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  Radiation Therapy

Why study radiation therapy at Benedictine?

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:

  • A strong science curriculum balanced with courses in the humanities and social sciences.
  • A superb location near many outstanding medical facilities.
  • A suburban setting with easy access to Chicago.

What does the Radiation Therapy program at Benedictine offer?

The Radiation Therapy program prepares you to:

  • Perform radiation therapy simulations (setting patients up for their daily treatments).
  • Deliver daily radiation treatments.
  • Evaluate and monitor treatment delivery equipment.
  • Perform radiation dose calculations.
  • Work under supervision as a member of the medical team.
  • Collaborate with physicians and other members of the health care team, including nurses, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, social workers and administrative staff.
  • Interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to terminally ill.

How does the program work?

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.



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William R. Law, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (630) 829-6187
Fax: (630) 829-6186

Dean's Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dean's Office Location:
Birck Hall Room 119