Ohio State to Offer Bachelor's Degree in Radiation Therapy

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Starting with students enrolled this fall, Ohio State University will become one of only 15 programs nationally to offer a bachelor's degree in radiation therapy through a program that is housed and integrated in a university.

The Ohio State University School of Allied Medical Professions, in collaboration with the Ohio State University Medical Center's James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, is offering a new baccalaureate degree program in radiation therapy.

With this change, Ohio State joins a national movement that is replacing certificate programs with a more extensive two-year curriculum. Students will now earn a bachelor's degree in allied health with a specialization in radiography, radiation therapy or sonography from the radiation sciences and therapy program in the Ohio State's College of Medicine, says Deborah Larsen, director of Ohio State's School of Allied Medical Professions.


The first 42 students will begin classes in the radiation sciences and therapy program in fall 2007, including 10 students specializing in radiation therapy. The first class of students is scheduled to graduate in spring 2009, says Larsen. Students will practice clinical work at The James and other Columbus-area hospitals.

"This program will move the education of radiation therapists to the next level, in a time when the field of radiation medicine has made formidable advances toward complexity of therapy delivery and use of imaging technologies," says Dr. Nina A. Mayr, chair of the department of radiation medicine at The James.

Since the late 1980s, The James has offered a 15-month certificate program in radiation therapy, which trains medical professionals to deliver radiation to treat cancer patients, says Ruth Hackworth, program director of the radiation therapy program at The James.

"Ohio State wants to be a leader in the education of radiation therapists," Larsen says. "Nationally, more radiation therapy programs are needed, and with Ohio State providing a bachelor's degree in radiation therapy, we are meeting this challenge at the highest level of preparation."