2022-2023 Catalog 
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2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Radiography (AAS)

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CIP 51.0911
Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Program Code: 172-01
Program Length: 2 Years - 6 Semesters with practical experience in a radiology department to complete requirements for ARRT certification.
Minimum Credits: 72

Radiography Program applications must reach Admissions by February 15 for fall admission.

Radiography Program Application and Associated Information

Radiography Program Handbook

Applicants to the Radiography program must have taken the Test of Essential Academic Skills - also known as the ATI TEAS - Allied Health within the last five years. (We will also accept the ATI TEAS, if students have taken that version in order to apply to a nursing program.) The ATI TEAS Score Report (PDF) must be attached to the application sent to admissions, and emailed to both christy.lee@sw.edu and donna.corns@sw.edu. Register for TEAS test at SWCC. Choose Cedar Bluff Virginia for testing delivered at Southwest.

Program Advisors
Donna Corns, 276.964.7642, Russell Hall, Room 119

Mammography Advanced Studies courses are available.

Program Mission: 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. Contact us at: sw.edu

Program Effectiveness Measures:
Goal 1: The Cooperative Radiography Program will monitor program effectiveness. 
1.1 Students who enter program will graduate
1.2 Graduates will pass the ARRT registry examination
1.3 Graduate will gain employment as radiographer
1.4 Graduates will indicate preparedness as an entry-level radiographer
1.5 Employer satisfaction with graduate’s preparedness for entry-level radiographer

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate clinical competence and entry-level radiographer skills.
2.1 Students will demonstrate a knowledge of appropriate technical factors
2.2 Students will demonstrate the knowledge and ability to apply appropriate CR, tube angle, patient position, and collimated field.
2.3 Students will demonstrate appropriate collimation.

Goal 3: Student will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills. 
3.1 Students will practice problem solving methods using radiographic situations. 
3.2 Students will practice critical thinking and problem solving skills on non-routine trauma patient with multiple examinations.

Goal 4: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills and personal accountability.
4.1 Students will practice appropriate communication skills
4.2 Students will demonstrate personal accountability by following a prescrived dress code 
4.3 Students will exhibit mastery of ethicolegal concepts. 

Goal 5: Students will develop professionally and demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of life-long learning. 
5.1 Students will demonstrate the ability to seek employment
5.2 Students will practice networking with colleagues/peers within the profession

Accreditation: This 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, Illinois, 60606-3182, phone (312)704-5300. You may also contact JRCERT at mail@jrcert.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-0f5fe1a817a0 

Occupational Objectives: Employment opportunities for well-trained registered radiographer are available in hospitals, clinics, education, industry, government agencies, and private offices.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the general admission requirements to the College, applicants must be high school graduates, or equivalent, and must reflect “C” average. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be achieved on all college work.

To meet the Radiography Program specific admission requirements the applicant must have completed and submit for file at the college by February 15th.

  • One year of Biology with lab; High School Biology or (BIO 20  or BIO 101  at SWCC) with “C” or better grade.
  • One year of Chemistry with lab; High School Chemistry or College (CHM 05  or CHM 111  at SWCC) with “C” or better grade.
  • Official High School/GED and college transcripts submitted to Admissions Office
  • A minimum 2.0 curricular GPA is required. The GPA will be based on the last school attended, whether HS or college, with at least 12 credits.
  • Completion of the TEAS AH test before February 15.
  • Completion of the Virginia Placement Test(s): scores valid for two years
    • Student must be eligible to take ENG 111  
    • Student must be eligible to take MTH 154  
    • All prescribed developmental work must be completed before application to the program.
  • All the above submitted with radiography application to the Admissions Office by February 15th
  • Hospital observation requirement 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)
  • Attend an information session with Radiography Program faculty.

The Radiology Program admission requirements listed must be completed and on file at the college by February 15.

Students should make their advisor aware of any plans to transfer to a senior institution. Students who are planning to transfer to a senior institution may be advised to take upper-level math and science courses as prerequisites to the Radiography Program. Students selected for the Radiography Program are required to submit a Health Certificate complete with a physical examination/vaccination history signed by a physician prior to final admission to the program. The certificate will be furnished by the program and when returned, it will be kept on file for program documentation. Applicants are to wait for selection notification from the program before proceeding with the physical examination due to the expense involved.

When enrollments must be limited for any curriculum, priority shall be given to all qualified applicants who are residents of the political subdivisions (Buchanan, Dickenson [partial], Russell, or Tazewell counties), supporting the College and to Virginia residents not having access to a given program at their local community college, provided such students apply for admission to the program prior to registration or by a deadline established by the College. In addition, residents of localities with which the College has clinical-site or other agreements may receive equal consideration for admission. To be considered as a Virginia resident, an applicant must be domiciled within Virginia for 12 months prior to February 15. Applicants moving out-of-state between February 15 and the first day of classes will lose their preferred status and any offer of admission to the program will be withdrawn. Out-of-region applicants who are Virginia residents will be considered for program openings available after April 1 and out-of-state applicants for openings available May 1.

Technical Standards:

Physical Demands:

  1. Duties frequently require squatting, bending, kneeling, reaching, and stair climbing
    Also includes occasional crawling and climbing.
  2. Duties include lifting/positioning of patients and equipment required to provide care:
    • frequent lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds
    • frequent pushing and pulling up to 200 pounds with assistance
    • occasional lifting up to 200 pounds with assistance
    • occasional carrying up to 51-74 pounds
  3. Duties require constant use of acute sense of sight, hearing, and touch.
    • ability to read orders, test results, instructions, labels differentiate color, consistency
    • must be able to hear heart sounds, etc.
    • must be able to palpate and distinguish heat/cold
  4. Duties require the ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as indicated by clinical or college facility and as appropriate for patient condition, possibly/frequently for long periods of time. PPE can include, but is not limited to, gloves, gowns, hats/bonnets, shoe covers, surgical masks, N95 respirators, Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR), etc. 

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 college. The student is expected to provide transportation to such facilities. Travel, time and expense, must be anticipated because of program design and location. 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
  • Carilion Giles Community Hospital; Pearisburg, 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 Checks/Drug Testing: 
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.

Reciprocity Statement:

Pursuant to United States Department of Education (US DOE) regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Southwest Virginia Community College Associate Degree in Radiography program provides the following information for all prospective and current students:

Upon completion of the radiography program, graduates will be required to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist national board examination to be eligible for employment in a hospital-based imaging department. 

State license requirements for employment outside a hospital setting vary from state to state. 

Licensure requirements can be obtained from the state’s board of health. If a student plans to live or move outside Virginia, a list of state educational requirements can be obtained by consulting the program director. 

SWCC is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Licensure Reciprocity (https://sw.edu/health-technology/wp-content/uploads/Licensure-Reciprocity.pdf)


Radiography is a cooperative program with Southwest Virginia Community College and Virginia Highlands Community College 

Semester Total

  • Lecture Hours: 8
  • Lab Hours: 0
  • Course Credits: 8

Semester Total

  • Lecture Hours: 12
  • Lab Hours: 6
  • Course Credits: 14

Semester Total

  • Lecture Hours: 12
  • Lab Hours: 9
  • Course Credits: 15

Summer Semester

Semester Total

  • Lecture Hours: 3
  • Lab Hours: 25
  • Course Credits: 8

Semester Total

  • Lecture Hours: 6
  • Lab Hours: 33
  • Course Credits: 13

Spring Semester

Semester Total

  • Lecture Hours: 8
  • Lab Hours: 30
  • Course Credits: 14

Total Minimum Credits: 72

*Students who wish to pursue a Baccalaureate Degree are advised to take both ENG 111 -ENG 112 .

**Work with your advisor to select a General Education Block II (Humanities/ Arts) approved elective.

1RAD 190  - 2 credit hour (Term I) -  5 week summer sessions will spend 30 hours per week for 5 weeks, equaling 150 total hours.

2RAD 190  - 3 credit hour (Term II) - 5 week summer sessions will spend 40 hours per week for 5 weeks, equaling 200 total hours.

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