Academics :: School of Health Professions

Oncology

FAQs

When should I apply?

Applications for the next class are being accepted now through March 15, 2015. Applicants who provide all necessary material and have a complete file by March 15, 2015 will be considered for Fall 2015 admission. Early application is encouraged. By applying to VWCC and submitting your high school and college transcripts to the Health Professions Advisor, 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 ā€“ 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, 3091 Colonial Ave., Roanoke, VA 24015.

  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/Pre-Admission 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 2015 Radiation Oncology Application Form. An application is available for download here or in the Health Professions Advising Office in The Fralin Center (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 are also required before March 15, 2015. Prefer employers or professors, when possible.

What are the admission guidelines to 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 you completed at least 12 college credit hours within a 12-month period. If you have not taken 12 college credit hours at one college by the end of fall 2014, the high school GPA must be ā‰„ 2.5.

What are the prerequisites to be considered for the program?

Applicants must complete the prerequisites listed below with a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher by the end of the Spring 2015 semester to be considered for the 2015 program:

  • Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, or Developmental Mathematic Units 1-9
  • Two units of high school or college biology, chemistry, or physics
A high school deficiency in a mathematics or science course may be satisfied by completing one semester of 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 2015 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 program faculty, and (4) strongest 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 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. 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 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, 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 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 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 Professions Advisor. 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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