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2021-2022

Clinical Radiation Sciences, Bachelor of Science

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts and Sciences: Health-STEM Specialization (Rappahannock Community College)
Rappahannock Community College
Rappahannock Community College
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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Clinical Radiation Sciences, Bachelor of Science

Rappahannock Community College (Associate of Arts and Sciences: Health-STEM Specialization)

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  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Volunteer for service learning or community service projects.
  • Follow the instructions of the CRS transfer admission process.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and be prepared to request tutoring assistance.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Review CRS admission requirements.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Volunteer for service learning or community service projects.
  • Follow the instructions of the CRS transfer admission process.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Clinical Radiation Sciences, Bachelor of Science

Rappahannock Community College (Associate of Arts and Sciences: Health-STEM Specialization)

Rappahannock Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
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 100 College Success Skills 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)
History Approved transfer History courses (select from HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122) HIST 3 General education
MTH 161 Precalculus I MATH 141 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)
CHM 111 General Chemistry I CHEM/Z 101 4 General education
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite)
MTH 162 Precalculus II MATH 151 3 Elective
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)
CHM 112 General Chemistry II CHEM/Z 102 4 Elective
Humanities PHI 220 Ethics PHIL 201 3 General education
ENG Any approved ENG literature (ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, ENG 251, ENG 252, ENG 255, or ENG 210) ENGL 3 Elective
PHY 201 General College Physics I PHYS 201 4 Major (Admission Prerequisite)
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 3 Major
Social Science PSY 200 Principles of Psychology PSYC 101 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite)
PHY 202 General College Physics II PHYS 202 4 Elective
Social Science SOC 200 Principles of Sociology SOCY 101 3 Elective
Humanities/Fine Arts Any approved transfer humanities/fine arts VCU equivalent 3 Elective
History Approved transfer History courses (select from HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122) HIST 3 Elective
HLT 143 Medical Terminology HPEX 250 1 Major
Rappahannock credits transferred to VCU 62
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
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