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. Clinical education experiences are held during the day with some night clinical 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 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 summarize and demonstrate professional ethics in practice.

Goal: The radiography student will communicate effectively.

Student Learning Outcomes:

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

 

Program Effectiveness Data (2019-2020)

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 2020

This is an annual measurement of the number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The number of students that began the program is divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. The program’s completion rate for 2020 was 94% (16 out of 17 students completed the program).

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate – 2016 through 2020

This measurement defines an average over a five-year period. It reflects the number of graduates who passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt, within six-months of graduation. The program’s credentialing examination pass rate, stated as an average from 2016-2020, is 95% (77 out of 81) graduates from our program taking the ARRT certification examination passed on the first attempt).

Job Placement Rate – 2015 through 2019

This measurement defines an average over a five-year period. It reflects the number of graduates who obtain employment in the field of radiologic science within twelve months of graduation vs. the number of graduates 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 2015-2019 is 100% (70 out of 70) actively seeking graduates have obtained employment in radiologic science). The program’s job placement rate for 2019 was 100% (17 out of 17) actively seeking graduates have obtained employment in radiologic science.)

 

Statistics

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

 

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

 

Clinical Information

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

 

Clinical Sites

The program currently uses 20 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:

CLINICAL SITE CITY MILES FROM FORSYTH TECH MAIN CAMPUS (ONE WAY)
Community Care Center Winston-Salem, NC 6
Northern Regional Hospital Mount Airy, NC 42
Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center Clemmons, NC 11
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Winston-Salem, NC 2
Novant Health Kernersville Imaging Center Kernersville, NC 14
Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center Kernersville, NC 16
Novant Health Imaging Maplewood Winston-Salem, NC 3
Novant Health Medical Park Hospital Winston-Salem, NC 2
Novant Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clemmons Clemmons, NC 10
Novant Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Kernersville Kernersville, NC 14
Novant Health Piedmont Imaging Center Winston-Salem, NC 3
Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center Thomasville, NC 20
OrthoCarolina Kernersville Kernersville, NC 14
OrthoCarolina Winston Salem Winston-Salem, NC 3
Wake Forest Baptist Health Winston-Salem, NC 2
Wake Forest Baptist Health Comp Rehab Winston-Salem, NC 2
Wake Forest Baptist Health Cornerstone Imaging High Point, NC 20
Wake Forest Baptist Health High Point Medical Center High Point, NC 19
Wake Forest Baptist Health Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine High Point, NC 19
Wake Forest Baptist Health Urology Clinic Winston-Salem, NC 3

 

Mammography Position Statement

Mammography Policy

The radiography program sponsored by Forsyth Technical Community College has revised its policy, effective May 24, 2017, regarding the placement of students in mammography clinical rotations to observe and/or perform breast imaging.  (Additionally, the policy may be applied to any imaging procedures performed by professionals who are of the opposite gender of the patient.)

Under the revised policy, all students, male and female, will be offered the opportunity to participate in mammography clinical rotations. The program will make every effort to place a male student in a mammography clinical rotation if requested; however, the program is not in a position to override clinical setting policies that restrict clinical experiences in mammography to female students.  Male students are advised that placement in a mammography rotation is not guaranteed and is subject to the availability of a clinical setting that allows males to participate in mammographic imaging procedures.  The program will not deny female students the opportunity to participate in mammography rotations if clinical settings are not available to provide the same opportunity to male students.

The change in the program’s policy regarding student clinical rotations in mammography is based on the sound rationale presented in a position statement on student mammography clinical rotations adopted by the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) at its April 2016 meeting.  The JRCERT position statement is included as Addendum A to the program’s policy and is located in the Radiography Student Handbook. Addendum A is also available on the JRCERT Web site, www.jrcert.org, Programs & Faculty, Program Resources.

 

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.

 

Professional Liability

Students must purchase malpractice insurance at the beginning of 1st and 4th semesters (See Program Costs). Forsyth Technical Community College maintains medical professional liability insurance.

 

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.