Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Radiation Therapist do?

A radiation therapist uses the process of ionizing radiation to treat cancer patients. Radiation therapists are also known as therapeutic radiographers or radiotherapists. They sometimes are incorrectly called radiation technicians or radiation therapy technicians. These terms are limited to the technician that actually operates the radiation machines. While radiation therapists may operate radiation equipment, they also interpret radiation prescriptions, develop radiation therapy treatment plans and then implement them for cancer patients.

Who is a Radiation Therapist?

A radiation therapist is an allied health professional. Unlike doctors, these health careers don’t require a medical degree. Still, allied health care careers are an integral part of any well functioning healthcare system. Kinesiotherapists, midwives and optometrists are all considered allied health care professionals. Other fields include medical physics, social work and rehabilitation counseling.

What are the education requirements?

The requirements to become a radiation therapist differ from university to university. Studente will need to earn a baccalaureate degree and take a national cetification examination adminstered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) before they are qualified to practice in health care settings. The degree depends on the program and institution.

Can I earn a degree in Radiation Therapy at IU Kokomo?

No, but most radiation therapist first earn an associate degree in radiography. IU Kokomo has an associate degree in Radiography. Radiography program graduates are eligiable to apply for the radiation therapy program at IUPUI. Students are encouraged to interact with allied health science advisors to better prepare students for transferring to IUPUI or other programs.


IUPUI admission and selection process per IUPUI web site:

Radiographer

Specific Requirements

In addition to the School of Medicine Health Professions Programs admission policies and procedures found at the beginning of this section of the bulletin, the following admission policies apply to the radiation therapy program.

Application Deadline

December 1 of the year before desired entry into the program.

Minimum Number of Prerequisite Credit Hours

Satisfactory completion of general-education and technical-specialty requirements.

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average

2.50 on a 4.00 scale; this requirement is applied at the time of program application. Grades from remedial courses are not calculated into the grade point average of the prerequisite courses to determine the admission index.

Minimum Specific Grade Point Average

Science or mathematics grade point average of 2.30 and a 2.50 grade point average in stated prerequisite courses (on a 4.00 scale); this requirement is applied at the time of program application and must be maintained. Students must attain a cumulative grade point average of 2.30 for all radiography courses. Grades from remedial courses are not calculated into the mathematics and science grade point average to determine the admission index.

Nonradiographer

General Information

Admission into the School of Medicine Health Professions Programs radiation therapy program is based on an admission index that is composed of a cumulative grade point average, the mathematics and science grade point average, prerequisite courses grade point average, and an interview.

Specific Requirements

In addition to the School of Medicine Health Professions Programs admission policies and procedures found at the beginning of this bulletin, the following admission policies apply to the radiation therapy program.

Application Deadline

December 1 of the year before desired entry into the program.

Minimum Number of Prerequisite Credit Hours

51

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average

2.50 on a 4.00 scale. This requirement is applied at the time of program application. Grades from remedial courses are not calculated in the grade point average of the prerequisite courses to determine the admission index.

Minimum Specific Grade Point Average

Science and math grade point average of 2.30 and a 2.50 grade point average in stated prerequisite courses (on a 4.00 scale). This requirement is applied at the time of program application and must be maintained. Grades from remedial courses are not calculated in the mathematics and science grade point average to determine the admission index.

Minimum Grade Requirement in a Prerequisite Course

C (2.00 on a 4.00 scale)

Interview

A personal interview is required. If, however, the number of applications to the program far exceeds the number of positions available, the program’s admissions committee reserves the right to limit the number of applicants to be interviewed to twice the number of positions available in the class. Interviews are conducted in February.

Technical Standards

See School of Medicine Health Professions Programs policy.

Medical Requirements

All required immunizations must be completed before the start of the program. Verification of immunizations and the health form must be submitted during orientation.