Radiography at Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC
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Radiography (RAD) Program Computed Tomography

Thank you for your interest in the Radiography program (RAD) at Cleveland Community College. Please read this information thoroughly. Admission to the RAD program is competitive. We want to make sure you have the best possible chance of being selected by completing all processes and submitting all necessary documents completely, correctly, and by the deadline.  

Cleveland Community College Radiography Program Mission Statement

In keeping with the overall mission of Cleveland Community College to provide diverse, and accessible learning opportunities to meet the educational and training needs of our community, the mission of the Radiography Program is to prepare graduates for employment as registered, skilled health care professionals who employ the proper use of radiation to produce radiographic images of the human body in varied facilities and with diverse populations. Graduates of the Radiography Program will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for successful articulation into the Allied Health Field of Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging.

Cleveland Community College Program of Radiography Goal

Program Goal

To produce qualified, competent entry level radiographers with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful articulation into the Allied Health Field of Radiologic Technology

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. Course work 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.

Employment opportunities include physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, and hospitals.

Deadline: The deadline for Fall 2015 enrollment is January 6, 2015. The program last two academic years (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017), while accepting 20 students per year.

Admissions Requirements: must be completed prior to the program deadline date:

Students not completing this section by the program deadline date are encouraged to reapply for the next year, by attending an Allied Health Information Session.

**All communication regarding admissions/selection status will be sent via CCC student email. Student email is the official and preferred form of communication at CCC.

Selection Criteria: A Radiography Admissions & Selection Rubric will be used to determine acceptance to the RAD program. Students meeting the admissions requirements established in Step 1 of the rubric prior to the program deadline are invited sit for the Psychological Services Bureau Examination (Step 2). The top 20 scoring students from Step 3, and 4, will be notified of their provisional acceptance through CCC student email. Students not selected to the program may reapply for the next year by attending another Allied Health Information session.

**CCC has established admissions and selection procedures to ensure students are admitted and selected in a fair and equitable manner.  The admissions and selection rubric is only intended to provide students with a checklist assisting in identifying program eligibility requirements, while outlining the admissions/selection process. This rubric is for student use only and does not serve as the official record of calculated points. This rubric does not replace the official program requirements as described in the Programs of Study section of the Academic Bulletin and Student Handbook.

Post-Provisional Acceptance Requirements (Step 5): The following items will be requested by the Program Director for students provisionally accepted:

  1. Immunization records
  2. Current CPR certification
  3. Criminal Background check
  4. 12-panel drug screen
  5. Medical form
  6. RPR
  7. Orientation meeting
  8. Opt-Out Interview
  9. Registration
  10. Program fees, and malpractice insurance paid
  11. Uniforms  ordered and deposit paid


Program Effectiveness Data at a Glance

Although program performance information is contained elsewhere on this page, this data sheet provides a clearer and simplified view of the data with explanations. Program effectiveness data is mandated and defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, 312-704-5300, Program effectiveness data includes the program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate. Explanations of these measures and program data that correspond with the annual report most recently submitted to the JRCERT are noted below. This information can also be obtained at Questions about program effectiveness data should be directed to the Program Coordinator/Director.

The JRCERT collects data using current information provided by accredited programs. That information may be accessed directly from the JRCERT at

The radiography program's 2013 annual report to the JRCERT will reflect the following:

Completion Rate - January 1 through December 31, 2013
This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. The program’s completion rate for 2013 was 85%. Seventeen (17) of the twenty (20) students expected to complete the program in 2013 went on to complete in that year.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - 2009 through 2013
This is the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt within six months of graduation from the program. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. The program's credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average from the years 2009 through 2013 is 92%. 69 of the 75 graduates of this program taking the ARRT certification examination within six months of graduation passed on the first attempt.

Job Placement Rate – 2009 through 2013
This is the number of students that gain employment in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. The program's job placement rate as an average from the years 2009 through 2013 is 83 %. Forty-seven (47) of fifty-six (56) graduates actively seeking employment obtained employment in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation.

Program Goals

  1. Students will demonstrate clinical competence consistent with competent entry level radiography professionals.
  2. Students/Graduates exhibit behaviors consistent with competent entry level radiography professionals in areas pertaining to critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Students/Graduates will exhibit effective communication skills consistent with competent entry level radiography professionals.
  4. Students/Graduates will exhibit behaviors consistent with competent entry level radiography professionals as it pertains to professionalism and professional growth


Program Terminal Student Learning Outcomes/Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply radiation protection methods and procedures for the safety of patients, self, and others
  2. Evaluate radiation primary and secondary (accessory) equipment to ensure the proper application of radiation and image processing to limit exposure to patients
  3. Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of radiographic positions and procedures
    • Students will position patients to demonstrate the desired anatomy using body landmarks.
    • Students will select appropriate technical factors.-Students will be able to modify exposure factors for circumstances such as involuntary motion, casts/splints, pathological conditions, and/or patients’ inability to cooperate (i.e. trauma examinations).
  4. Adhere to ethical and legal standards of radiography practice
    • Students will indicate an understanding of the importance of professionalism
    • Students will summarize their professional obligations upon gaining their ARRT.
  5. Apply patient care and management techniques to ensure confidentiality, safety, comfort, modesty, health, and well-being of the patient
    • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills
    • Students will practice written communication skills


Further information regarding Program student learning outcomes is available in the Radiography Program Handbook. A link to the Handbook is provided below.

2014-2015 Radiology Program Student Handbook

2012-2013 Radiography Program requirements

2013 Program Performance

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