Radiation Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Radiation Therapy General Information

Thank you for your inquiry and interest in Delgado Community College and the Radiation Therapy Technology Program. The Radiation Therapy Program is 16-months in length and awards a “post associate” certificate (SEE DEFINITION BELOW). Acceptance of applications for the Radiation Therapy program is based on the deadline set for each 16-month cohort.   The program is four semesters in length and does not start at the same time each year.  When one group graduates, another is admitted.  Our application deadline varies because of this schedule. Here are the upcoming deadlines:

Applications Accepted from


Program will Start for Cohort


October 1, 2022 – May 1, 2023

May 1, 2023

August/Fall 2023

Class of 2023-24

Feb 1, 2024 – October 1, 2024

October 1, 2024

January/Spring 2025

Class of 2025-26

October 1, 2025 – May 1, 2026

May 1, 2026

August/Fall 2026

Class of 2026-27

If the academic requirements are met, the student will be considered for possible entrance into the Radiation Therapy Program. Delgado Community College is an open admissions college; however, acceptance into the Radiation Therapy Program is by selection only. Selection is based upon the applicant’s academic records, professional recommendations, professional observation, and a personal interview.

Delgado Community College assures equal opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status or veteran’s status in the admission to, participation in, or employment in the programs and activities of the college. The number of students selected each year for admission to this program is dependent upon the number of openings available at the program’s local affiliate hospitals. This number is limited; therefore, competition for acceptance into this program is very strong.

Post-Associate Certificate (P.A.C.)

An academic or technical offering that is earned after a student has already completed a recognized associate's degree, usually for additional professional or technical certification.

What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy is a specialty within the scope of the radiologic technology and the field of oncology that utilizes targeted doses of radiation to the patient’s body to treat cancer or other diseases. Radiation therapists are responsible for providing cancer patients with appropriate treatment and patient care throughout all stages of their illness.

What is a Radiation Therapist?

The radiation therapist is a member of the radiologic technology profession who delivers a prescribed dose of radiation to patients with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Applicants must be dependable, responsible, reliable, and able to abide by rules, regulations and schedules.  Applicants must also be sympathetic, congenial, cordial, versatile, ambitious, and willing to work with sick and disabled persons.

Radiation therapists are highly skilled medical specialists educated in physics, radiation safety, patient anatomy and patient care. They typically see each of their patients three to five days a week throughout a four- to seven-week treatment plan.  Radiographic imaging, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Sonography (Ultrasound) are all utilized in planning radiation therapy treatments.  Accuracy and attention to detail are required. 

Radiation therapy applicants are encouraged to explore the various radiologic and imaging technologies described at the American Society of Radiologic Technologists website.

What is the program like at Delgado?

The Delgado Radiation Therapy Technology Post-Associate Program provides students with formal and practical education in both the classroom and clinical settings. Students attend classes either at the Delgado City Park Campus or at one of our clinical affiliate sites. Students rotate to several clinical sites for their clinical practice courses; this provides the student with broad exposure to various types of equipment in unique practice settings. Once a student is accepted into the program, it is a 16-month full-time commitment of daytime clinical and didactic education. Drive times from each clinical site to City Park campus range from 10-50 minutes.

Academic instruction will be provided by the Delgado Community College faculty, clinical site staff and guest lecturers. The student will have access to all the college facilities such as the library, audio tutorial lab, and counseling services. The Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) classroom also has desktop computers and reference books for radiation therapy student use. Students are also encouraged to participate in all student activities and service learning projects.

During non-classroom hours, a clinical competency based program has been established for the students enrolled in the Radiation Therapy Technology program. Students will participate in VERT “labs” where clinical procedures will be demonstrated, practiced, and evaluated. The student’s proficiency and accuracy will be developed through individual instruction and be evaluated by clinical instructors. Clinical competency is documented by the clinical coordinator and/or program director.

What are the career opportunities for a Radiation Therapist?

The Radiation Therapy Technology Program prepares graduates to work in the field of Radiation Oncology. The radiation therapy profession offers opportunities to practice in a variety of settings such as hospitals, private clinics, and cancer centers. With additional education/training and certification, radiation therapists can work as Certified Medical Dosimetrists (CMD), Medical Managers/Administrators (MBA/MHA) or Medical Physicists (PhD). Opportunities also exist in the field of training and sales for major vendors of radiation therapy equipment.  If you have an interest in medical dosimetry, you can go to http://www.medicaldosimetry.org/ and www.mdcb.org for more information.

How do you apply for admission to the program?

Delgado Community College is an open admissions college; however, acceptance into the Program is by selection.

An application checklist and instructions, including technical standards, can be found on the admissions page.

Students interested in applying to the Radiation Therapy Program should contact an Allied Health Admissions Advisor for more information.  For transcript evaluation and advising, please contact Mrs. Bianca Davis, Building 4, Room 312, (504) 671-6203 or email bdavis@dcc.edu.  For general application packet information, please contact Ms. Stephani Arguello Chavarria, Building 4, Room 313, at (504) 671-6201 or email sargue@dcc.edu.

The current application deadline is May 1, 2023

Program information sessions are held routinely and registration details are published on the events page.

Current Delgado Students

If you are a currently enrolled Delgado student, the Allied Health Admissions Office will obtain a Delgado transcript, which will become part of your application.

Applicants Who Are Not Current Delgado Students

If you are currently enrolled in college courses at a college of university other than Delgado Community College, you MUST list the courses you are currently enrolled in and have an official copy of your final grades sent to the admissions office as soon as possible. You must also complete a Delgado Community College Application.

Delgado has a policy which addresses Academic Renewal. Academic Renewal is the act of declaring void all prior credits attempted and earned. If you are interested in information regarding Academic Renewal and the procedure to initiate this process you must contact the Delgado Admissions Office at (504) 671-5000.


Professional references must be from individuals who have worked with, supervised, or taught the applicant, not friends or family members.

When should you apply for admission to the program?

Because our program is four semesters in length, we do not start at the same time each year.  When one class graduates, we start a new class.  Our application deadline varies because of this schedule. 

To be eligible to apply for admission to the Radiation Therapy program, candidates must:

  1. Be an associate degree graduate of an accredited allied health occupation program OR
  2. Have at least 60 credit hours of previous college coursework.
  3. Show documentation of observation hours.
  4. All applicants must have completed the following:

Prerequisite Courses (60 hours which must include the following)

  • ENGL 101 English Composition I or ENGL 110 (3 credits)
  • ENGL 102 English Composition II (3 credits)
  • MATH 128 Applied Algebra or Higher (3 credits)and
  • MATH 120 Contemporary Math or Higher (3 credits)
  • BIOL 251 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 credits)
  • BIOL 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I (1 credit)
  • BIOL 252 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credits)
  • BIOL 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II (1 credit)
  • PHYS 101 Elementary Physics (3 credits)
  • PSYC 127 General Psychology (3 credits)
  • HESC 111 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
  • Humanities Elective (3 credits)

Applicants must possess a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all college courses

What are the program costs?

Radiation Therapy students pay the same tuition and fees each term as other credit students enrolled in the college.

**Louisiana Resident Tuition and Fees (12 credits) $ 2039.52 /semester

** Non-Resident Tuition and Fees $ 4183.92 /semester

** Subject to change

The following items are approximate expenses associated with the program and an approximate time line for the expenses.



Students must have full uniform by Orientation.  Uniforms require monogramming, so please allow enough time for ordering.  Estimate is for 3 uniform sets, lab coat, and shoes



Semester 1 – Textbooks are approximately $547.00

Semester 2 – Textbooks are approximately $334.00

Semester 4 – Textbooks are approximately $ 90.00

American Heart Association


Basic Life Support


Clinical Site Requirement Tracking and Clinical Documentation


Prior to orientation, students must complete a physical exam, drug screen, and document required immunizations for clinical rotations.  Cost of health exam and titers varies.

Clinical attendance and documentation is required. 


ARRT Exam Fees



ARRT Application for Certification in Radiation Therapy


  LSRTBE License


Louisiana State Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners.  Includes $10.00 temporary permit fee.



Individual State Licensure Information - varies by state: 



  LSRT Membership


Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists


1 year membership


  ASRT Membership



Student Member - American Society of Radiologic Technologists