Program Information



Mission, Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

Performance Standards

Radiography Program
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)


The A.A.S. Radiography Program is a five semester, full-time program beginning in the fall semester of each year. Classes and labs are held at the downtown campus and the clinical education component of the program is conducted in various hospitals and other medical facilities in Wilmington and the surrounding area. Program graduates are eligible to apply to take the national examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for certification and registration as medical radiographers.

Note: The radiography program has a selective admission process that includes an application time frame, point count ranking and a skills assessment course. See admission packet for more information.




Program graduates generally work in radiology departments in hospitals, clinics and  physicians’ offices. The hospital offers a wide variety of subspecialties including orthopedics, mammography, operating room and trauma areas. Average starting hourly wage will range from $18.00 – $24.00 per hour. See the Program Outcomes Table for current employment trends.

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Radiography Program Mission, Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement: The Program’s mission is to prepare graduates to be competent radiographers.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes in Support of the Program’s Mission:

  • Program Goal #1   The graduates of the program will demonstrate competence in skills basic to the Radiography Profession.
    • Student Learning Outcomes in support of goal 1:
      • 1.1  The student will competently perform routine radiographic procedures.
      • 1.2  The student/graduate will provide proper patient care and management.
      • 1.3  The student/graduate will demonstrate proper radiation safety practices to patients, self and others.
      • 1.4  The student/graduate will be clinically competent by rotating through excellent  clinical sites provided by the program.
  • Program Goal #2   The graduates of the program will be able to effectively utilize problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills in the performance of medical imaging procedures.
    • Student Learning Outcomes in support of goal 2:
      • 2.1  The student/graduate will demonstrate competence in non-routine examinations.
      • 2.2  The student/graduate will demonstrate effective communications skills.
  • Program Goal #3   The graduates of the program will demonstrate professional behaviors as part of a healthcare team.
    • Student Learning Outcomes in support of goal 3:
      • 3.1  The students will demonstrate adherence to professional ethics and standards.
      • 3.2  The students will demonstrate behaviors that promote teamwork.
      • 3.3  The graduates will demonstrate professional behaviors and exhibit interest in professional radiologic technology organizations and professional development.
  • Program Goal #4   The program meets the needs of the community by providing qualified radiographers.
    • Student Learning Outcomes (Program Effectiveness Measures) in support of goal 4:
      • 4.1  Students will complete the program within 2 years.
      • 4.2  Graduates of the program will indicate satisfaction with preparation for employment.
      • 4.3  Employers will indicate satisfaction with graduates’ quality of work.
      • 4.4  Graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt.
      • 4.5  Graduates will seek employment in radiography or enter advanced education programs within 12 months.


Program Accreditation Status

The Cape Fear Community Community College Radiography Program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).  Program effectiveness data is found above and also on the JRCERT web site:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Phone (312) 704-5300
Fax (312) 704 5304


The College is also regionally accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
(404) 679-4500


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I.  General Education Courses – These courses are required for graduation and are generally taken while waiting for program admission.

Course # Course Name Credits Notes


MAT 110 or higher


  Must be proficient in MAT 010 through MAT 050

BIO 163

Basic Anatomy and Physiology


  May substitute BIO 168 and BIO 169 for this course

ENG 111

Expository Writing


COM 110

Intro to Communication


May substitute COM 120 or COM 231 for this course.

PSY 150 or

SOC 110

General Psychology or

Introduction to Sociology


Either course is accepted


Humanities Elective


PHI 215,  PHI 240
or HUM 115


II.  Other Courses – These courses are not part of the Radiography curriculum, but will aid in program admission.


College Chemistry

not part of the Radiography curriculum, but will add to the student’s point count.


College Physics

not part of the Radiography curriculum, but will add to the student’s point count.

ACA 111 or 122

College Success

see point count worksheet
(effective for spring 2020 applicants)

CIS 110/111

Computer Literacy

No points given, but required for graduation. This requirement can be met by taking a computer competency exam in the CFCC Learning Lab


III. Major Courses – You will take these once you are officially accepted into the Radiography program and your major has been changed from Pre-Radiography to Radiography. All courses below are taken in this sequence. Note: Any General Education course from above that have not been taken prior to acceptance are required for graduation.

Fall of First Year
Course # Course Name Credits

RAD 110

Intro to Patient Care and Radiography


RAD 111

Radiographic Procedures I


RAD 151

Radiography Clinical Ed  I


RAD 182

Radiography Clinical Elective



Spring of First Year

RAD 112

Radiographic Procedures II


RAD 121

Image Production I


RAD 161

Radiography Clinical Ed  II



Summer of First Year

RAD 122

Image Production II


RAD 141

Radiation Safety


RAD 171

Radiography Clinical Ed  III


Rad 281

Rad Clinical Elective



Fall of Second Year

RAD 211

Radiographic Procedures III


RAD 231

Image Production III


RAD 251

Radiography Clinical Ed  IV



Spring of Second Year

RAD 113

Rad. Lab Elective


RAD 261

Radiography Clinical Ed  V


RAD 271

Radiography Capstone


Total Credits = 74

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Performance Standards – Physical and Cognitive Expectations of a Student Radiographer

You’ll be an excellent candidate for this field if you like to be active and enjoy working with a variety of people. Good communication, problem-solving and analytical skills are also important for radiographers. The profession is a physically demanding one. Tasks on a typical day include assisting lifting patients, transporting patients on stretchers or in wheelchairs, and moving heavy portable imaging equipment within the hospital. The environment is fast paced and stressful and you will be on your feet for several hours at a time. The radiographer must also respond to audio signals and alarms and be able to differentiate subtle shades of gray on a diagnostic image.

According to the nature of the work required in the Radiologic Sciences and the educational requirements of the Radiography Program, the applicant/student must be able to:

  1. reach, manipulate, and operate radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment which is above shoulder level (about six feet above the floor).
  2. lift and carry at least thirty (30) pounds of weight in order to safely transport and use ancillary aids (cassettes, sandbags, portable equipment, etc.) when performing radiologic procedures.
  3. safely move standard wheel chairs and stretchers with patients from the emergency or waiting areas to radiologic examining rooms and safely assist mobile patients from the stretcher or wheel chair to the examining table and back, without assistance.
  4. safely move immobile patients from stretcher to examining table and back with assistance from departmental personnel.
  5. lift, manipulate, and move patients as necessary for the performance of radiologic procedures.
  6. correctly read technique charts, read and select correct exposure factors at control consoles, and read and set correct distances and other equipment settings at the radiographic and fluoroscopic towers.
  7. monitor equipment and background sounds during equipment operation and report unusual or abnormal sounds to the appropriate person.
  8. visually monitor patient for retention of correct position, correct breathing, motion, or evidence of physical or emotional distress during the performance of radiologic procedures, including in dimly lighted environments.
  9. monitor and evaluate the vital signs of a patient including the taking of temperatures and reading standard thermometers, taking blood pressure, monitoring respiration, and pulse rate.
  10. communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, with the patient, patient’s family, clinical personnel, and others in order to obtain or disseminate information relevant to patient care and work duties.
  11. read and correctly carry out written instructions given on requisitions, treatment charts, notes, and other records.
  12. understand and correctly carry out oral instructions given by instructors and clinical personnel including in the special procedures suite or operating room setting where all personnel are wearing surgical masks.
  13. evaluate radiographs for technical quality including visual perception of density levels, contrast levels, evidence of distortion, and evaluation of minute structural details for evidence of blur.
  14. demonstrate emotional stability and mental alertness in day to day interactions with patients, visitors, staff, and peers, in high stress/pressure situations that occur in the radiologic environment.

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