Radiography – Program Detail

Program Overview

The program prepares its graduates for employment in medical radiography. The program has varied clinical experiences which make graduates employable in major medical centers, imaging centers, physician offices, emergency care facilities and mobile x-ray companies. The program provides training in conventional film imaging as well as technically advanced digital imaging which is more prevalent in the field.

Program Mission

The mission of the Radiography Program is to actively involve the student in a learning process through a variety of educational experiences that include classroom, laboratory and clinical education that results in a professional entry-level radiographer who will value and continue the learning process.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal: The radiography student will be clinical competent.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will implement appropriate positioning skills for routine examinations.
  • Students will select appropriate technical factors.

Goal: The radiography student will demonstrate critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will identify imaging errors.
  • Students will perform trauma procedures.

Goal: The radiography student will demonstrate professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate professional behaviors.
  • Students will understand ethical behaviors.

Goal: The radiography student will communicate effectively.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.

Program Effectiveness Data

In addition to the program goals and student learning outcomes listed above, the performance of the program is reflected through program effectiveness data. Program effectiveness data is defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, or at www.jrcert.org.  Program effectiveness data includes the program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate.  Explanations of these measures and our program data that correspond with the annual report most recently submitted to the JRCERT are noted below.

Completion Rate- January 1 through December 31, 2013

This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. The program’s completion rate for 2013 was 87% (20 out of 23 students completed the program).

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate- 2009 through 2013

This measurement reflects an average over a five-year period. It reflects the number of graduates that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt. The program’s credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average from 2009-2013 is 97%. (110 out of 113 graduates from our program taking the ARRT certification examination passed on the first attempt).

Job Placement Rate- 2009 through 2013

This measurement reflects an average over a five-year period. This is the number of graduates that gain employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduation verses the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment. Graduates not actively seeking employment are not included in the data. Not actively seeking employment is defined by the JRCERT as: Non communication of graduate with program after multiple attempts, Graduate is unwilling to relocate for employment, Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to hours or salary, Graduate is on active military duty, and Graduate is continuing education. The program’s job placement rate stated as an average from 2009-2013 is 78% (74 out of 97 actively seeking graduates have obtained employment in the radiologic sciences). The program’s job placement rate for 2013 was 93%. (14 out of 15 actively seeking graduates have obtained employment in the radiologic sciences).

 Additional Program Effectiveness Data:

Graduate Satisfaction- 2000 through 2013

  • 100% satisfaction by graduates with the quality of instruction in radiography for 2000-2012 as recorded on exit surveys.

Employer Satisfaction- 2013

  • 100% satisfaction by employers in terms of adequate preparation of our graduates for entry level employment as a radiographer.

Statistics

  • Currently 20 new students are accepted in the fall semester class.
  • The program has a well-equipped lab with energized x-ray units including CR, and DR systems and workstations located on the Forsyth Tech Main Campus to provide students with learning experiences.
  • The radiography classroom is equipped with laptop computers, internet access and digital projection system.

Accreditation and Clinical Sites

Forsyth Technical Community College Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, Phone (312) 704-5300, or at www.jrcert.org.

The program currently uses 19 different clinical education sites in Forsyth, Stokes, Guilford, Davidson, and Surry Counties. These clinical sites are made up of major medical centers, hospitals, imaging centers and physician practices to provide varied and well-rounded clinical experiences for our students.

Radiography Clinical Sites:

  • Community Care Center
  • Cornerstone Imaging
  • High Point Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, Inc.
  • High Point Regional Health Systems
  • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  • Novant Health Kernersville Imaging Center
  • Novant Health Maplewood Imaging Center
  • Noavnt Health Medical Park Hospital
  • Novant Health Piedmont Imaging
  • Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center
  • Northern Hospital of Surry County
  • Orthopaedic Specialist of the Carolinas
  • Orthopaedic Specialist of the Carolinas – Clemmons
  • Orthopaedic Specialist of the Carolinas- Kernersville
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health- Comp Rehab
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health- Family Practice
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health- Urology Clinic
  • Winston-Salem Health Care Center Imaging

Career and Job Outlook

Registered radiologic technologists can find a wide market for their attained professional and technical skills. Many opportunities for employment are available throughout the United States. Graduates may utilize their skills in hospitals, clinics, surgical centers, and urgent care facilities. Qualified radiographers may also find employment in education, civil service, industry and commercial training and sales. As with many healthcare professions, the demand for radiologic technologist fluctuates due to regional trends and factors affecting the healthcare industry as a whole.

Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase nationally faster than the average for all occupations from 2012 to 2022. It is anticipated that as population grows and ages there will be an increase in demand for diagnostic imaging.

For national job outlook information on radiologic technologists review the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Handbook at www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.

For additional information and career videos visit the American Society of Radiologic Technologist at www.asrt.org.

FAQs

  • How do I know if this program will prepare me for a career in radiography and meets all requirements for national accreditation?

    The Radiography Program of Forsyth Technical Community College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Graduates are eligible to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to sit for the exam in radiography for national certification as a radiographer.Additional information about these organizations can be obtaining by contacting:

    • JRCERT at 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-2901 , calling 312.704.5300 or visiting their website at www.jrcert.org.
    • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, 1255 Northland Drive, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55120-1155, Phone: 651.687.0048 or at www.arrt.org.  Note: Individuals who have been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony must preapply to the ARRT. Written preapproval to take the examination will be required. The pre-application fee is the responsibility of the student. Exceptions: You do not have to disclose the following: Offenses committed while a juvenile and processed in the juvenile court system or traffic violations which did not involve drugs or alcohol. Written preapproval may take up to 12 weeks to complete. Additional information can be found at www.arrt.org, select Educators and Students, Ethics Review Pre-Application.
  • How will I be graded and are there minimum grade requirements I must meet for the program?The Radiography Program adheres to a “C” or better required grade for all RAD major courses. Grades lower than “C” will result in student dismissal from the program. In addition, many courses have stated course requirements to include clinical proficiencies all of which must be met to receive a grade of C or above for the course. Readmission may be possible based on new application, satisfaction of certain guidelines and College approval. Only one readmission due to dismissal caused by academic deficiencies will be allowed.  Students are only permitted one readmission in the same health program.
  • What requirements must I meet for graduation from the Radiography Program?Enrolled students must meet all graduation requirements of the College and program to include:
    • Overall GPA of 2.0 or higher.
    • Completion of all required courses to include general, related and major courses with grade of “C” or better in RAD major courses. The program has numerous stated course requirements to include clinical proficiencies all of which must be met for graduation.
    • Completion of at least 25 percent of the program requirements at Forsyth Tech of which 10 semester hours must be completed in the Radiography program. These requirements may not be met by Advanced Standing such as proficiency examination, articulation, transfer, or other alternative credit granting activities.
    • Entering students will be informed of any changes in graduation requirements prior to enrollment.

  • Since radiography involves the use of radiation to obtain an exam, are there any dangers I should know about before entering?The practice of medical radiography is considered to be safe in terms of radiation exposure; however special limits have been established for the occupationally-exposed pregnant female to ensure that the probability of birth defects is negligible. Program policy states:If a female student enrolled in the program becomes pregnant, notification to the program of pregnancy is voluntary. If the student elects to notify the program of pregnancy that notification should:
    • Be in writing and provided to the department coordinator of the Radiography program.
    • Include the estimated date of conception and estimated date of delivery.
    • Upon receipt of voluntary written notification, the Radiography program will: Provide the student with a second dosimeter at no cost to the student to be used for fetal monitoring during the duration of the pregnancy.  Counsel the student related to proper radiation protection or refer the student to a radiation physicist for any questions related to the radiation safety of the developing fetus.
    • The student after informing the program of pregnancy may, at any time, rescind (change) the declaration of pregnancy by notifying the program coordinator in writing. For example, if the pregnancy is terminated, the student may choose to notify the program in writing.
    • Any student in good academic standing (i.e. acceptable GPA, non-probation status, grades of C or better, etc.) electing to withdraw from the program due to pregnancy can be readmitted based on established readmission guidelines for the program. RAD courses successfully completed at the time of withdrawal will be considered for credit toward the degree unless the period of time since completion exceeds the acceptable time limit outlined in the readmission policy or a change in program course requirements has been made. The program may recommend or require an audit or repeat of any RAD course that exceeds the time limit as a condition of readmission.
    • Voluntary disclosure of pregnancy to the program coordinator by any prospective student is also encouraged and will result in counseling prior to enrollment and actions as stated above in this pregnancy policy when the student is enrolled.

    For additional information related to NRC Regulations related to “Standards for Protection Against Radiation, Subpart C – Occupational Dose Limits” or policy related to “a declared pregnant woman,” request this information from the program.

Program Costs

Program costs are estimated for the program and prospective students should keep in mind that these costs may vary and some represent “typical averages.” The average is also based on full-time
enrollment. Many costs are subject to change without notice.

  • In-State Tuition – $5,219.50 ($71.50 per credit hour x 73 credit hours)
  • Out-of-State Tuition – $19,235.50 (73 credit hours)
  • Textbooks and Course Materials – $1,200.00
  • Malpractice insurance – $36.00
  • Uniforms – $200.00
  • Program Lab Fees – $360.00
  • Student Activity Fees – $80.00
  • Technology Fees – $68.00
  • Marker Fees – $20.00
  • Campus Parking Fees – $50.00
  • Clinical Parking Fees – $20.00
  • Criminal background/Drug Screening, Ranges $75.00 – $300.00; Average = $100.00

Grand Total Estimated Costs: In-State resident $7,353.50
Total estimated cost for 76 credit hours = $7,568.00
Out-of State Tuition ($263.50 per credit hour X 73 or 76 credits) = $19,253.50 or $20,026.00
Total estimated costs for Out-of-State resident = $21,369.50 or $22,160.00

For additional information on Refund Policies please see the FAQ: What is the Forsyth Tech refund policy if I am denied after I register for a course?

Criminal Background Checks/ Drug Screening

Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/ or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/ or state registry and/ or licensure boards may prohibit eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on www.forsythtech.edu.

Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics forms the first part of the Standards of Ethics. The Code of Ethics shall serve as a guide by which Registered Technologists and Candidates may evaluate their professional conduct as it relates to patients, health care consumers, employers, colleagues and other members of the health care team. The Code of Ethics is intended to assist Registered Technologists and Candidates in maintaining a high level of ethical conduct and in providing for the protection, safety and comfort of patients. The Code of Ethics is aspirational.

    1. The radiologic technologist conducts herself or himself in a professional manner, responds to patient needs and supports colleagues and associates in providing quality patient care.
    2. The radiologic technologist acts to advance the principal objective of the profession to provide services to humanity with full respect for the dignity of mankind.
    3. The radiologic technologist delivers patient care and service unrestricted by the concerns of personal attributes or the nature of the disease or illness, and without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, or socioeconomic status.
    4. The radiologic technologist practices technology founded upon theoretical knowledge and concepts, uses equipment and accessories consistent with the purposes for which they were designed, and employs procedures and techniques appropriately.
    5. The radiologic technologist assesses situations; exercises care, discretion and judgment; assumes responsibility for professional decisions; and acts in the best interest of the patient.
    6. The radiologic technologist acts as an agent through observation and communication to obtain pertinent information for the physician to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of the patient and recognizes that interpretation and diagnosis are outside the scope of practice for the profession.
    7. The radiologic technologist uses equipment and accessories, employs techniques and procedures, performs services in accordance with an accepted standard of practice, and demonstrates expertise in minimizing radiation exposure to the patient, self, and other members of the health care team.
    8. The radiologic technologist practices ethical conduct appropriate to the profession and protects the patient’s right to quality radiologic technology care.
    9. The radiologic technologist respects confidences entrusted in the course of professional practice, respects the patient’s right to privacy, and reveals confidential information only as required by law or to protect the welfare of the individual or the community.
    10. The radiologic technologist continually strives to improve knowledge and skills by participating in continuing education and professional activities, sharing knowledge with colleagues, and investigating new aspects of professional practice.

Staff Directory

    • Debbie Taylor, MA, RT(R)(MR)(CT) ARRT
      Director of Imaging
    • Joan Whittington
      Staff Assistant Imaging
    • Nancy Andrews-Hall, M.A.Ed, RT(R)(CT) ARRT
      Program Coordinator
    • Tonya O. Seawell, BS, RT(R) ARRT
      Clinical Coordinator
    • Bonita C. Harmel, BS, RT(R) ARRT
      Didactic Instructor