Instructor demonstrating radiation therapy

The radiation therapy program prepares you for a challenging career at the forefront of cancer treatment. New radiation therapy techniques and technologies appear constantly, and Baptist College ensures that its students receive the most up-to-date radiation therapy training. New to the radiation therapy program is Virtual Environment Radiation Therapy (VERT). This virtual environment of a radiation therapy treatment room is designed as a simulation platform for teaching and learning. Students have the ability to visualize internal anatomy and divergence of the beam in a simulated setting. To learn more about radiation therapy, please view the video at the bottom of the page.

Baptist College became one of the first radiation therapy schools in the country to offer clinic experience with the Varian TrueBeam™. Students can also schedule observation rotation with the Cyberknife™. This type of educational experience gives our graduates a major advantage in the job market – they possess the skills, knowledge, and first-hand experience necessary to succeed from day one.

Build a Radiation Therapy Career

Radiation therapists treat tumors with high-energy radiation beams. They require not only great technical and scientific expertise, but also the ability to treat cancer patients with great compassion and empathy. All of these skills are addressed in Baptist College’s well-rounded radiation therapy program. You’ll develop the scientific knowledge, habits, demeanor, and commitment that distinguish standout radiation therapists. Build the foundation for a long-term radiation therapy career.

Curriculum Highlights

Baptist College offers a bachelor’s degree program in radiation therapy. The degree requires 122 credit hours, including:

  • Introduction to Radiation Physics
  • Radiation Protection & Radiobiology
  • CT Instrumentation and Physics
  • CT Procedures and Protocols
  • Foundations of Radiation Therapy
  • Image Concepts for Radiation Therapy
  • Oncology Patient Care
  • Introduction to Clinical Practicum
  • Clinical Practicum I
  • Clinical Practicum II
  • Radiation Therapy Symposium
  • Principles and Practice I
  • Principles and Practice II
  • Radiation Therapy Physics I
  • Radiation Therapy Physics II
  • Quality Management
  • Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning
  • Clinical Practicum III
  • Clinical Practicum IV

Clinical education rotations include intensity modulated radiation therapy, CT simulation, nursing, dosimetry, pediatric rotation, Brain Lab Tracking®, TrueBeam™,  and other treatment units. Clinical affiliates exist in a variety of hospitals and clinics, including many Baptist Memorial Hospital locations.

Why choose the Radiation Therapy program at Baptist College

  • Small classes that ensure direct faculty interaction.
  • Virtual simulation that offers the experience of a radiation therapy treatment room.
  • The only Virtual Environment Radiation Therapy (VERT) Simulator lab in the state
  • Clinical experience that gives students extensive hands-on training, plus one-on-one interaction with working radiation therapists.
  • Integration between radiation therapy training and the spiritual, ethical, and philosophical aspects of health care.
  • A strong education component that emphasizes writing, communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills.


The radiation therapy program will graduate competent, entry-level radiation therapists to become members of a multidisciplinary health care team, providing empathic care and therapeutic treatment to those who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates/students of the radiation therapy program will be clinically competent.

  • Students will perform clinical radiation therapy general patient care procedures according to competency standards.
  • Students will perform clinical radiation therapy procedures according to competency standards.
  • Students will design a portfolio showing clinical competency.

Graduates/students of the radiation therapy program will communicate effectively.

  • Student will demonstrate effective communication through an oral presentation
  • Students will be able to integrate communication skills learned in RTT 394 with RTT 310 through a service learning project.
  • Students will communicate effectively through written communication.

Graduates/students of the radiation therapy program will be able to problem solve and critically think.

  • Students will analyze a treatment or simulation procedure by creating a video or PowerPoint.
  • Students will interpret correct patient shifts in positioning for treatment.
  • Students will be able to interpret appropriate dosimetry calculation for specific treatment.

Graduates/students of the radiation therapy program will demonstrate professionalism.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate professional time management.
  • Students will interpret appropriate ethical behavior presented in case studies.
  • Students will appropriately identify ethical violation in clinic related to ARRT ethics rule #9.

Program Accreditation

The radiation therapy program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The contact information for the JRCERT is 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL, 60606,, or call 312-704-5300.

VERT YouTube Video