Steps to Apply to the Radiation Therapy Program

Step 1: Complete academic prerequisites

Review the list of Radiation Therapy Program academic prerequisites. The Radiation Therapy Program offers unofficial transcript reviews and advisement for all potential students. We encourage you to contact the Radiation Therapy Program  with any questions regarding acceptable prerequisites, or to set up a phone meeting with Program faculty.

Please review the program-specific and OHSU technical standards prior to applying to the program. 

Step 2: Complete 30 hours of observation

All applicants are required to spend 30 hours of observation time in radiation therapy departments. Applicants must also have a Documented Observation Form with them at the time of each visit. Please provide the form to a therapist from each observation clinic for completion after observation. Please request that the completed form be sent (scanned/mailed) to the OHSU Radiation Therapy Program.

All observation hours must be documented on the Completed Observation Form, and submitted with the application to the Program.

Contact information for program affiliated clinics in the Portland area may be provided by the program upon request. Please contact us at to obtain this contact information and supplemental HIPAA training module.

Step 3: Submit completed application between November 1st and February 1st

Documents needed to complete the application process:

  • Official transcripts
  • Completed Observation Form
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

In addition to OFFICIAL transcripts, please upload UNOFFICIAL transcripts from all colleges attended to the application for the initial review. Please submit official transcripts to:

OHSU SoM Graduate Admissions
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road L102GS
Portland, Oregon 97239
Or if your institution offers secure digital transcripts, please send official transcripts to: 

Please direct questions about the online application to: or call Customer Service 857-304-2017 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm EST.

Note: application fee waivers for applicants who are economically disadvantaged may be requested by contacting before submitting their application.

For general questions and information regarding our admission requirements, please contact the Radiation Therapy Program

Next Steps

After submitting a complete application, the following steps occur:

1.  Applicant Review: The admissions committee reviews all application documentation.

2.  Interviews: Based on the application review, a select group of applicants is invited to OHSU for on-site interviews. Interview day consists of tours, demonstrations, and individual and group interviews with the admissions committee. 

3.  Admissions Decisions: All applicants are notified of admissions decisions. Admissions decisions are based on a combination of the committee score and application packet score. The program accepts up to nine students per cohort, and creates an alternate/waitlist.

Didn't get accepted this year? Apply the next year! The admissions committee looks favorably on applicants who apply again – particularly those who spend the year gaining experience in the field.

Refer to the Education site for Student Admissions Requirements and a comprehensive list of OHSU's approved academic policies:

Acceptance from the waitlist

It is the policy of the OHSU Radiation Therapy Program to accept no more than nine students in an admission cycle. Applicants on the admissions waitlist will be accepted when an accepted student chooses to decline or defer their offer of admission, or otherwise cannot attend the program. The Radiation Therapy Program does not accept students off the admissions waitlist after July 31st of any given year for a Summer B Term start date.

The OHSU Radiation Therapy Program prepares students to pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiation Therapy Examination, the national benchmark to practice in the United States. OHSU is unable to monitor requirements for licensure in every state, and therefore is unable to make a determination if an OHSU program meets all requirements for licensure for a given state. You should always check with the individual states for the current expectations regarding licensure in that state. Additional information regarding licensure can be found on the OHSU out-of-state authorization webpage under licensure.

OHSU employees seeking to pursue individual courses for academic credit or an academic degree or certificate within OHSU must declare their employment status to the Academic Program prior to registering for courses or accepting admissions.

OHSU students wishing to accept an employment offer from an OHSU department (excluding positions identified as Student Employment or Student Work Study) must notify their program director prior to accepting the position for the purposes of initiating the process to review conflicts of interest. (Policy 03-30-145, updated 8/18/2021)

OHSU requires immunizations for its students in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the State of Oregon. Students must comply with OHSU pre-entrance immunization requirements per Policy 03-30-150 and Policy 02-90-010, and remain in compliance for the duration of their enrollment at OHSU.

This means that all admitted students must provide proof of full COVID-19 immunization or receive an approved medical or religious exception prior to the start of the academic program. Admission into OHSU academic programs are considered conditional until proof of full vaccination is provided or a medical or religious exception is approved by OHSU. If students have not met the COVID-19 policy requirements by the first day of their academic program, their conditional offer of admission to OHSU will be withdrawn and they will be unable to take courses or start their programs of study or other academic activities.

Students admitted into non-clinical programs who have received exceptions will be required to complete COVID-19 testing as specified by OHSU and will receive additional direction related to required safety standards and practices. OHSU does not allow unvaccinated students to participate in in-person direct patient contact or in simulation activities involving in-person direct contact with standardized patients, and as such, entry into clinical programs for unvaccinated students will be prohibited.

Take Action! To ensure consideration for the maximum amount of aid, please apply for the 2023-24 FAFSA by our priority filing date, Jan. 15. Financial aid is a multi-step process and applying early will help ensure the delivery of your award notification. The form will help determine your eligibility for Federal and State grants and loans which include the Federal Direct Stafford and Parent PLUS loans.

We recommend that you apply now for the 2023-24 financial aid year. Please note that your financial aid application will not be reviewed until you’re admitted to an OHSU financial aid-eligible program.

How to apply:

To be considered for financial aid for summer 2023 through spring 2024, you must apply using the 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available at: OHSU's school code is 004883.

For the 2023-2024 FAFSA, you’ll provide your 2021 tax information. The best way to transfer your 2021 tax information directly onto the FAFSA is to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.  If you already applied but did not use the IRS DRT, then log in here under “Returning User” and select “make FAFSA corrections.” You can also log back in to make sure you have OHSU listed on your FAFSA here as well. Using this tool lowers the chance OHSU will need to request additional paperwork when processing your file.

Tips for applying:

Before filing your FAFSA, please read Common Issues to Avoid such as:

  • Marital status – for independent students, if you are married as of the date you file your FAFSA, you must include your spouse’s information in household size, income, and asset information along with your own, even if you were not married in 2021.
  • Dependent students – As of the date you file your FAFSA, if your legal parents (your biological and/or adoptive parents, or parents as determined by the state [e.g. a parent listed on your birth certificate]) are married to each other, you must include both parent’s information for household size, income, and asset information. If your legal/custodial parent is remarried as of the date you file your FAFSA, you must include both legal parent and step-parent’s information for household size, income, and asset information, even if they were not married in 2021.
  • Scholarship Reporting - Only report scholarships on your FAFSA if you were required to file a 2021 federal tax return AND you had to include the scholarship as income on that tax return.

When OHSU Financial Aid Office receives your financial aid application, you should receive an email indicating it was received and if there is any additional information you need to submit at that time. Please continue to watch for emails from their office.

Note:  If you are receiving any educational resources to assist you in paying education costs during 2023-24 and you apply for financial aid, you will be required to notify our office regarding the fund and amount awarded. Examples of educational resources could include, but are not limited to:  Departmental Tuition/Fee Payments, Stipends, Employee Tuition Benefits, Graduate Research Assistantships, Scholarships, Military Awards, WICHE Funding, National Health Service Corp, Vocational Rehabilitation, AmeriCorps, State VA Educational Benefits, and Traineeships. The amount of educational resources will then be taken into account when determining financial aid eligibility.    

Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA)

If you are an Oregon resident that has undocumented status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, and/or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) you may be able to apply for the OSAC Scholarships by completing the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA).

Go to ORSAA Information

Scholarship Information

  • For information about internal and external scholarships, you can go to our financial aid website.
  • Below is information about the scholarships through the Oregon Student Access and Completion (OSAC) that opened on November 1st. You do not have to be admitted to a program to apply for scholarships. Apply here.
  • Students attending OHSU fall 2023 through spring 2024 may now apply for scholarships through Oregon's Office of Student Access and Completion. OSAC, whose goal is to help Oregon students plan and pay for college, offers more than 600 scholarship programs valued at more than $10 million. While various scholarships are available, some are related to health profession students. There are also scholarships that do not require Oregon residency. In 2022-23, OHSU students were awarded $256,206 in OSAC scholarships.
  • Early bird deadline: 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15. Error-free applications submitted by this deadline receive an early review and will be entered into one of several $1,000 early bird scholarship drawings.
  • Final deadline: 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 1. All materials must be submitted to OSAC.

Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office at

Students attending OHSU fall 2022 through spring 2023 may now apply for scholarships through Oregon's Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC). OSAC offers more than 480 scholarship programs valued at more than $10 million. While various scholarships are available, some are related to health profession students. There are also scholarships that do not require Oregon residency. In 2020-21, OHSU students were awarded $288,000 in OSAC scholarships.

Early bird deadline: 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 15. Error-free applications submitted by this deadline receive an early review and will be entered into one of several $1,000 early bird scholarship drawings.

Final deadline: 5 p.m., Monday, March 1. All materials must be submitted to OSAC.

Apply here.