Academics :: School of Health Professions

Oncology

FAQs

When should I apply?

Applications for the 2014 Class are being accepted now through March 15, 2014. Applicants who provide all necessary material and have a complete file by March 15, 2014 will be considered for admission. Early application is encouraged. By applying to VWCC and submitting your high school and college transcripts to the Health Careers Specialist, Pam Woody, she may be able to help you with placement testing, course selections, or determine if you currently meet the minimum academic requirements.

What do I need to do to apply?

We require all application material(s) be submitted directly to Health Professions – if you fail to do so, be aware we will not be responsible for any delays in processing your file. Complete the following and submit in one package addressed to Pam Woody, VWCC-Health Professions, P.O. Box 14007, Roanoke, VA 24038.

  1. Apply to the college by completing a VWCC college application, if not currently attending. You are encouraged to complete the application on-line at http://apply.vccs.edu. Please make sure you indicate your program/plan of study as Radiation Oncology during this process. (Those interested in the Joint Venture with NVCC must register/complete a college application for both NVCC and VWCC prior to March 15th. If already active at NVCC, then do a new VWCC only. Please contact the NVCC Admissions Office or visit their website for additional instructions on applying to NVCC.)
  2. Apply to the Radiation Oncology Program by completing a 2014 Radiation Oncology Application Form. An application is available for download here or in the Health Professions Information Office in CSHP - Room 339.
  3. Have all official sealed transcripts (high school and college) and a copy of GED scores (if applicable). We strongly suggest the applicant request transcript(s) be sent to the applicant's mailing address, so you are fully aware of whether your request is filled and all material can be placed by you in one package for submission. Remember, do not open any envelope which contains a sealed transcript, they are no longer "official" to us when you have opened them. If any school refuses to issue "official" transcripts directly to student, please request they be sent addressed directly to Pam Woody at the address above instead. Please do not request transcripts from VWCC, NVCC, or any other community college in Virginia (only exception).
  4. Two letters of recommendation from employers or professors are also required before March 15, 2014.

What are the admission guidelines to the program?

Applicant must hold a high school diploma or GED. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be ≥ 2.5. High school graduates and GED holders who earned less than a 2.5 GPA during high school will be considered for admission if they have generated a college GPA of 2.5 or above by the end of the Fall 2013 semester.

Please note: We start with your most recent college, but it must be for at least (minimum) 12 college credit hours at one institution within a 12-month timeframe. College developmental course credits are not used to establish a college GPA. Therefore, if you have or plan on taking a developmental course to make up for a high school deficiency of a prerequisite, it will not be used in the GPA calculation. It will only be used to fulfill the prerequisite requirement. If you have a limited time to generate a college GPA above a 2.5 before the end of Fall 2013, please speak to Miss Woody prior to the Fall 2013 semester for a thorough explanation of the policy.

The following courses (1 unit each) with a grade of "C" or higher in each course: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and two (2) laboratory science classes, such as, Biology, Physics, or Chemistry. Physics is recommended. A high school deficiency in a mathematics or science course may be removed by completing one semester of an equivalent or higher level college course. All prerequisites must be completed by the end of Spring 2014 semester.

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

Approximately 10 students will be admitted to the 2014 Radiation Oncology class. Priority is given to those applicants who: (1) have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, (2) have the strongest academic record, (3) have the highest interview results based on interviews conducted by the program director, and (4) strongest letters of recommendation from employers and/or professors. 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 the Fall of 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 Learning Technology 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 "LTC" 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. The hours of operation are provided on the top of the testing slip. Please allow yourself time to take the evaluation and for the LTC 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. Please bring the results to Pam Woody in Anderson Hall-122 or you may notify her by email when you have taken, if after normal office hours.

Note: Those who have had college Pre-Calculus (Mth 163 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, 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 163 must be passed with a grade of "C" or above to ensure continued enrollment. Satisfactory progress is necessary for eligibility to take licensure examinations. Some applicants elect to complete support classes (such as Pre-Calculus) before beginning the program. Taking the support classes does not guarantee admission into the program.

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

The program is only offered to full-time students or the equivalent during the day due to the time element of the clinical and labs involved in the program. It is strongly recommended that students limit working hours to no more than eight hours during the week, if admitted into the program.

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

Pam Woody is the Health Careers Information Specialist. She is available to advise you after she has reviewed your application/academic file (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.

Specific questions about the Northern Virginia joint venture program classroom, clinical sites, and schedule should be directed to the clinical coordinator, Brenda Greenway, whom you may reach at (540) 981-7562 or bgreenway@virginiawestern.edu. Questions about the application process for NVCC should be directed to Miss Woody.

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