What will I learn?

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

Concentrations in Radiation Sciences

Radiation Sciences offers the following concentrations:

Radiography

Radiographers use radiation and other forms of energy to look inside the human body. This area of diagnostic medicine is called imaging technology or radiography. Diagnostic techniques include radiography (x-ray), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine technology uses radioactive material for both diagnosis and therapy. Procedures consist of imaging studies, analysis of biologic specimens, and therapy. In imaging studies, patients are administered a radioactive material which localizes in a specific organ or system of the body.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy utilizes ionizing radiation in a strictly controlled environment to treat disease, primarily cancer. High energy x-rays, gamma rays, and electron beams are common forms of ionizing radiation used. Ionizing radiation can be administered using external beam therapy or by placing a radioactive material directly into a body tissue or cavity. The ultimate goal of radiation therapy is to destroy all abnormal cells while sparing the surrounding normal tissue as much as possible.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Diagnostic Medical Sonography frequently referred to as sonography or ultrasound uses high frequency soundwaves to produce images for diagnosis and treatment purposes. Unlike radiography, sonography is a career field that does not use radiation. Sonographers are skilled technologists that use medical equipment and ultrasound technology to view internal structures of the body like organs, tissues, blood vessels and musculature. Graduates of the diagnostic medical sonography program will be prepared to become registered in abdominal and OB/GYN sonography after successfully passing the national registry examination.

Second Modality Bachelor of Science programs

The Second Modality BS programs are for certified radiographers who desire to continue their professional education and concentrate in either Nuclear Medicine Technology or Radiation Therapy. All programs are full-time.

Bachelor of Science Completion Program

The Department also offers a program for certified radiologic technologists to complete their bachelor's degree. The degree completion programs are available on a full- or part-time basis. To be eligible for admission to a completion program, the applicant must be certified (ARRT or NMTCB) in the appropriate discipline or eligible for certification.

Which department am I in?

College of Health Professions

Study options

Full Time (Minimum 120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$32,742.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 August 2020

Venue

College of Health Professions

900 E. Leigh Street,

RICHMOND,

Virginia,

23298, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a VCU undergraduate degree program requires graduation from a secondary school or the equivalent (lyceum, senior middle school, university preparatory school, completion of GCSE exams, Standard 12 graduation, etc.), which normally consists of at least 12 years beyond kindergarten. Your secondary education should be the type that would prepare you for entrance to a recognized university in your home country.

For international students

Admission to a VCU undergraduate degree program requires graduation from a secondary school or the equivalent (lyceum, senior middle school, university preparatory school, completion of GCSE exams, Standard 12 graduation, etc.), which normally consists of at least 12 years beyond kindergarten.

Your secondary education should be the type that would prepare you for entrance to a recognized university in your home country.

The required TOEFL score for undergraduate applicants is 70 iBT, 550 PBT or IELTS of 6.0 (academic band score). The required PTE score is 53.

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