Admissions and prerequisites

Will you have prerequisites completed to begin the professional program for Fall Semester?

If Yes, then go to the MCV Campus Admissions for undergraduates and scroll down to the 'Radiation Sciences' link.

If No, then go to the VCU undergraduates Admissions.

All students admitted to Radiation Science programs must meet technical standards.


To begin your education in the entry-level programs in radiography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine technology, or diagnostic medical sonography you must first complete the courses listed.

Semester CreditsVCU Equivalent
6 of Composition and RhetoricUNIV 111-112*
3 of College AlgebraMATH 141
8 of Human Anatomy & PhysiologyBIOL 205, PHIS 206, PHIZ 206
4 of PhysicsPHYS 101 & PHYZ 101
3 of General PsychologyPSYC 101
3 of Humanities Elective
* Students outside of VCU must complete 2 semesters (6 credits) of freshman composition.

Applicants for the second modality or degree completion programs will find the prerequisite requirements on the specific program curriculum sheet.

For current VCU students, an excellent source of advice is the pre-health science advisors through VCU University College Academic Advising. They may be contacted at (804)827-UNIV (8648).

Please Note: students completing course work at institutions other than VCU (e.g., community colleges or universities) should consult with their institution's academic counselor and use the VCU Transfer Guide to make decisions regarding course enrollment.

Additional Information

Get to know the modality

Prior to applying, it is critical that the applicant thoroughly explore the modality (Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Diagnostic Medical Sonography) of interest. This exploration may include research on the Internet, talking with professionals in the field, attending a VCU Department of Radiation Sciences Information Session, taking CLRS 101 Introduction to the Radiation Sciences (VCU course), spending time in the clinical modality setting (to be arranged by the applicant), etc.

ARRT/NMTCB-registered applicants

Second modality or degree completion applicants registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) must submit proof of their current ARRT/NMTCB registration.

Technical standards

All students admitted to a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences program must demonstrate aptitude, abilities and skills in the following categories: sensory, communication, physical/mobility, cognitive and behavioral/social. These categories are further delineated in the Technical standards for Admission and Graduation document.

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Following a review of admission credentials, an interview with the admissions committee will be required for most applicants. If needed, the department will contact you to schedule an interview.

Admission Decisions

Applicants are notified of committee decisions at the earliest possible date.

Background check and drug testing

Following admission, successful completion of a criminal background check and drug testing will be required (at student expense) for participation in clinical education courses (entry-level and second modality programs). Failure to pass one of these tests will prevent the student from successfully completing the clinical education requirements and, therefore, the program. In addition, before a student begins the entry-level or second modality program of study, it should be noted that a conviction of either a felony or misdemeanor (other than parking/speeding violations) is considered as part of the determination of eligibility for the certifying exam of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Questions should be referred to the Department of Radiation Sciences.

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