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

Special requirements

Prerequisites for Certificate/AAS degree holders:
ARRT certification (or eligibility*) in radiography or radiation therapy
Humanities course (3 credits)
English composition course (3 credits)
Social science course (3 credits)
General chemistry (+labs) (8 credits)

Prerequisites for AS/AA/AA&S/BS degree holders:
ARRT certification (or eligibility*) in radiography or radiation therapy
General Chemistry (+labs) (8 credits)
Electives (2 credits)

*Must be ARRT certified 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: 303, 317, 318, 319, 321, 322, 393, 394, 395, 417, 430, 453, 493, 494 and CLRZ 321 and 322.

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 nuclear medicine technology (second modality)

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 (10* or 17† credits)  
English composition† 3
Humanities† 3
Social/behavioral science† 3
Chemistry and labs (equivalent to CHEM/Z 101 and CHEM/Z 102)*† 8
Electives* 2
*AS/AA/AA&S/BS degree holders/†Certificate/AAS degree holders  
Collateral requirements (53 credits)  
ARRT Radiography/Radiation Therapy certification 50
STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics 3
Major requirements (54 credits)  
CLRS 206 Cross-sectional Anatomy 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 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* 3
CLRS 498 Senior Project 2
Open electives (3 credits) 3
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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