Radiation Therapy Program (Minnesota)
Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., offers a 12-month Radiation Therapy Program. The one -year radiation therapy program provides the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a well-rounded, competent entry level radiation therapist.
The Radiation Therapy Program integrates new treatment procedures, such as image guidance radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, and radiosurgery, with well established conventional treatments. You will learn about the most advanced delivery tools and techniques.
The Mayo Clinic Division of Radiation Oncology treats approximately 2,500 patients each year. Of those, 1,800 are new patients. This large medical practice allows you to gain experience with many tumor types and treatment techniques.
The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program is to educate and prepare students through high-quality academic and clinical experiences to become competent certified radiation therapists who provide outstanding care to all patients.
The mission of the Radiation Therapy Program derives from Mayo Clinic's standing as one of the leading international health-care organizations and our existence as a prominent top-ranking radiation oncology department.
To uphold our mission, the Radiation Therapy Program holds the following goals and learning outcomes:
1. Students will provide clinically competent care to patients.
- Students will position patient and linear accelerator for treatment according to set-up instructions.
- Students will activate linear accelerator to deliver prescribed dose.
- Students will construct appropriate positioning devices & position patients for simulation.
- Students will operate CT Simulator and obtain appropriate CT images for planning.
2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Students will recognize discrepancies in patient set-up
- Students will analyze pre-treatment images and adjust as necessary
- Students will independently create/develop a treatment plan
3. Students will display effective communication skills
- Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills
- Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
4. Students will demonstrate professional work standards.
- Students will exhibit professional attitudes and behaviors.
- Students will summarize importance of professional development & growth.
5. The program will meet the needs of its students and the health care organizations it serves.
- Students will successfully complete the program
- Graduates will pass the board exam on the first attempt
- Graduates will become employed within 6 months of graduation
- Graduates will be satisfied with the program and education received (overall job knowledge & overall satisfaction
- Employers will be satisfied with the quality of our graduates (overall knowledge & overall satisfaction)
- Students will understand the responsibilities of all health care workers to contribute to the health & welfare of society.
Gainful Employment Disclosure Report
The U.S. Department of Education requires disclosure of student debt and employment information to assist students in making informed decisions prior to enrolling in this education program.
This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Mayo Foundation is also accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission.
Higher Learning Commission
30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
For more information or to enroll in the Mayo Clinic-sponsored Radiation Therapy Program, please contact the program director at Mayo School of Health Sciences:
Leila A. Bussman-Yeakel, Radiation Therapy Program Director
Mayo School of Health Sciences
Charlton Building, Desk R
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Mayo Clinic's Division of Radiation Oncology has exceptional patient care facilities with advanced therapy equipment, which includes linear accelerators with dual asymmetric jaws, multi-leaf collimators, KV imagers with cone beam CT capabilities, electronic portal imaging, View Station and IMPAC treatment verification software.
The Rochester facility includes six linear accelerators, one fluoroscopic simulator and two CT simulators, an integrated brachytherapy unit, a hyperthermia unit, a dedicated Linear Accelerator intra-operative therapy suite, a Leksell Gamma Knife and eight three-dimensional treatment planning computers, all with CT/MRI interfacing.
The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester is comprised of an extensive outpatient complex, Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester Methodist Hospital, and multiple research and education facilities. It is one of the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.
Graduation Requirements and Certification
To successfully complete the program and receive a certificate in Radiation Therapy from Mayo School of Health Sciences, you must meet the following requirements:
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
- Successful completion of didactic course work and all clinical competencies
- Be in good standing with all program policies
Upon successful completion of the Radiation Therapy Program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences.
Graduates may apply to take the National Registry Examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
The MSHS Radiation Therapy Program has a 100% pass rate on the ARRT exam.
For the majority of the program, your learning schedule will include eight-hour days, five days per week. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits five to eight students to its Radiation Therapy Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. This ensures you will receive a comprehensive educational experience with one-on-one instruction.