Pennsylvania Radiation Therapy Schools and Colleges

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Radiation therapy is an area of the healthcare industry projected to keep expanding and offering many employment opportunities in the near future. Radiation therapists have an important role in the treatment of cancer, using specialized equipment to target and eliminate cancerous growths. By completing a radiation therapy degree in Pennsylvania, you will have the choice to make a difference in people lives while using cutting-edge medical technology.

Program Requirements

Radiation therapist schools in Pennsylvania often require completing general education undergraduate courses before you apply for admission to a radiation therapy program. Some programs could also require completion of beginning healthcare courses such as medical terminology or health information technology. In some cases, radiation therapy schools in Pennsylvania may even demand you finish degrees in radiography and complete the related certifications exams because it is closely related to radiation therapy.

Community College of Allegheny County (Allegheny Campus)

808 Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: (412) 237-2752
Director: Elizabeth A Harkay

Available Programs

Program Length Completion Rate ARRT Pass % Job Placement
A.S. in Radiation Therapy 24 Months 95% 82% 86%
Certificate in Radiation Therapy 12 Months 95% 82% 86%

CCAC offers a certificate program for certified Radiographers and students with no prior experience in health imaging field. Both programs are accredited by JRCERT.

Both programs are full time. Students of the Associates of Science degree will complete the program in around 2 years (including 2 summers) and students of the certificate program will complete it in 1 year (including 1 summer).

Program Requirements

  • Must be able eligible to take all program college level courses.
  • MAT-108 Intermediate Algebra
  • BIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science or BIO-151 General Biology
  • PHY-100 Basic Physics or advanced placement high school physics with a C or above.
Application Process
  1. Students inquire about the program by:
    • Phone or Email
      Each student will receive, by mail, a complete application packet which includes college, allied health and program application forms with program of study curriculum, prereq requirements and tuition information.
    • A visit to the Student Services Center
      Student will be given preliminary information and advisement about program prerequisites, limited enrollment, etc.
      Student will be asked to fill out application to college and allied health department. Program Director will receive a copy of allied health application. A complete packet will then be sent to prospective student from allied health office.
  2. Follow-Up
    • Phone or office hour advisement
    • Program Director and faculty evaluate all candidates
      grades, motivation, prerequisite efforts, etc.
      Student will receive a letter asking for the following to complete application process:
      • All up-to-date transcripts and grades
      • Criminal Background Check
      • View a career video in the Allegheny Campus Library
      • Resume: Brief summary of recent, pertinent education, work experience, volunteer work or community service, hobbies and interests, awards and honors and memberships.
      • A brief definition/description of the radiation therapy profession with an explanation of student’s choice of career goal.
  3. Spring Semester
    • Faculty and clinical supervisors evaluate prospective student’s paper submissions and make admission recommendations.
    • All transcripts must be available
    • Resume must be available
    • The prospective student (AS degree only) receives a letter asking him/her to visit a hospital radiation oncology department for a 4-hour shadowing experience.
  4. Decision process includes the following:
    • Prerequisite QPA is 2.5 or above.
    • Prerequisites are complete or student is currently registered for prerequisite completion.
    • Paper evaluation comments from faculty and clinical supervisors are positive.
    • Criminal Background Check is clear.
    • Resume and research is professional, well-written and coherent.
      Shadowing experience is successful with positive feedback from clinical supervisor.
  5. Program Acceptance Letter
    Prospective student receives a letter of acceptance, registration form and other documents by mail.
  6. Letter of Non-Admittance
    Students may not have immediate acceptance due to limited enrollment. This letter will ask if he/she would be interested in applying for next fall.

Clinical Locations

  • Allegheny General Hospital – Pittsburgh PA, 15212
  • Butler Regional Cancer Center – Butler PA, 16001
  • InterCommunity Cancer Center – Monroeville PA, 15146
  • Jefferson/UPMC Cancer Center – Clairton PA, 15025
  • Monongahela Valley Hospital, Inc.- Monongahela PA, 15063
  • Peters Township Radiation Oncology – McMurray PA, 15212-6097
  • Sharon Regional Health System – Cancer Care Center – Hermitage PA, 16148
  • Somerset Radiation Oncology – Somerset PA, 15501
  • UPMC Cancer Care Center – Arnold Palmer Pavillion – Greensburg PA, 15601
  • UPMC Cancer Center – John P. Murtha Pavilion – Johnstown PA, 15901
  • UPMC Cancer Center – Magee – Woman’s Hospital – Pittsburgh PA, 15213
  • UPMC Cancer Center – McKeesport Hospital Mc – Keesport PA, 15132
  • UPMC Cancer Center – Passavant Hospital – Pittsburgh PA, 15237
  • UPMC Cancer Center – Washington Hospital -Washington PA, 15301
  • UPMC Cancer Center at St. Clair Hospital – Pittsburgh PA, 15243
  • UPMC Jameson Cancer Center – New Castle PA, 16105
  • UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside – Pittsburgh PA, 15213
  • UPMC St. Margaret Memorial Hospital – Pittsburgh PA, 15215
  • UPMC/HVHS Cancer Center – Medical Center of Beaver – Beaver PA, 15009
  • UPMC/HVHS Cancer Center – Moon Moon – Township PA, 15108
  • Western Pennsylvania Hospital – Pittsburgh PA, 15224

Application Deadline:No Deadline

Seats Available: 55

Estimated Cost of Entire Program

  • Associates in Radiation Therapy
    • For Residents: $8,274.12
    • For Non-residents: $24,822.36
  • Certificate in Radiation Therapy
    • For Residents: $3,919.32
    • For Non-residents: $11,757.96

Gwynedd-Mercy College

PO Box 901 1325 Sumneytown Pk
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437
Phone: (267) 448-7429
Director: Rose Marie Troutman

Available Programs

Program Length Completion Rate ARRT Pass % Job Placement
Certificate in Radiation Therapy 20 88% 80% 87%
B.S. in Radiation Therapy 48 88% 80% 87%

GMC has graduated almost 450 radiation therapist since it’s inception in 1975. The original associates and certificate program were modeled after The Philadelphia School of Radiotherapeutic Technology which was the first radiation therapy program in the U.S. to be accredited by the A.M.A. GMC was also the first JRCERT accredited BS Radiation Therapy program in the Philadelphia area.

Gwynedd-Mercy College offers a certificate and bachelors in Radiation Therapy. The 20 month certificate program is available for ARRT certified Radiographers while the Bachelor’s degree is for high school graduates or college transfer students that meets the program requirements. Radiographers that are interested in the certificate program have the option to complete the degree completion option to earn a Bachelor of Health Science degree.

Program Requirements

  • Transfer and high school students must have completed math and science with biology, algebra I & II and geometry, physics and/or chemistry required; trigonometry, recommended. Minimum acceptable grade is a C+.
  • Radiographers must have completed
    • Introduction to Allied Health
    • Introduction to Radiation Therapy
    • Orientation to Clinical Education I
    • Principles of Medical Imaging & Rad. Positioning
    • Orientation to Clinical Education II
    • Physics for AH Sciences

Clinical Sites

  • Abington Memorial Hospital Abington PA, 19001
  • Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia PA, 19141
  • Aria Health Philadelphia PA, 19114
  • Christiana Care – Wilmington Hospital Wilmington DE, 19801
  • Christiana Care Health Systems – Helen Graham Center Newark DE, 19718
  • Ephrata Community Hospital/Ephrata Cancer Center Ephrata PA, 17522
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center Philadelphia PA, 19111
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center – Buckingham Furlong PA, 18925
  • Hahnemann University Hospital/Tenet Health Systems Philadelphia PA, 19102-1192
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia PA, 19104
  • Lancaster General Hospital Lancaster PA, 17804
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest Allentown PA, 18105
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg Bethlehem PA, 18017
  • Mainline Hospitals, Inc.-Lankenau Campus Wynnewood PA, 19096
  • Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Darby PA, 19023
  • Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Philadelphia PA, 19143
  • Mercy Suburban Cancer Center Norristown PA, 19401
  • Montgomery Hospital Norristown PA, 19401
  • Paoli Cancer Center Paoli PA, 19301-1792
  • Penn Radiation Oncology at Chestnut Hill Philadelphia PA, 19118
  • Penn Radiation Oncology at Doylestown Hospital Doylestown PA, 18901
  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Hershey PA, 17033
  • Pennsylvania Hospital Philadelphia PA, 19107
  • Pottstown Memorial Hospital Pottstown PA, 19464
  • St. Luke’s Allentown Cancer Center Allentown PA, 18104
  • St. Luke’s Hospital- Bethlehem Bethlehem PA, 18015
  • St. Mary Regional Cancer Center Langhorne PA, 19047
  • Temple University Hospital Philadelphia PA, 19140
  • The Cancer Center at Holy Redeemer Hospital Meadowbrook PA, 19046
  • The Reading Hospital & Medical Center West Reading PA, 19612-6052
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center Philadelphia PA, 19104
  • Wellspan Health – York Cancer Center York PA, 17403

Application Deadline: No Deadline

Seats Available: 52

Estimated Cost of Entire Program

Thomas Jefferson University

130 S 9Th St Suite 1013
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 503-1434
Director: Matthew F Marquess

Available Programs

Program Completion Rate ARRT Pass % Job Placement
Bachelor’s of Science 100% 88% 100%

Jefferson School of Health offers a variety of options for individuals that want to enter Radiation Therapy.

  • 2 year multi competency BS program where students complete 1 subject 1st year and different one the second year.
  • Students that take Radiation Therapy their first year has opportunity to complete these options their second year:
    • Cardiac Sonography
    • Computed Tomography (available online)
    • Education
    • General Sonography
    • Health Information Systems
    • Health Management
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Medical Dosimetry
    • Nuclear Medicine
    • Radiography
    • Vascular Sonography
  • PACE (Plan a College Education). Students in their senior year complete prerequisites for 2 years then transfer into the multi competency BS program.
  • 3 years at Immaculate University to earn a BS in Allied Health, then transfer into Jefferson to obtain a Radiation Therapy BS degree.
  • 1 or 2 Year Advanced Placement BS degree for people that already completed a BS degree in Radiologic Sciences or Allied Health. Choice of just Radiation Therapy or multi competency
  • 1 or 2 Year Advanced Placement BS degree for people that carry an ARRT certification or graduated from an accredited Radiologic Science or Allied Health Program. Choice of just Radiation Therapy or multi competency
  • *Above 3 options must have completed 50 prerequisite credits.

Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interview by program director
  • Testing
  • Interview and acceptance by a clinical site
  • 50 prerequisites credits prior to matriculation. The courses do not need to be completed at the time of application, but at least 8 credits of science must have been completed at an accredited school with at least C or above.
  • Requirements are difference based on what they are applying from. To get the full prerequisite lists, take a look here

Clinical Sites

  • Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia PA, 19141
  • Bayhealth Medical Center Dover DE, 19901
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital Bryn Mawr PA, 19010
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital Health Center West Newtown Square PA, 19073
  • Chester County Hospital West Chester PA, 19380
  • Christiana Care – Helen Graham Cancer Center Newark DE, 19713
  • Christiana Care – Wilmington Hosptial Wilmington DE, 19801
  • Jefferson Radiation Therapy at Riddle Memorial Hospital Media PA, 19063
  • MNAP Oncology Center Philadelphia PA, 19115
  • Pinnacle Health – Poly Clinic Hospital Harrisburg PA, 17101
  • Radiation Oncology at Union Hospital Elkton MD, 21921
  • Sacred Heart Hospital Allentown PA, 18102
  • Saint Joseph Medical Center Reading PA, 19605
  • St. Luke’s Allentown Cancer Center Allentown PA, 18104
  • St. Luke’s Hospital – Bethlehem Bethlehem PA, 18020
  • St. Mary Regional Medical Center Langhorne PA, 19047
  • Temple University Hospital Philadelphia PA, 19140
  • The Reading Hospital and Medical Center Reading PA, 19612
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Philadelphia PA, 19107
  • TJUH/Methodist Hospital Philadelphia PA, 19148

Application Deadline: July 15th

Seats Available: 17

Typical Curriculum

To complete a radiation therapy degree in Pennsylvania, applicants will need to take and pass some of the courses below:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Mathematics for Health Science
  • Radiation Physics II
  • Introduction to Radiation Therapy I
  • Quality Assurance

For many programs in a PA radiation therapy school, you will probably learn safety precautions as a result of the delicate nature of the equipment and work. The coursework and length of degree at radiation therapy schools in Pennsylvania may vary, but you should expect to complete your coursework in 1 to 2 years. .

Enrollment Considerations

If you are ready to apply to a radiation therapist school in Pennsylvania, be sure you consider the amount of prerequisites which you have already met if you are already in college. Then use our site to get the right program for you. Request information directly from our website to save time.

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