The Radiography curriculum prepares the graduate to be a radiographer, a skilled healthcare professional who uses radiation to produce images of the human body.
Coursework includes clinical rotations to area healthcare 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 Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology ( JRCERT).
Admission Policy for the Radiography Program
The college admits students to the radiography program following policies established by the faculty and approved by the administration. The college does not guarantee admission to all students that apply to the radiography program. The college uses a competitive, points-based ranking system to admit students to the radiography program. Completion of the program does not guarantee success in passing the national exam.
A student must be admitted/readmitted to the radiography program to receive credit in any radiography (RAD) course. Students may take curriculum courses other than RAD courses before admission to the program or after entry into the sequence offered.
Radiography students are assigned clinical rotations with major and minor area healthcare agencies. The major healthcare agencies are Nash UNC, Wilson Medical Center - A DukeLife Point Hospital, and ECU Health North Hospital Roanoke Rapids. The minor agencies include ECU Health Orthopedics Roanoke Rapids, EmergeOrtho Wilson, Boice Willis Clinic, ECU Health Plex Wilson, and ECU Health Edgecombe Hospital Tarboro. Students must meet employee health standards and the criminal background and drug screening requirements of the agencies at the student’s expense at any time after admission to the program.
The radiography applicant is required to meet steps I-IV before enrollment in the fall semester. Students must complete each step of the admission policy before advancing to the next.
Step I Application Process
- Complete the online Edgecombe Community College Admission Application.
- Submit an official transcript of high school graduation or GED. Currently enrolled high school students should submit a partial transcript. Students should submit a final transcript at the time of graduation.
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.
- Attend a mandatory Radiography information session before March 1st. The student must attend the session each year that the application is made to be aware of curriculum and admission policy changes.
- Complete the online radiography program application before March 15th. If space becomes available before fall admission, the college will establish subsequent dates for acceptance of applications.
Step II ATI/TEAS
- Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI/TEAS) before March 1st.
- ATI/TEAS scores must meet the following criteria to be eligible for ranking:
- A minimum overall score of 58%.
- Testing occurred within the last 5 years before the March 1st application deadline
- The student has released the scores to ECC with ATI if testing took place at a site other than at ECC OR the scores are officially delivered to ECC by the school where the student took the test.
- The student must take all four sections of the ATI/TEAS test.
- ATI/TEAS may be taken up to twice in an academic year, at least 28 days apart.
- The college will use the highest of up to four ATI/TEAS scores for ranking.
Step III Ranking and Conditional Acceptance
- Students who score a 58% on the ATI/TEAS will be competitively ranked.
- Points from the ATI/TEAS score and from the GPA on all ECC Radiography curriculum general education courses that the student has completed from all colleges, including classes with grades below a “C,” are included in the calculation. The ranking GPA also consists of all curriculum courses that the student has completed more than once.
- The highest-ranking applicants will receive a letter of conditional acceptance.
- Students must accept or reject the seat in writing to the Radiography Admissions Counselor.
- A waiting list letter will be e-mailed or mailed to the remaining eligible applicants.
- Students will continue to be accepted from the waiting list until the program is full.
Step IV Full Acceptance
After accepting a radiography seat, the student must meet the following requirements to be fully accepted:
- Attend mandatory Health Science Orientation and Radiography Pre-Orientation sessions.
- Submit a completed medical form provided by the college, including required immunizations, performed within a 12-month time frame by the required deadline.
- Submit evidence of current (within the last year) Health Care Provider CPR certification by the American Heart Association by the required deadline.
Curriculum students should be ENG/MAT “ready” to enter ECC Health Sciences programs. For clarification, students must be eligible to take ENG-111 and/or MAT-110 with or without the RISE co-requisites by the program start date.
- BIO-094 or Test Out
- ENG-002 P2
- DMA 010-050 or MAT-003
- Demonstrate a 2.5 GPA on all ECC Radiography curriculum general education courses that have been completed up to the point of enrollment in the program. The college will use the highest grade on all completed courses from all colleges in this calculation, including classes with less than a “C.”
- Demonstrate an overall 2.0 GPA on courses completed at ECC up to the point of enrollment.
- Submit a criminal background check and a drug screen by the required deadline.
- Failure to meet deadlines will result in the withdrawal of acceptance status.