Radiation Therapist Course Requirements


Radiation therapist or a therapeutic radiographer is a health professional who works in the field of radiation oncology or radiography. Radiation therapists are the individuals who are responsible for planning and administrating the radiation treatments to the patients suffering from diseases whose cure involves radiation treatments like cancer etc. These individuals can also prescribe medicines or radiations (treatments), analyze and interpret results, consult the patients and give reviews.

Given the nature of the job these individuals need to have a minimum level of qualifications like a baccalaureate degree or postgraduate degree in radiation therapist. These courses or degree programs also have a few entry level requirements which are mentioned below, followed by a few course or subject requirements in the stream.

Entry level requirements for the courses in science of radiography:

  • For an undergraduate course in radiography the individual must have a high school education while meeting the minimum score requirements of the institution especially in sciences.
  • For the postgraduate course the individual must be a graduate (or at least eligible to a graduate) from a state accredited institution. The individual must have a graduation degree in radiation technology.
  • The individual must have a minimum cgpa of 3.0 or better in the graduation degree.

The requirements of the courses/ degrees to complete the training in radiography:

  • Clinical Radiation Oncology
  • Radiation Safety and Protection
  • Orientation of Radiation Therapy
  • Orientation to Clinical Practice
  • Pathology
  • Patient Care
  • Nursing of the Patient
  • Radiobiology
  • Dosimeter and Treatment Planning
  • Quality management in Radiation Oncology
  • Safety and Protection Rules/ Guidelines in Radiation Oncology
  • Psychological Aspects of Radiation Oncology
  • Radiation Therapy and the Simulation Techniques
  • Technical Aspects of Radiation Technology
  • Radiation Therapy Physics
  • Imaging and processing
  • Clinical Practice
  • Sectional Anatomy
  • Treatment Planning
  • Medical Terminology for Radiological Sciences
  • Law and Regulation in Radiological Sciences
  • Ethics in Radiological Sciences

Besides these courses/ subjects the individual is also required to work on a few working papers or research paper on topics which closely relate the study of radiation oncology.

T he individual must at least pass the tests (internal assessment, external assessment, and practical assessment) that are taken by the respective institution spread over all of the subjects in the curriculum. Based on the scores of the individual in the tests and his or her research papers the institution awards the individual with a degree in radiation therapy.

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