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

Information Session

The first step to beginning health career training at NOVA/MEC is to review the below 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

Campus Tour

Take a virtual tour of the Medical Education Campus.


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

Ineligible applications will not be considered. Review the online information session to get started.



Students who need general academic advising as they work to satisfy prerequisites for this program are encouraged to visit Advising & Counseling.

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

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

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. This joint venture program 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 Radiography 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).