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Certificate in Radiation Therapy

CAMPUSES AshevilleKnoxvilleNashville

Career Options*

Radiation Therapist Radiation Therapy Technologist Certified Medical Dosimetrist CT Simulation Therapist Staff Radiation Therapist

14%* Estimated Job Growth

Keys to Success

Students who will be successful in the Certificate in Radiation Therapy program must show drive, focus, and attentiveness in their performance, because their safety and that of their patients depends on meticulous administration of treatment.

You will also interact with patients and their caregivers during a difficult time, occasionally providing physical assistance, so professionalism is imperative. Frequent, close contact with patients and their families makes radiation therapy is a good fit for social personalities. Radiation therapists must be able to be on their feet for long periods and be able to lift treatment devices and physically assist patients with mobility issues.

While earning your certificate in radiation therapy, you will also master the technical aspects required to operate highly sophisticated equipment. You should be strong in math, science, and critical thinking with good self-discipline and time-management.

Clinical experience is vital to obtaining and expanding your career options in radiation therapy. At South College, we provide you with hands-on training in an assigned clinical facility as part of an interdisciplinary team administering radiation therapy treatment to patients. In the classroom, you will learn the complex aspects of anatomy, physiology, and physics that provide necessary context to understanding the fundamentals of radiation treatment.

Continuing Education

Additional Information


South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate and associate levels.

Consumer Information

Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student. South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.

*The career options listed above are a small sample of potential job titles, and are not meant to be comprehensive. Students may or may not find employment in these positions. Job growth statistics are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014–2024 projections. Note that the Bureau does not publish estimates for all job titles, so in some cases these numbers are an approximation based on similar job titles.

Success At South College

Shawn Domm

I chose South College because it came highly recommended from mentors of mine, the faculty is second to none, and the program fits my ever-changing lifestyle. I also chose it because of the flexibility. My wife is still serving in the United States Air Force on Active Duty, and this means that we move when they tell us to move.

- Shawn Domm, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Elizabeth Ferichs

One of the major reasons I chose South College was for the smaller class sizes. It allows more one-on-one time between students and professors, which enhances the learning experience for me.

- Elizabeth Frerichs, Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Adam Hatcher

I went to college originally straight out of high school with the intent of majoring in musical performance with a concentration in theoretical studies. I was not prepared to for college at that point, so I decided to gain some experience and maturity by joining the work force full-time. After working for 10 years, I felt it was time to try school again.

- Adam Hatcher, Bachelor of Business Administration
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