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Radiation Therapy Certification

Radiation Therapy students are technologically curious yet driven by compassion. Through the Carolinas College Radiation Therapy program, you will learn to utilize state-of-the-art technology for research and the treatment of cancer. Radiation therapy is the use of radiation to treat human diseases, especially cancer, and is often used in combination with surgery and chemotherapy.

How to Become a Radiation Therapist

  • 3-semester certificate program
  • Clinical experience within the large, integrated cancer network of Atrium Health and other regional treatment facilities
  • Unique opportunity to engage with a network of cancer care specialists
  • Rotate through multiple clinical training facilities, observing a range of care techniques and patient populations
  • History of 100% pass rates on professional certification exams and scores above the national average


All didactic courses are taught at Carolinas College and the clinical education component is completed within several major cancer research facilities and freestanding clinics in North and South Carolina, including Levine Cancer Institute (the flagship cancer care facility of Atrium Health). 46 total credits required for completion. For full curriculum details, download the viewbook below.

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $9,772

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Loan Forgiveness 

Atrium Health offers a loan agreement available to finance up to $5,000 for students enrolled in the Radiation Therapy program. This loan defers payment on principal and interest, and if the graduate becomes employed full-time by an eligible Atrium Health facility, a work forgiveness option is available. Questions? Contact or 704-355-5486.

Application Requirements

  1. Submit your completed program application by the deadline
  2. A minimum 2.5 cumulative college GPA is required
  3. Successful completion of college-level algebra
  4. Proof of enrollment in a qualified medical imaging program. Individuals entering Radiation Therapy program must be graduates of a qualified radiologic technology or nuclear medicine program and must hold certification in one of these fields.
  5. Three completed reference forms. Download the form here. 
  6. Completion of radiation therapy observation (8 hours) prior to interview. Download the form here.
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Term Deadlines Decision Notification
Fall 2022 December 1, 2021 March 2022
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Madeline Phillips, Radiation Therapy alumna

Madeline enrolled in Radiation Therapy after meeting alumni who raved about the program. As a student, Madeline fell in love with the combination of classroom education and hands-on experience, "We were given the building blocks and then sent to clinic." she says. "The community the college has created between the professors and the therapists who work with students is built for you to strive, achieve and be the best therapist you can be."

Information on Accreditation

Radiation Therapy graduates are awarded a certificate and are eligible to take the National Registry Exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Additional information regarding program effectiveness can be found in the section below.

The Radiation Therapy program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). 

Accreditation Award - 8 years
Next Scheduled Review 5/01/2024

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Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Telephone Number: 312-704-5300

Additional accreditation information can be found at


Program Effectiveness Data

Find the most current program effectiveness data here.