Radiologist Assistant

Radiologist assistants (RAs) are advanced-level radiologic technologists who enhance patient care by extending the capacity of the radiologist in the diagnostic imaging environment. This is a new career path for radiographers who desire to increase their professional role and responsibility in the clinical setting.

The RA program is combined with the B.S. second modality program.

The RA course work at VCU is a traditional on-campus program. A strength of our program is the unified clinical and didactic preparation as well as strong ties to the radiology residency program at VCU Medical Center.

RAs have three primary areas of responsibility, all performed with the supervision of a radiologist.

  1. Participate in patient assessment, patient management and patient education.
  2. Perform selected radiology procedures.
  3. Participate in the systematic analysis of the quality of patient care delivered within the radiology environment.

Please click here for a flyer on Radiologist Assistants published by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Eligibility/Entrance Requirements

The RA program is open to bright, motivated, mature, and highly competent ARRT certified radiographers who hold an Associate degree or higher (or who meet program prerequisites). Please note that RA applicants must have a minimum of 2 years experience as an RT(R) at the time they enter the program.

Note: This is a traditional educational program, not a distance education program.

Most students will spend a total of 3 years in the program. The first 2 years consist of clinical and didactic coursework. Upon successful completion of the 2-year coursework, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences.

Important eligibility requirements

  • Hold an associate degree or higher
  • ARRT-certified radiographer in good standing
  • Minimum of 2 years of full-time clinical experience as an R.T.(R)(ARRT) at the time of enrollment
  • Demonstrates professional responsibility, ethics, and dedication

Application Process

The application deadline for the program is March 1 of the year preceding enrollment. Students will be interviewed on campus as part of the application process. ARRT certified radiographers should complete the online application as ‘degree completion/radiologist assistant’ applicants.


Click here for a copy of the curriculum.

Course of Study

The program consists of the following courses:

  • Radiologic procedures/techniques
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Cross sectional anatomy
  • Advanced patient care/procedures
  • Mentored clinical experience at VCU Health Systems by nationally-renown radiologist-teachers. Clinical experience includes gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, neuroradiology, PICC, and vascular-interventional radiology.
  • Other courses: research in radiation sciences, health care organizations and services, and electives

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