Admissions FAQ

Where is Forsyth Technical Community College located?
Forsyth Tech’s main campus is conveniently located. See our main campus map for more information.

How do I begin the admission process? How do I apply to the Radiography program?

Instructions for college admission and Radiography program admissions can be found in the Minimum Admissions Requirement Packet (MAR).

 Do I have to be a high school graduate to enter the program?
Yes, all applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school before entering the program.

 What if I took the GED or graduated from an Adult High School, do I still need my high school transcript?
Yes, this can help determine if you have met the admission requirements.

Do you accept the GED/ diploma/ adult high school diploma?
Yes.

I took a class at a University in 1994 and the course doesn’t pertain to the Radiography Program. Do I need to obtain an official transcript?
Yes, the college needs official transcripts from your high school and all colleges attended.

Will any of my classes I have already completed transfer over?

The college’s Admission Office will determine transfer credit based on student’s official transcript. Student may contact the Admission Office directly for specific questions regarding credit transfer. The Admission Office contact number is 336-734-7556.

Do I need to complete all the related courses before I can be admitted to the program?
No, related courses are not required for admission into the program. However, due to the competitive admission process, those students who have completed some or all of the related courses will have higher point totals than those who have not, putting those students in a better position during selective admissions. Also, many students want to complete all general education courses prior to beginning the radiography coursework because it lightens their course load.

I have taken Anatomy & Physiology at another college over twenty years (20) years ago, will I need to retake the course?
Currently, we do not have a time limit on Anatomy & Physiology for the Radiography program.

What courses count towards my Humanities/Fine Arts Elective?
ART 111, ENG 131, ENG 231, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 120, MUS 110, PHI 215, PHI 240, and REL110.

What if I meet the requirements and have completed all of the related course(s), can I be accepted into the program?
You can be considered for admission to the Radiography program. It is a selective admissions program which is competitive and has more applicants than seats available.

Do you have a waiting list?
No, applicants must apply each year to be considered.

How are applicants selected for the Radiography Program?
Currently, the College uses a point ranking system using your college course work and the Health Occupations Test (TEAS).

How many students do you accept and do you admit each semester?
Approximately twenty (20) are admitted Fall Semester of each year.

When and how will I be notified of acceptance to the program?

Applicants will be notified of acceptance to the program via an email to their Forsyth Tech email account. Applicants chosen as alternates or not accepted for the program will also be notified at that time.

What am I required to do before the first day of class if I am accepted?

Students will receive an email from the Program Director after acceptance to the program and the student’s confirmation. The email will inform applicants of a mandatory Orientation Session with the Program Director and Faculty. During the Orientation Session students will be provided with information concerning additional program requirements.

What if I am unable to attend the Orientation Session or meet the other requirements before the first day of class?

Students not attending the Orientation Session and/or unable to meet the additional requirements will be unable to enter the program.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

All applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.ed.gov). Look at Forsyth Tech’s financial aid page for more information regarding financial aid.

What if I move while applying for this program?

It is a student’s responsibility to inform the college and program of changes in personal information regarding name, phone number and mailing address. To make changes to personal information, follow the instructions found on the Forsyth Tech Student Records web page regarding a Personal Information Change. Students may also visit Student Services to request the change.

What if I am not admitted to the program?

Applicants not admitted will need to re-apply by completing the MAR Checklist for the year of reapplication AND visit/email Student Services to confirm an active program status. Instructions regarding reapplication will be included in the applicant’s status notification email. Students are responsible for following the guidelines for reapplication. Students are required to submit a new MAR each year to apply.

Students are encouraged to create a parallel plan for success as they plan for a chosen major. Most programs that use selective program admissions take a limited number of students and therefore have highly competitive admission processes. Parallel plans are crucial in the event that intended interests and career plans change or if you are unable to gain admission to a particular major/program.

Work with Advisors to Develop a Plan:

To develop this plan, students should work with a Pre-Health Advisor. Please email admissions@forsythtech.edu and let us know you are interested in talking about a Parallel Plan.

Things to Consider When Making a Parallel Plan:

Here are some suggestions and tips for guidance to help students think about what they would like to accomplish and what options are available.

  • Are there related careers that you might find just as fulfilling?
  • What can you do to improve your grades, credentials, or experience?
  • People can sometimes get accepted if they apply again the next application cycle. However, be smart about your application. Oftentimes, students resubmit the same application materials without making any real changes to their points or preparation. Come up with a realistic plan. In addition, be mindful of the financial aid impact on your decision to re-apply.
  • Explore other programs offered by another college or university; research their program admissions criteria.
  • Discuss your parallel plan with your academic advisor.

 

Program FAQ

Can I complete the Associate Degree Radiography program part-time?
The related course work can be completed part-time, but once you are admitted to the program it is a full-time commitment.

What day and approximate time are the day classes?
When students take general education classes times will vary. Radiography classes/clinical are daytime and usually over by 5:30 p.m. depending on the semester. Radiography program students are required to participate in night and weekend clinical rotations and are notified at the beginning of each semester of the dates and times. In the event of a natural disaster or pandemic dates and times are subject to change.

Can I take classes on any Forsyth Tech campus?
Some related courses are offered at other campuses; however, most courses are available only on the main campus. All radiography courses with the exception of clinical education courses will be held on the main campus in Bob Greene Hall.

Do you offer the Radiography program in the evening?
No, the program is only offered as a day program.

How many semesters is the Radiography program?
Five (5)- Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring

How much does the program cost?

Go to the Radiography program details page for additional information regarding the program cost.

Can I work while in the Radiography program?
Yes, many of our students do work at least on a part-time basis while they attend the program. However, it is important to note that while it may be possible to work full-time while also attending the program, the time commitments – both in and out of the classroom – make it extremely difficult for those students to ultimately succeed in the program and graduate. From our experience, the best situation, if you must work, would be to do so on a part-time, as needed basis, which would allow for some degree of flexibility during times of increased course and clinical requirements.

Is your radiography program accredited?
Yes, Forsyth Technical Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on the Education of Radiologic Technologists (JRCERT).

I am CPR certified by the American Heart Association and my card does not read “Healthcare Provider”. Do I need to retake the CPR class?
Yes, CPR certification must be by the American Heart Association/Healthcare Provider.

Where can I obtain “Healthcare Provider” CPR certification?
Contact Forsyth Tech’s Economic and Workforce Development Education Division at (336) 734-7023 to sign-up for a class or if you are presently working in a health care facility they may offer the course at the facility.

How long is the CPR certification valid?
CPR certification is valid for two (2) years. Student are required to maintain current CPR certification during the entire program.

How will the College know if I am CPR certified?
You will receive a card upon completion of the CPR class. A copy of the card will be requested by the program for verification.

Do I need a computer?

Yes, coursework requires students to have their own computer with dependable internet access, printer access, microphone, webcam accessibility, and Word. Upon application activation to Forsyth Tech students are assigned a college email address. Communication between student, faculty and any other college personnel will be by the college email. Students are expected to use the college email for all college correspondence. Students need to read Forsyth Tech emails daily and check Blackboard for announcements and/or assignments.

Upon graduation, will I be eligible to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to sit for the national certification examination as a radiographer?

Yes, if you have successfully completed all college and program requirements. However, you must be aware that the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists requires disclosure of any conviction, felony or misdemeanor on the registry application. At the sole discretion of the Registry, convictions may disqualify the student from taking the registry examination.

  • Applicants with a felony or misdemeanor conviction should file an ethics review pre-application with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to determine registry eligibility prior to enrolling in the program. Additional information can be found on the ARRT website.

If I am an Undocumented Immigrant, how does that impact my application to this program? Students who are not citizens of the United States pay out of state tuition in accordance with the State Board of Community Colleges (1D SBCCC 400.2 (b)). In addition, federal law prohibits states from granting professional licenses to undocumented immigrants.

I am currently a Radiography student at another college or university and would like to transfer to pursue the Forsyth Tech Radiography program. What should I do?

Contact the Director of Radiography, Nancy Andrews-Hall at nandrews-hall@forsythtech.edu. Also, see the Transferring into the Radiography Program link on the Radiography website, home page.

How do I know if this program will prepare me for a career in radiography and meets all requirements for national accreditation/certification?
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 examination for national certification as a radiographer. Additional information about these organizations can be obtaining by contacting:

  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, 1255 Northland Drive, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55120-1155, Phone: 651.687.0048 or at The ARRT Website.
  • Note:Individuals who have been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony must pre-apply 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 the ARRT Website, 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 78 or higher required grade for all RAD major courses. Grades lower than 78 will result in student dismissal from the program. In addition, many courses have stated course requirements to include critical requirements and/or clinical proficiencies all of which must be met to receive a grade of 78 or higher 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 and related courses with grade of “C” or higher. A grade of 78 or higher is required for all RAD 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 program coordinator of the Radiography program and a Pregnancy Declaration Form
  • Included with the form must be a statement from the physician of 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 78 or higher, 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.

What educational opportunities are available post-graduation?

Radiography graduates may continue their education and specialize in Computerized Tomography (CT Scan), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR), Sonography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Dosimetry, Education, Radiation Safety, Management, Mammography, etc. This may include additional modalities, certifications, and advanced degrees.

 

Clinical FAQ

Where do students complete their clinical training?
The Radiography program currently uses 20 clinical sites. See the program’s website detail page for a complete list and locations.

Do I have to submit to a criminal background check and a drug screening?
Yes. All ACCEPTED students in programs with a clinical component (including Radiography)

are required to submit, at the cost to the student, to a criminal background check and drug screening prior to entering the program. Forsyth Tech and the Radiography Program will NOT have access to the results of those screenings. However, clinical facilities will have access to that information and will decide, on a case-by-case basis, whether or not results from the criminal background or drug screening constitute dismissal of a student from that particular clinical site. Because you must be able to attend ALL clinical sites that are a part of our program, any student denied admission to a clinical site due to results of the criminal background or drug screening will not be allowed to continue in the Radiography Program.

Can the information from a criminal background jeopardize my ability to complete the Radiography program?
Yes, the student’s ability to participate in clinical experiences would result in the inability of the student to complete the program.

Do I have to complete the criminal background and drug screening before acceptance?
No.

I have lived out of state and moved recently to North Carolina. Can information on a criminal background check be completed for another state?
Yes.

What if I have been previously dismissed from employment at a Program clinical site?

If you have been dismissed from employment from an area hospital or clinical facility that utilizes radiography, please be advised that you may not be able to attend clinical rotations at that particular site. Because students must be able to attend all clinical sites that are a part of our program, this would constitute immediate dismissal from the program.

Radiography Profession FAQ

What is a radiographer?

Radiographers use radiation to produce images of the human body.

What are some of the job duties/characteristics of a Radiographer?
Taking images of the patient, patient care, communication, and being a team player with the healthcare team.

Additional information can be found on the ASRT website.

Do I have to touch people?
Yes, as a radiographer you must provide patient care. You will also encounter blood and body fluids. Proper training will be provided.

What can I expect as a typical day for a Radiographer?
Your day may vary depending on what type of facility that you work in. You may perform routine x-rays, mobile exams, fluoroscopy, and surgery imaging as part of your job.

What employment opportunities are available?

Look at the Forsyth Tech Radiography program’s details page, in the Career and Job Outlook section for additional information.