radiation therapy
The Post Baccalaureate Radiation Therapy Program is designed for college graduates who have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and are interested in pursuing a career change into Radiation Therapy.

Suffolk's JRCERT-accredited program is a collaboration between the Suffolk University Physics & Engineering department and our world class clinical sites: Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA), Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston, MA), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, MA), North Shore Cancer Center (Danvers, MA), and Newton Wellesley Hospital (Newton, MA). Our students learn from leaders in the field while earning their clinical experience at some of the finest oncology facilities in the country.

Radiation Therapy is the careful administration of highly focused forms of radiation to treat cancer and other diseases. Through observation and hands-on experience, students will become part of a team of radiation therapists, as they complete their more than 1,300 hours of clinical rotations. During clinical rotations, students will observe and participate in the daily responsibilities of radiation therapists, as well as patient care and the operation of linear accelerator treatment machines.

The deadline for the radiation therapy program application is January 1st of each year for program participation starting the following fall semester. To become enrolled in the radiation therapy program, applicants must be selected by the Radiation Science Committee (consisting of MGH medical personnel and Suffolk University faculty). Applicants should be aware that the selection process requires an additional clinical shadow, math assessment, and writing sample. This process will take place during the spring semester of each year for the classes which begin the following fall semester.

Accepted students will complete more than 1300 hours of direct patient care. After students have successfully completed two academic years and have been selected for one of the clinical slots, the radiation therapy program will last for two full academic years (21 months), including an unpaid 40 hour per week summer practicum between the first and second clinical year. Graduates of the program may seek employment right after graduation and will be eligible to apply to sit for the ARRT Registry Exam.


For more information on the application process and instructions on how to apply, please read our Radiation Therapy Application Checklist (PDF).

Click here to submit a recommendation letter for a Radiation Therapy applicant

The application period for fall 2016 has now ended. Please contact Jessica Mak, Program Director, with any questions regarding admission or application to the program. 

Program Advisors

Walter Johnson, Professor, Physics
Peter R. Burn, Professor, Biology
Jessica Mak, MS, RTT, Program Director