Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapists use cutting edge technology and clinical skills to administer ionizing radiation to fight diseases (predominantly cancer).

Elmhurst College has an affiliation with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where after enrolling at Elmhurst, students can apply to NMH to gain additional education and valuable hands-on experience. If accepted, Elmhurst College students spend three years on-campus taking courses and spend their final phase of academic and clinical training at the hospital.

Radiation therapists collaborate with a diverse health care team to provide treatment to patients in primarily in hospitals and physician clinics. Here are just some of the things you’ll do as a radiation therapist:

  • Prepare patients for daily treatments
  • Deliver radiation treatments
  • Evaluate and monitor treatment delivery equipment
  • Perform radiation dose calculations
  • Provide high-quality patient care
  • Collaborate with physicians and other members of the health care team

Students preparing for careers in radiation therapy major in health science technology if they apply to Northwestern Memorial Hospital through the Elmhurst College affiliation. Northwestern Memorial Hospital prefers science related majors for students applying after they receive an undergraduate degree.

If accepted, students will complete three years of college courses on site at Elmhurst College and then the final phase of clinical/academic education (14 months) on site at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible to take required certifying examinations in addition to a bachelor’s degree. Students accepted into the program pay Elmhurst tuition and fees for Elmhurst and Northwestern Memorial Hospital courses. Additional fees may be required by the hospital as well. The hospital is located at 541 N. Fairbanks Court, Suite 950 in Chicago, IL 60611.

Below are required courses for the affiliation as a health science technology major:

Required Courses

Courses in computer science, research methods, and verbal and written communication are also required. Speak with an advisor to learn more about how to build them into a schedule and any other additional course information.

You will meet with the health professions advisor to discuss your specific academic and professional interests. Your advisor will work with you throughout your Elmhurst career, clearing obstacles and giving expert guidance.

When you successfully complete your academic and clinical program, you’ll be eligible to take certifying examinations administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

You can start by checking the website of Northwestern’s School of Radiation Therapy. To learn more, students should schedule a meeting with the health professions advisor.

Any student interested in applying is responsible for learning about all the requirements for the program. Admission to Elmhurst College does not guarantee acceptance into a program affiliation.

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