Radiation Therapy Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Our program is a collaboration between the Suffolk University Biology Department and our world-class clinical sites: Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Emerson Hospital (Concord, Massachusetts), Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and 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 observe 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 look for jobs immediately after you graduate.
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
Applying to the Radiation Therapy Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at Suffolk
Cost of Graduate Study at Suffolk
Full-time, per semester
Cost Per Credit (2019-2020)
For part-time students
|Fall||September 1 (Round 1)
January 15 (Round 2)
April 1 (Round 3, based on space availability)
- Completed online application
- $50 Application Fee (waived for students who visit campus)
- 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).
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
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
- 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.
Data provided through Class of 2017. Data updated one year after graduation for prior graduating class, once data is available.
This data can also be found on the JRCERT website.
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 2013-2017) (%)||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 2013-2017) (%)||76.7% (of 30 Students)
1 student continued on to further schooling following matriculation, thus is not included in percentage
|Current Program Completion Rate (2017) (%)||80% (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 be able to...|
|Know critical thinking and problem-solving skills.||
|Know principles that demonstrate clinical competence.||
|Understand how to communicate in a clinical setting.||
|Understand the importance of professionalism, growth, and development.||