Oregon Health & Science University

Radiation Therapist

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Hospital/Clinic Support
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Radiation Medicine
Salary Range
$44.13 - $60.58/Hr.
Monday - Friday (4 of those days)
10 hour shifts (0600-2000, variable)
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

  • Administer radiation therapy accurately as prescribed and planned by the physician. 
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills; Maintain accurate and detailed treatment chart documentation. 
  • Check prescription, diagnosis, chart, and patient identification.
  • Display professional conduct essential to the well-being of the radiation oncology patient. 
  • Demonstrate effective verbal communication skills in the clinical setting. 
  • Explain procedure to patient, means of communication during treatment, and procedure to follow if emergency arises during treatment.
  • Reinforce Radiation Oncologist's advice to patient regarding reactions to treatment and their care.
  • Observe the clinical progress of the radiation oncology patient, use clinical decision-making skills to recognize and report any signs of complications, unusual reactions, and events to the nursing staff and/or Radiation Oncologist. Report any falls or injuries to the proper personnel immediately according to hospital policy and file reports accordingly. 
  • Utilize treatment accessories to accurately reproduce the radiation treatment. 
  • Safely and effectively operate a variety of computerized simulation and treatment machines.  Observe radiation safety measures for patient and personnel.  Observe patient during treatment using both audible and visual methods. 
  • Prepare room and equipment for patient according to prescription regarding immobilization devices, field size, treatment distance, bolus, lead protection devices, etc.
  • Perform machine safety checks and/or warm up procedures; know safe limits of equipment operations, and report abnormalities or inconsistencies to the proper authority. Be able to perform all necessary machine and treatment QA.
  • Construct immobilization devices and employ custom blocking techniques that are conducive to the prescribed radiation therapy. 
  • Utilize sophisticated imaging equipment and treatment planning systems for precise tumor localization. 
  • Maintain the electronic treatment record including, but not limited to, side effects, incidents, SSDs, patient issues, change in treatment set ups, etc.  Communicate missed appointments to proper personnel.
  • Train, mentor, and directly supervise radiation therapy students.
  • Maintain daily treatment schedule.
  • Incorporate department and hospital policies and procedures into care provided. 
  • Adhere to the Radiation Therapist Code of Ethics.
  • Maintains CE credits and licensure

Function/Duties of Position

  • Sets, adjusts, manipulates and controls complex high energy equipment to apply therapeutic doses of ionizing radiation for treatment of malignancies
  • Positions patients for therapeutic treatment with a high regard for safety and care of the patients. 
  • Maintain electronic treatment record for accurate dose administration and observation of treatment response.  
  • Follows hospital protocols, policies, and procedures. Submits appropriate billing codes for delivered treatments and/or simulations.
  • Maintains an organized daily schedule. Performs all necessary QA. Able and willing to work in all areas within the unit.
  • Exercises responsible independent judgment in recognizing and reporting significant side effects induced by radiation.  Properly document any side effects or injuries whether from the radiation treatments or other event within the department.
  • Assists in the clinical training of Radiation Therapy students and maintains direct supervision during treatment machine operation.
  • Misc. - other duties as assigned by management.

Required Qualifications

  • Must have attended an accredited training program recognized by the ARRT.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Radiation Therapy OR;
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Radiologic Science or healthcare field and a certificate in Radiation Therapy, OR;
  • 6 additional years of recent, related experience. Experience:N/AJob Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Delivers the prescribed dose of radiation to the correct patient in the correct area.
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the operations and use of the equipment assigned to including accessories.
  • Records necessary information in electronic chart thouroughly and correctly including but not limited to imaging, instructions, and notations.
  • Captures proper daily technical charges into Mosaiq on a daily basis.
  • Therapists must be ARRT certified or scheduled for examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist and licensed by 90-day evaluation.
  • Must be licensed by the Oregon State Board of Radiologic Technology at time of hire date.
    Must have and maintain AHA CPR certification at time of hire date.
  • Compliance:
    • Code of conduct
    • Respect in the workplace
    • Applicable policies, procedures and agreements related to position, department or OHSU as a whole
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • One year or more experience working in the field post-graduation.
  • Experience with the following equipment: Varian, Elekta, Tomotherapy, Mosaiq, ExacTrac, Calypso, Philips CT and VisionRT.  Also, familiarity with IORT, SRS, SBRT, TBI, TSEI, and HDR

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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