Radiography Program

Radiographers perform diagnostic imaging examinations while providing excellent patient care. As a member of the healthcare team, the radiographer works closely with physicians, physician assistants, radiologists, and other medical professionals.

The Radiography curriculum prepares the graduate to be a radiographer, a skilled healthcare professional who uses radiation to produce images of the human body. They are educated in radiation protection, radiographic procedures, patient care, anatomy and physiology, image production and evaluation, and radiography equipment and operation. The curriculum prepares the student to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists primary certification examination. Successful completion of the examination grants the radiographer the distinction as R.T. (R), Registered Technologist in Radiography.

Registered Radiographers often specialize in additional imaging modalities such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MR), mammography (M), bone densitometry (BD), quality management (QM), sonography (S), nuclear medicine (N), and cardiac interventional (CI), vascular interventional (VI), radiation therapy (RT), and registered radiologist assistant (RRA).

Program Information

  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Patient Care
  • Radiation Protection
  • Principles of Imaging
  • Clinical Education
  • Patient Positioning and Exam Protocols
  • Physics
  • Image Analysis
Graduates of the WCC Radiography program will: 

  • Demonstrate clinical competency by applying knowledge of positioning skills, radiographic technique, and radiation protection.
  • Student will demonstrate critical thinking skills by adapting to atypical patient examination circumstance and image evaluation.
  • Student will demonstrate effective communication by applying knowledge of written and oral communication skills.
  • Student will demonstrate professional behaviors by adhering to professional practice standards, identifying the benefit of professional society membership, and designing a pathway for career development.

Contact Information

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Jenny Webb
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6515
jbwebb443@wilkescc.edu
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Linda Wilkes
Director of Radiography
Phone: 336-838-6490
ljwilkes312@wilkescc.edu

Admission Information

The Wilkes Community College Radiography program is dedicated to providing a quality education for individuals in the field of radiologic technology. The program dovetails the Wilkes Community College Vision, “aspiring to be an effective learner-centered educational institution and a dynamic learning organization, preparing learners for success in a rapidly changing world.” Our mission is to produce competent entry-level radiographers for the various aspects of the profession.
The Wilkes Community College Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
312-704-5300
Email: mail@jrcert.org
Web:   www.jrcert.org

Program Effectiveness Measures

  1. Students will pass the ARRT certification examination on the first attempt
  2. Students will be gainfully employed in the radiography profession within six-months post-graduation
  3. Students will successfully complete the program within 21 months
  4. Students will be prepared to perform as entry-level technologists
  5. Employers will report satisfaction with the graduate’s performance.

Program Effectiveness Data

Yearly average program completion rate of not less than 70%.>

Year # of students admitted # of students
completing program
Percent
2014 10 7 70%
2015 10 6 60%
2016  10  6  60%
2017  10 6  60%
2018
  Total

 

Yearly average credentialing examination rate (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography Exam) pass rate of not less than 85% at first attempt within six months of graduation.

Year # of graduates
that took exam
# of graduates that passed
on 1st attempt
Percent
2014 7 7 100%
2015 6 5 83%
2016 6  6 100%
2017  6  6 100%
2018
  Total

 

Yearly job placement rate of not less than 85% within twelve months of graduation.

Year # of graduates that actively sought employment # of graduates that found employment Percent
2014 7 7 100%
2015 6 6 100%
2016 6 6 100%
2017 6
2018
  Total

 

The JRCERT has defined “not actively seeking employment” as:

  1. Graduate fail to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attemptsOR
  2. Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation OR
  3. Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours OR
  4. Graduate is on active military duty AND/OR
  5. Graduate is continuing education.

For more information regarding program effectiveness data, visit JRCERT website at www.jcert.org

The Associate Degree Radiography curriculum prepares the student to be a radiographer, a skilled healthcare professional who uses radiation to produce images of the human body. Students are educated in radiation protection, radiographic procedures, patient care, anatomy and physiology, image production and evaluation, and radiography equipment and operation.

In addition to course work in radiography principles, theories, and practice, students will study ethics and law in radiologic sciences, pharmacology, radiation biology, and radiographic pathology. Related skills are developed through clinical competency applications, critical thinking skills, communication methods, and professional behavior modeling.

The curriculum prepares the student to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists primary certification examination. Successful completion of the examination grants the radiographer the distinction as R.T. (R), Registered Technologist in Radiography.

Graduates should qualify for entry-level radiography positions in many types of organizations including hospitals, clinics, diagnostic imaging centers, physicians' offices, medical laboratories, and government agencies.

For questions concerning the admission procedures, please contact Jenny Webb, Health Sciences admissions advisor, at 336-838-6515. For questions concerning the radiography program, please contact Linda Wilkes, program director/lead instructor of the Radiography program, at 336-990-0215.

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