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Personality Profile

Who Becomes a Radiation Therapist?

Radiation therapists are involved in all aspects of care of the cancer patient. A high level of skill is required to serve the emotional as well as the physical needs of the patient since many are seriously ill and under stress. In addition to maintaining pleasant, positive relationships with their patients, radiation therapists must be able to interact effectively with physicians and with the therapy team.

Students accepted into the Radiation Therapy Program come from many different backgrounds and are motivated by many different factors. A few of the personality traits that lead to success in the program are:

  • The desire to combine a traditional academic education with technical skills that are in high demand.
  • Commitment and dedication to a rigorous one year training program.
  • Inherent personality attributes of compassion and empathy that may be cultivated and displayed when interacting with patients, their family and their friends.