Radiation Therapy, B.S.
Radiation therapists are responsible for accurately recording, interpreting, and administering the treatment prescribed by radiation oncologists. During treatment, therapists help physicians use fluoroscopy, x-ray, or computed tomography to localize and outline anatomical areas requiring treatment. Secondary application and admission are required.
Radiation therapy students spend the equivalent of two years completing general education and prerequisite courses. Students wishing to apply for this degree should apply by February 1, prior to the fall semester entry. Applications available at gvsu.edu/rt/.
After admission to the secondary competitive program, students complete an additional two years of full-time professional coursework.
Why Study Radiation Therapy at Grand Valley?
- Our well-established program provides a strong curriculum, knowledgeable faculty, and clinical site placements to prepare students for the national certification exam.
- Small class sizes, cohort educational experiences, and clinical rotations are offered at a wide variety of different hospital affiliates, including large teaching facilities and small community hospitals.
- Located in the state-of-the-art Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in the heart of the medical community in downtown Grand Rapids.
- Graduates are eligible for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination for national certification.
- Accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (jrcert.org).
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Location & Format
All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper division studies on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.Format:
- Face To Face
Students study a variety of topics that include:
- Human sectional anatomy
- Intro to medical dosimetry
- Radiation biology
- Radiation protection
- Radiation therapy physics
- Image guidance in radiation therapy
Combined Degree Programs
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
A degree in radiation therapy involves a competitive admission process and completion of a secondary application. There are no waiting lists for these programs. Applications are due February 1. Admissions occur once per year beginning in the fall semester (August). The application requirements can be found online at gvsu.edu/rad.
“The professors were supportive and dedicated to my success in the classroom, lab, and beyond. The wide variety of clinical rotations provided a well-rounded clinical experience to fully prepare me to enter the profession of radiation therapy.”
RADIATION THERAPY ALUMNA