Radiation Therapy

The Radiation Therapy Program at OHSU prepares professional students in the field of Radiation Oncology, a highly specialized branch of medicine that utilities ionizing radiation in the treatment of disease. As a career, this field offers a challenging and rewarding work environment with other possibilities for personal advancement.


The Radiation Therapy Program at OHSU is dedicated to preparing its students to become professional radiation therapists. Our students will learn to demonstrate the highest quality of technical expertise, to collaborate effectively with their colleagues, and to provide competent, compassionate clinical care.


Built on the three components of education, ethics, and examination as outlined in the American Registry or Radiologic Technologists "Equation of Excellence", the program provides the preparatory education through didactic and clinical requirements to qualify graduates to become competent and ethical practitioners in the art and science of radiation therapy. By promoting a culture of ethical behavior, the program promotes compliance with the rules of ethics required for initial and continuing certification while also encouraging  self-directed learning.  The mission and goals of this program are consistent with those of the university and school.

Program Effectiveness Data

The Radiation Therapy Program at OHSU is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Find out more about OHSU's accreditation information and program effectiveness data. Learn More


Program Goals

Upon completion of the Radiation Therapy program:    

Students will be clinically competent: 

  • Identify and correctly use all patient set-up aids.
  • Verify physician prescription prior to initiating treatments

Students will demonstrate effective communication skills:

  • Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills

Students will model professionalism:

  • Work effectively as a team member.  
  • Determine the importance of continued professional development

Students will develop critical thinking skills:

  • Assess a treatment plan and select appropriate treatment.
  • Recognize discrepancies in a treatment prescription
Learn more about becoming a Radiation Therapist.