Radiation Technician analyzing therapy processApplicants applying to the Radiation Therapy Program at OHSU must have one of the following in order to matriculate into the program. 

Students may apply while they are completing the admission requirements, but must complete prerequisite courses and credits prior to enrollment unless a waiver has been granted.

Associate Degree

Applicants who have obtained an associate degree in radiologic technology from a JRCERT accredited program and the following courses:

Math 111, 112 

Writing 121, 122, 227

Applicants may be required to obtain additional courses during the junior and senior year to fulfill OHSU degree requirements.


Prerequisite Courses 

Minimum of 90 credit hours to include:

Writing 121, 122, 227 (9-12 credits)

Arts and Letters (9-12 credits)

Social Science (9-12 credits)

  • Human Development (3 credits)

Natural Sciences (47 credits)

  • Chemistry w/lab (12 credits)

  • Anatomy & Physiology (12 credits)

  • Physics 200 level (12 credits)

  • Nutrition (3 credits)

  • College Math 111, 112 (8 credits)

Technical Standards

Appropriate to the profession of radiation therapy, a student must:

1. Have the strength, motor coordination and manual dexterity to:
  • Transport, move, lift or transfer patients from wheelchair or stretcher to a patient support assembly (table).
  • Lift, move, adjust, and manipulate a variety of devices and equipment necessary for procedures. To arrange the devices and equipment properly with respect to the patient and the treatment prescription according to established procedures and standards of speed and accuracy.
  • Physically place patient in proper position for procedure according to established standards of speed and accuracy.
2. Have communication and interpersonal skills necessary to:
  • Communicate verbally in an effective manner to deliver explanation and directions to patients as it relates to the procedure.
  • Properly communicate and interpret written or verbal instructions from therapists, physicians and/or other personnel.
  • Legibly record all necessary treatment data in the treatment chart.
3. Be capable of:
  • Handling stressful situations related to emotional, technical and procedural standards and patient care situations.
  • Providing physical and emotional support to the patient during procedures and be able to respond with speed to situations requiring basic life support and emergency care of the patient in the absence of, or until the physician arrives.
4. Have the mental / intellectual capacity to:
  • Calculate and select proper technical factors according to individual prescriptions with accuracy and speed.
  • View and evaluate procedure films for the purposes of determining proper positioning, blocking and field arrangements.
  • Include on all procedure films patient identification and other pertinent technical information.