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Radiation Therapy - Certificate

Overview of Specialty

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

Mission Statement

"To Make Man Whole" reflects the mission statement of Loma Linda University and Medical Center.  It is the mission of the program to encourage the personal and professional growth of students through the integrated development of intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of each student as they prepare to serve mankind.

The Radiation Therapy program is 12-months in length.

Loma Linda University: Educating Radiology Professionals  

The Radiation Therapy field is very dynamic. It is rapidly evolving due to new technologies. In addition, it is a multifaceted discipline grounded in the science of oncology, and involves the use of sophisticated innovative technology to ensure that high doses of ionizing radiation are delivered to tumor sites with millimeter precision. Prospective therapists should be able to think critically, be computer literate, and be able to work within a team. Patient care and empathy are also important assets.

Program Information and Expectations

The Radiation Therapy Certificate Program is a full-time, 15-month program that prepares the student to gain national certification as a radiation therapist. It is intended for diagnostic radiographers who seek additional specialization. The program is also open to other qualified applicants in the allied health field. Applicants must meet the basic requirements as listed in the program brochure.

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.

Program Accreditation

The certificate 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 Statistics

Application Deadline

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

Admission Requirements

Courses listed as course requirements MUST be completed at a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) college or university.

Educational Background
The applicant must fulfill ONE of the following:

A. Be an ARRT registered radiologic technologist at the time of program entry.

  • College Algebra (within 3 years)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs (complete sequence)
  • Radiation Protection
  • Patient Care Methods
  • Radiation Physics
  • General Psychology

B. Be a registered nurse or graduate of an accredited allied health program (2 years minimum training) and have college credits in:

  • College Algebra(within 3 years)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs (complete sequence)
  • Medical Terminology
  • Radiation Protection
  • Patient Care Methods
  • Radiation Physics
  • Principles of Radiology
  • General Psychology

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

Observation Experience

A minimum of 40 hours of career observation in a radiation therapy department is required. Download a Career Observation Form from the forms page.


During the 15-month Certificate Program in Radiation Therapy Technology, 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.

The 12-month program gives students a well-round clinical experience, from a large Medical Center to smaller clinics.

Program Terms

This program begins in the Fall Quarter each year and follows the Loma Linda University Quarterly Academic Terms.  The program begins each September.  The fall quarter runs from the end of September to mid-December.  The Winter quarter runs from the first part of January to mid-March.  The Spring quarter runs from the end of March to the middle of June.  The Summer quarter runs from the end of June to approximately the beginning of September.  Please refer to our current Academic Calendar for specific dates

  Fall Quarter - Year One                  Units        
RTTH 342 Patient Care Practices in Rad. Therapy     2
RTTH 344 Radiation Therapy Procedures 2
RTTH 355 Physical Principles of Rad. Therapy I   3
RTTH 364 Radiation Oncology I  2
RTMR 334 Cross-sectional Radiographic Anatomy 2
RTTH 971 Radiation Therapy Affiliation I 1
  Winter Quarter - Year One  
RTTH 332 Radiation Biology 1
RTTH 356 Physical Principles of Rad. Therapy II 3
RTTH 365 Radiation Oncology II               2
RTTH 972  Radiation Therapy Affiliation II         1
  Spring Quarter - Year One  
RTTH 357 Applied Dosimetry 2
RTTH 365 Radiation Oncology III 2
AHCJ 403 Pathology II 3
RTTH 973 Radiation Therapy Affiliation III 1
  Summer Quarter - Year Two  
RTTH 974 Radiation Therapy Affiliation IV  1
ReXX Religion Elective 2
  Fall Quarter - Year Two  
RTTH 348 Radiation Therapy Review 1
RTTH 975 Radiation Therapy Affiliation V 1

Radiation Therapy Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal 1 Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.

  • Student learning outcomes- Student will be able to monitor changes in patient condition.  Student will be able to interpret isocenter shift from CT simulation data to treatment planning data.

Goal 2 Students will be clinically competent.

  • Students will perform daily QA.  Students will be able to check that dosimetry data is accurately transferred to the electronic chart.  Student will be able to recognize treatment changes.

Goal 3 Students will be able to communicate effectively.

  • Students will demonstrate effective verbal communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written skills.

Goal 4  Students will demonstrate professionalism.

  • Students will treat all persons with respect.
  • Students will understand HIPPA
  • Students will demonstrate responsibility and accountability for actions.

Goal 5  Students will achieve the following demographic goals.

  • A minimum of 85% of students will complete the program
  • A minimum of 85% of students will pass the board examination on the 1st attempt.
  • A minimum of 80% of graduates will be placed in a professional position within 6 months.

Program Costs

Financial Disclosure

Important Program Financial Disclosure

Contact us

Carol Davis

Carol Davis, Psy.D, Dr. PH, RT (T)  Program Director

Department of Radiation Technology
Nichol Hall A829
(909) 558-4931-2-0

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