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

About the Radiation Oncology Program

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

Virginia Western Community College offers an opportunity to deliver its Radiation Oncology program through to Northern Virginia Community College. The program is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of the allied health care team who provide a variety of therapeutic services through the use of ionizing radiation. The Radiation Oncology Program is an intensive, five semester associate degree program beginning in August of each year. The program consists of formal classes and clinical experiences conducted at various area facilities where the student will be exposed to the most modern equipment and techniques available for the treatment of cancer.

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

Application Period: October 1 to March 15

Admission Policy: Competitive

Program Size: 10 students

Program Length: 5 full-time semesters

Program Starts: Every August

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

  • Complete or transfer SDV 101 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

Ineligible applications will not be considered


Students who need general academic advising as they work to satisfy prerequisites for this program are encouraged to visit the MEC Student Services Center in room 202.

Students who have questions regarding specific program requirements, admission, transcript evaluation or students who need academic advising specific to the Radiation Oncology Program curriculum must reach out to Pam Woody, pwoody@virginiawestern.edu.               

NVCC Radiation Oncology Faculty Contact:
Kathleen Riley, BS, RT(T)
Instructor/Clinical Coordinator
NOVA Radiation Oncology Program
MEC Campus Rm 239B

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