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Radiation Oncology :: FAQ

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>> What are the admission guidelines of the program?

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements for the college. Applicant must hold a high school diploma or GED. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be ≥ 2.5. We base this on the GPA calculated at the most recent institution/college at which you completed at least 12 college credit hours. If you have not taken 12 college credit hours at one college by the end of Fall 2020, the high school GPA must be ≥ 2.5.

>> What are the prerequisites for the program?

Applicants must complete the prerequisites listed below with a grade of "C" or higher by the end of the Spring 2021 semester to be considered for the 2021 program:

  • Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, or Developmental Mathematic Units/MTE 1-9
  • One unit of high school or college lab science (biology, chemistry, or physics)
  • BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • HLT 141 Introduction to Medical Terminology (1 credit)
  • MTH 161 Pre-Calculus I (3 credits)
  • SDV 101 Orientation to Health Professions (2 credits)

A high school deficiency in a mathematics course may be satisfied by completing an equivalent or higher level college course. Sciences must have a lab component.

>> Is admission to the program very competitive? Are there admission priorities?

Approximately 10 students will be admitted to the Radiation Oncology class. Admissions decisions are based upon: (1) academic record and GPA, (2) strength in sciences and math, (3) interview results based on interviews conducted by program faculty, and (4) two letters of recommendation. Additional consideration is given to those that hold healthcare credentials (licensure/certification). The first Joint Venture class at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) began in Fall 2007. We expect to accept 10 students for the NVCC Joint Venture site each year in the fall semester.

>> What is the Virginia Placement Test (VPT)? When and why do I take it?

The VPT evaluates your level of success with basic mathematics through pre-calculus mathematical skills. Applicants may be requested to complete the VPT after their file is reviewed by the advisor (Miss Woody). A current assessment of a potential student's mathematical ability is necessary due to the physics and math involved in the curriculum. Recommendations may be made based on the results. Some may need to refresh their math skills prior to the beginning of the Fall semester, if accepted. Testing may be completed at the Testing Center at VWCC or applicants who do not live in the Roanoke area may go to any Virginia community college to complete, including NVCC. The Testing Center at VWCC is located on the ground floor of Brown Library and you will need to bring a photo I.D. in order to take the evaluation. Please allow yourself time to take the evaluation and for the Testing Center staff to score your results. An appointment is not necessary, you may come during the posted testing times. The times may change during breaks or holidays, you may call 857-7250 to determine their hours of operation at any time. Please bring the results to Pam Woody in The Fralin Center (CSHP) - Room 339 or you may notify her by email when you have taken it, if after normal office hours.

Note: Those who have had college Pre-Calculus (Mth 163 or Mth 161 equivalent or higher with a "C" or better) in the last 5 years will not need to take the Math placement. If you have taken the VPT recently in the last year, you may not need to take again.

>> Who makes the admission decisions? When are the results given to the applicants?

Admission decisions are made by a Radiation Oncology Admissions Committee. Admission decisions are mailed to the applicants as soon as possible, usually in early May.

>> Why is the Radiation Oncology program considered intense?

The curriculum has a heavy emphasis on mathematics, physics, general and radiation sciences; as well as clinical sessions which demand technical and lecture application skills. All ROC courses and MTH 161 (or MTH 163) must be passed with a grade of "C" or above. Satisfactory progress is necessary for eligibility to take licensure examinations.

>> Can the program be taken at night or on a part-time basis?

The program is only offered during the day due to the hours of operation of the clinical facilities and labs involved in the program. It is strongly recommended that students limit working hours if admitted into the program. The (ROC) part of the curriculum must be completed in the sequence outlined, if admitted.

>> Who is the advisor for the radiation oncology program? When and how do I contact them?

Pam Woody is one of the Health Professions Advisors. She is available to advise you after she has reviewed your application and transcripts (usually within 3-4 weeks of receiving material from May-December). She will mail an advising form letter giving you important details about your prerequisites, career support classes, transfer of credit, and how you may contact her. Please note that if you do not receive the two page Advising Letter, there could be missing documents in your academic file and you may not be considered for admission to the fall program. If you need to verify receipt of your submitted materials, and it has been five weeks since the submission, you may contact Ms. Brown at to verify receipt of all academic transcripts on you behalf. This is another reason that we encourage early application so you have time to submit all necessary academic transcripts and the two letters of recommendation. In addition, there is another advisor for Health Professions, Ms. Rhonda Perdue () that can assist with career planning and course advising as well.

Specific questions about the Northern Virginia joint venture program classroom, clinical sites, and schedule should be directed to the Director (Mrs. Conner), whom you may reach at 540-857-6104 or . Questions about the application process for NVCC should be directed to Miss Woody.

Tuition: $
Credits: 72 Hours
Time: 2 years


Location: Fralin Center HP 214A or HP 339
Phone: 540-857-6325, 857-6644 or 857-7307
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Program Head

Tillie Conner, MS, RT(R)(T)
Director and Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

A.A.S. - Virginia Western Community College, 1981
B.A. - Mary Baldwin College, 1990
M.S.Ed. - Virginia Polytechnic University, 2002

School of Health Professions

Martha Sullivan, Dean