Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences

Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy, also known as x-ray therapy, is part of radiation oncology. Radiation Therapists use linear accelerators to administer radiation to treat cancer. They work closely with the medical dosimetrist, radiation oncologist and radiation physicist. People in this profession work in fast-paced environments, stand for most of day and move and lift patients to and from treatment rooms.

Radiation Therapists work directly with critically ill inpatients and outpatients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics. A Radiation Therapist must be able to:

  • Administer, record, and interpret cancer treatment prescribed by radiation oncologists
  • Easily adapt to stressful environment
  • Know about alternate imaging concentrations
  • Work in small teams
  • Learn to use different imaging techniques
  • Manage side effects of treatment

Our Radiation Therapy Concentration is one of few Radiation Therapy Programs on the East Coast that offers Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) for student training. VERT is a life-size replica of a real linear accelerator used by radiation therapists to treat cancer patients. Students learn key skills by controlling the virtual machine with real controls. 3D visualization of patient images, organs, treatment beams and dose makes complex theoretical concepts easy to understand. Our students also use CT scanners and high energy linear accelerators of ionizing radiation.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice in radiation therapy as competent, caring members of the health care team, cultivating professionalism and life-long learning.

Radiation Therapy Concentration within Your Degree

Students may complete this concentration as part of any of our Department Bachelor Programs.  Dual-Concentration students take Radiation Therapy in their second year (after taking the preferred Radiography program), unless they are pursuing Medical Dosimetry. Dual-Concentration students can choose Radiation Therapy their first year, however it is recommended as a second year option.

Students must consult an admissions counselor or a Radiologic Sciences faculty member when choosing concentrations, to help make sure that the combination you choose is the best option for your future career. Acceptance into your second year concentration of Radiation Therapy is not guaranteed.

Goals

Goal #1: Provide the community with clinically competent entry-level therapists

Student Learning Outcomes:

1-A. Students will demonstrate proper patient positioning techniques.

1-B. Students will demonstrate proper imaging techniques.

1-C. Students will be able to successfully set-up and treat a patient chosen at random.

Goal #2: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills

Student Learning Outcomes:

2-A. Students will effectively communicate with patients and co-workers.

2-B. Students will demonstrate appropriate oral presentation skills.

Goal #3: Demonstrate critical thinking & problem solving skills

Student Learning Outcomes:

3-A. Students will exhibit critical thinking and problem solving by evaluating an error in a hand calculation for an emergency scenario.

3-C. Students will be able to compare a DRR and a port film and take the appropriate corrective action if necessary.

Goal #4: Graduates will exhibit professional growth and development

Student Learning Outcomes:

4-A. Students will demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.

4-B. Students will develop research and writing skills.

Certification Exams

Upon successful completion of the Radiation Therapy Program, graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiation Therapy certification examination. Students who pass this examination receive national certification. Dual-Concentration students may not be able to take board exams until they receive their BS.

Program Effectiveness

Program Completion Rates*

5 Year Average
(Classes 2014 – 2018)

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
74 70 95%


Class 2018

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
13 13 100%

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates*

Pass rates are on FIRST attempt ONLY within six months post graduation. RE: Revised 2016 JRCERT standard

5 Year Average
(Classes 2014 – 2018)

Number  Pass Rates 
Took Exam Pass Rates JCHP National 
69 65
94% 88% 


Class 2018

Number of Students Pass Rates
Entered  Graduated
JCHP  National 
 12 12 100% 86.5% 

Job Placement Results*

JOB PLACEMENT rates are within ONE year post graduation. RE: Revised 2014 JRCERT Standard

5 Year Average
(Classes 2014 – 2018)


# of Students Seeking Job
# of Students Employed in 1 Year
Job Placement Rate JCHP
56 56 100%


Class 2018 Only


# of Students Seeking Job
# of Students Employed in 1 Year
Job Placement Rate JCHP
10 10 100%

*Data from Program Director (updated annually). Data collected June 8, 2016.

The JRCERT has defined “not actively seeking employment” as:

1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts OR

2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation OR

3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours OR

4) graduate is on active military duty OR

5) graduate is continuing education.

Accreditation

The Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by the:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182

Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304
E-mail: mail@jrcert.org