Are you interested in a career that is in-demand? Check out our radiography field. A “Rad Tech” can play an important role on the patient care team. Find out how you can earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Science – Medical Radiography in 18 months.
- Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows and ages, demand for diagnostic imaging is projected to increase.1
- In addition to job growth, job openings are also expected to arise from the need to replace technologists who leave the occupation.1
1 Source: US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition.
Program Objectives Include:
- Provide a learning environment that recognizes individual differences and promotes caring behavior in the healthcare community.
- Promote critical thinking skills to effectively address patient care problems and to adapt to the rapidly changing challenges in healthcare.
- Provide graduates with strong educational foundations for lifelong personal and professional growth.
- Prepare graduates to take the national exam of the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) in radiography and, where available, state licensure examination.
What You Can Learn in Radiography
Through a blend of practical “hands on” clinical experience in hospitals and/or outpatient centers and on-campus classroom and lab sessions, radiography students explore:
- Radiation Biology and Protection for patient clients, employees and other healthcare personnel.
- Equipment Operation and Quality Control to include film/screen techniques, digital, and computer radiology.
- Image Production and Evaluation including technical factors selection, image processing, and criteria for image evaluation.
- Radiographic Procedures including positioning, anatomy, and technical factors adjustments
- Patient Care and Education including ethical and legal aspects, interpersonal communication, infection control, physical assistance and transfer, medical emergencies, and radiographic contrast media
Where You Can Go in Radiography
Radiography professionals are in demand throughout the United States in a variety of healthcare settings and industries including:
- Hospitals & Medical Imaging Centers
- Outpatient Care Centers & Primary Care Clinics
- Government & Military
- Medical Research
- Mobile Imaging
- Radiology Sales & Service
- Education & Industry
At both the Newport News, VA and the Greensboro, NC campuses: Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Science – Medical Radiography and will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
At the Newport News, VA campus, the Medical Radiography program: is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).