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Radiation Therapy

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Radiation therapy is a health care discipline that utilizes ionizing radiation for the treatment of mostly malignant diseases. Radiation therapists are health care professionals skilled in the art and science of radiation treatment delivery. The radiation therapy program is designed to prepare students for the technical, theoretical, and psychological aspects of this career.

Program Overview

Radiation therapy students spend the equivalent of two years completing general education and prerequisite courses. Students wishing to apply for this degree should apply by February 1, prior to the fall semester entry. Applications available at After admission to the secondary competitive program, students complete an additional two years of full-time professional coursework.


Students study a variety of topics that include:

  • Human sectional anatomy
  • Intro to medical dosimetry
  • Radiation biology
  • Radiation protection
  • Radiation therapy physics
  • Image guidance in radiation therapy

Career Options

Radiation therapists are employed in a variety of health care settings, including:

  • Radiation oncology centers and hospitals
  • Private and government laboratories
  • Public health institutions
  • Vendor sales and technical support

Why Study Radiation Therapy at Grand Valley?

  • Our well-established program provides a strong curriculum and knowledgeable faculty along with clinical site placements to prepare students for the national certification exam.
  • Small class sizes, cohort educational experiences, and clinical rotations offered at a wide variety of different hospital affiliates, including large teaching facilities as well as small community hospitals.
  • Located in the state-of-the-art Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences building in the heart of the medical community of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • The radiation therapy program is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (


“The professors were supportive and dedicated to my success in the classroom, lab, and beyond. The wide variety of clinical rotations provided a well-rounded clinical experience to fully prepare me to enter the profession of radiation therapy.”


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