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 digital medical imaging. The program offers didactic and clinical education courses each semester. Didactic and clinical hours are mostly during the day with some clinical education rotations offered evening and weekend during 3rd, 4th, and 5th semesters.

 

Program Mission

The mission of the Radiography Program at Forsyth Technical Community College is to actively involve the students in a learning process through diverse educational experiences that include classroom, laboratory, and clinical education and to develop professionals who possess the qualifications necessary to perform the entry-level skills that will enable them to meet the healthcare community needs.

 

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal: The radiography student will be clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes:

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

Goal: The radiography student will develop critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will critique images to determine diagnostic quality.
  • Students will adapt standard procedures for non-routine patients.

Goal: The radiography student will model professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate professional behaviors.
  • Students will demonstrate ethical behaviors and evaluate ethical decisions.

Goal: The radiography student will communicate effectively.

Student Learning Outcomes:

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

Goal: The radiography student/graduate will provide the community with entry-level radiographers.

Radiography Program Outcomes:

  • Graduates will pass the ARRT national certification exam on the first attempt within 6 months of graduation.
  • Of those pursuing employment, graduates will be gainfully employed within 12 months post-graduation.
  • Students will complete the radiography program within 2 years (5 semesters) or within 150% from the start of the program.
  • The graduate will indicate satisfaction with their radiography program education.
  • Employers will indicate satisfaction with the graduate’s performance.
  • Graduates will acknowledge encouragement that inspires continued learning.

Accreditation

Forsyth Technical Community College Radiography Program strongly supports programmatic accreditation. The program views accreditation as paramount in assessing program effectiveness, increasing accountability and transparency, and ensuring program integrity. Program accreditation affirms to our students that the program is responsible for upholding dedicated standards in order to meet their educational needs.

The Forsyth Technical Community College Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and currently maintains an 8-year accreditation.

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

Sample Courses

RAD Procedures I

RAD-111

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.

Course Hours
Class Lab Clinical Credit Hours
3.00 3.00 0.00 4.00

Image Production I

RAD-121

Prerequisites: Take All: RAD-110, RAD-111, and RAD-151

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.

Course Hours
Class Lab Clinical Credit Hours
2.00 3.00 0.00 3.00

RAD Clinical Edu

RAD-151

Corequisites: Take RAD-110 and RAD-111

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.

Course Hours
Class Lab Clinical Credit Hours
0.00 0.00 6.00 2.00

 

Program Costs

Program Costs Radiography (A.A.S.)

  • In-State Tuition ($76.00 per credit hour x 70 credit hours): $5,320.00
  • Out-of-State Tuition ($268.00 per credit hour x 70 credit hours): $18,760.00
  • Textbooks and Course Materials: $1,200.00
  • Malpractice insurance: $18.00 per year
    (Liability insurance must be purchased annually before engaging in lab or clinical practice. The cost varies according to the credit program and insurance carrier)
  • Uniforms: $225.00
  • Program Lab Fees: $600.00
  • Student Activity Fees: $140.00
  • Technology Fees: $240.00
  • Marker Fees: $25.00
  • Campus Parking Fees: $70.00
  • Clinical Parking Fees: $40.00
  • Criminal background/Drug Screening: Average: $100.00
  • ASRT membership (Required senior year): $35.00
  • Kettering Registry Examination Review (Required senior year) – $140.00 – $190.00
  • NCSRT membership (Required senior year): $25.00
  • NCSRT annual conference (Optional)
    Conference fee, travel, room and meals estimated average: $300.00- $500.00

Grand Total Estimated Costs: In-State resident – $8,424.00 to $8,929.00

(76 credit hours) $8,652.00 to $9,257.00

Total Estimated Costs: Out-of-State resident – $22,440.50 to $23,045.50

(76 credit hours) $23,244.00 to $23,848.00

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.

For additional information on Refund Policies please see the FAQ.

 

Faculty Directory

  • Tamara Beck, C.N.M.T., M.A.
    Associate Dean of Imaging
  • Siobhan Murphy
    Imaging Staff Assistant
  • Nancy Andrews-Hall, M.A.Ed., R.T.(R)(CT) (ARRT)
    Program Coordinator and Professor
  • Sreynee Perez, B.S.R.S., R.T.(R)(CT) (ARRT)
    Clinical Coordinator
  • Diana Lewis, B.S., R.T.(R) (ARRT)
    Didactic Instructor

 

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 2014 to 2024. 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.