School of Radiation Therapy

The radiation therapist uses various types of ionizing radiation in the treatment of cancer. The primary responsibility of the radiation therapist is to implement the treatments prescribed by a radiation oncologist and planned in conjunction with a physicist and a dosimetrist.

A radiation therapist must have a stable, self-assured personality and must display attributes of compassion, concern, emotional maturity and competence in responding to the emotional and physical needs of the oncology patient.

For more information on careers in radiation therapy: American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

Career Preparation

To prepare for a career in radiation therapy, a student must have a strong background in sciences such as anatomy, physiology, math, physics and computer science. A career in radiation therapy requires the combination of education at a college or university and clinical education in an accredited radiation therapy program. Many colleges and hospitals offer programs in radiation therapy.

There are two routes of entry into Beaumont School of Radiation Therapy. A minimum of an associate degree is required for entrance:

In the college-based programs, students are required to take their prerequisite courses at a college or university. Students complete their professional education in an affiliated clinical internship that is located in a hospital. Upon successful completion of the college program, the student will be granted an associate's or bachelor's degree.

In the hospital-based programs such as the Beaumont Radiation Therapy program, students are required to take the prerequisites/degree work at a college or university. Students complete their professional education in an accredited radiation therapy program located in a hospital. As of January 1, 2015, all applicants for professional registration in Radiation Therapy with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists will be required to possess an academic degree (minimum of associate’s degree). Beginning January 1, 2013, all APPLICANTS for our program must demonstrate possession of an A.S. degree or higher at time of APPLICATION to our program or prior to the start date of our program.

Some colleges and universities accept the two-year accredited radiation therapy program for credit towards a bachelor's or an associate's degree. Students combine the college or university requirements with their professional education for this degree.

The Beaumont Schools of Allied Health, Radiation Therapy program has such an articulation agreement with Oakland University for the bachelor's degree. However, you may take your prerequisite courses at any accredited college or university.

For information on the School of Radiation Therapy at Beaumont Hospital, contact:

Laura Ochs, M.Ed., RT(T)
Program Director, Beaumont School of Radiation Therapy
3601 W. Thirteen Mile Road
Royal Oak, Michigan 48073-6769
Phone: 248-551-7156
Fax: 248-551-7166

For more information on accredited radiation therapy programs contact:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304