Radiation Therapy Major
Radiation therapy is the careful administration of highly focused forms of radiation to treat cancer and other diseases. Through observation and hands-on experience, you'll become part of a team of radiation therapists as you complete more than 1,300 hours of clinical rotations.
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)
- North Shore Cancer Center (Danvers, Massachusetts)
At these hospitals, you'll participate in the daily responsibilities of radiation therapists, as well as patient care and the operation of treatment machines.
Note: You must be at least a sophomore to apply to this program. The Radiation Therapy Committee will review your application and decide whether you can enroll. If accepted into this program, you'll be eligible to apply to take the ARRT certification exam and can begin working upon graduation.
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
Data provided through Class of 2019. 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 2015-2019) (%)||83% (of 23 students)
19 students passed the exam out of the 23 students who took the exam within 6 months of matriculation
|Current 5-Year Average Job Placement Rate (Within 1 Year of Matriculation, Class of 2015-2019) (%)||83% (of 24 Students)
1 student continued on to further schooling following matriculation, thus is not included in percentage
|Current Program Completion Rate (2019) (%)||75% (3 of 4 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.||
Suffolk University’s undergraduate Radiation Therapy program meets the educational requirements qualifying graduates to apply for state licensure in the following states, subject to satisfactorily meeting all other requirements for licensure in each state: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The following states and district do not have state licensure requirements for practicing in radiation therapy, but do have minimum educational requirements, which the undergraduate Radiation Therapy program meets, subject to satisfactorily meeting all other requirements for practice in each state or district: Alaska, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania.
As of January 2021, the following states do not have state licensure or minimum educational requirements for practicing in radiation therapy: Alabama, Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Tennessee. Each employer is entitled to make individual decisions regarding minimal standards for employment in radiation therapy.
Courses & Requirements
Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.