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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 110L A & P I 3
BIO 260 L A & P I Lab
1
ITM 110 Intro to the Major 1
LIB 111 Expository Writing I 3
LIB 133 American Culture 3
LIB 120 Intro to Psychology 3
TOTAL
14
 

Year I-Spring

LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
SSC Elective 3
MAT 150 Pre-Calculus 3
BIO 210 A & P II 3
BIO 210 L A & P II Lab 1
TOTAL
13
 

Year II-Fall

CHE 110 L Basic Chemistry I 4
MAT 151 Calculus I  3
HCM 300 US Healthcare Organization & Delivery 3
PSB 328 Physiology/Pathophysiology I 4
RSC 250 Elements of Clinical Care 2
RSC 110 Medical Terminology for RAD Sci 1
TOTAL
17
 

Year II-Spring

  BEH Elective 3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communications 3
PHY 181 General Physics 4
HUM Elective 3
MAT 161 Statistics 3
TOTAL
16
 

Year III-Fall

RTT 110 Introduction to Radiation Therapy 3
RTT 260 Foundations of Radiation Therapy I 3
RTT 260/L Foundations of Radiation Therapy I Lab
 2
RTT 280 Medical Radiation Physics I 3
RSC 320O CT and Cross-Sectional Anatomy 3
LIB 512O Healthcare Ethics 3
TOTAL
17
 

Year III-Spring

RTT 262 Foundations of Radiation Therapy II  3
RTT 262 L Foundations of Radiation Therapy II Lab 2
RSC 287 Radiation Protection and Biology
3
RTT 281 Medical Radiation Physics II 3
RTT 283 Physics for Treatment Planning 2
TOTAL
13
 

Year III-Summer

RTT 325C Radiation Therapy Internship I  7
RTT 290O Radiation Therapy Treatment Methods 3
TOTAL
10
 

Year IV-Fall

RTT 350C Radiation Therapy Internship II 10
RTT 370O Radiation Therapy Registry Review I
1
RTT 345 Brachytherapy & Hyperthermia  2
TOTAL
13
 

Year IV-Spring

RTT 375C Radiation Therapy Internship III  10
RTT 371O Radiation Therapy Registry Review II 1
RTT 340O Radiation Therapy Quality Assurance 2

Total credits to complete degree requirements: 126

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
  • MetroWest Medical Center
  • 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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