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 email@example.com to obtain this contact information and supplemental HIPAA training module.
*2022 ADMISSIONS OBSERVATION REQUIREMENTS:
We recognize that the majority of radiation oncology departments are not currently offering applicant observations due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions. Observation at our Oregon and SW Washington clinical affiliate locations remain closed. This may result in difficulty obtaining 30 hours of observation.
At this time we request that when applying for 2022 admissions, applicants submit any hours observed, along with a brief statement of your efforts in acquiring any remaining observation hours. A lack of 30 hours of observation will not negatively impact your application for 2022 admissions.
Observation is a critical step in understanding the field of radiation therapy, and we recommend that each applicant spend time researching the radiation therapy profession to learn what the field entails.
Please reach out with any questions related to the application process and/or observation. We will communicate any changes in observation opportunities when available through our program website.
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:
Note: application fee waivers for applicants who are economically disadvantaged may be requested by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting their application.
For general questions and information regarding our admission requirements, please contact the Radiation Therapy Program.
After submitting a complete application, the following steps occur:
1. Applicant Review
- The admissions committee reviews all application documentation.
- 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. Note: Interviews will be conducted virtually in 2022.
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.
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 as Students
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)
COVID-19 Immunization Requirement for Students
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.
2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Don’t wait to apply! To ensure consideration for the maximum amount of aid, please apply by our priority filing date, Jan. 15.
To be considered for financial aid for summer 2022 through spring 2023, you must apply using the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available at: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. OHSU’s school code is 004883.
For the 2022-2023 FAFSA, you will be providing your 2020 tax information. The quickest and most efficient way to transfer your 2020 tax information directly onto FAFSA is to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. You can find the IRS Data Retrieval Tool online by logging into your FAFSA record and selecting “make FAFSA corrections.” Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool lowers the chances that we will need to request additional paperwork from you when processing your file.
Before filing your FAFSA, please read Common Issues to Avoid. Common issues include things like:
- 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 2020.
- 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 2020.
- Scholarship Reporting - Only report scholarships on your FAFSA if you were required to file a 2020 federal tax return AND you had to include the scholarship as income on that tax return.
We anticipate beginning to review 2022-2023 FAFSAs in early December 2021. At this point we will email you to request any additional information we may need. If we do not require any additional information, we will send an email confirming receipt of the financial aid application. You can view the status of your FAFSA by logging into https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at email@example.com.
*Financial aid application will not be reviewed until admitted to an OHSU financial aid eligible program.
OHSU Financial Aid Office
Applications open for Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion scholarships
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.