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.
Coursework 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 Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology ( JRCERT).
Admission Policy for the Radiography Program
Students are admitted to the radiography program in accordance with 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. Admission is competitive and is based on a points-based ranking system. Completion of the program does not guarantee success in passing the national exam.
A student must be admitted/readmitted to the radiography program in order to receive credit in any radiography (RAD) course. Curriculum courses other than RAD courses may be taken before admission to the program or after admission in the sequence offered.
Radiography students are assigned clinical rotations with area healthcare agencies (Nash UNC, Wilson Medical Center, A DukeLife Point Hospital, and Halifax Regional Medical). Center) Students must meet employee health standards and the criminal background and/or 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 fall semester. Each step of the admission policy must be completed before advancing to the next step.
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. A final transcript must be submitted 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 application is made to be aware of curriculum and admission policy changes.
- Complete the online radiography program application prior to March 15th. Subsequent dates for acceptance of applications will be established if space becomes available prior to fall admission.
Step II TEAS VI (ATI)
- Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS VI) before March 1st.
- TEAS VI scores must meet the following criteria to be eligible for ranking:
- A minimum overall score of 58%.
- Testing occurred within the 24 months prior to the March 1st application deadline
- The student has released the scores to ECC with ATI if testing occurred at a site other than at ECC OR the scores are officially delivered to ECC by the school where the test was taken.
- All four sections of the TEAS test were taken.
- TEAS VI may be taken up to twice in an academic year, at least 28 days apart.
- The highest of up to four TEAS scores will be used for ranking.
Step III Ranking and Conditional Acceptance
- Students who score a 58% on the TEAS VI will be competitively ranked.
- Points from the TEAS score and from the GPA on all ECC Radiography curriculum general education courses that have been completed from all colleges, including courses with grades below a C, are included in the calculation. The ranking GPA also includes all curriculum courses that have been 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 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 in order to be fully accepted:
- Attend mandatory Health Science Orientation and Radiography Pre-Orientation session.
- 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.
- If developmental courses were required upon admission to the college, the developmental prerequisites for ECC Radiography curriculum general education courses must be completed prior to enrollment in the program.
- 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 highest grade on all completed courses from all colleges will be used in this calculation, including courses with less than a C.
- Demonstrate an overall 2.0 GPA on courses completed at ECC up to the point of enrollment.
- Submit criminal background check and a drug screen by the required deadline.
- Failure to meet deadlines will result in withdrawal of acceptance status.