Radiographers use radiation to provide images of tissues, organs, bones, and vessels that comprise the human body. They work in radiology departments in hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices, research and medical laboratories, federal and state agencies and industry. The curriculum includes instruction in patient care and management, radiation protection, imaging procedures, quality assurance, recording media processing, equipment maintenance, interpersonal communication, and professional responsibility through an integration of classroom, laboratory, and clinical education. The radiographer is a skilled healthcare professional qualified to provide patient services using imaging modalities as directed by qualified physicians. Program graduates are eligible to apply to take the national examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for certification and registration as medical radiographers. If you are looking for a career in radiography, you should take courses in biology, algebra, and the physical sciences prior to entering the program.
The CVCC Radiography program is a five (5) semester, day time program offering the Associate in Applied Science degree. The program is accredited by:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Classes are held at the college and clinical experience is gained in area hospitals and doctor's offices. For students taking the curriculum as outlined, the weekly time commitment varies from 24 hours per week to 34 hours per week.
Many clinical facilities now require students to undergo criminal background checks and drug testing. Students will be responsible for the cost of these checks and tests. Anyone excluded from clinical facilities as a result of positive background checks or drug testing will not be re-assigned to another facility, whether or not that facility requires a background check or drug test. A student excluded from clinical facilities will not be able to complete all clinical requirements of the program and must withdraw from the program. In addition the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists requires disclosure of any conviction, felony or misdemeanor, on the registry application. At the sole discretion of the Registry, convictions may disqualify the student from the registry examination. Applicants with a felony or misdemeanor conviction should file a pre-application with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to determine registry eligibility prior to enrolling in the program (see the ARRT link below).
Radiography students will be required to complete clinical rotations which may require them to travel as much as one hour from campus. All students will also be required to complete rotations during the late afternoon/early evening hours (3:30 PM - 10:00 PM).
Radiographers work in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, medical laboratories, government agencies and industry. Starting salaries range from $36,000 to $40,000 per year.
Radiography classes are held during the day. Students will begin their studies in the classroom and the laboratory and will participate in clinical experiences in hospitals and/or other medical facilities.* The Radiography program consists of five semesters, which take two years to complete. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ national examination for certification and registration as medical radiographers. Applicants who wish to do so may take the general education/related coursework for the Radiography program prior to acceptance. Please note that taking these courses does not shorten your program length as the actual Radiography courses take two years (five semesters) to complete; however, many applicants find this process beneficial.
Some clinical facilities will require students to undergo criminal background checks and/or drug testing. Clinical facilities may refuse access to clinical experiences based on the criminal background checks and/or drug testing, which will result in the student being unable to continue in the Radiography Program.
Please see the catalog for more information about the degree option for this curriculum.
Please contact the Program Director, Robin Cornett for more information.
Robin T. Cornett, MA.Ed, RT(R)(CV)
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4074
Office: REP 228
Scott Vandevander, BS, RT(R)
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4075
Office: REP 229
Joan Hoke, BM, RT(R)(CT)(M)