Clinical Obligations

The Radiography Program is a five semester, full-time program beginning in the Fall Semester of each year. Classes are held at the downtown campus and the clinical education component of the program is conducted in various hospitals and other medical facilities affiliated with Cape Fear Community College by contract. Collectively the clinical affiliates provide a sufficient number and variety of radiographic procedures to offer students a well balanced, supervised clinical experience. Hours for clinical rotations are generally from 8:00am to 3:30pm (varies). During the second year of the program students will rotate three to four weeks through weekend and weeknight shifts (3:00pm to 10:30pm).  The entire semester clinical schedule will be posted prior to the beginning of each semester.  Sites are located up to 60 miles from the downtown campus.  Transportation to and from these sites are the students responsibility.  Note: A criminal background check and drug screen is required for all clinical sites. Specifics on fees and procedures are found in the admission packet.

In the second year, students will rotate into other modalities such as CT, MRI, Radiation Therapy and Mammography.

Mammography Policy: The radiography program sponsored by Cape Fear Community College has revised its policy, effective 6/1/16, regarding the placement of students in clinical mammography rotations to observe and/or perform breast imaging.  (Additionally, the policy may be applied to any imaging procedures performed by professionals who are of the opposite gender of the patient.)  Under the revised policy, all students, male and female, will be offered the opportunity to participate in clinical mammography rotations. The program will make every effort to place a male student in a clinical mammography rotation if requested; however, the program is not in a position to override clinical setting policies that restrict clinical experiences in mammography to female students.  Male students are advised that placement in a mammography rotation is not guaranteed and is subject to the availability of a clinical setting that allows males to participate in mammographic imaging procedures.  The program will not deny female students the opportunity to participate in mammography rotations if clinical settings are not available to provide the same opportunity to male students.  The change in the program’s policy regarding student clinical rotations in mammography is based on the sound rationale presented in a position statement on student clinical mammography rotations adopted by the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) at its April 2016 meeting.  The JRCERT position statement is available on the JRCERT Web site, www.jrcert.org, Programs & Faculty, Program Resources.

Clinical education centers and locations (links below include directions):