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Radiation Oncology

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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 (ARRT).

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

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.


  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA
  • Students attending a Radiation Oncology class at NOVA

Application Period: October 1 to March 15

Admission Policy: Competitive

Program Size: 10 students

Program Length: 5 full-time semesters

Program Starts: Every August

Prerequisites

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

  • Review 2022 Online Information Session.
  • Complete or transfer two SDV credits or equivalent; C or better grade.
    • If you hold an associate or bachelor's degree, you do not need to take SDV courses. You will receive transfer credit upon transcript review.
    • There are two ways to satisfy this prerequisite if you do not hold a degree:
      • At NOVA: Take SDV 100 College Success Skills (1 credit) and SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare Professions (1 credit).
      • At VWCC: Take SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare Professions (2 credits).
  • 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.
    • This must be college-level and the course may have pre/co-requisites.
  • Cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher at the end of fall semester prior to application deadline.
  • One unit of high school or college biology, chemistry, or physics lab science.
  1. Thoroughly review the NOVA information session on this webpage.
  2. Apply to both NOVA and VWCC.
    1. Apply to VWCC here. At VWCC, select 'Career Studies Certificate: Introduction to Radiation Oncology' for your plan of study.
    2. Apply to NOVA here. At NOVA, you may select any course of study and do not need to apply again if you're already a NOVA student.
  3. Complete steps 2-5 found here. Indicate NOVA as your campus location preference on the radiation oncology application form in step two.
  4. Complete the program application checklist as early as possible. Note the application deadline. Mailing application items all together, in one envelope, is preferred. Mail application items to: 

    Pam Woody, VWCC - Health Professions Advising and Applications Office
    3091 Colonial Ave.
    Roanoke, VA 24015

 

Questions about transfer credits or radiation oncology program advising?

Email: healthprofessions@virginiawestern.edu 

Helpful Application Process Document Links

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and is operated in compliance with their standards for accredited programs.

JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
mail@jrcert.org 
312.704.5300
http://www.jrcert.org

VWCC Radiation Oncology Program Accreditation Status Details, Fully and Actively Accredited

NVCC Radiation Oncology Faculty Contact:
Kathleen Riley, BS, RT(T)
Instructor/Clinical Coordinator
NOVA Radiation Oncology Program
kdriley@nvcc.edu

Program Degrees and Certificates

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