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Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology involves the use of ionizing radiation to provide therapeutic services for the treatment of cancer.

Program Details

A degree program offered through Virginia Western Community College at the NOVA Medical Education Campus

Virginia Western Community College offers its Radiation Oncology program through Northern Virginia Community College. This joint venture opportunity is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as radiation therapists, contributing members of the allied health care team who provide a variety of therapeutic services through the use of ionizing radiation.

The degree program in Radiation Oncology is a full-time, five-semester sequential curriculum leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and eligibility to sit for the National Certification Examination in Radiation Therapy sponsored by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.).

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Please view the VWCC Radiation Oncology Program Website for more information.

The first step to beginning health career training at NOVA/MEC is to review the information session.

Information Session

Please note that the online information session contains program information for the current academic year only.

Application Period: October 1 to March 15

Admission Policy: Competitive

Program Size: 10 students

Program Length: 5 full-time semesters

Program Starts: Every August


Requirements must be completed by the end of the Spring semester prior to the start of the program.

  • Review 2021 Online Information Session
  • Complete or transfer two SDV credits or equivalent; C or better grade
  • Complete or transfer HLT 141 Introduction to Medical Terminology; C or better grade
  • Complete or transfer BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology; must be within 5 years and C or better grade
  • Complete or transfer MTH 161 Pre-Calculus; must be within 5 years and C or better grade
  • Cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher at the end of fall semester prior to application deadline
  • Algebra, Algebra II, Geometry, or Developmental Math Units 1-9
  • One unit of high school or college biology, chemistry, or physics
NVCC Radiation Oncology Faculty Contact:
Kathleen Riley, BS, RT(T)
Instructor/Clinical Coordinator
NOVA Radiation Oncology Program

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer is not the primary purpose of this credential; however, NOVA may have agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. In order to learn more about possible transfer opportunities please visit: https://www.nvcc.edu/transfer/. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to discuss their options and plans.

Credit for Prior Learning

Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.

The most current information can be found here for CPL: Certifications and Credentials.

Program Degrees and Certificates


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