Radiation Therapy Program - Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiation Therapy

program_radiation_therapy_2.jpg

Earn Your Degree from a Leader in Radiation Therapy

Gwynedd Mercy University’s BS in Radiation Therapy program has been a regional leader since its inception 40 years ago. Among radiation therapy schools in the Philadelphia area, GMercyU was the first to offer JRCERT-accredited BS degree in Radiation Therapy.

The program is proudly offered through the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions, an innovator and leader in nursing and healthcare for more than 60 years.

A Four-Year Degree in Radiation Therapy

This degree is for high school graduates or college transfer students who meet the admission criteria of the University and the Radiation Therapy Program. Applicants must be proficient in math and science in order to succeed in the radiation therapy degree.

Schedule Your Required Shadow Visit
 

More Degree Options
Already a registered or registry-eligible radiographer and want to continue your education? We offer a 20-month Bachelor of Health Science in Radiation Therapy degree program within our radiation therapy school.

Already a registered radiation therapist and interested in completing your Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy? We also offer a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy (Degree Completion), designed for graduates of a JRCERT-accredited Radiation Therapy Program as a degree completion program. Students must be ARRT registered in Radiation Therapy. General Education courses can be completed on a full-time, part-time, evening, or daytime basis. The requirements to complete the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy (Degree Completion) is a review of all previous coursework and life experience credits evaluated on an individual basis. All transcripts must be submitted with the application. Please refer to the curriculum for General Education requirements, and see our Admission Requirements below for more information.


Our Radiation Therapy programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) 
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300
email: mail@jrcert.org

To register a complaint, please contact:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
https://www.jrcert.org/students/process-for-reporting-allegations/report-an-allegation/

To view Radiation Therapy pass rates, employment rates, and Program Completion rates, see our Program Effectiveness document (PDF).

Program Details

At GMercyU, one of the top radiation therapy schools in PA, you will be prepared to deliver competent and compassionate patient-centered care. In keeping with our Mercy tradition, our curriculum is career-oriented but also helps you build a strong foundation in liberal arts and ethics, so you are prepared to treat the whole person with respect and dignity. You can build on your educational foundation in radiation therapy and take your career in different directions including administration, dosimetry, research, education, and direct patient care.

Program highlights include:

  • A minimum of three clinical placements through affiliation agreements with 30+ cancer management centers in the area (see list under "Clinical Opportunities")
  • Our state-of-the-art teaching tool, the VERT (Virtual Environment of a Radiotherapy Treatment room), offers a safe, simulated radiotherapy treatment room complete with 3D views and life-size visualizations.
  • Individualized attention through our low 13:1 classroom student-to-faculty and 1:1 student-to-clinical instructor ratios
  • All radiation therapy major courses taught by experienced faculty, no teaching assistants
  • The lasting value of a four-year degree from a radiation therapy school accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) for the past eight years

The five-year average job employment rate for our radiation therapy school graduates was 97% within 12 months of graduation (PDF)

You can also check out the average first-time pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certifying exam over the past five years by viewing GMercyU's Program Effectiveness document (PDF).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program is consistent with the mission of the University in that it offers a career-oriented program that prepares competent entry-level radiation therapists who provide empathetic patient-centered care.
 

Philosophy

Consistent with the Mission of Gwynedd Mercy University, it is the goal of the Radiation Therapy Program to offer a career-oriented program that provides moral, social, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual development of the individual. We believe that it is necessary that our graduates not only view patients as whole persons requiring medical assistance, but who will also support them with regard for the dignity of the individual. In order to fulfill this belief and philosophy, we offer a fully integrated curriculum that encourages interest in the humanities as well as theory and clinical experience in the current technology of radiation therapy. Theory within the concentration is strengthened throughout the program with everyday practical experience that permits the individual to enter the job market immediately following graduation.

Program Goals

  1. Graduates will be competent entry-level radiation therapists.
  2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking.
  3. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
  4. The students/graduates will model professionalism.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the radiation therapy program, the graduates will demonstrate:  

  • Empathic patient-centered care
  • Application of appropriate radiation safety principles
  • Accuracy in performing radiation therapy procedures
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Appropriate response to events in clinical and lab situations
  • Appropriate professional behaviors

In addition to general education requirements, you will complete the following courses:

Radiation Therapy Courses - 69 Credits

RTS 100 Introduction to Radiation Therapy
RTS 101 Orientation to Clinical Education I (2 credits)
RTS 107 Principles of Medical Imaging & Rad. Positioning
RTS 110 Orientation to Clinical Education II
RTS 200 Radiation Biology 
RTS 202 Principles of Radiation Oncology Patient Care (2 credits)
RTS 203 Principles of Technical RT (2 credits)
RTS 204 Clinical Education I
RTS 208 Tech. Radiation Therapy I
RTS 209 Clinical Oncology I (1 credit)
RTS 303 Clinical Education II 
RTS 304 Tech Radiation Therapy II
RTS 305 Clinical Oncology II (1 credit)
RTS 306 Applied Radiation Physics I
RTS 307 Principles of Medical Dosimetry
RTS 308 Cross-Sectional Anatomy (2 credits)
RTS 320 Clinical Education III
RTS 400 Tech Radiation Therapy III (1 credit)
RTS 402 Applied Radiation Physics II
RTS 403 Clinical Education IV
RTS 404 Advanced Medical Dosimetry (2 credits)
RTS 406 TQM in Radiation Oncology (1 cred
RTS 407 Clinical Education V  (4 credits)
RTS 408 App Physic of Advanced Treat Tech 2 credits)
RTS 410 Capstone Seminar in RT (2 credits)
RTS 4000 Capstone Research Project

Additional Courses – 9 Credits

HS 100 Introduction to Allied Health (2 credits)
HS 208 Basic Pathophysiology 
HS 305 Teaching in Health Profession
HS 403 Current Topics in Health Care
PHY 111 Physics for AH Services


Credit Requirement
A minimum of 131 credits is required for the bachelor of science in radiation therapy degree. See the undergraduate catalog for more information and course descriptions.

For Radiation Therapy-related information, view the Radiation Therapy Student Handbook (PDF).

Radiation Therapy Forms: 

View the academic calendar here.

William R. (Randy) Solly MS RRT RPFT


Rose Troutman, MS, RT, (T)

Position: Assistant Professor and Program Director, Radiation Therapy
Did You Know? Professor Troutman has worked in the field of radiation therapy for over 30 years and is an experienced educator with more than 20 years of teaching experience.
Read bio

 

William R. (Randy) Solly MS RRT RPFT
Lorraine Quarles, MS, RT (T)

Position: Assistant Professor, Radiation Therapy
Did You Know? Professor Quarles previously worked as a dosimetrist at the American College of Radiology.
Read bio

 

Real-World Opportunities

GMercyU’s Radiation Therapy programs are affiliated with the following organizations, where you could complete your required clinicals:

  • Christiana Care Health Systems
    • Concord Health Center
    • Helen Graham Center
  • Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
  • Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center-
  • Buckingham/ Community Hospital
    • East Norriton
    • Main Campus
  • Penn Medicine Health Care Network
    • Hospital of University of PA Perelman Center
    • Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital
    • Penn Medicine at Chestnut Hill
      • Penn Medicine Doylestown Hospital
    • Penn at Lancaster General Hospital, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute
    • Penn Medicine Pennsylvania Hospital
    • Penn Medicine at Valley Forge
  • Jefferson Health Torresdale
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital
    • Cedar Crest
    • Muhlenberg
  • Main Line Hospital Inc.
    • Lankenau Campus
    • Paoli Cancer Center
  • MD Anderson at Cooper at Redeemer Health
  • Pottstown Memorial Hospital
  • St. Luke's Health Care Netwok
    • Allentown Cancer Center
    • Anderson  Cancer Center
    • Bethlehem
  • St. Mary Regional Cancer Center
  • Temple University Cancer Center
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Asplundh Cancer Pavilion
  • The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Tower Health System Reading Hospital
  • Wellspan Ephrata Cancer Center
  • Wellspan Health- York Cancer Center

As a radiation therapist, you will work directly with patients, radiation oncologists, and radiation physicists using advanced equipment to administer high energy x-rays, radioactive materials, and other sources of ionizing radiation to treat cancer.

In addition to an outstanding five-year employment rate for GMercyU graduates, radiation therapy is a well-paid career choice.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for radiation therapists in 2021 was $82,790, with the top 10% earning more than $128,550.

More possible careers for radiation therapy majors include:

  • Application Specialist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Professions Educator
  • Medical Dosimetrist
  • Medical Equipment Sales
  • Medical Physicist
  • Radiologist
  • Radiation Oncologist

*Additional education may be required for some of these positions.

Want to help diagnose diseases and conditions by performing x-rays and other diagnostic medical imaging procedures?
Explore our Radiologic Technology major.

Next Steps

A shadow experience and a written report on your observation are required for applying to this program. It's a great way to see if it's the right fit for you! Please contact admissions@gmercyu.edu to schedule an in-person shadow visit or to view a virtual (PowerPoint) tour of the Radiation Therapy department. 

To learn more about the specific Admissions Criteria for GMercyU's Radiation Therapy programs, click here.

Have questions about GMercyU's admissions requirements or transferring eligible credits? Our Admissions staff is ready to walk you through the process of applying to GMercyU’s BS in Radiation Therapy degree.

Email: admissions@gmercyu.edu
Phone: 215-641-5510

Apply now

Please note: Students enrolling in this program must have the ability to obtain a U.S. background check and other clearances for placement in a U.S. clinical/school setting. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is also a requirement for licensure within certain academic programs. International students and students who are under DACA status or are undocumented should carefully review the licensure requirements in their state before enrolling in a degree program that leads to licensure. Additional information can be found on the National Conference of State Legislatures website

Licensure: This program was designed to meet the licensure requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If you reside in a different state, you should carefully review your home state’s licensure requirements prior to enrolling in this program. For more information, please visit our Program Licensure Requirement page.

At GMercyU, we strive to make a quality education accessible to all through financial aid, scholarships, and grants. As a military-friendly university, we welcome service members and participate in all VA educational benefits programs. 

Get the training you need for a rewarding, successful career in radiation therapy. Start your journey today!

Apply now