The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Radiation Therapy degree, part of the Indiana University School of Medicine’s undergraduate program, will prepare you for a career in using ionizing radiation to treat benign and malignant tumors.
Radiation may also be used as part of curative therapy to prevent tumor recurrence after surgery. This type of therapy is often used before, during, and after chemotherapy in susceptible cancers.
As a radiation therapist, you will:
- Administer prescribed doses of ionizing radiation to specific areas of a patient’s body as directed by a physician.
- Operate advanced medical equipment, including high-energy linear accelerators, and work with radioactive materials.
- Observe the clinical progress of the patient undergoing radiation therapy, note the first signs of any complications, and determine when and if treatment should
be withheld until a physician is consulted.
Upon graduation, you will be prepared to take the radiation therapy certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Once you’ve passed this exam, you are classified as a registered radiation therapist. In Indiana, radiation therapists must be licensed.
Begin your studies toward this degree at IUPUC by completing prerequisite and general education courses. Then transfer to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus and finish the program. Along the way, you will work closely with a University College (UCOL) academic advisor who will help you determine what courses can be completed in Columbus and develop an appropriate timeline for transferring to Indianapolis.
You must be in good academic standing to transfer to another Indiana University campus. Admission to this program is competitive and completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee acceptance.
- To begin a radiation therapy degree at IUPUC, please contact University College.
- If you are a current student at IUPUC, please contact your academic advisor.