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Clinical Radiation Sciences, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in nuclear medicine technology

Special requirements

Entry-level program prerequisites
To be eligible for admission into any of the entry-level concentrations students must have completed the following prerequisites:

UNIV 111-112
MATH 141
BIOL 205
PHIS 206 and PHIZ 206
PHYS 101 and PHYZ 101
PSYC 101

Humanities/fine arts elective
VCU students – Select a course from the approved University Core humanities/fine arts list, including history, religion, literature, philosophy, foreign language, speech.

English proficiency
All non-native applicants must meet VCU’s minimum TOEFL score requirements prior to admission.

Enrolled students must earn a minimum grade of C in the following CLRS courses: 208, 232, 303, 317, 318, 319, 321, 322, 341, 393, 394, 395, 417, 430, 453, 461, 493, 494 and CLRZ 321 and 322.

The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences with the following areas of concentration: radiography, nuclear medicine technology and radiation therapy. 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 each of the programs 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 administrated by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Graduates of the nuclear medicine technology program also are eligible for the certification examination administered by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

Degree requirements for Clinical Radiation Sciences, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in nuclear medicine technology

Learning outcomes

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

  • Attain clinical competence in entry-level nuclear medicine procedures
  • Communicate effectively with patients, staff and physicians in the Nuclear Medicine department
  • Demonstrate effective written communication
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking skills during their nuclear medicine clinical experience
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking skills in developing a research project
  • Demonstrate professionalism during their nuclear medicine clinical experience
Admission requirements for program 27-32
Pre-radiation sciences advising track  
Collateral requirements (15 credits)  
CHEM and CHEZ 101 General Chemistry and Laboratory I 4
CHEM and CHEZ 102 General Chemistry and Laboratory II 4
HCMG 300 Health Care Organization and Services 3
HPEX 250 Medical Terminology 1
STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics 3
Major requirements (69 credits)  
CLRS 203 Pathophysiology I 3
CLRS 204 Pathophysiology II 3
CLRS 205 Exploring Radiation Sciences 1
CLRS 206 Cross-sectional Anatomy 2
CLRS 208 Foundations of Patient Care 4
CLRS 232 Radiation Safety 2
CLRS 303 Orientation to Nuclear Medicine 2
CLRS 317 Nuclear Medicine Procedures I 3
CLRS 318 Nuclear Medicine Procedures II 2
CLRS 319 Nuclear Medicine Procedures III 3
CLRS and CLRZ 321 Nuclear Medicine Physics and Instrumentation I and Laboratory 3
CLRS and CLRZ 322 Nuclear Medicine Physics and Instrumentation II and Laboratory 4
CLRS 341 Radiation Physics 2
CLRS 390 Research Methods in the Radiation Sciences (writing and academic research) 2
CLRS 393 Clinical Education I* 2
CLRS 394 Clinical Education II* 2
CLRS 395 Clinical Education III* 3
CLRS 398 Introduction to Research (writing and academic research) 1
CLRS 407 Introduction to PET/CT 2
CLRS 408 Introduction to Computed Tomography (CT) 2
CLRS 417 Nuclear Medicine Procedures IV 3
CLRS 430 Radiobiology 2
CLRS 453 Quality Management in Nuclear Medicine 2
CLRS and CLRZ 461 Radiopharmaceutical: Preparation and Quality Control and Radiopharmaceutical Laboratory 3
CLRS 488 Senior Seminar 3
CLRS 493 Clinical Education IV* 3
CLRS 494 Clinical Education V* 2
CLRS 498 Senior Project 3
Open electives (9 credits) 9
Total minimum requirement 120

*These courses have variable credits. The credits indicated are the most commonly used in the entry-level curriculum.

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