Radiation Therapy Technology Program
Radiation Therapy Technology Program
Please be advised! Due to an anticipated change in the RTT faculty, the 2014
application process will be delayed. Please watch this website for updates after
To be announced
Radiation Therapy is the use of ionizing radiation for the treatment of malignant diseases. It is one of the primary methods of treating cancer today, with more than half of all cancer patients receiving radiation therapy at some point during their treatment.
Radiation can be used alone or in combination with surgery or chemotherapy for goals of cure or symptom relief. The treatment beams (x-ray or electron) are generated by high-energy linear accelerators in strictly controlled environments.
The Radiation Therapist uses these machines to administer the prescribed dose of ionizing radiation to specific sites of the patient’s body as directed by the physician. In addition, radiation therapists observe the clinical progress of the patient undergoing radiation therapy, assisting in nursing care and nutritional guidance. Other duties include simulation, treatment planning, simple dose calculation and record keeping.
Radiation Therapists work a day shift with weekends, evenings and holidays on rare occasions. Graduates work as staff therapists and might develop careers in administration, research, dosimetry, education or in marketing and application of equipment.
The Radiation Therapist has the opportunity to use his/her special communication skills to nurture and support community members through a unique and often stressful time of their lives. A prospective student should have:
- a desire to work with ill and disabled people, specifically cancer patients, as well as with other health professionals
- an ability to do precise work accurately
- an interest in operating machinery and equipment
- an interest in science and math
- a compassionate nature
- good physical and mental health
City College of San Francisco offers a complete program in Radiation Therapy Technology, accepted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL, 60606-3182 and recognized by the California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch.
The program is full-time, twenty-four (24) months in length, with day classes only and leads to state licensure and national certification. Coursework is comprised of classroom and clinical training conducted at Radiation Oncology Departments in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.
All successful RTT students will obtain an A.S. Degree with a Major in Radiation Therapy upon program completion. If student already possesses an A.A., B.A., B.S., or higher degree from an accredited college, we recommend you make an appointment with a CCSF counselor to be sure additional G.E. courses will not be required.
Upon completion of the RTT core courses, students will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination in Radiation Therapy, and upon passing, will be eligible to apply for the California Certified Radiologic Technologist (CRT)(T) license.
Debra Stastny, CRT (T), Program Director, Radiation Therapy Technology Program
Les K. Yim, CRT (T) (R), Clinical Coordinator, Radiation Therapy Technology Program
For general questions about the Radiation Therapy Technology Program, you may call: 1-415-239-3431
However, due to limited phonesupport in the office, you may find e-mailing one of the instructors results in a quicker response! Please write "Radiation Therapy" in thesubject line.
Office Location: Cloud Hall, Room 239
Department of Radiologic Sciences
City College of San Francisco, Box S-91
50 Phelan Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112