Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy is a vital part of the healthcare field in which radiant energy is processed and used to treat cancer and other benign diseases.

This high-tech, high-touch profession provides an opportunity to deliver high-quality patient care and comfort while working with technologically sophisticated equipment. Major responsibilities of a Radiation Therapist include:

  • Implementing a planned course of treatment
  • Constructing accessory devices
  • Providing patient education, care and comfort
  • Paying attention to detail
  • Taking the initiative to work independently or in team settings

Radiation Therapy is an excellent career choice for those wishing to help others while using critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Please Note: This is a 13-month certificate program, open only to individuals who are ARRT certified in Medical Radiography (X-Ray Technology).

Mission Statement

The mission of the GateWay Community College Radiation Therapy Program is to provide a comprehensive curriculum that prepares individuals to become competent, entry-level radiation therapists who will meet the need for highly qualified practitioners in the profession.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes


Students will build on a strong radiography foundation to develop the knowledge, critical-thinking and problem solving skills necessary to be successful in the clinical radiation therapy setting.

Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Students should be able to perform treatment setup and delivery procedures competently.
  2. Students should be able to think through and apply knowledge to new procedures.
  3. Students should be able to attain passing scores on the national exam in sections B and D. (Clinical Concepts in Radiation Therapy and Treatment Delivery)

Students will develop the attitudes, behaviors, and communication skills necessary to achieve success as a practitioner in Radiation Therapy.

Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Students should be able to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues.
  2. As a member of an elite team whose goal is to provide high quality care to patients and their families, the student should embrace all aspects of the team experience.

The students will demonstrate a high level of clinical competency in all stages of the radiation therapy process.

Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Students will position the patient accurately and with sensitivity to the patient's condition.
  2. Students will be able to discuss all aspects of the treatment procedure.
  3. Students will be able to decipher the treatment plan and apply the information to the treatment.

The program’s comprehensive education will promote professional growth and life-long learning.

Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Students should initiate activities that enhance learning without being prompted to do so.
  2. Students should become active in professional organizations locally and nationally.
  3. Graduates should pursue learning beyond what is required of ARRT Education.

Degrees & Certificates

Employment Outlook

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Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.

Program Accrediting Body Contact Information

Our Radiation Therapy program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology(JRCERT). The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance and medical dosimetry.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300 | Fax: (312) 704-5304 | mail@jrcert.org | www.jrcert.org


Healthcare Program Advisor

Phone: (602) 286-8183
Building: Center for Health Careers Education

Healthcare Program Advisor

Phone: (602) 286-8185
Building: Center for Health Careers Education

Program Director, Radiation Therapy

Phone: (602) 286-8482
Fax: (602) 286-8487
Building: Center for Health Careers Education
Room: CH1020

Faculty, Radiation Therapy

Phone: (602) 286-8482
Fax: (602) 286-8487
Building: Center for Health Careers Education
Room: CH1020