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A Degree in Radiation Therapy for Military & Veterans

What can you do with a Radiation Therapy Degree?

Radiation therapy is the use of various kinds of high-energy radiation to treat cancer and other diseases. X-rays, gamma rays, electrons, and protons can all be used to help treat a variety of conditions to improve the health and well-being of patients.

Radiation Therapist

Administer doses of radiation to patients who have cancer or other serious diseases. Median Annual Salary: $83,000.

A radiation therapist is an essential member of a radiation oncology health team. Radiation therapists use carefully targeted doses of powerful radiation beams to kill cancer cells and destroy tumors, without harming the rest of the body! Radiation therapy can help cure cancer in a majority of patients and improve the quality of life in most others.

Is a Radiation Therapy Degree hard?

A Degree in Radiation Therapy is not difficult. It requires both classroom and clinical (hands-on) work as it prepares students for the technical and theoretical aspects of a career in this field.

Getting a Degree in Radiation Therapy

A Degree in Radiation Therapy is found as an Associate of Science Degree and a Bachelor’s.

An Associate Degree in Radiation Therapy will provide students with essential courses in the Arts and Sciences along with a focused education in radiation therapy. A Bachelor’s Degree will include additional core educational courses in the Arts and Sciences, a focused education in radiation therapy, along with other related health science courses.

Both degree levels will provide students with essential classroom and clinical education requirements. Students will acquire necessary professional skills such as:

  • dose calculation
  • treatment delivery
  • quality assurance

A clinical experience of interacting with patients and delivering radiation therapy is essential. Radiation Therapy programs that are accredited provide intensive and comprehensive clinical experience for their students. Students will be trained to provide professional and competent clinical care to patients along with other essential skills including:

  • Demonstrating critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Demonstrating professional work standards

While a Radiation Therapy Degree and corresponding clinical experience will more than adequately prepare graduates for a career in Radiation Therapy, a license is gained through successful completion of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination in radiation therapy. Graduates with a Degree in Radiation Therapy are encouraged to attain licensure as a registered radiation therapist.

GI Bill-approved Schools with Degrees in Radiation Therapy

Ready to start your Degree in Radiation Therapy? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:  

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Offers a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Radiation Therapy. Upstate Medical University has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP  exam, and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

John Patrick University of Health and Applied Sciences

Offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy. JPU has GI Bill approved programs, awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. JPU is a Yellow Ribbon school.

Is a Radiation Therapy Degree worth it?

Yes! A Degree in Radiation Therapy is worth it! A rewarding career with great pay, radiation therapists are an essential component of a successful oncology team. Don’t forget: in order to obtain certification and registration in Radiation Therapy, all potential radiation therapists must sit for the Radiation Therapy examination through The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Click here to learn more.

*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.

 

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Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.