to...
Know critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ask relevant questions
  • Apply theories to clinical situations
Know principles that demonstrate clinical competence.
  • Use/maneuver equipment in a safe manner
  • Apply proper techniques and procedures
  • Utilize proper body mechanics and universal precautions
Understand how to communicate in a clinical setting.
  • Explain procedures to patients accurately
  • Utilize information acquired to problem solve
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
Understand the importance of professionalism, growth, and development.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior
  • Become a member of a professional organization such as American Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Exhibit personal growth by continuously demonstrating interest to learn

The mission of the Radiation Therapy program is to provide a rigorous and comprehensive education to students interested in pursuing careers in radiation therapy. Students will receive instruction from a multifaceted faculty in diverse clinical settings while using the most advanced technologies to develop exceptional clinical skills that will prepare them for entry level positions. Graduates of our program will think critically, communicate effectively, and appreciate the importance of continued education in maintaining their competence.

Applying to the Radiation Therapy Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at Suffolk

Cost of Graduate Study at Suffolk

Tuition (2019-2020)
Full-time, per semester
$13,243
Cost Per Credit (2019-2020)
For part-time students
$779

Application Deadlines

Semester Deadline
Fall September 1 (Round 1)
December 1 (Round 2)
April 1 (Round 3, based on space availability)

Application Materials

  • Completed online application
  • $50 Application Fee (waived for students who visit campus
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • Shadow feedback (obtained by program from clinical site where shadow occurred)
  • Interview and math assessment by invitation
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic Scores (international students only)
  • Writing sample on the topic of your choice, or from the following suggested topics. The purpose of this writing sample is to further evaluate your writing and communication skills, and need not be more than one typed page.
    • Why have you chosen to pursue a career in Radiation Therapy?
    • When did you first realize that you wanted to become a Radiation Therapist?
    • Describe your clinical shadow experience and what you learned from it If applicable).

Admission Requirements

Academic Standards

All applicants to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Radiation Therapy must meet the following minimum requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA

Completion of the following six pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or higher:

  • Pre-Calculus or Calculus I
  • Biology with lab
  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs
  • Physics I & II with labs

Shadow Experience

All applicants must complete a clinical shadow experience before the corresponding application deadline, however it is recommended that applicants complete a shadow in advance as soon as they identify an interest in applying to the program. This will require at least 2 hours of your time and consists of observing a certified Radiation Therapist at work to assure your suitability for the career you are pursuing.

Applicants are encouraged to complete the shadow experience at a nearby medical institution of their choice by contacting the Radiation Oncology Department and requesting a radiation therapy shadow. After the shadow is complete, please send the following information by email even if you have not yet started your application. (The program will obtain feedback directly from the clinic about the shadow).

  • Name of individual(s) with whom you shadowed
  • Institution
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Date of shadow
  • Duration of shadow

If you need assistance scheduling a shadow, the Suffolk Radiation Therapy program can also arrange a shadow at one of our local hospital affiliates in Boston. Find out more and request a shadow.

Additional Information

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.

Radiation Therapy Information Request

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