Texas Radiation Therapy Schools and Colleges

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Radiation therapy is an area of the medical field projected to keep expanding and providing numerous job opportunities in the future. Radiation therapists have an important role in the treatment of cancer, using specialized equipment to focus on and eliminate cancerous growths. Completion of a radiation therapy degree in Texas is a good career choice for applicants interested in both helping patients and working with cutting-edge technology.

Amarillo Community College

PO Box 447
Amarillo, TX 79178
Phone: (806) 354-6063
Director: Anthony M Tackitt

Available Programs

Program Length Completion Rate ARRT Pass % Job Placement
Associates of Applied Science

24 Months

78% 87% 90%

The program offered at Amarillo College has been around since 1983 and has been graduating 10 students annually since. Students will be taught in the classroom and in a clinical environment. In the 5 semesters of the program, students will be involved in more than 3,000 therapeutic procedures or around 1,500 hours. Amarillo is also one of the handful of RT programs that have on campus energized labs to practice different radiation therapy techniques without the need to goto a clinical location.

Applicants that are Registered Radiographers and RNs from accredited schools will be granted advanced standings and can complete the program in less than 16 months.

Selections Criteria

The Selection process is based on a point system, students will be given certain amount of points based on different items and 18 top scoring applicants will be invited for an interview:

  • General Education Course Grades
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II Grades
  • Math Grade
  • Completed semester credit hours.
  • Completion of previous degree
    • Graduate of Radiologic Technology
    • Graduate of RN program
  • Completion of
    • Trigonometry
    • General Psychology
    • Sociology of Death and Dying
  • Tech Prep grade (for high school students)
  • College level honors grades

Clinical Locations

  • Joe Arrington Cancer Center – Lubbock TX, 79410
  • Plains Regional Medical Center – Clovis NM, 88101
  • Texas Oncology – Amarillo TX, 79106
  • The Don & Sybil Harrington Cancer Center – Amarillo TX, 79106
  • University Medical Center – Lubbock TX, 79415

Application Deadline: May 1st

Seats Available: 10

Estimated Cost of Entire Program

  • In-state: $4,132.50
  • Out of County: $5,700
  • Out of State:$9,201.00

Galveston College

4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 944-1492
Director: Hubert Callahan

Available Programs

Program Length Completion Rate ARRT Pass % Job Placement
Certificate in Radiation Therapy 16 Months 84% 73% 97%
A.A.S. in Radiation Therapy 21 Months 84% 73% 97%

Galveston College the only certificate program for Registered ARRT Radiographers in Texas and it is also one of the oldest JRCERT accredited program in the US (established in 1978). The college offers a 21 month long Associate degree program for individuals that have no prior experience.

Application Process

Complete the requirements for admission to the College. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the Program. Requirements for the college include:

  1. TSI scores for TSI-eligible students or placement scores for TSI-exempt students which permit
    enrollment in college level courses. Official TSI scores must appear on a transcript to be sent
    directly to Galveston College from the test company on an official test score report form.
  2. Initiate the program checklist in the Admissions Office.
  3. Continue the program checklist and complete program degree plan in the Counseling Office.
    Degree Plan must show evidence of:
    1. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in MATH 1314 College Algebra or a passing placement test
      score within five years of acceptance into the Program.
    2. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I, within five years of
      acceptance into the Program. BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II is strongly recommended as
      a prerequisite.

    3. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in HPRS 1206 Essentials of Medical Terminology.
    4. An overall G.P.A. of 2.5. It is highly recommended that the general education courses be
      completed prior to enrollment in the Program. A grade of “C” or better is required in the general
      education courses. Math and Science courses must be completed within five years of acceptance
      into the Program.

2. Submit program application to the Program Coordinator.

Program applications are accepted beginning September 15th through April 15th of each year to be considered for the next academic year. Due to limited enrollment and clinical space, Galveston College cannot accept every applicant. Applicants that are not accepted into the program must re-apply each year.

  1. Complete the Hepatitis B immunization series including titer or show proof of illness. To be eligible to apply to the Program, student must show proof that the immunization process has been started
  2. Complete Varicella immunization (Chicken pox) or show proof of illness by the start of the program.
  3. Complete a background check through the College at students cost upon acceptance to the program.
  4. Complete a clear drug screening test at students cost as directed by the program
  5. Meet with the Program Coordinator upon request.
  6. Attend Mandatory Orientation.

Application Deadline: October 15th

Seats Available: 25

Estimated Cost of Entire Program

  • Certificate Program:
    • In State: $2,138.00
    • Out of State: $3,158.00
  • Associates of Applied Science
    • In State: $2,817.00
    • Out of State: $4,137.00

Texas State University – San Marcos

601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: (512) 245-1345
Director: Reynaldo G Lozano

Available Programs

Program Length Completion Rate ARRT Pass % Job Placement
BSRT 48 Months 87% 99% 92%

The JRCERT accredited Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy is 2.5 year professional program that starts during the beginning of the junior year. Students will be take part in clinical internship and classroom based education both years.

The program has been accredited by JRCERT since 2000 and is a collaboration between Shivers Cancer Center in Austin and Texas State university.

Students that have a degree in Radiologic Science will unlikely be able to transfer radiologic technology credits, but may be able to transfer their general education and prerequisite courses.

Admission Requirements

  1. Admission to Texas State
  2. Satisfactory completion of all general education requirements (C or better) and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75.
  3. 3. Any student who did not complete at least two years of the same foreign language in high school is required to take 6-8 hours of the same foreign language.
  4. Students must receive a “C” or higher in all math, science and support courses. BIO 2430, HP 3302, AT 3358, HIM 2360, HA 4307, HA 4307, HA 4315, PHYS 1320, PHYS 1110, CHEM 1341, CHEM 1141.
  5. See Academic Services section of the catalog for course options that satisfy literature components.
  6. Completion of an application packet for admission.
  7. Three letters of reference and a career goal statement.
  8. Successful interview of selected candidates with admission committee.
  9. 40 hour clinical observation with completed evaluation on file by Jan. 15.
  10. Students must be able to perform the 13 Technical Standards indicated by the American Disabilities Act (refer
    to program website or department for more information).
  11. Previous misdemeanor or felony convictions will affect admission to the program.

Acceptance Criteria

  • The admissions offices will base their decision on their entire academic career. All letter grades will be considered including withdraws and repeats.
  • The interview will also be considered in the decision.

Clinical Locations

  • Austin Cancer Center @ MLK- Austin TX, 78702
  • Austin Cancer Center at Seton Northwest – Austin TX, 78759
  • Austin Cancer Center-North Austin Center North – Austin TX, 78758
  • Brooke Army Medical Center – San Antonio TX, 78234
  • Cancer Care Center of South Texas New – Braunfels TX, 78130
  • Cancer Care Center of South Texas @ Medical – San Antonio TX, 78229
  • Cancer Care Center of South Texas @ Metropolitan – San Antonio TX, 78212
  • CTRC @ UTHSCSA – San Antonio TX, 78229
  • Grossman Center – CTRC Clinical Foundation – San Antonio TX, 78229
  • Methodist Cancer Center at San Antonio Community Hospital – San Antonio TX, 78229
  • Radiation Oncology of San Antonio – San Antonio TX, 78205
  • Texas Cancer Center-San Antonio – San Antonio TX, 78240
  • Texas Oncology Cancer Center – Central – Austin TX, 78731
  • Texas Oncology Cancer Center – South – Austin TX, 78745
  • The Center for Cancer Care – San Marcos TX, 78666

Application Deadline: January 15th

Seats Available: 16

Estimated Cost of Entire Program

  • Texas state resident: $31,664.64
  • Out of state resident: $82,882.56

The University of Texas M.D. – Anderson Cancer Center

1515 Holcombe Blvd Box 002
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 792-3455
Director: Shaun T Caldwell

Available Programs

Program Length Completion Rate ARRT Pass % Job Placement
Bachelors of Science 24 Months (Professional) 73% 85% 79%

The University offers a 24 months long (professional portion) Bachelor’s of Science in Radiation Therapy. This program is accredited by JRCERT..

Admissions Requirements

  • All prerequisite course work must be from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • The applicant must have satisfactorily completed all prerequisite courses listed prior to graduating. These courses must be lecture and laboratory courses acceptable toward a degree by majors in those fields and cannot be survey courses.
  • Applicants that have been out of school for more than 7-8 years will need to retake some of the prerequisites.
  • Clinical site visit evaluation Download and print the Clinical Site Visit Form, Download and print the HIPAA Consent Form
  • HESI Assessment Exam www.prometric.com score of 75% in each section. Exam to be completed no later than March 1 of the application year. Applicant is allowed to sit for the exam a maximum of two times. Examination scores cannot be more than two years old at the time of application. Contact the Radiation Therapy Program for more information: 713-792-3455
  • Overall GPA must be 2.5 out of 4
  • Texas Success Initiative (TSI) – All applicants must provide proof of successful assessment of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Applicants who have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited Texas College or University are exempt from TSI. Proof of an applicant’s readiness to enroll in college level course work will be determined by the Registrar’s Office based upon review of official transcripts from previously attended institutions.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Applicants from countries where English is not the native language may be required to take the TOEFL. Internet based TOEFL is now available and a total test score ranging from 74-78 with a minimum score of 18 in each section is required.

Selections Criteria

  • Cumulative GPA, and prerequisite GPA
  • Personal qualities such as maturity and professional goals as expressed in the interview and described in reference letters.
  • Clinical site visit evaluation, call the RT Program Office to receive the required Clinical Site Visit form and the HIPAA consent form.
  • Score on Elsevier HESI Examination
  • Ability to meet the SHP non-academic technical standards.
  • Race, religion, national origin, veteran status, gender, or disability are not factors considered in the selection process
  • Applicants should start working on the application process 3-6 month before deadline.

Clinical Sites

  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center – The Proton Center – Houston TX, 77054
  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center- Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital – Albuquerque NM, 87110
  • M.D. Anderson Clinical Care Center – Clear Lake – Nassau Bay TX, 77058
  • The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center – Woodlands – Woodlands TX, 77384
  • The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center-Katy – Katy TX, 77094
  • The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center-Sugarland – Sugar Land TX, 77478
  • University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center – Houston TX, 77030

Application Deadline: April 1st

Seats Available: 50

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

5323 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75390
Phone: (214) 648-1512
Director: Carol M Scherbak

Available Programs

Program Length Completion Rate ARRT Pass % Job Placement
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in RT 21 Months 50% 100% 100%

UT Southwestern located in the heart of Dallas offers a post-baccalaureate degree in Radiation Therapy. Both programs are accredited by JRCERT.

Students will gain experience in these treatment technologies:

  • Stereotactic treatment with the Gamma Knife, CyberKnife, Varian Trilogy, ElektaSynergy, and BrainLAB Vero
  • Active Breathing Coordinator
  • 4D CT with bellows

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate requirements

  • Complete a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in natural sciences and mathematics courses.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Complete an on-campus interview
  • Submit your TOEFL scores if you’re an international student.
  • Complete the following prerequisite courses listed here

Selection Criteria

  • Cumulative grade point average
  • Science and mathematics grade point averages
  • Anatomy and physiology grades
  • Maturity
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Personal qualities, including maturity and career goals
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview

Important Dates:: February 1st application deadline, March 15th for interviews, and decision by April 20th

Seats Available: 14

El Paso Community College

PO Box 20500-Rio Grande Campus
El Paso, TX 79998
Phone: (915) 831-2000
Director: Marie L A Racine

Available Programs

Program Length
Certificate of Completion in RT 12 Months
Associates of Applied Science in RT 24 Months

EPCC offers a certificate of completion for prior Registered Radiologic Technologists and an Associates of Applied Science in Radiation Therapy for people with no prior experience.

The schools is currently in the process of applying for accreditation from JRCERT.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit all previous college/university official transcripts (transliteration of all foreign coursework required) prior to ranking
  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED. Submit official transcripts to:
    • El Paso Community College Admissions Office
    • P.O. Box 20500, El Paso, Texas 79998
  • Applicants must be fully accepted by EPCC as an academic credit student
  • Must have successfully completed the ACCUPLACER test
  • Attend a Health Careers Orientation Session or complete it Online at http://www.epcc.edu/HCO/Pages/default.aspx
  • Submit Specialized Admissions Application form and pay $ 10.00 fee
  • All academic and specialized courses listed on the degree plan must be completed with a “C” or better
  • EPCC Cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required
  • Complete following classes with at least "C" grade. Both biology classes will be used in ranking students for acceptance into the program.
    • Biology 2401 – Anatomy and Physiology 1
    • Biology 2402 – Anatomy and Physiology 2
    • Math 1314 – Pre-Calc I-College Algebra & Geometry

Application Deadline: June 10th

Seats Available: 10

Typical Curriculum

To successfully earn a radiation therapy degree in Texas, candidates will need to complete a range of courses covering relevant topics such as:

  • Clinical Setups I-II
  • Ethics & Law in Radiation Therapy
  • Principles of Radiography
  • Oncologic Pathology
  • Clinical Radiation Oncology I-II

Additional coursework in radiation therapy theories, procedures, and safety measures is an integral part of any program in a TX radiation therapy school as well. Hands-on training with radiation therapy devices are also offered for advanced students in numerous of these programs. The duration of the coursework in radiation therapy schools in Texas could be from one to two years, based on specific schools.

Enrollment Considerations

Before applying to one of the radiation therapist schools in Texas, look at the amount of prerequisites that have already been met. Then start the next phase today by researching different program requirements and requesting additional information from the schools that are the best fit.

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