2022-2023 Catalog 
    Feb 29, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Radiography Technology (SWCC), AAS

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Graduates of the radiography technology program are prepared to contribute as members of the allied health team, care for patients under the supervision of qualified physicians, and meet requirements for ARRT certification. This program is being provided through  an innovative, cooperative agreement with Southwest Virginia Community College. Students will register at MECC for their general education course requirements and register through SWCC for their program courses.

The educational experience will be comprised of both classroom instruction and clinical rotations for completing required competency objectives. Classroom instruction incorporates interactive video-teleconferencing between classroom locations. The A.A.S. degree will be awarded by Southwest Virginia Community College. The cooperative Radiologic Technology Program at Southwest Virginia Community College is dedicated to serve students from southwest Virginia and east Tennessee. The Program will provide a quality educational experience in the art and science of radiologic technology and help the students succeed, both academically and clinically, as entry-level radiographers. It is the Program’s aim to provide a sound foundation for our students towards building a rewarding professional career, and an opportunity to qualify as a valued contributing member in the healthcare team for our region.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. Practice positioning competency.
  2. Practice the appropriate use of ionizing radiation and protection skills.
  3. Practice the appropriate use of technical factors for exposure.
  4. Practice critical thinking/problem solving skills for image quality and acceptability for diagnosis.
  5. Practice critical thinking/problem solving skills on non-routine patient examinations.
  6. Practice age appropriate patient communication skills.
  7. Practice good writing skills.
  8. Practice good oral skills.
  9. Practice personal accountability for punctuality and appearance.
  10. Understand the role of professional organizations in their career development.
  11. Practice an understanding of professional/legal ethics.
  12. Practice networking with colleagues/peers within the profession.

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist for well-trained, registered radiological technologists in hospitals, clinics, education, industry, government agencies, and private offices.

Program Requirements

An academic advisor will review your preparation in Mathematics and English with you. You’ll be guided to appropriate preliminary coursework to give you the greatest chance of success in this program.

In addition to the general admission requirements to the College, applicants must be high school graduates or the equivalent and must reflect a “C” average. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 must be achieved on all college work. To meet the Radiography Program admission requirements, the applicant must have completed:

  1. One unit of Biology with lab, one unit of Chemistry with lab with a “C” or better.
  2. BIO 101  or 20 and CHM 05 or CHM 111  will be considered equivalent to high school Biology and Chemistry. Completion or test credit for MTE 1-6 or proficiency in MTH 154  within the past five years will fulfill the math pre-requisite.
  3. Completion of a college placement test, which includes sections of reading, writing and mathematics. All prescribed developmental work must be completed before admission into the program.
  4. Submitted a college and a radiography application (including all high school and college transcripts or copy of GED) to the Admissions Office at SWCC or VHCC.
  5. Complete the TEAS-AH test prior to January 15th and submit to the Admissions Office (must be taken within the past five years).
  6. Observation in a Radiology Department for a minimum of twelve (12) hours; this observation is to be documented by radiology personnel denoting date(s) and time(s); and be submitted to Donna Corns at SWCC.
  7. Attend a general information session.
  8. Because entry into this program is competitive, students must complete the application process with the Admissions Office at SWCC by no later than February 15th.

Additional Information


The program is fully accredited, with an 8 year award, by the Joint Review Committee for Radiologic Technology Education (JRCERT) 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL, 60606-3182, phone (312)704-5300. You may also contact JCERT at mail@jcert.org or at www.jrcert.org. Detailed Program Effectiveness Data is available from the link on the right side of the page. The JRCERT also publishes program effectiveness data, available at https://portal.jrcertaccreditation.org/accredited-educational-programs/details/ 3fdeb5d1-39bf-4da8-8aff-0f5e1a817a0

Environmental Conditions

Environmental conditions include procedures that involve handling blood and body fluids using universal precautions.

Program Requirements

Upon admission and during the course of the program, the radiologic faculty will carefully observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for the profession. If, in the opinion of the radiologic faculty, a student does not exhibit professional behavior, the student may be asked to withdraw from the program. Once enrolled, students who receive a final grade lower than “C” in any of the courses in radiography or related areas must obtain permission from the program director to continue the major in radiography. The Radiography Curriculum grading scale is as follows: A: 94-100; B: 87-93; C: 80-86; D: 73-79; F: Below 73.

Selected learning experiences will be provided at the cooperating hospitals within the geographic areas served by the colleges. Travel distance will vary, and can be more than 60 miles one way from your home campus, depending on the hospital clinical assignment. Travel can regularly exceed 60 miles from your home, depending on your residence location and the hospital clinical assignment. The program cannot guarantee clinical placement close to all students’ homes, Students will rotate to a minimum of two clinical sites, at different locations, during the clinical component of the program.

Clinical Affiliates are located at the following facilities:

  • Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, TN
  • Buchanan General Hospital, Grundy, VA
  • New River Valley Medical Center, Christiansburg, VA
  • Tazewell Community Hospital, Tazewell, VA
  • Clinch Valley Medical Center, Richlands, VA
  • Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, TN
  • Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, VA
  • Lewis Gale Hospital, Pulaski, VA
  • Lonesome Pine Hospital, Big Stone Gap, VA
  • Russell County Hospital, Lebanon, VA
  • Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, VA
  • Twin County Regional Hospital, Galax, VA
  • Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, VA

The purchase of and payment for items (such as: student uniforms, accessories, radiographic markers, dosimetry radiation monitoring service, club dues, state affiliation membership, educational software, clinical requirement document management account, HIPAA training, clinical tracking account, personal health insurance, liability insurance, required immunizations, physical examinations, background checks, drug screens, American Heart Association CPR certification fee, and ARRT licensure/certification application fee) is the responsibility of the individual student. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance at least annually while enrolled in the program.

Criminal Background Check/Drug Screening

Background checks for criminal history and sex offender crimes against minors are required for entrance into some clinical agencies. Students with convictions may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the program. Clinical agencies may require drug testing prior to placement of students for clinical rotations. Students with positive drug test results may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the program. Cost for criminal background checks and drug testing will be the responsibility of the student.

For Further Information, Contact:

Sarah Clarkston, Health Sciences Advisor



Donna Corns, Interim Program Coordinator



Kim Dorton, Dean



Program of Study

First Year Summer

First Year Fall

First Year Spring

Second Year Summer

  • RAD 190 - Coordinated Internship (Term II) 3 Credits
  • RAD 190 - Coordinated Internship (Term I) 2 Credits
  • RAD 205 - Rad. Protection & Radiobiology (Term 1) 3 Credits

Second Year Fall

  • RAD 290 - Coordinated Internship 6 Credits
  • 3 Credits
  • RAD 246 - Special Procedures 2 Credits
  • RAD 270 - Digital Acquisition and Display 2 Credits

Second Year Spring

  • RAD 290 - Coordinated Internship 6 Credits
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 Credits
  • RAD 240 - Radiographic Pathology 3 Credits
  • RAD 215 - Correlated Radiographic Theory 3 Credits

Students Are Eligible to Take the National Registry Examination Leading to Certification as a Registered Technologist in Radiography by the ARRT

Total Program Credits: 72

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

Course substitutions may be available. Please see an advisor for more information.

Completion of both PSY 231  and PPSY 232  will substitute for PSY 230 . Completion of either HIM 111  or HIM 112  will substitute for HLT 143 . Completion of BIO 231  will substitute for BIO 141 . Completion of BIO 232  will substitute for BIO 142 .

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