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Clinical Obligations

The Radiography Program is a five-semester, full-time program beginning each year’s Fall Semester. Classes are held at the downtown campus. The program’s clinical education component 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 8:00 am to 3:30 pm (varies). During the program’s second year, students will rotate three to four weeks through the weekend and weeknight shifts (2:00 pm to 10:30 pm). The entire semester clinical schedule will be posted before the beginning of each semester. Sites are located up to 60 miles from the downtown campus. Transportation to and from these sites is the student’s responsibility. Note: A criminal background check and drug screen are 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 (for observation only) such as CT, MRI, Radiation Therapy and Mammography.

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

The program’s policy regarding student clinical rotations in mammography (may be applied to any imaging procedures performed by professionals who are of the opposite gender of the patient) 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.

CFCC Radiography Program 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.

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