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Curriculum Description

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.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

NC CIP: 51.0911
POS Approved: Fall 2015

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
RAD 110 Rad Intro & Patient Care 2 3 0 3
RAD 111 RAD Procedures I 3 3 0 4
RAD 151 RAD Clinical ED I 0 0 6 2
Select one:
Basic Anat & Physiology 4 2 0 5
Anatomy and Physiology I (3) (3) (0) (4)
Anatomy and Physiology II (3) (3) (0) (4)
  Total: 12 8 6 17

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
RAD 112 RAD Procedures II 3 3 0 4
RAD 121 Radiographic Imaging I 2 3 0 3
RAD 161 RAD Clinical ED II 0 0 15 5
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
  Total: 7 8 15 18

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
RAD 122 Radiographic Imaging II 1 3 0 2
RAD 131 Radiographic Physics I 1 3 0 2
RAD 171 RAD Clinical Ed III 0 0 12 4
Select one:
Writing/Research in the Disc (3) (0) (0) (3)
Prof Research & Reporting 3 0 0 3
  Total: 5 6 12 11

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
RAD 211 RAD Procedures III 2 3 0 3
RAD 231 Radiographic Physics II 1 3 0 2
RAD 241 Radiobiology/Protection 2 0 0 2
RAD 251 RAD Clinical Ed IV 0 0 21 7
Select one:
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
General Psychology (3) (0) (0) (3)
  Total: 8 6 21 17

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
RAD 245 Image Analysis 1 3 0 2
RAD 261 RAD Clinical Ed V 0 0 21 7
RAD 271 Radiography Capstone 0 3 0 1
  Total: 1 6 21 10

Total Credit Hours: 73

Additional Information

Additional admission requirements:

  1. Completion of high school or college credits in biology and algebra.
  2. Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification
  3. Completion of program orientation requirements which may include observation prior to acceptance.
  4. Grade of C or better in all required related and program specific courses is mandatory for admission and progression in radiography.
  5. Completion of the Forsyth Tech Student Medical Form turned in prior to first day of class.

Program Information
This program has limited enrollment. Students are chosen by a selective admissions process based on grades earned in required related courses (e.i. biology, English, psychology, etc.) and completion of any training such as certified nurse assistant (CNA I or CNA II), emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic or any diploma or degree in a health or non-health field. The Admissions Office can provide additional information on the selection process.

A grade of D or any withdrawal in any required science course, RAD prefix course or prerequisite course while enrolled in the program will result in dismissal from the curriculum. Readmission may be possible but requires reapplying and approval by the college and may be on a space available basis.

Radiography is considered to be a safe profession in terms of radiation exposure; however, special limits have been established for occupationally exposed declared pregnant women to ensure that the probability of birth defects is negligible. A copy of the program’s pregnancy policy is included in the Radiography Program Student Handbook and is available upon request.

The mission of the Radiography program is to actively involve the student in a learning process through a variety of educational experiences that include classroom, laboratory, and clinical education and results in a professional entry level radiographer who will continue to learn.

The Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education for Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective – Select one: ART 111, ENG 131, ENG 231, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 120, MUS 110, PHI 215, PHI 240 or REL 110. Consult an academic advisor concerning additional electives.

Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screening
Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/or state registry and/or licensure boards may prohibit eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on

** Hours will vary depending on course selection.