Welcome to the exciting high tech profession of radiation therapy. We are elated that you are considering radiation therapy as your career choice. Radiation therapy is a career path for individuals with high academic potential. The Howard University program has a rich legacy of providing quality education for individuals interested in a career as a radiation therapist who will serve diverse and underserved populations locally and globally. Our Department offers an accredited educational program in the field of radiation therapy. As radiation therapists, our primary responsibilities are to provide service delivery for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer.
The program is designed where you will take courses in the lower division in general education that provide foundational knowledge the first two years (freshman and sophomore years) as part of your development towards becoming a successful applicant for the upper division. A minimum of 2.8 grade point average is required for consideration of an application into the upper division. The upper division (junior and senior years) comprises both didactic and clinical coursework that will develop and fine-tune skills, knowledge and abilities to become a competent radiation therapist and further support lifelong learning.
Individuals who already have a health background, particularly in the radiologic sciences can complete a B. S. degree in Radiation Therapy and continue to advance your professional career. Upon successful completion of all academic and financial responsibilities, you will then be eligible to sit for the national certification examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists with specialization in radiation therapy. Career opportunities for radiation therapists include positions as staff radiation therapists, clinical instructors, managers, administrators, sales/private industry, researchers and educators. Many graduates pursue graduate study in the fields of medicine, dentistry, and public health to name a few.
The coursework required to be radiation therapist will be challenging and rewarding as you prepare through hard work and commitment. The faculty of the Department of Radiation Therapy stands ready to assist your pursuit of excellence through research, education, and service. For inquiries and further information about our program, please feel free to contact us at: 202-806-5920 or 202-806-4481. Best wishes as you embark upon a wonderful educational experience while preparing to become a radiation therapist.