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.
- General college admission requirements.
- This program has a selective selection process. See Selective Allied Health Program Criteria on the Selective and Limited Programs page of the A-B Tech website.
- High school biology, high school algebra, and keyboarding skills are highly recommended.
- Final admission to the Radiography program shall be contingent upon documentation of physical and emotional health that would provide evidence indicative of the applicant’s ability to provide safe care to the public.
- Completed medical and immunization records must be submitted to the department chair before classes begin.
- Either first dose of Hepatitis B vaccine or completion of series.
- Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification is a prerequisite to full admission and must be maintained throughout the program. This certification must include hands-on skills components, AED use, and other lifesaving skills. Course certifications from any other providers will not be accepted.
- Satisfactory completion of required immunizations prior to admission to clinical sites. Affiliated clinical sites for Radiography will require an onboarding process, which will include a criminal background check and drug testing at a cost to the student prior to the term in which the first clinical experience will occur. If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences, for any reason, the student will not be able to progress in the program.
- Students applying to the Radiography program must have successfully completed BIO-163 (or BIO-168 and BIO-169) with a "C" or better prior to full acceptance into the Radiography program.
- Students applying to the Radiography program are encouraged to have successfully completed: MAT-143, ENG-111, COM-120, HUM-115, and SOC-225 prior to program admission due to the rigorous nature of the Radiography curriculum.
This program is accredited by:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
Notice: Candidates for certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) must comply with the “Rules of Ethics” contained in the ARRT Standards of Ethics. Any conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor, or a misdemeanor with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations must be investigated by the ARRT in order to determine eligibility for the certification examination. Additional information may be obtained from the department chairperson or on the ARRT website.
Radiography students will be required to complete clinical rotations, which may require them to travel as much as 1 1/2 hours from campus. Clinical affiliates are currently located in Asheville, Hendersonville, Fletcher, Brevard, Marion, and Spruce Pine.
Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better: BIO and RAD