Radiation Therapist

Radiation therapists help treat cancer and other diseases in patients by administering radiation treatments.  They must be proficient in operating machines (usually linear accelerators) and are responsible for their care and maintenance.  As part of a team of oncology physicians and nurses, they explain treatment procedures to patients, program computers to insure proper dosages of radiation, and monitor the effectiveness of treatment.  An example of transfer opportunity following a degree at Jefferson would be the bachelor’s program at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

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How to begin your career path at Jefferson:

Jefferson Community College can help link you to a career in radiation therapy through its Associate of Science degree in Mathematics & Science-Allied Health Concentration.  Although a bachelor’s degree is not necessarily mandatory for entrance into this field, it is the most common path.  JCC’s degree prepares students for transfer to a 4-year school for specific courses and training in the chosen field of study in healthcare.  Each healthcare career requires specific skills and different personality traits.  Some common traits most healthcare careers require are a desire to help others, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a good work ethic.  In addition, following intensive training, most allied health careers require working independently with highly specialized medical equipment and analyzers.  SUNY Upstate Medical University’s degree in radiation therapy is a popular transfer destination.  Students are encouraged to work closely with their faculty advisor and transfer/career counselors when planning for their future educational options.

Start at Jefferson/Transfer Opportunities:
·      Liberal Arts - Mathematics & Science A.S.

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