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Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy (Fast Track)

Location: Boston
Start Term: Summer

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 certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. And you’ll be fully prepared to become 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 and Medical Terminology         3
RTT 110 Introduction to Radiation Therapy 3
RSC 325 Clinical Pathophysiology 4
SSC XXX Social Science Distribution Elective         3
TOTAL 13
 

Year I-Fall

BEH 254 Death and Dying 3
MAT 261 Statistics 3
RSC 310 Cross-Sectional Anatomy 3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communications 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 290 Radiation Therapy Treatment Methods
3
RTT 262 Foundations of Radiation Therapy II 4
RTT 281 Medical Radiation Physics II
 3
RTT 283 Physics for Treatment Planning 2
HUM XXX
Humanities Elective
 3
TOTAL 18
 

Year II-Summer

PSB 320O Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 3
RTT 325 Radiation Therapy Internship I 7
TOTAL 10
 

Year II-Fall

RTT 350 Radiation Therapy Internship I  10
LIB 512O Healthcare Ethics 3
RTT 370 Radiation Therapy Registry Review 1
TOTAL 14
 

Year II-Spring

RTT 340 Radiation Therapy Quality Assurance (w/ lab) 2
RTT 375C Radiation Therapy Internship II
 10
RTT 345 Brachytherapyand Hyperthermia
2
RTT 371 Radiation Therapy Registry Review II 1
TOTAL 15

Total credits to complete requirements: 88 s.h.

*Note: All incoming RTT students must fulfill requirements for CPR certification and medical terminology prior to admission.

 

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)

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 their own reliable transportation. The radiation therapy clinical locations are not all accessible via public transportation.  

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

First Time Examinees Taking the National Credentialing Examination

Year Number of Students

Class of 2018

11

Class of 2017

13

Class of 2016

8

Class of 2015

15

Class of 2014

7

First Time Registry Pass Rates

Pass rates are based on first-time passing scores of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Year Success Rate Number of Students

Class of 2018

71%

5 of 7 students passed on 1st attempt.
3 international students opted not to take the exam.

Class of 2017

75%

9 of 12 students passed on 1st attempt.
1 student opted not to take the exam.

Class of 2016

100%

All students passed on 1st attempt.
3 international students opted not to take the exam.

Class of 2015

80%

12 of 15 students passed on 1st attempt.
One student opted not to take the exam.

Class of 2014

86%

6 of 7 students passed on 1st attempt.

Number of Graduates Actively Seeking Employment

Year Number of Students

Class of 2018

 10

Class of 2017

9

Class of 2016

5

Class of 2015

14

Class of 2014

7

Number of Graduates Finding Employment

Year Obtained Employment Number of Students

Class of 2018

100%

 10

Class of 2017

100%

9

Class of 2016

100%

5

Class of 2015

93%

13

Class of 2014

86%

6

5-Year Average
Job Placement Rates

96%

N/A

Number of Students Initially Enrolled in the Most Recent Graduating Class

Year Number of Students

Class of 2018

11

Number of Students Graduating From Most Recent Class

Year Number of Students

Class of 2018

11

2018 Program Completion Rate 

100%