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2018-2019

Pre-radiation sciences

College of Humanities and Sciences

 
Program description

Students interested in the pre-health major in clinical radiation sciences must complete the one-year program requirements for application to the Bachelor of Science degree program in clinical radiation sciences offered by the VCU School of Allied Health Professions. The pre-health major in clinical radiation sciences program requires specific prerequisite courses (outlined below). Once accepted, students will spend three years in the clinical radiation sciences degree program, which begins in the fall.

At the time of application, normally fall of the freshman year, the student will be able to indicate their choice of concentration: nuclear medicine technology, radiography or radiation therapy. All three of these concentrations require the same academic prerequisite courses listed below.

Completion of the pre-health major in clinical radiation sciences does not guarantee admission to the program for the B.S. in Clinical Radiation Sciences nor does it result in a college degree. Students must be admitted to and complete the baccalaureate program to earn a B.S. degree in clinical radiation sciences. Admission into the program is based on scholastic record, demonstrated aptitude and interest, and a personal interview conducted by the departmental admissions committee.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with a UAA pre-health major academic adviser to learn about admission requirements that are specific to the program and to speak about alternate/parallel majors. For more information about the admission requirements for the B.S. in Clinical Radiation Sciences, visit the department’s website.

Career opportunities

Radiologic technologists (radiographers) use X-ray equipment to help diagnose and treat 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.

As a Radiation Therapist, you would be in radiation oncology to employ ionizing radiation to destroy cancerous tumors while sparing surrounding tissue. The radiation therapist administers the radiation to the patient.

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.

Change of major requirements

Current VCU students who wish to change their major to the pre-health major in clinical radiation sciences must meet the following criteria to be considered for the major:

Minimum GPA of 2.8. No more than 75 credits completed. Students who do not meet these requirements may see a pre-health adviser, but they will be referred for programming and not assigned to an adviser.


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Cardiovascular technologist and technician
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Nuclear medicine technologist
  • Radiation protection technician
  • Radiation therapist
  • Radiologic technician
  • Radiologic technologist
  • Special procedures technologist
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 141
  • MATH 151
Science required
  • 3-4 additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.8
Department name:
University Academic Advising
Building/room location:
Hibbs Hall, First Floor
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 827-8648
Email:
prehealthadv@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Go to a Lunch & Learn or Application Workshop with Pre-Health Advising to meet students and faculty and learn more about the program.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Apply to live in the ASPiRE, Globe, INNOVATE, or LEAD Living & Learning Programs.
  • Get involved through the VCU Student Government Association (SGA) or one of over 450 clubs and organizations on campus.
  • Take a service-learning class.
  • Register to vote and vote in Virginia.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about your study abroad options by visiting a study abroad fair and attending a First Advising Session in the Global Education Office.
  • Review the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs website for programs, events, and resources.  
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers and job titles in your field.
  • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists to learn about opportunities.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
  • Explore Career Pathways for Healthcare on Career Services’ website.
  • Build your LinkedIn profile with Career Services

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for CLRS 101, Introduction to Clinical Radiation Sciences for next semester!
  • Explore admission requirements for other Clinical Radiation Sciences programs throughout Virginia, and consider doing a degree completion or 2nd modality at VCU. 
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Volunteer in the community to address a social issue (ConnectVA & HandsOnRVA).    
  • Learn about and explore Richmond, including its museums, parks, festivals, and cultural events.  
  • Join a healthcare student organization, such as the Pre-Radiation Sciences club or HOSA.
  • Explore peer leadership opportunities on campus such as becoming a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, or Supplemental Instruction Leader.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Consider becoming a diversity ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.  
  • Participate in an Alternative Spring Break trip.
  • Review your major’s study abroad advising sheet and the list of courses other students have taken on study abroad programs to help you find a program that will work for you.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create a draft of your resume and have it reviewed at drop-ins at VCU Career Services.
  • Apply to the Allied Health Career Exploration program by the April 3rd deadline to participate this upcoming summer!
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct an informational interview or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Reflect on your involvement and what has been most meaningful to you in your first semester.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Apply to the Clinical Radiation Sciences program by the February 1st deadline!
  • Go to your professors’ “Office Hours” to discuss research interests, picking classes in your major, and strategies for success in your degree program.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Create and complete a community-engaged research project.
  • Attend civic meetings, such as school board, neighborhood associations, city council, or state legislative sessions.
  • Apply for I-LEAD Connect, Alternative Spring Break, and other leadership and service events through University Student Commons and Activities.
  • Attend a Wellness Resource Center program.
  • Challenge yourself through a Group Exercise class or an Outdoor Adventure Program trip or activity.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Minority students interested in professional health sciences should apply to participate in the Summer Academic Enrichment Program.
  • Apply for a Fulbright or other post-graduate international fellowship program through VCU’s National Scholarship Office.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Go to an Open House for Radiation Sciences and meet people in the department.
  • Take on a leadership role in a student organization or club or go deeper in your service opportunities.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Learn how to cope with stress and adapt to a fast-paced, changing work environment by utilizing VCU’s Artfulness and Mindfulness resources. 
  • Make a list of your skills and prepare to articulate them to the Clinical Radiation Sciences Department or employers on resumes and in interviews.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Make sure to complete all prerequisites by the end of the year, with a minimum of 28 credits. Review the Bulletin for course requirements.
  • Consider taking a foreign language to better communicate with a diverse group of patients.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Serve in a leadership role or as a board member of a local community organization that supports work you care about.   
  • Consider applying for a year-long service opportunity after graduation through programs like VCU AmeriCorps, Literacy Lab, Peace Corps, Fulbright Student Scholars, Teach for America and City Year.
  • Mentor a child at Carver Elementary School through VCU’s partnership with The Carver Promise.
  • Participate in VCU Arts Qatar Day and apply for the Qatar Leadership Exchange.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Experience VCU’s richness of diversity by attending VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival. 
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Join the Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists (VSRT) or the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) as a student member.
  • Go to a conference for a professional association, such as the VSRT, ASRT, or SNMMI. 
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Understand your interests and career goals by taking an assessment with VCU Career Services, such as the Strong Interest Inventory - Free of charge!
  • Participate in a mock interview at VCU Career Services.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon
2018-2019

Pre-radiation sciences

College of Humanities and Sciences

Concentration(s):
No concentration
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore 1st semester (By Nov. 1 Or April 1)
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Go to a Lunch & Learn or Application Workshop with Pre-Health Advising to meet students and faculty and learn more about the program.
  • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers and job titles in your field.
  • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists to learn about opportunities.
Experience Remainder of 1st semester
  • Conduct an informational interview or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Reflect on your involvement and what has been most meaningful to you in your first semester.
2nd semester (By Feb. 1 or Sept. 1)
  • Apply to the Clinical Radiation Sciences program by the February 1st deadline!
  • Go to your professors’ “Office Hours” to discuss research interests, picking classes in your major, and strategies for success in your degree program.
  • Go to an Open House for Radiation Sciences and meet people in the department.
  • Take on a leadership role in a student organization or club or go deeper in your service opportunities.
  • Learn how to cope with stress and adapt to a fast-paced, changing work environment by utilizing VCU’s Artfulness and Mindfulness resources. 
  • Make a list of your skills and prepare to articulate them to the Clinical Radiation Sciences Department or employers on resumes and in interviews.
Experience Remainder of 2nd semester
  • Make sure to complete all prerequisites by the end of the year, with a minimum of 28 credits. Review the Bulletin for course requirements.
  • Consider taking a foreign language to better communicate with a diverse group of patients.