What You’ll Learn
The Certificate in Radiation Therapy program at South College is designed to help students who have qualifying associate or bachelor’s degrees further their careers and gain valuable practical skills for work in the industry.
Radiation therapists operate many kinds of equipment, including high-energy linear accelerators with electron capabilities, simulators, and treatment planning equipment. The therapist delivers radiation treatments to affected parts of the patient’s body while protecting the unaffected parts of the body from radiation with absolute accuracy. Therapists also monitor patient side effects to radiation, including nausea, hair loss, and skin irritation. For the patient’s safety, they must maintain accurate documentation at all times.
In this rewarding field, you will learn to deliver the best possible patient care through hands-on clinical experience and classroom instruction in anatomy, physiology, and physics. Subjects include radiation safety, environmental protection practices, treatment planning and delivery, and quality assurance.
Radiation therapists are a vital part of an oncology team. They spend a great deal of time with patients and their families, and are at the forefront of patient care. Unlike so many positions in the medical field, however, radiation therapists usually have consistent schedules during regular business hours.
Upon successful completion of our one-year radiation therapy certificate program, in combination with an associate or bachelor’s degree, you will be eligible to complete a comprehensive certification exam to become properly registered and licensed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).