Students interested in the pre-health major in clinical radiation sciences must complete the one-year program requirements for application to the Bachelor of Science degree program in clinical radiation sciences offered by the VCU School of Allied Health Professions. The pre-health major in clinical radiation sciences program requires specific prerequisite courses (outlined below). Once accepted, students will spend three years in the clinical radiation sciences degree program, which begins in the fall.

At the time of application, normally fall of the freshman year, the student will be able to indicate their choice of concentration: nuclear medicine technology, radiography or radiation therapy. All three of these concentrations require the same academic prerequisite courses listed below.

Completion of the pre-health major in clinical radiation sciences does not guarantee admission to the program for the B.S. in Clinical Radiation Sciences nor does it result in a college degree. Students must be admitted to and complete the baccalaureate program to earn a B.S. degree in clinical radiation sciences. Admission into the program is based on scholastic record, demonstrated aptitude and interest, and a personal interview conducted by the departmental admissions committee. 

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with a UAA pre-health major academic adviser to learn about admission requirements that are specific to the program and to speak about alternate/parallel majors. For more information about the admission requirements for the B.S. in Clinical Radiation Sciences, visit the department’s website.

Requirements for the pre-health major in clinical radiation sciences

It is recommended that applicants select a challenging course load of science and math courses each semester to ensure adequate preparation for the academic rigor of the concentrations within the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Sciences.

Students interested in the pre-health major in clinical radiation sciences must complete biological concepts with laboratory, human anatomy (lab included), human physiology with laboratory, and a physics course with laboratory. The non-science prerequisites for the pre-health major in clinical radiation sciences are: UNIV 111 and UNIV 112, college algebra, introduction to psychology and a humanities course.

Although not required, courses in writing and rhetoric, introduction to clinical radiation sciences, a visual or performing art class, medical terminology, and basic practice of statistics are highly recommended.

Many students will require an additional year of study before applying to the clinical radiation sciences degree program. All students admitted to a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences must demonstrate aptitude, abilities and skills in the following categories: sensory, communication, physical/mobility, cognitive and behavioral/social. These categories are further delineated in the Technical Standards for Admission and Graduation documentation.

Following a review of admissions credentials, an interview with the admissions committee will be required for most applicants. If needed, the department will contact the student to schedule an interview. Following admission, successful completion of a criminal background check and drug testing will be required (at student expense) for participation in clinical education courses. Failure to pass one of these tests will prevent the student from successfully completing the clinical education requirements and, therefore, the program. 

Changing to the pre-health major in clinical radiation sciences from another major

Current VCU students who wish to change their major to the pre-health major in clinical radiation sciences must meet the following criteria to be considered for the major:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.8
  • No more than 75 credits completed

Students who do not meet these requirements may see a pre-health adviser, but they will be referred for programming and not assigned to an adviser.

Prerequisites for the clinical radiation sciences program

VCU courses
BIOL   205Basic Human Anatomy 14
MATH   141Algebra with Applications3
PHIS   206
PHIZ   206
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
4
Select one of the following:4
Foundations of Physics
and Foundations of Physics Laboratory
OR
General Physics 2
PSYC   101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to PsychologyIntroduction to Psychology4
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IFocused Inquiry I3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IIFocused Inquiry II3
Humanities or fine arts elective (see Core Curriculum – humanities/fine arts approved list)3
Total Hours28
1

The prerequisites for BIOL   205 include BIOL   101 and BIOZ   101.

2

The prerequisite for PHYS   201 is MATH   151.

Sample curriculum outline

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
MATH   141 Algebra with Applications 3
PSYC   101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to Psychology Introduction to Psychology 4
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I 3
Humanities/fine arts elective 3
 Term Hours: 13
Spring semester
BIOL   205 Basic Human Anatomy 4
PHIS   206
PHIZ   206
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
4
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II 3
Select one of the following: 4
PHYS   101
PHYZ   101
Foundations of Physics
and Foundations of Physics Laboratory
OR  
PHYS   201 General Physics
 Term Hours: 15
 Total Hours: 28

Total minimum requirement (for admission to clinical radiation sciences program) 28 credits