Radiation Therapy Technologist

Prepare for a career in Radiation Therapy

Are you interested in a career where you can help patients feel better and better understand their disease? Are you interested in finding a program to help you reach these goals? You'll find many options in training programs. Working as a radiation therapist can be challenging and yet very fulfilling.

Radiation therapists can also obtain additional certifications in various areas of radiologic technology, which can improve both and wage potential. Employment opportunities for radiation therapists can be found in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and related healthcare facilities. As the need for more healthcare professionals increases, so does the wage potential for these trained professionals. Wage potential can also be affected by factors like employer, training and experience, certifications and geographic location.

Radiation therapists must complete a training program in radiation therapy. This may be a two-year associate degree program or a four-year bachelor degree program depending on the student’s aspirations. Individuals who already have a degree in certain healthcare fields may become radiation therapists by completing a one-year certificate program.

As a student in a radiation therapy program, you’ll take courses in computer science, anatomy and physiology, radiation therapy procedures, physics and research methodology. You may also be required to complete a supervised internship at a medical facility. During the internship, you’ll learn to perform radiation therapy and radiology procedures on patients.

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