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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Note: application fee waivers for applicants who are economically disadvantaged may be requested by contacting email@example.com 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.
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.
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)
Review the New Student Pre-Entrance Immunization Requirements: https://www.ohsu.edu/education/new-student-requirements
OHSU strongly recommends that all OHSU members, regardless of their work location or job function, remain “up-to-date” with COVID-19 vaccines, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the revised policy as of June 12, 2023, all students must be “fully vaccinated” or “up-to-date” with COVID-19 vaccinations OR they must submit a declination form via Enterprise Health and adhere to Student Health’s current requirements designed to minimize COVID-19 transmission. A step-by-step guide for declination is available here. New students wishing to submit a declination should do so when they receive their network login credentials (usually about 30 days before the start of your program).
2024-2025 FAFSA - Important Announcement
Beginning with the 2024-25 year (Summer 2024 – Spring 2025), the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is introducing changes that represent the most significant modifications made to the FAFSA in decades. The FAFSA Simplification Act, which was passed by Congress in 2020, prioritized simplifying the FAFSA application process, resulting in many changes to how aid eligibility is determined.
Due to the nmber of changes, the Department of Education has reported that the FAFSA will be available in December 2023. However, the specific release date has not been determined yet. The FAFSA will continue to use prior year income. For 2024-25 FAFSA, it will use 2022 tax information. For most people, those tax returns have already been submitted. However, if you, your spouse if married, or your parents (if required to supply parental information on your FAFSA), are required to file a 2022 tax return and haven’t filed yet, we recommend you do that before December.
For those students working on their 1st Bachelor’s degree, the changes being enacted may result in an increase in the number of students eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. If you haven’t applied in the past but are working on your 1st Bachelor’s degree, you may want to apply this year to see if you would be eligible. Students will be notified of any Pell Grant eligibility when they are awarded aid by OHSU.
Given the delay of the release of the 2024-2025 FAFSA, as well as changes to be implemented at the school level, it will be essential for all students who wish to be considered for federal student aid to apply for the 2024-2025 FAFSA as soon as it becomes available.
Once we have a finalized release date, we will post another communication including helpful hints on applying. For future financial aid years, the FAFSA should be available on October 1st.
If you have additional questions, please contact the OHSU Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.