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2021-2022

Clinical Radiation Sciences, Bachelor of Science

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Sciences Specialization (Northern Virginia Community College)
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Program description

The Department of Radiation Sciences offers a B.S. in Clinical Radiation Sciences with concentrations in nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, radiography, and diagnostic medical sonography. As Virginia's only B.S. program with concentrations specific to radiography, radiation therapy and diagnostic medical sonography plus the only nuclear medicine program in central Virginia, you have the opportunity to prepare for the technical and professional demands of the 21st century. Curricula for each concentration include both theoretical and practical course work and substantial clinical experience in a variety of high quality health care settings. Students gain clinical experience in a wide variety of clinical sites including academic medical centers, Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, outpatient centers, and community hospitals and facilities.


Our entry level programs are fully accredited by JRCERT for Radiation Therapy and Radiography; and JRCNMT for Nuclear Medicine) and meet high national standards. We are currently seeking programmatic accreditation for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography concentration. Graduates from our programs are eligible for national certification exams in their discipline. Our facility provides multimedia classrooms, a fully energized radiographic and fluoroscopic lab with both digital imaging and computed radiography,  multiple radiation therapy treatment planning systems, an immersive radiation therapy simulation system, dual head nuclear medicine gamma camera, a working radiopharmaceutical ‘hotlab’,  and sonography units. Equally impressive are the department faculty who are leaders in their professions and  who have expertise and experience in a wide range of specialties within the radiologic sciences.


The department offers second modality B.S. degree concentrations for American Registry of Radiologic Technologists-certified radiographers who desire to continue their professional education and concentrate in radiation therapy, nuclear medicine technology or diagnostic medical sonography.


The department offers degree completion B.S. degree concentrations, with full- or part-time opportunities, for technologists or therapists certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and/or American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Career opportunities

Radiologic technologists (radiographers) use radiography (x-ray),computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). to help diagnose diseases or injuries. They work under the direction of a physician. Radiographers work in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers or physicians’ offices. Some operate mobile X-ray equipment at the patient’s bedside, in the emergency room or in surgery. Others work in medical laboratories or for private industry.


Radiation therapists deliver radiation therapy treatments, with a high degree of technical expertise, to patients as prescribed by a radiation oncologist according to established practices and standards. Other responsibilities / duties include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; performing CT simulation; constructing immobilization and treatment devices; educating patient / family; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; participating in quality and safety activities; and maintaining records, reports, and files. May assist in tumor localization and treatment planning. Nuclear medicine technology evaluates the body’s physiological processes via the administration of radioactive compounds known as radiopharmaceuticals. After the radioisotope is administered, the technologist will image the biodistribution of the radiotracer with a gamma camera to determine the presence of disease. Sophisticated computer software applications can further investigate and quantify radiopharmaceutical uptake to determine the presence of disease.


Sonographers are skilled technologists that use medical equipment and ultrasound technology to view internal structures of the body like organs, tissues, blood vessels and musculature. Unlike other department programs, sonography is a career field that does not use radiation. The skilled technologists must use professional judgement and problem solving skills.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Angiorapher
  • CT Technologist
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • MRI Technologist
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Radiographer
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Special Procedures Technologist
  • Vascular Technologist
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Educator/Instructor
  • Researcher
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 3.0
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Receive a satisfactory rating on the admission interview.

Highest level of math required
  • MATH 141
  • STAT 210
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5+ cumulative GPA for admission, 2.0+ cumulative GPA to remain in the program

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2021-2022

Clinical Radiation Sciences, Bachelor of Science

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Sciences Specialization)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Register for SDV 100 or SDV 101.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Review CRS admission requirements.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Attend VCU's annual intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to Radiation Science through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about the REAL graduation requirement.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Plan to complete at least two job experiences (e.g., internships) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a resume.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100 or SDV 101.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Review CRS admission requirements.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Attend VCU's annual intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Radiation Science through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about the REAL graduation requirement.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Plan to complete at least two job experiences (e.g., internships) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a resume.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Clinical Radiation Sciences, Bachelor of Science

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: General Studies, Health Sciences Specialization)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
Students must complete the associate degree and the recommended courses listed below (especially the courses listed as Admission Prerequisites) in order to be eligible for admission.
SDVSDV 100 - College Success Skills OR SDV 101 - Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)UNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education (Admission Prerequisite)
BIO 141Human Anatomy and Physiology I (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents)BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 2064Major (Admission Prerequisite)
MTH 161Precalculus IMATH 1413Major (Admission Prerequisite)
PSY 200Principles of PsychologyPSYC 1013General education (Admission Prerequisite)
HIM 111Medical TerminologyHPEX 2503Major
BIO 142Human Anatomy and Physiology II (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents)BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 2064Major (Admission Prerequisite)
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education (Admission Prerequisite)
CST 229Intercultural CommunicationSPCH 2XX3Elective
Transfer electiveSelect any approved transfer electiveVCU equivalent2 to 4Elective
Humanities/Fine ArtsSelect 1: ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I OR ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II OR MUS 121 Music Appreciation I OR PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy IVCU equivalent3General education
Social/Behavioral ScienceSelect any approved social/behavioral science electiveVCU equivalent3Elective
MTH 245Statistics ISTAT 2103Major
Transfer electivesSelect six credits of transfer electivesVCU equivalent6Elective
HistorySelect 1: HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I OR HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II OR HIS 111 History of World Civilization I OR HIS 112 History of World Civilization II OR HIS 121 United States History I OR HIS 122 United States History IIHIST3General education
Humanities/Fine ArtsSelect 1: CST 151 Film Appreciation I OR ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I OR ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II OR ENG 243 Survey of English Literature I OR ENG 244 Survey of English Literature II OR ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I OR ENG 252 Survey of World Literature IIVCU equivalent3General education (Admission Prerequisite)
Science with LabPHY 201 General College Physics IPHYS 2014Major (Admission Prerequisite)
Transfer electivesSelect six credits of transfer electivesVCU equivalent6Elective
Northern Virginia Credits Transferred to VCU60 to 62
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences with a concentration in diagnostic medical sonography
CLRS 206Cross-sectional Anatomy2Major
CLRS 398Introduction to Research1Major
CLRS 498Senior Project2Major
ALHP 430Overview of Research in the Health Professions3Major
CLRS 203Pathophysiology I3Major
CLRS 204Pathophysiology I and II3Major
CLRS 205Exploring Radiologic Sciences1Major
CLRS 208Foundations of Patient Care4Major
CLRS 300Introduction to Sonography2Major
CLRS 301Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I3Major
CLRS 302Sonography Physics and Instrumentation II3Major
CLRS 311Abdominal Sonography I4Major
CLRS 313Abdominal Sonography II3Major
CLRS 325Sonography Professional Seminar3Major
CLRS 329Obstetric and Gynecologic Sonography I3Major
CLRS 339Obstetric and Gynecologic Sonography II3Major
CLRS 393Clinical Education I2Major
CLRS 394Clinical Education II2Major
CLRS 395Clinical Education III3Major
CLRS 401Pediatric Sonography2Major
CLRS 404Ultrasound Pathology and Preliminary Writing2Major
CLRS 488Senior Seminar3Major
CLRS 493Clinical Education IV3Major
CLRS 494Clinical Education V3Major
HCMG 300Health Care Organization and Services3Major
Number of credits completed at VCU66
Minimum credits required for bachelor's degree120
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