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Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy students

In addition to a basic knowledge of science and mathematics, radiation therapy requires emotionally mature individuals who wish to take an active part in the management of patients with malignant disease.

At The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions, the Program in Radiation Therapy is designed to prepare students for the technical, theoretical, and psychological aspects of this career.

During their education students acquire the professional skills necessary to plan, deliver and record a prescribed course of radiation and proton therapy. They learn the optimal use of complex therapy equipment and treatment accessories.

Students also gain the theoretical knowledge and skills to monitor patients undergoing treatment, as well as an understanding of the compassionate and skilled care cancer patients require.

Accreditation information:
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Radiation Therapy Program is accredited by the 
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Contact information for JRCERT:

20 N. Wacker Drive, Ste 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone 312-704-5300
Fax 312-704-5304

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is regionally accredited through The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Colleges (SACS)
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
Phone: 404-679-4501
Fax: 404-679-4558

Program Effectiveness Data

Certification Examination Pass rates
Five-year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography exam) pass rate of not less than 85 percent at first attempt within six months of graduation.

 Year Percent Passing on 1st attempt


Number of students 
passing on first attempt

 2010  85%  17 of 20 students
 2011  86%  12 of 14 students
 2012  94%  16 of 17 students
 2013  85%  17 of 20 students
 2014  87%  13 of 15 students
 5 year average  87.2% 

Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75 percent within twelve months of graduation.  


YearPercent CompletionNumber of students actively seeking employment* Number of Students
 2009 94% 20 17
 2010 92% 19 12
 2011 82% 15  9
 2012 94% 17 16
 2013 71% 14 10
  5 year average 76% 87 66

*Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in radiation therapy. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.

Note: 2014 job placement rate will be reported in August 2015

Program completion rate: this rate is defined as the number of students who enrolled on the 15th day of the first semester and complete all graduation requirements.

YearPercent completion Number of Students
 2010 95% 20 began, 19 graduated
 Reasons: Voluntarily withdrawal and/or academic dismissal
 2011 68% 22 began, 15 graduated
 2012 94% 18 began,  17 graduated  
 2013 83% 24 began, 20 graduated
 2014 94% 16 began, 15 graduated
5 Year average 88%99 began, 87 graduated

Reasons: Voluntary withdrawals and/or academic dismissals

For more information regarding program effectiveness data visit the JRCERT website

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