This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2021-2022 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences with the following areas of concentration: diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy and radiography. Upon meeting prerequisites and gaining admission to the program, students complete a three-year, full-time program that includes general education and professional course work. Graduates of the program are eligible for national certification examinations in their respective area of concentration.

Upon completion of one of the concentrations, the graduate is eligible for the relevant national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Graduates of the nuclear medicine technology concentration also are eligible for the certification examination administered by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. Graduates of the diagnostic medical sonography concentration are also eligible for the certification examination administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing imaging/therapy procedures
  • Demonstrate proper patient care skills
  • Practice appropriate methods of patient safety (to include radiation safety as appropriate)
  • Attain clinical competence in entry-level sonographic procedures
  • Communicate effectively with patients, staff and physicians in the radiology department
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically think and problem solve in a clinical setting
  • Critically analyze published research in the radiation sciences
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior