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.
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.
Graduates with a degree in radiation therapy work as radiation therapists in hospitals
and clinics. You may also pursue careers in treatment planning, information technology,
health care administration, equipment sales and training, and teaching.
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.
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.
Accreditation allows our program to accommodate 12 students per class. This small
class size ensures personal instruction, advising and a cordial learning environment.
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.