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Option in Radiation Therapy (code HSC_BS01) (135 units)

The campus is reviewing the discontinuance of this option; admission is suspended.

This option is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a professional program leading to membership in the health care team using ionizing radiation in the treatment of malignant and some benign diseases. The option is competency-based and integrates didactic courses and clinical experience to prepare entry level radiation therapists to become integral partners in the health care team and contributing members of the profession. On a daily basis, the registered radiation therapist is involved in:

  • 1. Operation of sophisticated radiotherapeutic equipment to deliver prescribed doses of ionizing radiation for the treatment of malignant and some benign diseases.
  • 2. Providing psychological and emotional support to patients who are dealing with the stress of their illness.
  • 3. Providing education to the patient and their family about their disease and all aspects of treatment.
  • 4. Observing patient progress and recognizing medical problems that require a physician's attention.
  • 5. Constructing devices to aid in treatment positioning, beam modification, and treatment planning.
  • 6. Calculation of doses and use of treatment planning computers to determine dose distributions.

Successful completion of the Option requirements allows the student eligibility to apply for licensure examinations at the state and national levels to practice as a registered radiation therapist.

This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Il 60606-3182, phone 312-704-5300) and the State of California, Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch.

Admission Under Impaction - Fall Only

Refer to the following website for additional impaction criteria:

Eligible applicants will be selected for admission on a space-available basis according to the faculty's judgment of their ability to succeed in the program.


  • Students will take the following courses in sequence:
    • HSC 150 Medical Terminology (1)
    • HSC 320 Radiologic Techniques & Imaging Modalities (3)
    • HSC 310 Radiation Therapy Patient Care I (2)
    • HSC 340 Clinical Radiation Therapy (3)
    • HSC 341 Clinical Radiation Therapy II (1)
    • HSC 315 Seminar in Radiation Therapy I (2)
    • HSC 492A Internship in Health Care (5)
    • HSC 492A Internship in Health Care (summer) (2)
    • HSC 470A Clinical Radiation Physics I (3)
    • HSC 445A Oncologic Pathology I (3)
    • HSC 330 Topographic Anatomy (2)
    • HSC 311 Radiation Therapy Patient Care II (2)
    • HSC 403 Community Health Statistics (3)
    • HSC 470B Clinical Radiation Physics II (3)
    • HSC 445B Oncologic Pathology II (3)
    • HSC 342 Clinical Radiation Therapy III (1)
    • HSC 415 Radiation Biology (2)
    • HSC 435 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (3)
    • HSC 492B Internship in Health Care (summer) (2)
    • HSC 492B Internship in Health Care (5)
    • HSC 316 Seminar in Radiation Therapy II (2)
    • HSC 451 Ethics Professionalism in Health Care (3)
    • HSC 455 Quality Management in Radiation Therapy (1)
    • HSC 475 Treatment Planning – Dosimetry (2)
    • HSC 475L Treatment Planning – Dosimetry Lab (1)
    • HSC 480 Advanced Radiation Therapy (2)
    • HSC 465 Radiation Therapy in the Health Care Market (3)

All Radiation Therapy courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. If a student earns a lower grade, the student must repeat the course and earn an acceptable grade before advancing to the next level of courses.

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