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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 2018

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 NEW VERSION 2018FA 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 NEW VERSION 2018FA 2 2 0 3
RAD 112 RAD Procedures II NEW VERSION 2018FA 3 3 0 4
RAD 121 Image Production I NEW VERSION 2018FA 2 3 0 3
RAD 161 RAD Clinical ED II 0 0 15 5
  Total: 7 8 15 15

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
RAD 122 Image Production II NEW VERSION 2018FA 1 3 0 2
RAD 141 Radiation Safety NEW 2018FA 2 0 0 2
RAD 171 RAD Clinical Ed III NEW VERSION 2018FA 0 0 9 3
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
Select one:
Writing/Research in the Disc (3) (0) (0) (3)
Prof Research & Reporting 3 0 0 3
  Total: 6 3 9 13

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
RAD 211 RAD Procedures III NEW VERSION 2018FA 2 3 0 3
RAD 231 Image Production III NEW VERSION 2018FA 1 3 0 2
RAD 251 RAD Clinical Ed IV NEW VERSION 2018FA 0 0 21 7
Select one:
Interpersonal Psychology NEW REQUISITE 2018FA 3 0 0 3
General Psychology (3) (0) (0) (3)
  Total: 6 6 21 15

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
RAD 261 RAD Clinical Ed V NEW VERSION 2018FA 0 0 21 7
RAD 271 Radiography Capstone NEW VERSION 2018FA 2 3 0 3
  Total: 2 3 21 10

Total Credit Hours: 70

Additional Information

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.

** Hours will vary depending on course selection.

Additional admission requirements:

  1. Completion of high school or college credits in biology and algebra.
  2. Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification (American Heart Association- Healthcare Provider.)
  3. Completion of program orientation requirements.
  4. Grade of C or higher in all required related courses is mandatory for admission and progression into radiography.
  5. Grade of 78 or higher in all RAD courses is mandatory for progression in radiography.
  6. Completion of the Forsyth Tech Student Medical Form turned in on or before the

      designated due date. 

Program Information
This program has limited enrollment. Students are chosen by a selective admissions process based on grades earned in required related courses (i.e., 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, F, or any withdrawal in any required science 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 at Forsyth Technical Community College is to actively involve the students in a learning process through diverse educational experiences that include classroom, laboratory, and clinical education and to develop professionals who possess the qualifications necessary to perform the entry-level skills that will enable them to meet the healthcare community needs.

The Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education for Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). For additional information go to

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