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Preparation for the study of radiation sciences

Important general information

Students interested in the pre-clinical radiation sciences advising track must complete the one year pre-clinical radiation sciences program requirements for application to the Department of Radiation Sciences on the MCV Campus at VCU. The pre-clinical radiation sciences program requires specific prerequisite courses (outlined below). Once accepted, students will spend three years in the professional 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. Students interested in the pre-clinical radiation sciences program must consult with a pre-health academic adviser to learn about requirements that are specific to the program and to speak about alternate/back-up majors.

Admission to and completion of the pre-clinical radiation sciences program does not constitute admission to VCU’s radiation sciences program in the Department of Radiation Sciences.

Students with an interest in preparing for the radiation sciences program must declare an academic major while also indicating a pre-clinical radiation sciences advising track. Students do not earn a pre-clinical radiation sciences degree. Students unsure of their academic majors initially should clarify their academic interests through regular conversations with their advisers. Pre-clinical radiation sciences students are encouraged to choose a back-up major in a discipline of greatest interest to them.

Prerequisites for the pre-clinical radiation sciences advising track

It is recommended that applicants select a challenging course-load of science and math courses each semester to ensure adequate preparation for the academic rigor of the programs within the Department of Radiation Sciences.

Science and non-science courses required for the pre-clinical radiation sciences advising track

Students interested in pre-clinical radiation sciences must complete biological concepts with laboratory, human anatomy (lab included), human physiology with laboratory and a physics course with laboratory.

The non-science prerequisites for the pre-clinical radiation sciences advising track are: English composition, college algebra, introduction to psychology and a humanities course.

Although not required, courses in writing and rhetoric, introduction to clinical radiation sciences, a visual or performing art class, medical terminology and basic practice of statistics are highly recommended.

Many students will require an additional year of study before applying to the Clinical Radiation Sciences program.

All students admitted to a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences concentration must demonstrate aptitude, abilities and skills in the following categories: sensory, communication, physical/mobility, cognitive and behavioral/social. These categories are further delineated in the Technical Standards for Admission and Graduation documentation.

Additional information for the VCU pre-clinical radiation sciences advising track

Following a review of admissions credentials, an interview with the admissions committee will be required for most applicants. If needed, the department will contact the student to schedule an interview.

Prerequisites for the clinical radiation sciences program

VCU courses Credits
   
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts 3
BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts Laboratory 1
BIOL 205 Basic Human Anatomy (includes lab) 4
MATH 141 Algebra with Applications 3
PHIS 206 Human Physiology 3
PHIZ 206 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
PHYS/PHYZ 101 Foundations of Physics and Laboratory or *PHYS 201 General Physics (lab included) 4
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 4
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
Humanities or fine arts elective (see University Core Curriculum – humanities/fine arts approved list) 3
Total 32
   
*The prerequisite for PHYS 201 is MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics  
   
Sample curriculum outline Credits
   
Fall semester, freshman year  
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts 3
BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts Laboratory 1
MATH 141 Algebra with Applications** 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 4
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
Humanities of fine arts elective 3
Total 17
   
Spring semester, freshman year  
BIOL 205 Basic Human Anatomy 4
PHIS 206 Human Physiology 3
PHIZ 206 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
PHYS/PHYZ 101 Foundations of Physics and Laboratory or PHYS 201 General Physics 4
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
Total 15
 

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