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Radiation Therapy- Bachelors

Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy

Looking for a more meaningful, challenging patient care role beyond radiography?
Seeking to make a significant contribution to patients during their cancer treatment?
How about the field of radiation therapy?

Program Resources

About the Radiation Therapy Profession

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Radiation therapy (or radiation oncology) is the medical use of ionizing radiation to treat cancer and control malignant cell growth.  Radiation therapy is commonly combined with other modes of treatment for cancer, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy.  Radiation therapists should be able to think critically, work with computers, and be able to work on a treatment team. Patient care and empathy are also important assets.  It is intended for radiographers who seek additional specialization. 

The Radiation Therapist works under the direction of a Radiation Oncologist in treating malignant and benign diseases using various ionizing radiations. Responsibilities include following prescribed treatment plans, maintaining accurate records, and providing care and support to the patients and their families.

What is required of a Radiation Therapist?

The profession requires judgment, critical thinking, and the ability to work accurately and quickly in a stressful environment. Therapists are highly skilled professionals, who are certified at national and state levels to provide patient treatments under the supervision of a physician specializing in Radiation Oncology.

How to Begin

  1. Review our website in detail, read the brochure, and review the Frequently Asked Questions.  Many questions you may have can be answered from our online information.
  2. Have your unofficial transcripts reviewed by our program clinical coordinator Dolly Kisinger  dkisinger@llu.edu as early as possible to be sure that all of the courses transfer to Loma Linda University, in order to meet the requirements
  3. Refer to the admissions requirements below for detailed steps
  4. Email Maria at studyradisci@llu.edu with general registration and prerequisite questions
  5. To contact the program director, email Carol Davis at cadavis@llu.edu

Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy

The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy is a 21-month (7 quarter) program. Sixty-six percent is face-to-face coursework, with about 44% online. The program is comprised of both classroom and clinical education. Students will spend time each week in the clinical setting and classroom. Class and clinical education is from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the exception of classes that have labs.  Labs start after patient treatments have been completed.  Student will be notified approximately one week in advance when this is required.  The program includes rotations to multiple local affiliate hospitals or clinics for additional clinical training. The program begins each fall quarter in September, with 6-8 students.

When to Apply

The application window for non-ARRT applicants is January 1 to March 31, and for ARRT applicants is January 1 to May 31. Even though March 31 and May 31 are the established deadline, the total number of applicants may dictate an earlier or later cut-off date. Check with the department for updates.

Program Accreditation

The Bachelor’s Degree in Radiation Technology is accredited by: WASC (Western Associate of Schools and Colleges); JRCERT (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology).  Contact information:  20 N Wacker Drive Suite 2850, Chicago IL 60606-3182.  Phone (312) 704-5300 (312) 704-5300 Fax (312) 704-5304.  Website: www.jrcert.org  Email: mail@jrcert.org.

Program Outcomes

Academic Calendar

The program, in general, follows the Loma Linda University Quarterly academic terms. The program begins usually the third week each September.  
Please refer to the Academic Calendar since the actual dates change yearly.

Costs and Fees

Refer to SAHP Tuition Rates

The estimated cost of the program is updated yearly based on the University's tuition and fees, which are subject to change (usually summer quarter). Tuition rates above do not reflect books, uniforms and supplies, living and transportation costs.

Program Expectations

The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy Program is rigorous.  Students should expect to give full-time attention to this demanding program.  Students in the past have needed to adjust their personal schedules to make this program a priority.  Students are expected to drive to their clinical affiliates.  Students are expected to be responsible, accountable, and dependable as well as behave and communicate with high professional standards. Attendance in all classes and clinical rotations is expected.  Students are also expected to be able to perform the essential job functions throughout the program and on into the profession.

What Makes Us Unique...

  •  The ability to learn proton particle therapy
  • Students gain a comprehensive clinical education by rotating through a variety of clinical sites.
  • A high standard of didactic education delivered by very experienced faculty.
  • An emphasis on understanding the concept of wholeness in patient care
  • Alumni are employed in all clinical sites and provide excellent guidance to the student
  • Graduates from Loma Linda University are internationally recognized and   requested in all areas of healthcare
  • No waiting list- competitive  application process

Our Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Science Radiation Therapy Program is to prepare professionals in the field of Radiation Therapy with students receiving broad education and training in all aspects of the profession.  This will include critical thinking, clinical competence, effective communication, and professionalism as they apply to the field of Radiation Therapy.  The program encourages intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual development by emphasizing these goals in its curriculum, which are reflected in the mission statements of the School of Allied Health Professions and Loma Linda Health – “To Make Man Whole”.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be known by our students, alumni, clinical instructors, faculty, professional community, and staff as the Radiation Therapy Program of choice. Additionally, we want the program experience to be known as "a close family" that is exciting, challenging, and transforming.

Our Values

We will accomplish our mission and vision by setting and achieving high standards of excellence in professional behavior, academic and clinical education, customer service, and collaborative success, while living by the Loma Linda University values of excellence, integrity, compassion, self-control, humility, freedom, and justice.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Essential Job Functions

The essential job functions of a radiation therapist require certain physical, mental and emotional attributes.  Physical demands include lifting, carrying, bending manipulation of equipment, patient assistance, walking and prolonged standing, the ability to read orders, computer screens, patient records, and equipment controls; the ability to communicate clearly with physicians, patients and coworkers; the ability to distinguish changes in physical, mental and affective status.  Mental and emotional demands include critical thinking, objective decision making, interaction with patients of different ages and health conditions, maintaining patient confidentiality, working with patient diversity, and being able to work under pressure in stressful conditions.  Students must maintain the essential job functions throughout the program.  A complete list of essential job functions will be made available during the program orientation process.

Eligibility for ARRT Credential

Eligibility for the ARRT credentialing exam may be affected if the applicant has a prior felony or misdemeanor conviction. Prior to applying to this program the applicant should contact the ARRT at 651-687-0048 to determine if eligibility will be granted.

Prerequisite Requirements

Applicants must be either an ARRT registered radiographer (two-year minimum degree) or a Registered Nurse or graduate of an accredited Allied Health Program with patient care experience (2-year minimum degree) and completed the following subjects at an accredited college or university prior to entering the program:

  • Human anatomy and physiology with laboratory, complete sequence
  • Pre-calculus
  • Medical terminology
  • Patient care methods
  • Radiation physics, radiation protection, principles of radiography (available in the summer professional program for those who do not have it)
  • General psychology or developmental psychology

All course requirements must be met before the start of the program.

Humanities - 20 units minimum (choose minimum of three areas from: history, literature, philosophy, foreign language, art/music appreciation/history).  Included in this minimum 4 units of religion per year of attendance at a Seventh-day Adventist college or university.  Eight units of religion are included in the Bachelor of Science degree core as a co-requisite.  A total of 28 quarter units are required to fulfill this area.

Natural Sciences – The study of natural science must include a minimum of 12 units.  The units in natural sciences must be selected from two of the following content areas:  biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, and statistics.  Required:  College algebra (pre-calculus starting with entry year 2017), all mathematics course must be taken within three years, Human Anatomy and Physiology with a lab (a 2-course sequence in Anatomy and Physiology, with labs is acceptable).

Social Sciences – Must have a total of 12 quarter units of social science, General psychology or developmental psychology is required.  Select additional units from: economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, or anthropology.

Communication – English composition, complete sequence, and oral communication/public speaking are required.  A minimum of 9 units are needed to complete this area.

Health and Wellness – Personal health or nutrition and two physical activity courses are required to meet the minimum of 3 quarter units.

Electives – may be needed to meet the minimum requirements of 192 quarter units (34-36 semester units).

Diversity Requirements – The diversity requirement is fulfilled in the BSRS portfolio core courses:  AHCJ 493 Senior Portfolio I and AC 494 Senior Portfolio II

Admission Requirements

Courses listed as course requirements MUST be completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of C or better.

  • Prerequisite courses must be met – a total of 47 quarter units of specific courses plus 34-36 electives that can be taken from the radiation technology or healthcare program courses.
  • 40 hours of career observation in a Radiation Oncology Department (form)
  • GPA of 3.0 or better, higher is more competitive
  • Admissions essay
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Interview

Applicants are also required to complete:

  • A background check 
  • Possess a current health care Provider CPR card offered by the American Heart Association upon admission into the program. 
  • To remain in the program students must maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Adhere to the Program’s professional code of conduct. 
  • Students at some clinical sites may need to complete a drug test.
  • Religion (a maximum of 8 qtr. Units may be applied): for students who attended or are enrolled in a Seventh-day Adventist college, 4 qtr. units per year are required.)
  • Electives – (To meet minimum of 96 quarter units)

GE Courses Offered at Loma Linda University

Program Curriculum

During the BS in Radiation Therapy program, students take formal classes along with instruction in a clinical setting. This includes participation, under close supervision, in
the actual procedures within the Radiation Therapy Department. The program is full-time (40 hours per week) arranged around lectures and coordinated with participating
clinical affiliates.

Loma Linda University: Educating Radiology Professionals

Loma Linda University offers a number of programs in the medical imaging field. Besides Medical Radiography, we offer programs in Computed Tomography, Imaging Informatics (online), Cardiac Electrophysiology, Magnetic Resonance, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography, Radiation Therapy, and Dosimetry.  We also offer an online Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Radiation Sciences, a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration, and an online Radiologist Assistant Master’s degree program.

Contact Us

  Carol Davis, PsyD, DrPH Program Director
  Department of Radiation Technology
  Loma Linda University
 (909) 558-4931 Department Office
 (909) 558-7965 Fax