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Overview: The radiation therapist is a health care professional skilled in the art and science of medical radiation treatment delivery. The therapist prepares and treats already diagnosed cancer patients with high energy radiation using highly specialized equipment called linear accelerators. Therapists are concerned with the design and administration of radiation therapy treatment, in addition to issues of the daily well-being for patients with cancer. This profession combines the great satisfaction of helping people during a difficult time in their life with high technology equipment and sophisticated scientific techniques.
Curriculum: The radiation therapy program allows students to:
Faculty: The program's faculty maintain professional certification in the fields of radiation therapy and radiological technology. They also hold advanced degrees in dosimetry and education, in addition to many years of clinical expertise. Faculty are also active in professional societies, both at the local and national level. Students are encouraged to join and participate in these organizations and societies.
Internships: Students may have an opportunity to gain practical work experience during their senior year at one of the eight affiliating clinical sites; however these opportunities vary from year to year. There are also options for students to study abroad during their undergraduate career.