The Radiation Therapy Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is open to all applicants who have:
- Successfully completed an accredited radiography program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Earned an associate degree or more advanced degree prior to beginning the program
- Documented observation experience in radiation oncology
- Prerequisite college course work (with a grade of C or higher) that includes:
- English composition
- Speech and/or oral communications
- College algebra
- Anatomy and physiology I and II (with lab preferred)
The Radiation Therapy Program does not accept transfer students from other radiation therapy programs.
U.S. citizenship or permanent immigrant status is required for admission to the Radiation Therapy Program.
In addition to these general standards, the Radiation Therapy Program has additional specific standards, as the duties of a radiation therapist are physically demanding. In order to perform regular duties, you must be able to:
- Routinely lift 20 pounds over your head (treatment cones and other treatment devices)
- Stand on your feet more than 50 percent of the time
- Push and pull, bend and stoop, and kneel or squat routinely
- Push standard wheelchairs or carts and assist in transferring patients onto and off treatment tables
- Visually align patients and equipment while in dim lighting
- Distinguish colors on computer screens and patient markings
- Monitor patients during treatment visually and via audio monitors
- Hear and identify various equipment and background sounds during equipment operations
- Input patient treatment data into treatment consoles and computers using keyboards
- Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with patients and staff members
- Work effectively in a team setting
- Read and apply patient setup instructions as stated in treatment charts
- Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a simulation or treatment procedure in the proper sequence
- Interact with immunosuppressed patients and patients who may have a communicable disease
- Fabricate patient-shielding blocks, which may contain heavy metals and produce vapors that may cause skin rashes or respiratory irritation in hypersensitive individuals
Radiation therapists may be exposed to low levels of ionizing radiation during their careers.
See further Mayo School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.