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Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapists administer targeted doses of radiation to the patient’s body to treat cancer or other diseases. As the radiation strikes human tissue, it produces highly energized ions that gradually shrink and destroy the nucleus of malignant tumor cells.

Radiation therapists typically see each of their patients 3–4 days a week throughout a 4–7 week treatment plan (ASRT, 2015).

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Casey Neville

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What You Will Learn

  • Patient care
  • Simulation procedures
  • Dosimetry
  • Treatment devices
  • Radiation treatment procedures
  • Cancer (pathology, detection and diagnosis, imaging, pharmacology, etc.)
  • Physics
  • Treatment planning
  • Particle therapy
  • Radiation safety
  • Quality improvement
  • And more...


Upon completion of the Radiation Therapy program, you are eligible to take the national certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

States often require practicing therapists to be licensed; however, the ARRT certification is accepted by many states to fulfill the state regulations. To practice in Utah, you must be licensed as a Radiologic Technologist by the state.

Check Your State's Requirements

Job Opportunities

Upon certification, you can work as a radiation therapist.

Clinical Education

You are required to complete 24 hours of clinical education per week in a WSU-affiliated healthcare facility.

Locations and/or Delivery

WSU-Ogden, Regional

WSU-Ogden and Regional programs are completed in 3 straight semesters, beginning each fall semester.