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Clinical Radiation Sciences, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in radiation therapy (second modality)

Special requirements

Prerequisites
ARRT certification (or eligibility*) in radiography
Humanities course (3 credits)
English composition course (3 credits)
Social science course (3 credits)
Natural/physical science course (3 credits)

*Must be ARRT certified in radiography within two semesters of enrollment

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: 305, 309, 314, 323, 342, 393, 394, 395, 315, 430, 455, 493, 494.

Must complete statistics or meet requirements for STAT 210 prior to enrollment.

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 radiologist assistant. Upon meeting admission prerequisites, students complete a five-semester, full-time course of study including didactic, laboratory and clinical education. Graduates are eligible for additional national professional certification examinations.

Degree requirements for Clinical Radiation Sciences, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in radiation therapy (second modality)

Learning outcomes

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

  • Attain clinical competence in entry level radiation therapy procedures
  • Communicate effectively with patients, staff and physicians in the radiation therapy department
  • Demonstrate effective written communication
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills during their radiation therapy clinical experience
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in developing a research project
  • Demonstrate professionalism during their radiation therapy clinical experience
  Credits
Admission requirements (62 credits)  
ARRT Radiation Therapy certification 50
General Education courses (12 credits)  
English composition course 3
Humanities course 3
Natural/physical science course 3
Social/behavioral science course 3
   
Major requirements (54 credits)  
CLRS 206 Cross-sectional Anatomy 2
CLRS 305 Orientation to Radiation Therapy 2
CLRS 309 Oncologic Patient Care 2
CLRS 314 Pathology and Treatment Principles I 4
CLRS 323 Radiation Therapy, Techniques and Applications 4
CLRS 342 Physics for Radiation Therapy 3
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 408 Introduction to Computed Tomography (CT) 2
CLRS 412 Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning 3
CLRS 415 Pathology and Treatment Principles II 4
CLRS 430 Radiobiology 2
CLRS 455 Quality Management in Radiation Therapy 2
CLRS 488 Senior Seminar 3
CLRS 493 Clinical Education IV* 3
CLRS 494 Clinical Education V* 3
CLRS 498 Senior Project 2
STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics 3
   
Open electives (4 credits) 4
   
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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