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Bachelor of Science in Radiography, Accelerated

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 accelerated time frame of 32 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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Freshman applicants can view 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:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab(8 credits)
  • Basic Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Algebra and Trigonometry (3 credits) (Acceptable substitution: Precalculus or Calculus)
  • Physics I with lab (Algebra-based) (4 credits)
  • Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)

Additional Courses Accepted for Transfer Credit:

  • Computer Applications (3 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Western Civilization)
  • 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)
  • Behavioral Sciences Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any upper-level psychology course)
  • Healthcare Ethics (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • Medical Terminology (1 credit)

YEAR 1-Fall

BIO 110L Anatomy & Physiology I w/ Lab 4
CHE 110/L Basic Chemistry I w/ Lab 4
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 1
LIB 111 Expository Writing I 3
MAT 141 Algebra and Trigonometry 3

YEAR 1-Spring

BIO 210L
Anatomy and Physiology II w/ Lab
LIB 112
Expository Writing II
LIB 120 Introduction to Psychology
PHY 181 General Physics

Year 1-Summer

LIB 133 American Culture
RSC 250 Patient Care and Medical Terminology 3
RSC 325 Clinical Pathophysiology 4
RTT 110 Introduction to Radiation Therapy
RTT 530
Directed Study (Optional*)
* Optional Directed Study suggested for students required to take 12 credits in Summer
Note: all Radiation Therapy students must fulfill the requirement for medical terminology prior to Clinical Internship I (RTT 201C)

Year II-Fall

BEH 254 Death and Dying
MAT 261
Statistics 3
FSC 310
Cross-Sectional Anatomy
RTT 260
Foundations of Radiation Therapy I
RTT 280
Medical Radiation Physics I
LIB 220
Interpersonal Communications

Year II-Spring

RSC 287 Radiation: Protection and Biology
RTT 290
Radiation Treatment Methods
RTT 262
Foundations of Radiation Therapy II
RTT 281
Medical Radiation Physics II
RTT 283
Physics for Treatment Planning
Humanities Elective

Year II-Summer

PSB 320 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery
Radiation Internship I

Year III-Fall

RTT 350 Radiation Internship II
RTT 370
Radiation Registry Review
LIB 512
Healthcare Ethics

Year III-Spring

RTT 371 Radiation Therapy Registry Review II
RTT 375C
Radiation Internship III
RTT 340
Radiation Therapy Quality Assurance and Laboratory
RTT 345
Brachytherapy 2
RTT 370
Registry Review

 Total credits to complete degree requirements: 119/120 s.h.

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 enrolled in the radiography major complete internships at hospital affiliates in the metropolitan Boston area, including:
Children’s Hospital
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston Medical Center
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Mount Auburn Hospital
Cambridge Hospital
Whidden Hospital
Signature Healthcare (Brockton Hospital)
Charlton Memorial Hospital
Falmouth Hospital
Tuft’s New England Medical Center

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.

Credentialing Examintation (ARRT) First-time Pass Rate

Year Success Rate Number of Students
Class of 2017  75% 6 out of 8 students passed on 1st attempt
3 students did not take the exam
1 student took exam more than 6 months post-graduation
Class of 2016 80% 8 of 10 students passed on 1st attempt
2 students did not take the exam
1 student took exam more than 6 months post-graduation.
Class of 2015 100% 6 of 6 students passed on 1st attempt
Class of 2014 86% 12 of 14 students passed on 1st attempt
Class of 2013 94% 15 of 16 students passed on 1st attempt
5 Year Average for first-time examinees 87%

Program Completion Rates

Year Percent Completed Number of Students
Class of 2017 100% 12 of 12 students completed the program
Class of 2016 100% 13 of 13 students completed the program
Class of 2015 85% 6 of 7 students completed the program
Class of 2014 93% 14 of 15 students completed the program
Class of 2013 94% 16 of 17 students completed the program
5 Year average Program Completion Rate 94%

Job Placement Rates for the Last Five Years

Year Percent Job
Placement Rate
Number of Students
Class of 2017 100% 12 students graduated
10 of 10 students employed within 1 year
2 students not actively seeking employment

Class of 2016


13 students graduated
11 of 11 students employed within 1 year
2 students not actively seeking employment

Class of 2015 100% 6 students graduated
6 students employed within 1 year
Class of 2014 100% 14 students graduated
11 students employed within 1 year
3 students not actively seeking employment
Class of 2013 100% 16 students graduated
13 students employed within 1 year
3 students not actively seeking employment
5 Year average Job Placement Rates 100%

 *Pass rates are based on first-time passing scores of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists within the first 6 months of graduation


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