Radiation Therapist / Dosimetrist - Best path with a biology degree?

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Chris Flowers in Mount Pleasant, Michigan

43 months ago

Hi all,
This is my first post so be gentle! I am currently a senior in college graduating in May with a bachelor's in Biology. I have considered many career options and have gone back and forth between med school, cardiac perfusion, medical sales, and working in a lab as a MT. I recently came across radiation therapy and it sounds like a perfect fit for me, but from what I understand, all of the programs are either a 2 year associate degree or 4 year bachelors. (Of course I didn't figure this out 2 years ago) I talked to a couple people about it, and heard about dosimetry, which also sounds like a great fit for me. The problem I am having is that I have no idea what the best route would be for me to take, considering I will already have a bachelors degree in about 2.5 months....any help would be appreciated. Thanks guys!

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shilohlitton in Salisbury, Maryland

42 months ago

Radiation therapy is a GREAT profession, but severely oversaturated right now. It is highly rewarding and the patients are amazing. You are right, without being an X-Ray tech first, the shortest route is an associates degree. Dosimetry pays much better than therapy (which pays fairly well, too), but is hard to get accepted into school without a therapy background, although not by any means unheard of. Like therapy, it is difficult to find work. You lose the patient contact with dosimetry, but it is still very interested and always presents new challenges. If you are a team player who is good at networking, you will find work. Either option is good.

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luked in Cincinnati, Ohio

42 months ago

Hello,

I'm in about the same situation & about to apply. When you say that the profession is over-saturated do you mean in your area or nationwide? I'm single with no family & willing to relocate absolutely anywhere. I'm assuming that finding a job anywhere in America would be fine...but who knows 2 years from now?

Also, I too have a bachelor's with plenty of sciences. Have you ever heard of anyone transferring credits and cutting back on program length?

Thanks!

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shilohlitton in Salisbury, Maryland

42 months ago

LukeD in Cincinnati, Ohio said: Hello,

I'm in about the same situation & about to apply. When you say that the profession is over-saturated do you mean in your area or nationwide? I'm single with no family & willing to relocate absolutely anywhere. I'm assuming that finding a job anywhere in America would be fine...but who knows 2 years from now?

Also, I too have a bachelor's with plenty of sciences. Have you ever heard of anyone transferring credits and cutting back on program length?

Thanks!

Unfortunately, it is a nationwide problem. And absolutely transfer credits!! If you network and make lots of positive connections during your clinical rotations, you should find a job.

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tdbutter in Apex, North Carolina

22 months ago

I have a bachelor's degree in Human Biology, but now want to follow the Radiation Therapy career path after shadowing.

Should I enroll in a Bachelor's program in Radiation Sciences or would an Associate's degree be enough? Would I be able to move into a management position with a bachelor's in biology and just an associates in radiation sciences?
Also, I do wish to continue on to Dosimetry as well.

Thanks!!

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malanag in Columbia, South Carolina

22 months ago

I am a senior at USC in Columbia, SC and will be graduating in May 2015 with a bachelor of science degree in exercise science. I am interested in becoming a radiation therapist but am not sure what my next steps need to be or if I pretty much have to start over with just getting an associates degree in radiation therapy b/c if so I do not want to do that! Most of you seem to be having a similar problem so please let me know if you have any helpful information! Thank you!

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the dude_54321 in Ohio

16 months ago

tdbutter; Associates is currently enough to get into the field (bachelor's in biology probably will not be enough to get into management). most places are wanting people with masters in healthcare management. Dosimetry too? You have a long road ahead. I would suggest picking one and finishing that first; either therapy or dosimetry.

malanag; unfortunately you would have to start over and go back for A.A.S. in radiation therapy; I would think you would have most of the pre reqs for any program though.

Good Luck

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jlong2988 in Denver, Pennsylvania

10 months ago

I'm interested in going into the RT/dosimetry field. I have no experience or medical school background however. I'm wondering how I would go about getting the credits I would need while also getting my foot into the medical field. I have interest in attending TJU, in Philly, for my BS in both those fields as they offer that there, the thing holding me back is obviously the lack of medical schooling/training/whathaveyou and the 50 or so credits I would need to even apply there. I apologize of this seems random but I'm just not sure how to begin down this career path. Plus I'm a little late to the game, I'm 27 and went with a more tech school type high school path, but I'm willing to work my ass off to get where I want to be. Hell if I can even go father than that and get a masters or higher degree in radiation sciences I'm all for it

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