Virginia Radiation Therapy Schools and Colleges


Radiation therapy is an area of the healthcare industry projected to continue growing and offering numerous employment opportunities in the near future. Radiation therapists have an important role in the treatment of cancer, using specialized equipment to target and eliminate cancerous growths. Completion of a radiation therapy degree in Virginia is a good career choice for prospective students interested in both helping patients and working with cutting-edge technology.

University of Virginia Medical Center/ University of Virginia Health System

Medical Ctr PO Box 800383
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Phone: (434) 243-2760
Director: Alan Aqualino

Available Programs

Program Length Completion Rate ARRT Pass % Job Placement
Certificate in Radiation Therapy 15 Months 100% 100% 90%

UVA offers a 15 month, hospital-based Radiation Therapy certificate program for registered Radiographers and Nuclear Medicine Technologists. The program has been around since 1969 and is accredited by JRCERT.

Admission Requirements

A candidate for admission must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be a graduate of a JRCERT accredited or college accredited Radiography program and certified as a Diagnostic Radiographer by the ARRT.
  • Be a graduate of a JRCNMT accredited or college accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology program and certified as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist by the NMTCB or the ARRT.

Applicants must also meet these class prerequisites

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • College Algebra
  • Precalculus Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • General Physics
  • English Composition I

Other Requirements

  • Autobiographical essay
  • 3 references
  • 24 hours of clinical observation in a Radiation Oncology department within past 3 years

Selection Criteria

  • Radiography Program or Nuclear Medicine Program GPA
  • Prerequisite college course (General Education) GPA
  • Math/X-ray Physics Assessment (weighted)[administered at UVAMC during interview]
  • SAT/ACT score (if applicable)
  • Baccalaureate or other advanced degree
  • Faculty interview scores
  • Autobiographical essay
  • Recommendations from your references

Important Dates:

  • Application deadline: April 1st. Applications are accepted in October.
  • Enrollment date: August
  • Selection/rejection: May 30th

Seats Available: 12

Estimated Cost of Entire Program

  • $2,800

Va Commonwealth University

701 W Grace St PO Box 843057
Richmond, VA 23238
Phone: (804) 828-9104
Director: Melanie C Dempsey

Available Programs

Program Length Completion Rate ARRT Pass % Job Placement
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences 33 Months 91% 93% 79%

VCU offers a 3 year professional program that will lead to a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Radiation Sciences.

Program Requirements

Applicants must complete these courses before enrollment

Semester Credits VCU Equivalent
6 of Composition and Rhetoric UNIV 111-112*
3 of College Algebra MATH 141
8 of Human Anatomy & Physiology BIOL 205, PHIS 206
4 of Physics PHYS 101 & PHYZ 101***
3 of General Psychology PSYC 101*
3 of Humanities Elective
* Students outside of VCU must complete 2 semesters (6 credits) of freshman composition.

Clinical Locations

  • Bon Secours Cancer Institute/ Radiation Oncology at St. Francis – Midlothian VA, 23114
  • Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital – Richmond VA, 23226
  • Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital/Staples – Mill Henrico VA, 23230
  • CJW Medical Center/Johnston Willis Campus – Richmond VA, 23225
  • HCA Health Services Henrico Doctors (Forest Campus) – Richmond VA, 23225
  • McGuire V.A. Medical Center – Richmond VA, 23249
  • Riverside Middle Peninsula Cancer Center – Gloucester VA, 23061
  • Riverside Regional Medical Center Newport – News VA, 23601
  • Southside Regional Medical Center – Petersburg VA, 23803
  • VCU Health System/Hanover Medical Park – Mechanicsville VA, 23111
  • VCU Health System/Massey Cancer Center – Richmond VA, 23298-0058
  • VCU Health System/Stony Point – Richmond VA, 23235
  • Williamsburg Radiation Therapy Center – Williamsburg VA, 23185

Application Deadline: February 1st

Seats Available: 40

Virginia Western Community College

PO Box 14007
Roanoke, VA 24038
Phone: (540) 981-7731
Director: Carole S Graham

Available Programs

Program Length Completion Rate ARRT Pass % Job Placement
Radiation Oncology Certificate 20 Months 75% 88% 80%

The Radiation Oncology Certificate is a 5 semester long program that is accredited by JRCERT. Students will be able to sit on the national exam administered by ARRT.

Program Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED
  • GPA with minimum of 2.5 out of 4
  • Following courses are recommended and should have a grade of "C" or higher:
    • Algebra I
    • Algebra II
    • Geometry
    • 2 laboratory science classes: Biology, Physics, or Chemistry. Physics is recommended.
      *students that do not meet the math or science requirement may complete them in college before End of Spring semester.

Selection Criteria:

  • GPA – 3.0 or higher
  • Overall academic record
  • Interview
  • Letters of recommendations from employers and/or professors
  • Other healthcare credentials

Clinical Locations

  • Cancer Center of Western Virginia, Carilion Health System – Roanoke VA, 24014
  • Centra Health, Radiation Oncology Center – Lynchburg VA, 24503
  • Inova Alexandria Hospital – Alexandria VA, 23304
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital – Falls Church VA, 22042
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital – Leesburg VA, 20176
  • Lewis Gale Medical Center – Salem VA, 24153
  • Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County – Martinsville VA, 24115
  • Potomac Radiation Oncology Center – Woodbridge VA, 22191
  • Pulaski Community Hospital – Pulaski VA, 24301
  • Reston Hospital Center – Reston VA, 20190
  • The Cancer Center at Lake Manassas – Gainesville VA, 20155
  • Valley Health System – Winchester – Winchester VA, 22601

Application Deadline: March 1st

Seats Available: 46

Estimated Cost of Entire Program

  • $8,694.77

Typical Curriculum

To complete a radiation therapy degree in Virginia, applicants will need to take and pass some of the courses below:

  • College writing
  • Ethics & Law in Radiation Therapy
  • Principles of Radiography
  • Introduction to Radiation Therapy I
  • Physics

For numerous programs in a VA radiation therapy school, you will probably learn safety measures as a result of the delicate nature of the equipment and work. The coursework and length of degree at radiation therapy schools in Virginia may vary, but you should expect to complete your degree in one to two years.

Enrollment Considerations

Prior to applying to one of the radiation therapist schools in Virginia, look at the quantity of prerequisites that have already been met. Then start the next phase today by researching different program requirements and requesting additional information from the schools which are the most beneficial fit.


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