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Program Overview

Radiation therapy is a health care discipline that utilizes ionizing radiation for the treatment of mostly malignant diseases. Radiation therapists are health care professionals skilled in the art and science of radiation treatment delivery.  The radiation therapy program is designed to prepare students for the technical, theoretical, and psychological aspects of this career. The program provides a unique learning environment which includes state of the art equipment. By recruiting the help of highly qualified Radiation Oncology faculty, students acquire skills necessary to become successful Radiation Therapists. 

Students receive didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences in both existing and emerging radiation therapy practices and procedures.  This may include treatment planning, simulation, quality assurance, brachytherapy, external beam therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, intraoperative radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, image guided radiation therapy, and total body irradiation. Students will rotate through a minimum of three clinical facilities to ensure exposure to emerging technologies. 

Admission Process

Application Deadline: February 1st 

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Students spend two years completing the general education and prerequisite courses. After admission to the secondary competitive program, students complete two years of full-time professional coursework.

Why Study Radiation Therapy at Grand Valley?

  • Our well-established program provides a strong curriculum and knowledgeable faculty along with clinical site placements to prepare students for the national certification exam.
  • Grand Valley students enjoy small class sizes, cohort educational experiences, and clinical rotations offered at a wide variety of different clinical affiliates, including large teaching facilities as well as small community hospitals.
  • The program is located in the state-of-the-art Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences building in the heart of the medical community of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • The radiation therapy program is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.