The mission of the Vance-Granville Community College Radiography Program is to provide our students with a comprehensive education in radiography by which to prepare them to enter the radiographic profession as a competent entry-level radiographer.
Radiologic Technology once simply described the recording of an X-ray image on film to diagnose an illness. Today, it encompasses many specialty areas, including radiation therapy, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, as well as traditional diagnostic radiology. Overall, radiography is an excellent diagnostic union of patient care and technical expertise.
The radiographer is a practitioner skilled in using radiographs to detect disease processes in the human body. The radiographer is responsible for manipulating the patient, radiography equipment and technical factors to provide the physician (Radiologist) with the best possible films.
Radiographers are qualified to perform all types of general radiography, such as skull, spine or leg radiographs, as well as special procedures to visualize the vessels in the body.
The Vance-Granville Community College Radiography Program enrolled its first class in the Fall of 1981. The program was developed and has remained consistent with the purpose and objectives of the college. Many years of experience in the field of Radiologic Technology were an inherent part of the development of the program. Two of the current clinical affiliates Durham Regional Hospital and Maria Parham Medical Center, had established schools of Radiologic Technology for over 60 and 35 years respectively. The Veterans Administration Medical Center also had a long affiliation with Duke University's Radiologic Technology Program. With increasing accreditation standards and emphasis on academic education, it was felt that education of Radiographers would better serve the needs of the area through an institution of higher learning. Thus evolved the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology at Vance-Granville Community College with its thirteen clinical affiliates. Lincoln Health Center is a part of Durham Regional Hospital and is recognized as a part of that affiliation.
The radiography program is made up of two components. A Didactic component, where students spend time in the classroom setting learning about the field of Diagnostic Imaging. There are four full-time & one part-time, well qualified and experienced faculty members who impart the knowledge and skills necessary for students to function in the workplace. The class sizes are small to allow for student interaction and class participation. Students, in addition to classroom work spend a significant amount of time in the energized laboratory at South Campus. Structured lab times and practice times are designed to enhance the learning experience.
The second component of the program is the Clinical component. This is where the student gains his/her hands on experience by working in the various clinical settings. Students are assigned to the various clinical sites based on student needs and availability of clinical space.During the clinical experience, students are exposed to a variety of facilities ranging from small, rural hospitals, to outpatient facilities, to state-of-the-art departments. Students are also exposed to various imaging modalities and can therefore better determine the area of work that is most appealing to them.
The following hospital facilities are used for directed clinical experience:
Maria Parham Medical Center, Henderson
Granville Health Center, Oxford
Veterans Administration Medical Center, Durham
Community Memorial Health Center, South Hill
Duke Regional Hospital, Durham
Lincoln Health Center, Durham
Franklin Regional Medical Center, Louisburg
Triangle Orthopedics, Durham, Oxford, Raleigh & Wake Forest
John Umstead, Butner
UNC, Chapel Hill
Alamance Regional Mebane Outpatient Center, Mebane
NC Diagnostic Imaging, Durham
Triangle-Apex, Chapel Hill, Roxboro, South Point
All of the hospitals participate voluntarily in the accreditation program of The Joint Commission of Accreditation of Hospitals.This is evidence that medical and hospital personnel are available and these hospitals are well run, well organized, and well staffed.
All of these hospitals cooperate as clinical facilities with the Radiography Program and Vance-Granville Community College. A clinical instructor is designated at each clinical facility to oversee the clinical experiences of each student during his/her rotation.