Radiation Technicians training on machine

Radiation Oncology is a highly specialized branch of medicine that utilizes ionizing radiation in the treatment of disease. The aim of therapy may be to cure the disease or to alleviate symptoms such as pain. As a career, this field offers a challenging and rewarding work environment with other possibilities for personal advancement.

A radiation therapist is a professional member of the radiation therapy team. They must possess the ability to communicate well with patients, other health professionals and the public. They must possess the ability to communicate well with patients, other health professionals and the public. 

Although this is a highly technical field, the therapist will be called on to provide psychological support to the patient and their families. Therapists work closely with the social worker, oncology nurse and physician to assist oncology patients and their families through the physical and emotional issues encountered with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  

Program Mission

The Radiation Therapy Program's mission is to provide a means for each student to gain and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to become a competent and ethical practitioner in the art and science of radiation therapy.  Build on the three components of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' (ARRT) "equation for excellent" (education, ethics, examination), the program provides the preparatory education through didactic and clinical requirements to qualify graduates to tale the ARRT national certifying exam.  Promoting a culture of ethical behavior, the program promotes compliance with the ARRT rules of ethics required for initial and continuing certification.  The mission and goals of this program are consistent with those of the university and school.

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  

Evaluation Criteria

Students will be evaluated on the following criteria: 
  • Clinical judgment, accomplishment and quality of work: demonstration of professional responsibility
  • Interpersonal relationships with other members of the health team; self-improvement and adaptability
  • Ability to obtain, organize and analyze information
  • Neatness in appearance and personal hygiene

At the end of the successful completion of all requirements, you will receive your degree from OHSU. Also, at that time, you will be eligible to apply to take the certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, (ARRT). If you intend to seek employment in Oregon, you will be required to be licensed by the Oregon Board of Radiologic Technologists, (OBRT).