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.
In addition to the academic focus, the clinical component is a unique aspect of the program. In the clinical setting, the student learns to master skills necessary to be successful in their chosen field.‚ the clinical rotations expose students to a wide variety of clinical experiences as well as potential employers.
The Radiography Program Policy and Procedure Handbook describes the clinical aspect and other unique aspects of the Radiography program.
New Hepatitis-B Vaccine Requirement- see bottom of page
Credentials and Employment
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.
Mission Statement, Goals, and Student Learning Outcomes
The mission of the Radiography Program is to prepare caregivers of the highest quality for radiography positions in healthcare facilities.
Goal: Graduates will become knowledgeable, clinically competent radiographers.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will comprehend and apply appropriate radiation protection practices.
- Students will demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and accuracy in radiographic procedures
Goal: Graduates will acquire appropriate oral and written communication skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication skills during on campus activities.
- Students will demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patient interactions in the clinical setting
Goal: Graduates will acquire critical thinking skills in order to problem solve effectively.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will be able to practice problem solving through the identification, analysis, and solving of clinical problems.
- Students will be able to practice problem solving in simulated lab experiences
In addition to tuition and books, students are responsible for extra costs for uniforms, supplies, medical exam, insurance, and travel to clinical sites. Refer to the Radiography Student Handbook for a full list of program costs.
Selection is competitive and is based on scores on the HESI A2 exam.
Drug screens and background checks are required by our clinical affiliates in order to attend clinical rotations. Students with positive drug screen, criminal charges, or criminal convictions may not be able to attend clinicals, and therefore will be unable to progress within the program. Complete information regarding the procedure will be provided at the program orientation.
- College Application: Complete an SCC admissions application online. Set up your SCC student email account.
- Transcripts: Submit official (sealed) high school/high school equivalency and all college transcripts to the admissions office.
- Course Placement Requirements: Students must place into ENG 111 and into MAT 143 without a co-requisite.
- Prerequisite Classes: Any developmental English and math classes indicated by the placement test. Completion of Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 094 or 165) AND Physics (PHY 110/110A) with a grade of C or better verified by high school or college transcript.
- All applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA to be considered for admission.
- HESI A2 (Admission Assessment Exam): A 75+ cumulative score is required to apply in Early Consideration. Students who do not achieve a 75 may apply in Late Consideration. Students may only take the HESI A2 twice in an academic year (September-May). HESI A2 scores for tests taken within the last three years will be reviewed. Tests must be scheduled in advance; dates and registration are online. Test cost is $55, subject to change.
- Health Sciences Application: Submit an online application by the deadline listed below. Applications can be accessed from the Health Sciences webpage.
Early Consideration: Last Friday in January
Late Consideration: Last Friday in April
RAD Essential Functions
Before official enrollment in RAD Program courses, students must present a personal statement to verify that they can fulfill certain essential functions. These include, but are not limited to: Physical Ability, Visual Acuity, Hearing Acuity, Speech/Communication, Critical Thinking, Emotional Stability, Personal Attributes, and Ability to Travel.
A complete list of essential functions can be viewed in the Radiography Program Policy and Procedure Handbook.
The Radiography program at Sandhills Community College is accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182. The program was awarded an 8-year accreditation by the JCERT in 2013 and the program has remained in good standing.
Because the use of computers is integral to this curriculum, some portions of courses are web-enhanced to provide students resource material related to their studies.
Hepatitis-B Vaccine Requirement
Effective October 1, 2021, all Radiography students must complete the 3-injection Hepatitis-B immunization prior to attending clinical experiences. If you are applying to Radiography and have not had the Hepatitis-B vaccine series, you must begin the series in January prior to clinical classes to meet the clinical deadline. Speak with your Radiography advisor for more information. Complete vaccine requirements are available here.
General Health Sciences Admissions Questions
Robin Garner, Program Coordinator
158 Kennedy Hall
Janna W. May, Clinical Coordinator
157 Kennedy Hall