Radiation therapy uses high energy X-rays, electron beams or radioactive isotopes as cancer-killing agents. These therapies change the direct physical process of individual cells.
The radiation therapist is a highly specialized professional who is an important part of a health care team. Radiation therapy is one of the most effective treatments today for many cancers and an increasing number of other medical conditions. The radiation therapist delivers highly technical skills to patients requiring extreme care, involving a great deal of patient contact. Patients are usually seen 15-40 times during the course of their treatment.
At Benedictine, you will benefit from:
The Radiation Therapy program prepares you to:
Students in the Radiation Therapy program must complete at least 90 semester hours with a minimum GPA of 2.8 at Benedictine University. Students must apply for admission to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Benedictine’s clinical education program affiliate hospital, during their junior year. The admissions process is competitive. Your senior year is a 13-month, 33 semester credit-hour clinical education curriculum in an American Medical Association-accredited hospital program affiliated with the University. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded the B.A. in Biology- Allied Health, and are eligible to sit for the national registry examination in Radiation Therapy administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.