Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy, Fast Track

Location: Boston

This program is designed for transfer students and bachelor degree holders. 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 build on your previous college studies to accurately deliver radiation and 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 fast tracked time frame of 21 consecutive months, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts through clinical experiences in prestigious Boston area medical facilities. The year-round program gives you the benefit of an immersive education and prepares you for your career faster. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for registration by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. And you’ll be fully prepared to grow as a leader in healthcare.  

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Students with a bachelor's degree or the appropriate amount of college credits and prerequisites may apply to the fast track 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.

Required Courses For Students with a Bachelor's Degree:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab(8 credits)
  • Physics I (algebra-based) with lab (4 credits)
  • Algebra and Trigonometry (3 credits)
  • Computer Applications (3 credits)*
  • Medical Terminology (1 credit)

Additional Courses Required For Students without a Prior Degree:

  • Basic Chemistry I with lab (4 credits)
  • Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Western Civilization)

*May be completed before or during the program.

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

Year I-Summer

RSC 250 Patient Care/ Medical Terminology         3
RTT 110 Intro to Radiation Therapy 2
RSC 325 Clinical Pathophysiology 4
SSC XXX Social Science Distribution Elective         3
TOTAL 12

Year I-Fall

BEH 254 Death and Dying 3
MAT 261 Statistics 3
RSC 310 Cross-Sectional Anatomy 3
RTT 201C Radiation Therapy Internship I* 3
RTT 260 Foundations of Radiation Therapy I 3
RTT 280 Medical Radiation Physics I 3
TOTAL 18

Year I-Spring

RSC 287 Radiation: Protection and Biology 3
RTT 202C Radiation Therapy Internship II 4
RTT 235 Clinical Oncology 2
RTT 262 Foundations of Radiation Therapy II 3
RTT 281 Medical Radiation Physics II 3
RTT 283 Physics for Treatment Planning 2
TOTAL 17
Year II-Summer
HUM XXX Humanities Distribution Elective 3
PSB 320O Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 3
RTT 203C Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship III 6
TOTAL 12

Year II-Fall

LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication 3
RTT 304C Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship IV 6
RTT 361 Radiation Therapy Treatment Methods 3
TOTAL 12

Year II-Spring

RTT 305C Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship V 6
RTT 340 Radiation Therapy Quality Assurance (w/ lab) 1
RTT 345 Brachytherapy 2
RTT 370 Registry Review 2
LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics 3
TOTAL 14

Total credits to complete requirements: 85 s.h.

*Note: All RTT students must fulfill requirements for CPR certification & medical terminology prior to RTT Internship (RTT201C).

 

Facilities

MCPHS provides facilities that contribute to the overall learning experience, including laboratories specially designed for skill building and patient assessment in the radiologic sciences.

Laboratory instruction for the Radiation Therapy program is provided through arrangements with each program clinical affiliate where advanced equipment is available.

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 University 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)

To ensure clinical internships are diverse and give all students an equitable and quality clinical education, students will be rotated through a number of different sites this may involve travel near campus, in the greater Boston area, or at more distant sites. Students are responsible for their own transportation.