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Radiation Therapy Program (Minnesota)

How to Apply

Two students sitting in front of computers in an observation room, providing radiation therapy during simulation lab.

Admission requirements

Before you apply to the Radiation Therapy Program at Mayo Clinic, please review the full list of prerequisite information, technical standards (nonacademic criteria), and complete admission requirements. We review the many attributes and qualities that make up an applicant and look forward to reviewing your application!

Prerequisites

Prerequisites of the Radiation Therapy Program includes:

  • Successfully completed an accredited radiography program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Earned an associate degree or a more advanced degree prior to beginning the program
  • Documented observation experience in radiation oncology
  • The following college coursework (with a grade of a C or higher):
    • English composition
    • Speech or oral communications
    • College algebra
    • Anatomy and physiology I and II (with lab preferred)

Technical standards

In addition to these general standards, the Radiation Therapy Program has additional specific standards, as the duties of a radiation therapist are physically demanding. In order to perform regular duties, you must be able to:

  • Routinely lift 20 pounds over your head (treatment cones and other treatment devices)
  • Stand on your feet for more than 50% of the time
  • Push and pull, bend and stoop, and kneel or squat routinely
  • Push standard wheelchairs or carts, and assist in transferring patients onto and off treatment tables
  • Visually align patients and equipment while in dim lighting
  • Distinguish colors on computer screens and patient markings
  • Monitor patients during treatment visually and via audio monitors
  • Hear and identify various equipment and background sounds during equipment operations
  • Input patient treatment data into treatment consoles and computers using keyboards
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with patients and staff members
  • Work effectively in a team setting
  • Read and apply patient setup instructions as stated in treatment charts
  • Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a simulation or treatment procedure in the proper sequence
  • Interact with immunosuppressed patients and patients who may have a communicable disease
  • Fabricate patient-shielding blocks, which may contain heavy metals and produce vapors that may cause skin rashes or respiratory irritation in hypersensitive individuals

Radiation therapists may be exposed to low levels of ionizing radiation during their careers.

Admission policies

Learn more and find complete details regarding Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

Transfer students

The Radiation Therapy Program does not accept transfer students from other radiation therapy programs.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizens applicants policy.

Application process

Positions

Five to eight candidates are selected on a competitive basis each year for the Radiation Therapy Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Application timeline

Application windowProgram start dateApply
Nov. 1 - Feb. 1 Early September Online application

Applications may be submitted between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1. The online application will only be available to view, complete, and submit during this open application window. Your application and all supporting documentation, including recommendations, must be received by Feb. 1 of the year you wish to begin classes.

The program begins in early September.

Application instructions

Please print these instructions or follow along as you complete the online application to ensure you meet all application requirements.

1. Create an account. Prior to submission of an application, you must create an account. Note the following as you create an account and begin completing the online application.

  • On the Create an Account page:
    • For School of Study → School of Health Sciences
    • For Location → Rochester, MN
    • For Area of Interest → Radiation Therapy Program
    • For Start Date → Choose date
    • For Entry Term → Select term available
  • On the My Account page:                                  
    • Scroll down to Next Steps → select Start an Application
  • On the Online Application page:
    • Verify that the program listed is what you want
    • Click Continue with Application Selected Above
  • On the Application Listing page:
    • Select Start a New Full Application

2. Complete the online application. Once you have created an account, you will automatically continue with the application. The sections below are located in the application. You may complete them in order or click on the section you want using the navigation menu on the left.

  • Program of interest:
    • Review populated data for accuracy
    • Complete Reapplying and Education Completed questions
  • Personal information:
    • Review populated data
    • Complete any other fields
    • If you didn't enter an address or phone number before, you will be required to enter it now
  • Demographic data:
    • Fill in as necessary
  • Education:
    • Add education
  • Employment:
    • Add work experience
  • Standardized testing:
    • Please input information regarding the ACT, SAT, and/or GRE as they apply to you. Please check your program website to see if these are required.
  • Professional licensing and registration:
    • Please list the radiography license or certification you hold
  • Essay:
    • Please ensure to answer all questions listed in this section of the online application
  • Signature and submit:
    • Certify and sign your application
    • Submit your application

3. Complete the recommendations and supplemental items. After submitting the application, click, "Click here to upload program-specific supplemental item(s)".

  • Recommendations
    • Enter email addresses for recommendations under the Recommendation Requests
    • Submit three recommendations using the online forms. Recommendations are required from:
      • Your radiography program director
      • A radiography clinical instructor or radiology supervisor if you are an R.T.(R)
      • A work reference 
  • Supplemental item

**If you do not complete these at the time of submission, please visit your "My Account" page and navigate to your application for a link to complete.

4. Submit transcripts. Submit an official transcript from each high school, college, and university that you have attended. Official transcripts should be mailed directly to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences from each educational institution to the below address.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
Radiation Therapy Program
Siebens Building, Third Floor
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

Interview process

If you are considered for an appointment, you will be invited to visit Mayo Clinic for a personal interview (at your own expense) with the admissions committee. Only the top-ranked applicants will be invited for an interview.

Acceptance 

Letters will be mailed approximately April 1. Your reply is requested within 10 days of receiving the appointment letter.