University of Nebraska Medical Center

Radiation Therapy

Take a patient on their road to recovery with radiation therapy.

radiation therapy

Why Study Radiation Therapy?

Do you want a career in technological innovation while also providing sensitive care for those in need? Radiation therapy is a highly rewarding career which allows you to work directly with and treat cancer patients using high energy x-rays. While operating state-of-the-art equipment you will also be involved in forming bonds with those in your care, and their families, that transcend the difficulties of this time in their loved one's life.

According to U.S. News and World Report 2024 Rankings, Radiation Therapist is #24 in Best Health Care Jobs.

Radiation Therapists are needed in all different settings, including clinical centers, administrative and educational roles, research facilities, medical dosimetry, and equipment applications and sales. What is a Radiation Therapist?

Why Study Radiation Therapy at UNMC?

Develop and Refine Skills

UNMC offers a 12-month program to registered Radiographers that provides the necessary classroom and clinical experience to enter and excel as a Radiation Therapist. You will have opportunities around Nebraska cancer centers working with those already in the field to fully develop and refine your skills throughout your year with UNMC.

Mission & Goals

Early Acceptance Pipeline

Although you don’t need to be a graduate of UNMC’s Radiography program in order to be admitted, UNMC does offer a Medical Imaging & Therapeutic Sciences (MITS) Early Acceptance Pipeline for students applying for the Radiography program that know entering the Radiation Therapy program is their end goal.

Degree Advancement Option

UNMC also offers an online BSMITS Degree AdvancementOption for qualified Radiation Therapists seeking higher education in the medical imaging and therapeutic science profession.

Program Snapshot

Course Load
12 months (3 semesters)
Omaha and Hastings
Start Date
Fall semester begins in August

Program Highlights

What to Expect

Required courses, totaling 40 semester hours, are completed as part of a 12-month curriculum.

Overview & Degree Requirements

Accreditation & Program Effectiveness Data

We are proud of our outcomes. View our accreditation status as well as outcomes information for the credentialing exam, job placement, and program completion.

Careers and Outcomes

Career opportunities available to certified radiation therapists include:

  • clinical patient care
  • administration
  • education
  • research
  • medical dosimetry
  • equipment applications and sales

Related Programs

Many graduates of the program continue their education in one of the online master's degree programs offered by the College of Allied Health Professions designed with the working health professional in mind.