Radiation Therapy Major

If you want to work in the medical profession as a radiation therapist, the radiation therapy major will allow you to get practical, hands-on experience in a hospital setting while you earn your degree.

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), and North Shore Cancer Center (Danvers, Massachusetts).

At these hospitals, you'll observe the daily responsibilities of radiation therapists, as well as patient care and the operation of treatment machines.

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 upon graduation.

Additional Information

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.

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Chicago, IL 60606-3182
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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...
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

Courses & Requirements

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