Are you interested in preparing for a high-demand health career and fulfilling a crucial role in cancer patients’ recovery? Consider St. Kate's radiation therapy program — you can become a credentialed radiation therapist in the growing field of radiation oncology.
Classes meet: Online on Mondays and Wednesdays, with clinical experiences at Twin Cities-area hospitals and clinics (beginning Fall Semester 2022).
Time to completion: 12 months
Credits for major: 40
Cost per credit (2022–2023): $525
Start: Fall, spring, or summer to begin non-major courses
Choose from Two Tracks to Prepare for a Radiation Therapy Career
In only one year, you can complete a radiation therapy degree in St. Kate’s College for Adults.
Two tracks are available:
- an abbreviated degree-completion pathway for people who have previously earned certification as radiologic technologists at the associate or bachelor’s degree level
- a pathway for students who have previously completed bachelor’s degrees in any other field
In both pathways, you’ll meet requirements to become a credentialed radiation therapist.
You will first enroll in St. Kate’s College for Adults to complete any remaining liberal arts and supporting courses outside of the major that you have not yet completed. You may take these courses, which are offered in an evening/weekend/online format, on a part-time basis. Then, in September, you’ll begin a 12-month series of radiation therapy major courses.
You’ll also complete 1,180 hours of hands-on clinical training. Clinical sites include Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center, Park-Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center, and other Twin Cities-area hospitals and clinics.
After completing your bachelor's in radiation therapy, progress into St. Kate's healthcare-focused Master in Business Administration, Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, or Master of Public Health program.
Demand for radiation therapists is growing, with median annual earnings in 2019 of $85,560, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Radiation therapists are responsible for the administration of ionizing radiation for treating diseases, primarily cancer. They work as part of interdisciplinary cancer treatment teams, including oncologists, radiation therapists, physicists and nurses, throughout the course of treatment.