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.
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.
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.
View VCU Major Map for Clinical Radiation Sciences with concentration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (second modality), Nuclear Medicine Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology (degree completion), Nuclear Medicine Technology (second modality), Radiation Therapy, Radiation Therapy (degree completion), Radiation Therapy (second modality), Radiography Radiography (degree completion)
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|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.|
|SDV||SDV 100 - College Success Skills OR SDV 101 - Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)||UNIV 101||1||Elective|
|ENG 111||College 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 111-112||3||General education (Admission Prerequisite)|
|BIO 141||Human Anatomy and Physiology I (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents)||BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 206||4||Major (Admission Prerequisite)|
|MTH 161||Precalculus I||MATH 141||3||Major (Admission Prerequisite)|
|PSY 200||Principles of Psychology||PSYC 101||3||General education (Admission Prerequisite)|
|HIM 111||Medical Terminology||HPEX 250||3||Major|
|BIO 142||Human Anatomy and Physiology II (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents)||BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 206||4||Major (Admission Prerequisite)|
|ENG 112||College Composition II||UNIV 200||3||General education (Admission Prerequisite)|
|CST 229||Intercultural Communication||SPCH 2XX||3||Elective|
|Transfer elective||Select any approved transfer elective||VCU equivalent||2 to 4||Elective|
|Humanities/Fine Arts||Select 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 I||VCU equivalent||3||General education|
|Social/Behavioral Science||Select any approved social/behavioral science elective||VCU equivalent||3||Elective|
|MTH 245||Statistics I||STAT 210||3||Major|
|Transfer electives||Select six credits of transfer electives||VCU equivalent||6||Elective|
|History||Select 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 II||HIST||3||General education|
|Humanities/Fine Arts||Select 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 II||VCU equivalent||3||General education (Admission Prerequisite)|
|Science with Lab||PHY 201 General College Physics I||PHYS 201||4||Major (Admission Prerequisite)|
|Transfer electives||Select six credits of transfer electives||VCU equivalent||6||Elective|
|Northern Virginia Credits Transferred to VCU||60 to 62|
|Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences with a concentration in diagnostic medical sonography|
|CLRS 206||Cross-sectional Anatomy||2||Major|
|CLRS 398||Introduction to Research||1||Major|
|CLRS 498||Senior Project||2||Major|
|ALHP 430||Overview of Research in the Health Professions||3||Major|
|CLRS 203||Pathophysiology I||3||Major|
|CLRS 204||Pathophysiology I and II||3||Major|
|CLRS 205||Exploring Radiologic Sciences||1||Major|
|CLRS 208||Foundations of Patient Care||4||Major|
|CLRS 300||Introduction to Sonography||2||Major|
|CLRS 301||Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I||3||Major|
|CLRS 302||Sonography Physics and Instrumentation II||3||Major|
|CLRS 311||Abdominal Sonography I||4||Major|
|CLRS 313||Abdominal Sonography II||3||Major|
|CLRS 325||Sonography Professional Seminar||3||Major|
|CLRS 329||Obstetric and Gynecologic Sonography I||3||Major|
|CLRS 339||Obstetric and Gynecologic Sonography II||3||Major|
|CLRS 393||Clinical Education I||2||Major|
|CLRS 394||Clinical Education II||2||Major|
|CLRS 395||Clinical Education III||3||Major|
|CLRS 401||Pediatric Sonography||2||Major|
|CLRS 404||Ultrasound Pathology and Preliminary Writing||2||Major|
|CLRS 488||Senior Seminar||3||Major|
|CLRS 493||Clinical Education IV||3||Major|
|CLRS 494||Clinical Education V||3||Major|
|HCMG 300||Health Care Organization and Services||3||Major|
|Number of credits completed at VCU||66|
|Minimum credits required for bachelor's degree||120|