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Career and Technical Studies
Degree: 
Certificate: Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology with a major in Radiography
Length: 
Two-year program–six semesters with practical experience in a radiology department to complete requirements for ARRT certification. The educational experience will be comprised of both classroom instruction and clinical rotations for completing required c
Purpose: 

The program is designed to prepare students to qualify as contributing members of the allied health team who will care for patients under the supervision of qualified physicians.  The program combines adequate didactic instruction with clinical experience to create a sound foundation for a professional career.

 This program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology  (JRCERT).

Occupational Objectives: 

Employment opportunities for the well-trained registered radiographers are available in hospitals, clinics, education, industry, government agencies, and private offices.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must be high school graduates or the equivalent. To meet the Radiography Program admission requirements, the applicant must have completed:

  1. A WCC application (including all high school and college transcripts or copy of GED) by February 15.
  2. Competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-6 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.
  3. High school biology with lab or equivalent (one unit) with a “C” average in each unit. (Biology 20 or Biology 101 at WCC will be considered equivalent to high school biology.)
  4. High school chemistry with lab or equivalent (one unit) with a “C” average in each unit. (Chemistry 01 at WCC will be considered equivalent to high school biology.)
  5. The VPT Math Test (McCann) and demonstrate competence in all Modules 1-6. 
  6. A 2.0 average for high school courses and a 2.0 cumulative average for college coursework.
  7. Observation in a radiology department for a minimum of 12 hours.  This observation is to be documented by Radiology personnel denoting date(s) and time(s).

 For a complete program description in the Southwest Virginia Community College catalog, click here.

 For the program handbook, click here.

 Program Requirements: 

Students who are accepted to the Radiology program are required to submit a health certificate signed by a physician.  Since the physical examination is somewhat expensive, applicants should have the physical examination completed after receiving notification of acceptance to the program.  This certificate is furnished by the college(s) and must be on file with the program before the student may begin Radiography classes.

The purchase of items such as students uniforms, accessories, and liability insurance is the financial responsibility of the individual student. Travel distance will vary from 1-60 miles one way from your home campus depending on the hospital clinical assignment.

Technical Standards: 

Physical Demands:

  1. Duties frequently require squatting, bending, kneeling, reaching, and stair climbing Also includes occasional crawling and climbing.
  2. Duties include lifting/positioning of patients and equipment required to provide care; frequent lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds; frequent pushing and pulling up to 200 pounds with assistance;  occasional lifting up to 200 pounds with assistance; and occasional carrying up to 51-74 pounds.
  3. Duties require constant use of acute sense of sight, hearing, and touch; and ability to read orders, test results, instructions, labels differentiate color, consistency. Must be able to hear heard sounds, etc. Must be able to palpate and distinguish heat/cold.

Environmental Conditions:

Environmental conditions include procedures that involve handling blood and body fluids using universal precautions.

Selected learning experiences will be provided at the cooperating hospitals within the geographic areas served by the college.  The student is expected to provide transportation to such facilities.  Travel, time and expense, must be anticipated because of program design and location.

To be considered as a Virginia resident, an applicant must be domiciled in Virginia for 12 months prior to January 15.

Applicants moving out of state between January 15th and the first day of classes will lose their preferred status and any offer of admission to the program will be withdrawn.

Out-of-region applicants who are Virginia residents will be considered for program openings available after April 1 and out-of-state applicants for openings available May 1.

Program Effectiveness Measures:

Goal 1 The Cooperative Radiography Program will monitor program effectiveness.
Goal 2 Students will demonstrate clinical competence and entry-level radiographer skills.
Goal 3 Student will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Goal 4 Students will demonstrate effective communication skills and personal accountability.
Goal 5 Students will develop professionally and demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of life-long learning. 

Radiography Program Outcomes:

Annual Program Statistics (most recent five years)

Year Program
Completion
Rate
ARRT
Certification
Exam
Pass %
ARRT
Pass %
Comparison,
SWCC to
National Stats
2008 26 of 36 93% 93/91
2009 26 of 36 100% 100/91
2010 31 of 41 92% 92/93.3
2011 30 of 35 86% 86/92
2012 26 of 32 78% 78/93
*2013 data incomplete at this report date and will be posted summer 2014.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.   

Course Sequence: 

 

 

 

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
Summer Semester
HIM 113 Medical Terminology and Disease Processes I 3 0 3
MTH 126 Mathematics for Allied Health 2 0 2
RAD 105 Intro. to Radiology Protection and Patient Care 3 0 3
RAD 195 Ethics, Teamwork & Prof. Dev. 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 0 12
First Semester
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3 4
ENG 111* College Composition I 3 0 3
PSY 230 Developomental Psychology 3 0 3
RAD 110 Imaging Equipment. & Protection 3 0 3
RAD 121 Radiographic Procedures I 3 3 4
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 6 17
Second Semester
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3 4
**Elective Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
RAD 112 Radiologic Science II 3 3 4
RAD 221 Radiologic Procedures II 3 3 4
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 9 15
Summer Semester
RAD 190 Coordinated Internship (Term II) 0 40 3
RAD 205 Radiation Protection & Radiobiology (Term I) 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 3 40 6
Third Semester
RAD 255 Radiographic Equipment 3 0 3
RAD 290 Coordinated Internship 0 32 6
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 3 32 9
Fourth Semester
RAD 240 Radiographic Pathology 3 0 3
RAD 290
Coordinated Internship 0 32 6
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 3 32 9
Summer Semester
RAD 215 Correlated Radiographic Theory II 2 0 2
RAD 290 Coordinated Internship (Term I) 0 32 2
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 2 32 4
Total Minimum Credits Required for this Curriculum 72
Notes: 

*After the Fall of 2013, students should apply for this program on the Virginia Highlands Community College or Southwest Virginia Community College campuses.
*Students who wish to pursue a Baccalaureate degree are advised to take both ENG 111-112.
**Courses may be chosen from the Transfer Humanities Electives.

 

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