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Radiography A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
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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.

Specific Requirements

1.  General college admission requirements.

2.  This program has a competitive selection process. See Selection Criteria and Procedures for Allied Health Programs on the College Admissions Office web page for full details.

3.  High school biology, high school algebra, and keyboarding skills are highly recommended.

4.  Final admission to the Radiography program shall be contingent upon documentation of physical and emotional health that would provide evidence indicative of the applicant’s ability to provide safe care to the public.

5.  Completed medical and immunization records must be submitted to the department chair before classes begin.

6.  Either first dose of Hepatitis B vaccine or completion of series.

7.  Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification is a prerequisite to full admission and must be maintained throughout the program.  This certification must include hands-on skills components, AED use, and other lifesaving skills.  Course certifications from any other providers will not be accepted.

8.  Completion of a minimum of six hours observation in the Radiology department at one of the clinical affiliates. Details will be provided to the top program applicants and alternates after the selection process has been completed.

9.  PPD testing, and/or seasonal flu vaccinations at cost to the student will be required prior to admission to clinical sites. Affiliated clinical sites for Radiography will require an on boarding process, which will include a criminal background check and drug testing prior to the term in which the first clinical experience will occur. If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences, for any reason, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

10. Students applying to the Radiography program are encouraged to have successfully completed:  BIO 163 (or BIO 168 and BIO 169), CIS 110, ENG 111, COM 120, HUM 115 and the Social/Behavioral Science elective prior to program admission due to the rigorous nature of the Radiography curriculum.

This program is accredited by Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, www.jrcert.org, Phone: (312)-704-5300, Fax: (312)-704-5304

Notice: Candidates for certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) must comply with the “Rules of Ethics” contained in the ARRT Standards of Ethics. Any conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor, or a misdemeanor with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations must be investigated by the ARRT in order to determine eligibility for the certification examination. Additional information may be obtained from the department chairperson or on the ARRT website at www.arrt.org.

Radiography students will be required to complete clinical rotations, which may require them to travel as much as one hour from campus. Clinical affiliates are currently located in Asheville, Hendersonville, Fletcher, Brevard, and Marion.


Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: RAD, BIO

First Semester (Fall)

Second Semester (Spring)

Third Semester (Summer)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
RAD 122 Radiographic Imaging II 2
RAD 131 Radiographic Physics I 2
RAD 171 RAD Clinical Education III 4

Fourth Semester (Fall)

Fifth Semester (Spring)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
HUM 115 Critical Thinking 3
RAD 245 Image Analysis 2
RAD 261 RAD Clinical Education V 7
RAD 271 Radiography Capstone 1
Semester Notes
  • ENG 110 may be substituted for ENG 111

Total Credit Hours Required


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