School of Radiation Therapy

The application period for fall 2015 will begin in September 2014 and continue through Feb. 10, 2015.

Become a radiation therapist with Fairview’s certificate program at University of Minnesota Medical Center

As a radiation therapist, you will be an integral member of the care team, administering very precise and accurate radiation therapy to treat cancer.

Because you will interact with cancer patients for weeks at a time, your sense of professionalism, compassion and sensitivity are as vital to your job as your clinical knowledge.

Learn to work successfully in a radiation oncology setting by participating in one of Fairview's two certificate tracks.

Track I and Track II certificate programs in radiation therapy
Track I Radiologic Technologist Track is a 12-month, full-time certificate program for currently registered radiologic technologists with an associate degree or higher (in any subject) and radiologic technology students who will graduate from their radiology program with an associate degree or higher prior to September of the year for which they are applying.

A successful applicant must be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) prior to the start of the program or prior to the end of October during the first program semester.

Track II Non-Radiology Track is a 16-month, full-time certificate program for applicants who are not certified in radiologic technology but who have earned (at minimum) an associate degree. Education and/or experience in health care or direct patient care are preferred.

Learn more about our program here or by exploring the links on the left. Contact us with questions.

Radiation Therapy program mission
To provide radiation therapy students with the didactic and clinical education necessary to graduate as an entry-level radiation therapist, who can work successfully in the radiation oncology setting.

Program goals and student learning outcomes

GoalLearning outcomes
1. Students will be clinically competent.Students will:
  • (1.1) Employ proper treatment techniques
  • (1.2) Accurately perform dose calculations
2. Students will communicate effectively.Students will:
  • (2.1) Practice written communication skills
  • (2.2) Demonstrate effective oral communication skills
3. Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.Students will:
  • (3.1) Assess equipment malfunctions or problems 
  • (3.2) Evaluate and adjust treatment parameters for non-routine situations
4. Students will demonstrate professionalism.Students will:
  • (4.1) Practice professional behaviors
  • (4.2) Analyze their professional growth and goals

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Demand for radiation therapists
Career opportunities for radiation therapists exist in many areas of the country, including rural and metropolitan communities. Radiation therapists are employed in hospitals, universities and clinics as staff therapists, clinical supervisors, educators and managers.

Earning potential
Salaries are comparable to other health care professions with similar levels of education. Median salary for radiation therapists in the United States in 2012 was $77,560.

For more information about earning potential, visit the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development or the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

This program has a full eight-year accreditation by Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) with the next review date in January 2015. Accreditation and effectiveness data are also available on the JRCERT website.

20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606

Program contacts
For more information about the University of Minnesota Medical Center School of Radiation Therapy, please contact:

Patricia Fountinelle, MS, RT (R)(T), CMD
Program Director

Laura Peterson, MAEd, RT, (R)(T)
Clinical Coordinator

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