Careers in Radiation Therapy

Graduates of the Radiation Therapy Program are eligible to take the National Registry Exam, administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Once registered, graduates are known as registered radiation therapists.

The curriculum supports the entry-level responsibilities expected of a new graduate. Graduates are qualified to accept positions as Radiation Therapists in hospitals, treatment clinics, educational institutions and industry. Demand for our graduates is high.

What does a Radiation Therapist do?

Primary Responsibilities:

+ Primary care of patients
+ Dosimetry
+ Delivery of radiation treatments using linear accelerators or similar equipment.

Where will I work?

Jobs can be found in the following settings:

+ Radiation treatment facilities in hospital
+ Freestanding clinics
+ Industry


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Ryan Mueller
Class of '12

"I am currently a full-time Radiation Therapist at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and currently taking classes to go to medical or PA school. During my clinical rotations, I rotated through St. Anthony's Medical Center, the David C. Pratt Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital-St. Louis, Lake St. Louis Hospital, Saint Louis University Hospital, and the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. There were few openings for therapists in the area during my rotations, and jobs were very competitive. Despite this fact, I applied to 4 of the 5 hospitals which I rotated through, had interviews at all 4, and was hired for a position at 3 of the 4 hospitals. The radiation therapy program at Saint Louis University helped me immensely in my pursuit of a career. I would not be where I am today without the experiences which shaped me, both as an employee and as a person."

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