Radiation Therapy

career in radiation therapy My experience at Labouré College as a student in the Radiation Therapy program was the starting point for what was to become a very fulfilling career in Radiation Oncology.  Throughout my education, the constant words of praise and encouragement helped me to obtain the clinical strength necessary to be employed by a well known Boston hospital.  With this experience, I gained the confidence to pursue a career in management and return to school for my Master’s degree.
 - Natalie Campbell '10
   Manager, Alliance Oncology

Radiation therapy is a challenging and rewarding career and immerses you in field of cancer care. As a member of a multidisciplinary team, you will provide radiation therapy for cancer patients along with support, guidance and understanding of their disease and their fight to get better. Radiation oncology offers the best of technical savvy and patient contact and as a radiation therapist you will learn to balance these two facets to provide compassionate and expert care for your patients. 

As a student of radiation therapy, you will be exposed to classroom learning and hands-on clinical experience. Course’s in treatment, physics and oncology are some of the didactic elements of the program and when coupled with an extensive clinical exposure; support the integration of these two worlds. The radiation therapy program at Labouré College offers experienced instructors and many clinical affiliations to provide students with a varied learning experience allowing mastery of the skills and traits needed to be a successful radiation therapist. 

To speak with a program official and have your questions answered please attend a Radiation Therapy Information Session, which are held at the college each month. 

Radiation therapists help one patient at a time fight cancer.  Learn more about this field at the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Graduates are eligible for examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to earn the designation of RT. Massachusetts radiation therapists are licensed by the Massachusetts state licensing board (Massgov). The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Radiation Control Program will only grant a license to individuals who have graduated from a JRCERT accredited program.

The JRCERT may be contacted at:
JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304

Eligibility for Certification

Candidates for certification as a radiation therapist must comply with the rules of ethics contained in the ARRT standards of ethics. One issue addressed by the rules of ethics is the conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor, or a misdemeanor with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations.

Individuals who have violated the rules of ethics may request a pre-application review of the violation in order to obtain a ruling of the impact on their eligibility for ARRT examination. Individuals are advised to submit this pre-application form before entry into a radiation therapy program. Applicants with a previous court record should make an appointment with the director of admissions and/or the chairperson of radiation therapy to review current information on ARRT requirements.


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