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A Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy from Northern Kentucky University prepares students to work in the field of radiation oncology as radiation therapists. Radiation therapy uses various types of radiation, high energy x-rays and radioactive substances to destroy cancer cells, shrink tumors and/or alleviate certain cancer-related symptoms. As a radiation therapist, you will deliver the radiation dosage to the patient as prescribed by a radiation oncologist.


Direct patient contact within the Radiation Therapy Program makes it necessary for all students entering the program to provide verification of specific immunizations.  In addition, certain technical standards must be met due to the physically demanding nature of radiation therapy.

All candidates who receive acceptance must provide proof of immunity to and/or immunizations for the following communicable diseases*:

  • Rubella
  • Rubeola (measles)
  • Mumps
  • Varicella Zoster (if no history of chicken pox)
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis B (series of 3 injections)
  • A two-step tuberculosis (TB) test (PPd)
  • Diptheria/Tetanus
  • Influenza, seasonal flu vaccine
  • COVID vaccine

*Note:  this list could change based on circumstances out of our control (i.e.:  COVID pandemic); students will be notified of any such changes should they arise.


At NKU, we believe that learning is not confined to the classroom, which is why our Radiation Therapy Program includes clinical practicum courses in seven semesters of the program.

Students must be prepared to travel to clinic sites within a 60 mile radius of NKU.

During the regular school year students are in clinic 2 days/week, 8 hours/day.  During the summer terms, students are in clinic for 5 weeks, Mon-Th/8 hours/day and Fri/4 hours/day.

Current Clinical Affiliates:

  • UC Health (University Hospital & UC Health West Chester Hospital)
  • The Christ Hospital (Main campus & Montgomery location)
  • St. Elizabeth Medical Center
  • TriHealth:  Thomas Center, Kenwood, Good Samaritan, Western Ridge, & Butler locations
  • Oncology Hematology Care, Inc. (OHC):  West, East, Jewish, Fairfield
  • Dayton Area Physicians:  Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical Center


  • Health Care Provider CPR 2 year Certification:  $100
  • Annual Drug Screen & Background Check:  $90 x 3 years
  • First Year Immunizations:  $500
  • Annual TB Test:   $20 x 3 years
  • Annual Flu Vaccine:  $25 x 3 years
  • Uniforms:  $200
  • Uniform Shoes:  $125
  • Annual Monitoring of Requirements:  $35
  • Travel Expense to Clinical Sites for Entire Program:  $1,000
  • Textbooks:  $855

2021 Estimates


The radiation therapy program at NKU provides students the opportunity to enter into a rapidly advancing field, poised on the cutting-edge scientific progress, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, in a growing profession that offers a fulfilling and promising future. 

Graduates can find employment in hospitals and outpatient cancer centers. Career advancement opportunities, with additional education and experience, include medical dosimetry, management and administration.

Program Contact Information

Julie Lasley, Ph.D, R.T. (R) (T) 
Radiation Therapy Program Director, School of Allied Health



The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy Program at Northern Kentucky University is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Standards for an Accredited Educational Program are provided in the Student Handbook, along with instructions to pursue allegations of non-compliance with the Standards to the JRCERT.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL  60606-3182

Program Effectiveness Data


At NKU, we believe that learning is not confined to the classroom, which is why our radiation therapy program includes clinical practicum courses in seven semesters of the program.

While at the hospital/outpatient center, students deliver radiation treatments to patients under the supervision of registered therapists and physicians employed at the clinical sites.

The radiation therapy program is affiliated with 16 hospitals/outpatient cancer centers in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati/Dayton area.