2023-24 Virginia Western Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2023-24 Virginia Western Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Radiation Oncology, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science


Purpose: This curriculum is designed to prepare selected students to perform the responsibilities of an entry-level radiation therapist.  Upon completion, graduates will be eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination leading to certification as a registered Radiation Therapist, RT(T).

Program Objectives: Graduates may apply for employment in hospitals, cancer centers, education, management, government agencies, and marketing and research.

Admission Requirements: This is a restricted admission program. Please see the program-specific admission requirements at https://www.virginiawestern.edu/academics/health-professions/radiation-oncology/.

Placement Requirements: Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to credit-level coursework established by the college.

Applicants must receive an ENG 111 , ENG 111 /EDE 11*  placement recommendation, or have successfully completed EDE 10 .

Students who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level math will be required to select appropriate MDE coursework in consultation with an advisor.

Note: Support courses (non-ROC courses) may be taken prior to entry.

Program Notes: The program has been accredited by the authority of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-2901. Telephone (312) 704-5300.

Individuals who have a felony or misdemeanor conviction may not be allowed to take the national certification exam. This decision is made by the the America Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT). For questions regarding this issue call the ARRT or visit their website at www.ARRT.org.

Clinical agencies may require that students have periodic background checks and drug screenings completed at the student’s expense before beginning clinical rotations. A positive background check, drug screen, and/or felony conviction may dismiss the student from the program.

Retention Policy: Successful completion of the program requires students to maintain a “C”or better in all curricular courses. A complete statement of the above policies is outlined in the Radiation Oncology Student Handbook.

AAS degrees prepare students for direct employment upon completion of the degree. However, many programs may also transfer to four-year institutions. Students interested in transferring should verify program requirements with specific four-year institutions and with the program head for Radiation Onocology.

Third Semester (Summer)

Total Minimum Credits for Degree: 72

1 BIO 141*  and MTH 161*  must be completed within five years prior to date of admission to the program.

2 HLT 105 or CPR certification can be used to satisfy this requirement; however, the required CPR certification for Radiation Oncology is American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider CPR which includes hands-on training with infant, child, adult, and AED​.

* This course has a requisite. 

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