Program Code: 172
The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Radiography prepares individuals for entry-level employment as radiographers in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, imaging centers, clinics, and doctors’ offices.
Successful completion of BIO 141 or its equivalent is required for entry to the program. The program is highly competitive, and selection is based on a system of points using this criteria, and additional general education course grades and previous healthcare experience. Details regarding the point scale are in the Radiography Program Packet located on the Radiography web page, or through the Program Director at (757) 822-7462 or the Information Center at (757) 822-1122.
Priority admission is granted to Virginia residents who reside in political subdivisions supported by the college. Prospective students are encouraged to attend an Open House session for Radiography, held at 3:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month (with the exception of December) in the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus.
Students are enrolled for six consecutive semesters, primarily during daytime hours. The program does not have part-time or evening options. The clinical component of the program requires 1,440 hours of practice in affiliate hospitals, where students must adhere to high standards of professionalism and competence. Prospective students should also be aware that certain medical facilities require both criminal/sex offender background checks, as well as drug screens, prior to being authorized to attend clinical components of the program. The cost of these screenings is the student’s responsibility.
Program students are required to purchase uniforms, shoes and lead markers for clinical practice.
Program graduates are qualified to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to take the national certification exam. Students with a history of certain criminal behavior may not be eligible to become certified by the ARRT. Pre-applications are available from www.arrt.org or (651) 687-0048.
The Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, www.jrcert.org.