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Radiography

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Program Description

Radiologic Technology was once simply described the recording of a 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 examinations, such as skull, spine or leg radiographs, as well as special procedures to visualize the vessels in the body.  These examinations may be performed within the hospital setting or private physician offices.

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 three 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, besides 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.

Virtual Tour of our South Campus Lab

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 VGCC Radiography program extends the opportunity for students to obtain experience in a variety of different clinical sites.  The program currently has agreements with sixteen (16) clinical affiliates, which includes hospital, orthopedic, and outpatient facilities in the surrounding counties and the triangle.  Some affiliates require more strenuous student clearance standards, such as two-step TB skin tests, 12-panel drug screens, criminal background checks, and fingerprinting.  In accordance with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) standards for fair and equitable learning opportunities and to gain experience specifically in trauma radiography, each student will complete a first and second, or third shift rotation during the 21 month program.  VGCC strives to produce entry-level well rounded students who are prepared for the job market upon graduation.

Contact
ANGELA
THOMAS
Dean, Health Sciences
MAIN CAMPUS - Henderson
Room:
5207
(252) 738-3397
Program Name Credit Hours Program Type
Radiography Degree A45700 (Course Sequence) 74
Degree
Diploma
Certificate
Workforce Training

Program Details

Mission Statement: 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.

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Our next admission to the Radiography Program is Fall 2024: Fall 2024 Radiography Admissions Requirements

The School of Health Sciences (SHS) strives to provide admission processes that are fair and equitable for all students who have the desire to become healthcare professionals. Additionally, we have an obligation to set our students up for programmatic success and board passage.

The new SHS admission processes for Radiography will select students based on the completion of the listed minimum requirements and on a first completion basis. If radiography is your programs of choice, it is important that you begin the process NOW.

We recognize that no one process is perfect; however, we will continue to monitor our processes to improve and to ensure equitable opportunities for all applicants.

Our next admission to the Radiography Program is Fall 2024

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate the use of innovative technologies in both the classroom and clinical setting.
  2. Provide students with an education that promotes the recognition, sensitivity, and appreciation of the diverse culture that is inherent throughout the healthcare community.
  3. Provide the students with an education that promotes ethical and professional behavior.
  4. Provide the students with an education that promotes effective communication skills, critical thinking skills, and quantitative reasoning through analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating a variety of situations.
  5. Provide students with an education that promotes competence in basic skills and application of those skills to the field of Radiography.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will manipulate the x-ray tube and table.
  • Students will transfer knowledge of procedures by utilizing the lab as well as digital images to complete lab activities.
  • Students will perform real lift applications in the classroom and clinical setting.
  • Students will demonstrate the different types of radiation protection and the importance of their image.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to solve real life applications.
  • Students will evaluate areas of cultural diversity.
  • Students will differentiate between professional and unprofessional behavior.
  • Students will learn how to demonstrate professionalism in the workplace.
  • Students will apply comprehension and reading strategies that will allow them to analyze and evaluate various texts with a variety of contents.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding and usage of different patient care skills.
  • Students will present a product analysis on a radiographic exam series.
  • Students will take computerized, comprehensive assessment tests.
  • Students will understand the QC procedures in conventional radiography, CR, and DR.
  • Students will critique radiographs for anatomy, proper positioning, and technical factors utilized.
  • Students will apply critical thinking skills in QC/QA situations.
  • Students will transfer knowledge of the proper use of contrast materials, fluoroscopic procedures, and identifications and treatments of allergic reactions.
  • Students will comprehend strategies that will allow them to demonstrate their knowledge of the Radiography curriculum content.
  • Students will understand the concepts of image display for appropriate resolution, contrast, windowing and leveling adjustments.
  • Students will explain the differences between CR, DR, and Film-screen radiography.
  • Students will describe the physical and technical details of digital radiography imaging systems and associated technologies.
  • Students will evaluate information retained from the previous semesters.
  • Students will explore the process of QC in digital radiography.
  • Students will interpret quality assurance on CR/DR images.
  • Students will perform quality control of radiographic equipment and accessories.
  • Students will describe the physical principles and technical details of digital radiography imaging systems and associated technologies.
  • Students will understand the basic principles of the atom, interaction of matter, electricity, magnetism, and electromagnetic radiation.
  • Students will solve various problem sets as they relate to physics.
  • Students will create a pathology presentation to present to the class.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of fluoroscopic procedures.
  • Students will recall the anatomical structures located in the GI system.
  • Students will recall the anatomical structures located in the Urinary system.

Originally established in 1969, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) is the only organization recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. Over the last several decades the JRCERT has proven to be the “gold standard” of accreditation for educational programs in the radiologic sciences and currently accredits over 700 educational programs. The Radiography program sponsored by Vance-Granville Community College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The program’s current five-year (2019-2023) average credentialing examination pass rate at first attempt within six months of graduation is 64%, which does not meet the 75% benchmark. This results in a JRCERT PROBATION status for the program. More information about this voluntary accreditation process can be found at www.jrcert.org.

JRCERT Radiography Program Goals

Goal 1: The radiography student will demonstrate clinical competency in skills related to the Radiography profession.

  1. Student Learning Outcome – The student will competently perform routine radiographic procedures.
  2. Student Learning Outcome -The student will competently provide patient care.

Goal 2: The radiography student will effectively utilize problem solving and critical thinking skills in the performance of medical imaging procedures.

  1. Student Learning Outcome -The student will competently evaluate radiographs for appropriate positioning and image quality.
  2. Student Learning Outcome -The student will demonstrate competence in non-routine examinations.

Goal 3: The radiography student will be able to demonstrate appropriate communication skills.

  1. Student Learning Outcome -The student will demonstrate effective communication skills.
  2. Student Learning Outcome -The student will demonstrate age specific communication skills.

Goal 4: The radiography student will accept responsibility for understanding the value of professional development and growth.

  1. Student Learning Outcome -The student will demonstrate appropriate professional behavior in the clinical education setting.
  2. Student Learning Outcome -The student will understand the benefits of professional organizations and opportunities that foster development and growth.

Goal 5: The radiography program will meet the needs of the community by providing qualified radiographers.

  1. Student Learning Outcome -The student will complete the program within 2 years.
  2. Student Learning Outcome -The graduate will indicate satisfaction with preparation for employment.
  3. Student Learning Outcome -The employer will indicate satisfaction with the graduate’s performance.
  4. Student Learning Outcome -The graduate will pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) credentialing examination.
  5. Student Learning Outcome -The graduate will be employed in medical imaging within six months of graduation.

One of VGCC’s overarching goals focuses on economic development and partnership. In alignment with Goal 1.3, VGCC’s Radiography Program has an articulation agreement with Edgecombe Community College and Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. These agreements provide pathways and opportunities for our graduates to continue their education via stackable credentials or a four-year baccalaureate. For more information, see the links below.

Diploma Level Option: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Diploma
Certificate Level Option: Imaging In-Service Mammography (johnstoncc.edu)
Certificate Level Option: Computed Tomography Certificate
Bachelor’s Degree Option: Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Imaging