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Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

As a radiation therapist, you will help your patients fight cancer or non-malignant diseases with your powers of precision, consistency and compassion. In this program, you’ll learn how to accurately deliver radiation to expertly carry out radiation treatment plans. All while supporting your patients and their families and serving as a vital member of the patient care team.

During the program, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts through clinical experiences in prestigious Boston area medical facilities. The well rounded program gives you the benefit of an immersive education and thoroughly prepares you for your career. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. And you’ll be fully prepared to become a leader in healthcare

First-year applicants can find their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page. 

Students with 12 or more college credits may transfer in to the first or second year of the program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

While there are no specific required courses for entry into the first year of our program, the admission committee will look for success in any math and science courses you have already taken. If you complete any of the courses listed below, you may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be lighter. However, due to the block registration nature of MCPHS programs, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program. Courses, other than elective courses, may not be moved forward in your schedule.

Required Courses For Entry to Year II:

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies.

Additional Courses Accepted for Transfer Credit:

  • American Culture (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Introduction to Sociology or upper-level sociology course)
  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Psychological Statistics, Economic Statistics)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)
  • Social Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science/Government, Anthropology, Upper-level Sociology, American Studies, Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Economics)
  • Healthcare Ethics (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)

Effective for Students Entering the Program in Fall of 2022 or after.

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

Year I-Fall

BIO 110 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO 110 L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
1
ITM 101 Introduction to the Major 1
LIB 111 Expository Writing I 3
LIB 133 American Culture 3
LIB 120 Introduction to Psychology 3
TOTAL
14
 

Year I-Spring

BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIO 210 L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
MAT 141 Algebra & Trigonometry 3
SSC ___ Distribution Elective  3
TOTAL
13
 

Year II-Fall

CHE 110 Basic Chemistry I 3
CHE 110 L Basic Chemistry I Lab
 1
PSB 328 Physiology/Pathophysiology I 4
RSC 110 Medical Terminology for Radiologic Sciences 1
RSC 250 Elements of Clinical Care 2
BEH ___ Distribution Elective
 3
TOTAL
14
 

Year II-Spring

LIB 220 Interpersonal Communications 3
MAT 261 Statistics 3
PHY 181 General Physics
4
HUM ___ Distribution Elective 3
RSC 287
Radiation: Protection & Bio.
3
TOTAL
16
 

Year III-Fall

RTT 110 Introduction to Radiation Therapy 3
RTT 260/L Foundations of Radiation Therapy with Lab
 3
RTT 280 Medical Radiation Physics I 3
RSC 320O CT and Cross-Sectional Anatomy 3
RTT 300C Radiation Therapy Internship I 4
TOTAL
16
 

Year III-Spring

RTT 262 Technical Aspects in Radiation Therapy  3
RTT 281 Medical Radiation Physics II 3
RTT 283 Treatment Calculations and Planning
3
RTT 290 Radiation Therapy Treatment Methods with lab  3
RTT 325C
Radiation Therapy Internship II
 4
TOTAL
16
 

Year III-Summer

RTT 350C Radiation Therapy Internship III  8
LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics 3
TOTAL
11
 

Year IV-Fall

RTT 400C Radiation Therapy Internship IV 8
RTT 370O Radiation Therapy Registry Review I
3
RTT 347O Practical Physics Concepts in Radiation Therapy
3
TOTAL
14
 

Year IV-Spring

RTT 425C Radiation Therapy Internship V  8
RTT 371O Radiation Therapy Registry Review II 3
RSC 330 Research in Radiologic Sciences 2
TOTAL    13

Total credits to complete degree requirements: 127

Academic Progression

  • Students must earn a minimum grade of “C+” in BIO 110/L, BIO 210/L, CHE 110/L, MAT 141 and PHY 181.
  • Students must receive a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA to progress from the pre-professional to the professional section of the program.
  • Students must earn a minimum grade of “C+” in all professional courses (RTT and RSC courses) and achieve and maintain a professional GPA of 2.5 or higher in the first four sequential RTT courses in order to progress.
  • Students must achieve and maintain a professional GPA of 2.7 at the end of each semester after the first four sequential semesters in order to progress.
  • Failure to pass ANY 3 professional courses (RTT & RSC) will result in dismissal.
  • Students must achieve the minimum benchmark score on the standardized exit examination to be eligible to graduate.
  • Students must successfully complete 127 credits prior to graduation.

Our students learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields and are committed to the success of each student. Discover our full list of Radiation Therapy faculty

Clinical Rotations

The location of MCPHS in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, as well as its affiliations with premier medical institutions located in the greater Boston area, enable students to learn in healthcare institutions that are among the best in the world.

MCPHS Medical Imaging and Therapeutics students participate in a variety of community-based clinical settings. This opportunity supplements the clinical experience gained in the on-campus program and provides students with a broader insight into the diverse populations they may encounter in future career settings.

Students in the Radiation Therapy major complete internships at hospital affiliates in the metropolitan Boston and New England. Possible internship sites include:

  • Baystate Medical Center
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - BIDMC (East Campus)
  • BIDMC Cancer Center – Surgical Pavilion
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute            
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • BW/DF Cancer Center @ Milford Regional Hospital
  • Charlton Memorial Hospital
  • Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospital at South Shore Hospital Libby Park
  • Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospital @ South Shore Hospital
  • Lahey Clinic
  • Lahey Clinic North
  • Massachusetts General / North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
  • Mount Auburn Hospital
  • North Main Radiation Oncology
  • Rhode Island Hospital
  • St. Vincent Hospital Radiation Oncology Center
  • Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospital @ Mansfield
  • Winchester Hospital Radiation Oncology Center (WHROC)
  • UMass Memorial - Marlborough Hospital
  • UMass Memorial Health Alliance - Clinton Hospital in Burbank
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester

Please Note: Due to the widespread geographical locations of the radiation therapy clinical settings, it is strongly recommended that students have a driver’s license and own reliable transportation.  The radiation therapy clinical locations are not all accessible via public transportation.  

 

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