Radiation Therapy

If you choose to major in radiation therapy at Saint Louis University, you will learn to treat cancer patients with high-energy radiation using highly specialized equipment. You'll focus on helping plan and administer prescribed doses of radiation to affected areas as directed by a radiation oncologist.

Radiation Therapy student

 SLU’s radiation therapy students have a 100 percent pass rate on the board certification exam, and a nearly 100 percent job placement rate for RT graduates seeking jobs.


Major in Radiation Therapy

Saint Louis University's flexible radiation therapy curriculum allows students to incorporate a variety of disciplines into their undergraduate studies. Professional coursework in the radiation therapy program is concentrated in your fourth year at Doisy College. Major areas of study include primary care of patients, delivery of treatments using linear accelerators or similar equipment and treatment planning.

In addition to preparing you to work as a radiation therapist, an undergraduate degree in radiation therapy is also an excellent choice for students who hope to continue on to medical school. SLU's Doisy College of Health Sciences offers both pre-med and pre-physician assistant curriculum options for students in its radiation therapy program.

Radiation therapy students at SLU participate in a clinical practicum at several health care settings in the St. Louis area. This variety of clinical sites allows you to appreciate a variety of departmental structures, ranging from high-end research facilities to community hospitals.

Students also are encouraged to join and participate in the functions of the Saint Louis University Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics Club, in addition to professional organizations in the St. Louis area.

 In addition to University-level scholarships, sophomore, junior and senior radiation therapy students are also eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Association.

Curriculum
  • XRT 4310: Radiation Physics
  • XRT 4320: Radiation Therapy Practice I
  • XRT 4330: Treatment Techniques
  • XRT 4340: Treatment Planning
  • XRT 4350: Clinical Practicum I
  • XRT 4360: Emerging Technologies
  • XRT 4420: Radiation Therapy Practice II
  • XRT 4440: Clinical Dosimetry
  • XRT 4450: Clinical Practicum II
  • XRT 4500: Radiation Oncology Patient Care and Quality Management
  • XRT 4510: Radiobiology and Radiation Protection
  • XRT 4960: Capstone in Radiation Therapy
Internships and Careers

Graduates with a degree in radiation therapy work as radiation therapists in hospitals and clinics. You may also pursue careers in dosimetry, information technology, health care administration, equipment sales and training, and teaching.

Faculty

The faculty and staff in the department of medical imaging and radiation therapeutics are dedicated to each program and the scholarship of all students. All faculty are credentialed and provide a wealth of expertise and knowledge to each program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to SLU’s radiation therapy program requires a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum ACT score of 22 with no subsection lower than 20.

Accreditation, Program Outcomes and Fees

Initial accreditation of the  program was granted in 1968, by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, in cooperation with the American College of Radiology and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. This accreditation has been continuous to date.

The Radiation Therapy program accepts twelve students per class. This small class size ensures personal instruction, advising and a cordial learning environment. 

Learn about outcomes, technical standards, fees and additional program information.

For further information on the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, go to jrcert.org.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606
312-704-5300
mail@jrcert.org


Real-World Experience

Experience in Clinical Settings

Students in SLU’s radiation therapyprogram gain practical experience in clinical settings around the St. Louis metro area, including Saint Louis University Hospital, Siteman Cancer Center and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.