Applications for the 2013 Class are being accepted now through March 15, 2013. Applicants who provide all necessary material and have a complete file by March 15, 2013 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.
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.
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 2012 semester.
Please note: We use 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 2012, please speak to Miss Woody prior to the Fall 2012 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 2013 semester.
Approximately 10 students will be admitted to the 2013 Radiation Oncology class. In 2012 the Roanoke campus had more than 30 qualified applicants. 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.
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 in the bottom 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 they may be forwarded to her 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.
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.
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. However, it is recommended to have prior knowledge of Human Anatomy/Physiology and Medical Terminology as a foundation.
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 per week if admitted into the program.
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. The program director is Carole Graham, whom you may reach at (540) 981-7731 or email@example.com.
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