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Radiation Therapy (Bachelor of Science)

The Radiation Therapy program at Indiana University School of Medicine is a four-year baccalaureate degree program and has two tracks: one for the non-radiographer and one for the radiographer.

For the nonradiographer, the program is composed of 48 credit hours of prerequisites and general-education requirements and a 22-month professional core in the junior and senior years. For the radiographer, the program includes general-education requirements and a 20-month professional core.

Working as a Radiation Therapist

Radiation therapy involves the use of different forms of ionizing radiation for the treatment of benign and malignant tumors. Radiation therapists administer the prescribed dose of ionizing radiation to specific sites of the patient’s body as directed by the physician. They operate varied types of equipment, including high-energy linear accelerators, and work with radioactive materials. In addition, radiation therapists observe the clinical progress of the patient undergoing radiation therapy, observe the first signs of any complication, and determine when treatment should be withheld until a physician may be consulted.

Admissions Details

Students interested in the Radiation Therapy program at IU School of Medicine can find details about the admissions process, including requirements and deadlines, on the program admissions page.

Program Admissions

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Maria C. Walker, MA

Director, Radiation Therapy Program

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Program Details

  • Accreditation

    The IU School of Medicine Radiation Therapy, BS Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182. https://www.jrcert.org/

  • Mission Statement

    The Indiana University School of Medicine Radiation Therapy Program is designed to provide exceptional educational (didactic and clinical) and professional experiences to a diverse group of committed and passionate students who aim to become qualified radiation therapists. In addition to these experiences, we focus on personal and professional development and growth. The major purpose of the program is to prepare graduates to be leaders in the field of radiation therapy who define excellence in the health and welfare of patients through treatment of disease.

  • Program Goals
    1. Graduates/students will be clinically competent.

    2. Graduates/students will communicate effectively.

    3. Graduates will think critically and apply problem-solving skills in the healthcare environment.

    4. Graduates will have knowledge of the value of professional development and growth.

    5. Students will graduate and be qualified to work as entry-level radiation therapists.

  • Program Learning Outcomes

    At appropriate points during the radiation therapy program, the student will be able to:

    1. demonstrate knowledge of radiation therapy procedures. [Goal 1]

    2. apply principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others. [Goal 1]

    3. perform radiation therapy simulation procedures. [Goal 1]

    4. deliver radiation therapy treatments as prescribed by a radiation oncologist. [Goal 1]

    5. perform basic radiation therapy dose calculations & access treatment plans. [Goal 1]

    6. demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. [Goal 2]

    7. evaluate patients for effects, reactions, and therapeutic responses. [Goal 3]

    8. apply basic research methods. [Goal 3]

    9. formulate methods for the pursuit of lifelong learning. [Goal 4]

    At the completion of the radiation therapy program, the graduate will:

    1. pass the ARRT national certification exam on the first attempt. [Goal 5]

    2. be employed within twelve months post-graduation, if pursuing employment. [Goal 5]

    3. complete the professional program within 22 months. [Goal 5]

    4. be satisfied with their education. [Goal 5]

Program Facilities

The Radiation Therapy Program offices are located on the IU School of Medicine Indianapolis campus. Classrooms and laboratories are located in radiation oncology departments of area hospitals and in other buildings in Indianapolis.

Clinical Training

The clinical practicums are provided at a variety of clinical sites located within a 75-mile radius of Indianapolis.