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How To Become a Radiation Therapist

Radiation Therapy students are technologically curious yet driven by compassion. As a Radiation Therapy student, you will learn to utilize radiation to treat various forms of human disease, with an emphasis on cancer. You will become a vital member of the radiation oncology team and develop the skills needed to accurately deliver a prescribed course of treatment. This high-tech, high-touch profession provides an opportunity to deliver quality patient care while working with technologically sophisticated equipment. You'll build upon the knowledge gained from your medical imaging education and train alongside some of the best oncologists, physicists and treatment professionals in the field of radiation therapy.

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Our Radiation Therapy Certificate Program

  • Students entering the program must be graduates of an accredited radiologic technology or nuclear medicine program
  • 3-semester certificate program
  • Get clinical experience within the large, integrated cancer network of Atrium Health and other regional treatment facilities
  • 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
  • Atrium Health Loan Forgiveness available

Radiation Therapy at Carolinas College of Health Sciences


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

For Tuition & Fee details, visit our Financial Aid page.

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
Fall 2023 December 1, 2022 March 2023
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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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Program Effectiveness Data

Find the most current program effectiveness data here.