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

Special requirements

Students must have a minimum of two years of full-time clinical experience at the time of enrollment.

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)
Open electives (2 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: 203, 204, 403, 430, 493, 494 and CLRZ 403.

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 radiologist assistant (second modality)

Learning outcomes

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

  • Attain clinical competence in entry level radiologist assistant procedures
  • Communicate effectively with patients, staff and physicians in the radiology department
  • Demonstrate effective written communication
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills during their radiologist assistant clinical experience
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in developing a research project
  • Demonstrate professionalism during their radiologist assistant clinical experience
General Education requirements (14 credits)  
English composition course 3
Humanities course 3
Natural/physical science course 3
Social/behavioral science course 3
Open electives 2
Collateral requirements (56 credits)  
Proficiency credits (ARRT radiography certification) 50
HCMG 300 Healthcare Organizations and Services 3
STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics 3
Major requirements (40 credits)  
CLRS 203 Pathophysiology I 3
CLRS 204 Pathophysiology II 3
CLRS 206 Cross-sectional Anatomy 2
CLRS 332 Radiographic Pathology 3
CLRS 390 Research Methods in the Radiation Sciences (writing and academic research) 2
CLRS 398 Introduction to Research (writing and academic research) 1
CLRS and CLRZ 403 Advanced Patient Care for the Imaging Professional and Laboratory 4
CLRS 430 Radiobiology 2
CLRS 471 Radiology Imaging Procedures for Radiologist Assistants I 3
CLRS 472 Radiology Imaging Procedures for Radiologist Assistants II 3
CLRS 475 Medical Imaging Fundamentals for Radiologist Assistants 3
CLRS 481 Applied Pharmacology for Radiation Sciences 3
CLRS 493 Clinical Education IV* 3
CLRS 494 Clinical Education V* 3
CLRS 498 Senior Project 2
Open electives (10 credits) 10
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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