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Pre-Clinical Radiation Sciences

Program Information

The curriculum in pre-clinical radiation sciences meets the minimum academic requirements for the bachelor of science degree program in clinical radiation sciences with concentrations in radiography, nuclear medicine technology or radiation therapy offered by the School of Allied Health Professions on the MCV Campus. Students intending to apply to a professional program at another institution should consult that institution’s bulletin for specific pre-requisite courses.

Admission into the program is based on scholastic record, demonstrated aptitude and interest and a personal interview conducted by the departmental admissions committee.

Advising Information


Course descriptions and information about prerequisites can be found at Virginia community college transfer course equivalencies can be found at

  • English Composition – two semesters (UNIV 111 and 112)
  • Mathematics- one semester (MATH 141)
  • General Biology – one semester (with laboratory) (BIOL 101 and BIOZ 101)
  • Anatomy – one semester (BIOL 205)
  • Physiology – one semester with lab (PHIS 206 and PHIZ 206)
  • Physics – one semester with lab (PHYZ 101 and PHYZ 101)
  • General Psychology – one semester (PSYC 101)
  • Humanities Course – one semester taken from core education program (ENGL 215, PHIL 201, HIST 201, RELS 108, WRLD 203, HUMS 250, INTL 101, INTL 105, or WMNS 201)

No additional elective credits are required, but CLRS 101 (Introduction to Clinical Radiation Sciences) is highly recommended

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Recommended schedule to complete the prerequisites in one year:

Fall semester

UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I (3)
MATH 141 Algebra with Applications (3)
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts (3)
BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts Lab (1)
PHYS 101 Foundations of Physics (3) or PHYS 201(4; includes lab) or PHYS 202 (4; includes lab)
PHYZ 101
CLRS 101 Introduction to Clinical Radiation Sciences (1)
Total: 15 credits

Spring semester:

BIOL 205 Basic Human Anatomy (4)
PHIS 206 and PHIZ 206 Human Physiology + Lab (4)
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (4)
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II
INTL 101 (3 credits)

Total: 18 credits

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Additional courses

Students who have completed the prerequisites and have space in their schedule are encouraged to take: UNIV 200, STAT 210 and HPEX 250

Students pursuing the nuclear medicine track are encouraged to take CHEM 101, CHEZ 101 and CHEM 102 and CHEZ 102.

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Application information

Students should apply to the program by Feb. 1 of their freshman year, provided that all pre-requisite course work can be completed by the summer of the year of desired admission.

Applicants apply and submit supporting documentation electronically. For information about application deadlines and application procedures visit

Completing the application process involves filling out an online application, collecting transcripts from all college-level course work and electronic submission of four references (four are required and it is recommended that at least two references come from faculty).

Following a review of admission credentials, most applicants will require an interview with the admissions committee. Applicants are notified of committee decisions at the earliest possible date. Early applications receive first consideration.

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Letters of recommendation

Advice for collecting letters of recommendation.

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The radiation science program offers concentrations in three different tracks. See the program’s Web site for more information about each of the tracks. Students must choose a concentration when they apply to the program

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 and magnetic resonance imaging.

Nuclear Medicine Technology – Nuclear medicine technology uses radioactive material for both diagnosis and therapy. Procedures consist of imaging studies, analysis of biologic specimens and therapy.

Radiation Therapy – Radiation therapy utilizes ionizing radiation in a strictly controlled environment to treat disease, primarily cancer.

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Get to know the modality

Prior to applying, it is critical that the applicant thoroughly explore the modality (Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy) of interest.  This exploration may include research on the Internet, talking with professionals in the field, attending a VCU Department of Radiation Sciences Information Session, taking CLRS 101 Introduction to the Radiation Sciences (VCU course), spending time in the clinical modality setting (to be arranged by the applicant), etc.

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CLRS 101

Each fall and spring semester, the Department of Clinical Radiation Sciences offers a one-credit course, CLRS 101 Introduction to Clinical Radiation Sciences. The course introduces undergraduates to the field and helps them gain practical exposure to the field while pursuing pre-requisite course work. It is recommended that pre-radiation sciences students take this course in their freshman year or the semester directly after transfer into VCU.

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