Radiography

The Radiography curriculum prepares the graduate to be a radiographer, a skilled health care professional who uses radiation to produce images of the human body.

Course work includes clinical rotations to area health care facilities, radiographic exposure, image processing, radiographic procedures, physics, pathology, patient care and management, radiation protection, quality assurance, anatomy and physiology, and radiobiology.

Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' national examination for certification and registration as medical radiographers. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices, medical laboratories, government agencies, and industry.

The Wilkes Community College Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300
mail@jrcert.org

Learning Outcomes

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

Job Outlook

Annual demand for Radiologic Technology/Science-Radiographer in our service area is currently 449 job openings. This is expected to increase by 0.92% in the next year.

Contact Information

Image of Linda Wilkes
Linda Wilkes, MSRS RRA RT (R) (CT)
Director of Radiography
Phone: 336-838-6490
ljwilkes312@wilkescc.edu

Pathways

Course Requirements

    First Year - Fall Semester
    • ACA 115 Success & Study Skills

      This course provides an orientation to the campus resources and academic skills necessary to achieve educational objectives. Emphasis is placed on an exploration of facilities and services, study skills, library skills, self-assessment, wellness, goal-setting, and critical thinking. Upon completion, students should be able to manage their learning experiences to successfully meet educational goals.

    • BIO 163 Basic Anat & Physiology

      This course provides a basic study of the structure and function of the human body. Topics include a basic study of the body systems as well as an introduction to homeostasis, cells, tissues, nutrition, acid-base balance, and electrolytes. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships.

    • RAD 110 Rad Intro & Patient Care

      This course provides an overview of the radiography profession and student responsibilities. Emphasis is placed on basic principles of patient care, radiation protection, technical factors, and medical terminology. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate basic skills in these areas.

    • RAD 111 RAD Procedures I

      This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to perform standard radiographic procedures. Emphasis is placed on radiography of the chest, abdomen, extremities, bony thorax and pelvis. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in these areas.

    • RAD 151 RAD Clinical Ed I

      This course introduces patient management and basic radiographic procedures in the clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on mastering positioning of the chest and extremities, manipulating equipment, and applying principles of ALARA. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate successful completion of clinical objectives.

    First Year - Spring Semester
    • ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry

      This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

    • MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy

      This course is designed to engage students in complex and realistic situations involving the mathematical phenomena of quantity, change and relationship, and uncertainty through project- and activity-based assessment. Emphasis is placed on authentic contexts which will introduce the concepts of numeracy, proportional reasoning, dimensional analysis, rates of growth, personal finance, consumer statistics, practical probabilities, and mathematics for citizenship. Upon completion, students should be able to utilize quantitative information as consumers and to make personal, professional, and civic decisions by decoding, interpreting, using, and communicating quantitative information found in modern media and encountered in everyday life.

    • RAD 112 RAD Procedures II

      This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to perform standard radiographic procedures. Emphasis is placed on radiography of the skull, spine, and gastrointestinal, biliary, and urinary systems. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in these areas.

    • RAD 121 Image Production I

      This course provides the basic principles of radiographic image production. Emphasis is placed on image production, x-ray equipment, receptor exposure, and basic imaging quality factors. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic principles of radiographic image production.

    • RAD 161 RAD Clinical Ed II

      This course provides additional experience in patient management and in more complex radiographic procedures. Emphasis is placed on mastering positioning of the spine, pelvis, head and neck, and thorax and adapting procedures to meet patient variations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate successful completion of clinical objectives.

    First Year - Summer Term
    • RAD 122 Image Production II

      This course is designed to continue to develop the concepts and principles in the field of radiologic technology. Emphasis is placed on advanced digital principles and production. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of advanced principles of digital imaging production.

    • RAD 141 Radiation Safety

      This course covers the principles of radiation protection and radiobiology. Topics include the effects of ionizing radiation on body tissues, protective measures for limiting exposure to the patient and personnel, and radiation monitoring devices. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the effects and uses of radiation in diagnostic radiology.

    • RAD 171 RAD Clinical Ed III

      This course provides experience in patient management specific to advanced radiographic procedures. Emphasis is placed on applying appropriate technical factors to all studies and transitioning to mastering positioning of advanced studies. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate successful completion of clinical objectives.

    Second Year - Fall Semester
    • ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disc

      This course, the second in a series of two, introduces research techniques, documentation styles, and writing strategies. Emphasis is placed on analyzing information and ideas and incorporating research findings into documented writing and research projects. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources using documentation appropriate to various disciplines.

    • RAD 211 RAD Procedures III

      This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to perform standard and specialty radiographic procedures. Emphasis is placed on radiographic specialty procedures, advanced imaging, radiographic pathology and image analysis. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of these areas.

    • RAD 231 Image Production III

      This course is designed to continue to develop the concepts and principles in the field of radiologic technology. Emphasis is placed on complex imaging production and principles, quality control and quality assurance in the imaging sciences. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of advanced radiographic equipment and quality control programs.

    • RAD 251 RAD Clinical Ed IV

      This course provides the opportunity to continue mastering all basic radiographic procedures and to attain experience in advanced areas. Emphasis is placed on equipment operation, pathological recognition, pediatric and geriatric variations, and a further awareness of radiation protection requirements. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate successful completion of clinical objectives.

    Second Year - Spring Semester
    • PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics

      This course introduces theories about the nature and foundations of moral judgments and applications to contemporary moral issues. Emphasis is placed on moral theories such as consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics. Upon completion, students should be able to apply various ethical theories to moral issues such as abortion, capital punishment, poverty, war, terrorism, the treatment of animals, and issues arising from new technologies.

    • PSY 150 General Psychology

      This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include history, methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, motivation, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality theory, social psychology, and other relevant topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the science of psychology.

    • RAD 261 RAD Clinical Ed V

      This course is designed to enhance expertise in all radiographic procedures, patient management, radiation protection, and image production and evaluation. Emphasis is placed on developing an autonomous approach to the diversity of clinical situations and successfully adapting to those procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate successful completion of clinical objectives.

    • RAD 271 Radiography Capstone

      This course provides an opportunity to exhibit problem-solving skills required for certification. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and integration of didactic and clinical components. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge required of an entry-level radiographer.

    Technical Standards

    The Radiography program technical standards have been developed to inform students of the nonacademic essential functions of the program and profession. Examples are not all inclusive.

    Standard Essential Function Examples
    Communication
    Oral / Written
    • Skills sufficient to communicate information and ideas so others will understand
    • Skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds
    • Document relevant patient information (manual or via computer) using correct terminology and spelling
    • Interpret doctor’s orders
    • Record patient responses to treatments
    • Establish rapport with patients, families, and other health care providers
    Mobility / Motor Skills
    • Motor skills sufficient to move the hands and use hands to grasp or manipulate objects
    • Mobility sufficient to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body
    • Utilize instruments with patients
    • Maneuver in confined spaces
    • Physical activities may include:
      • Bending
      • Stooping
      • Lifting
      • Reaching
    Physical Strength and Stamina
    • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
    • Ability sufficient to lift and carry up to 30 pounds
    • Stand and walk up to 12-hour shifts
    • Lift and/or maneuver patients
    • Lift and move equipment
    Sensory

    • Sight
    • Sound
    • Taste
    • Touch
    • Smell
    • Visual skills sufficient to see details at close range and manipulate equipment
    • Listening skills sufficient to communicate with others
    • Identify various sounds
    • Ability to touch and locate anatomy on patients to perform physical assessments
    • Ability to tolerate various odors
    • Observe patient responses to treatment
    • Hear equipment/emergency alarms, call bell, or call for help
    • Listen to heart, lung, and blood pressure sounds
    • Feel for pulse
    • Work with patients with poor hygiene
    Environmental / Occupational Exposure
    • Exposure to communicable and infectious diseases, secretions, blood, and bodily fluids
    • Exposure to environmental hazards
    • Exposure to X-ray radiation
    • Ability to work under high stress situations and respond promptly
    • Possible exposure to HIV, hepatitis, etc.
    • Exposure to X-ray radiation, medicinal preparations, latex, and toxic substances
    • Respond appropriately in emergency to maintain patient safety and care
    Field or Industry Professional Standards
    • Criminal background check
    • CPR certification
    • Pass drug screening

    Disability Services Statement

    Wilkes Community College is an ADA compliant institution. WCC does not discriminate based on a disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services, and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet eligibility requirements. WCC will provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services, and/or activities. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of a program’s essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose this to Disability Services as soon as possible.

    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

    Objective: 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 10 9 90%

    Objective: 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
    who took exam
    # of graduates who
    passed on first attempt
    Percent
    2014 7 7 100%
    2015 6 5 83%
    2016 6 6 100%
    2017 6 6 100%
    2018 9 6 67%

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

    Year # of graduates who 
    actively sought employment
    # of graduates who
    found employment
    Percent
    2014 7 7 100%
    2015 6 6 100%
    2016 6 6 100%
    2017 6 5 83%
    2018 8

    JRCERT has defined “not actively seeking employment” as:

    1. Graduate fail to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts OR
    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.

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