Radiography - Curriculum

The Radiography curriculum prepares students to be a entry-level radiographers, skilled healthcare professionals who utilize ionizing radiation to produce quality images of the human body while providing excellent patient care. Students learn to adapt and hone their critical thinking skills to build confidence that is necessary in the art and science of radiographic imaging.

Course work includes clinical rotations to area healthcare facilities, Clinical Education Centers (CEC), radiographic exposure techniques image production, x-ray physics, radiation protection and safety, radiobiology, quality assurance and quality management, patient care and management, radiographic procedures and positioning, pathology, and anatomy and physiology.

Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ (ARRT) national examination for certification and registration as medical radiographers. Radiography is a primary pathway for graduates to earn their first ARRT credential (Registered Technologist, Radiography – R.T.(R)(ARRT)). Completion of the radiography program will allow the graduates eligibility to be enrolled into post-primary imaging pathways such as, Mammography, CT, Breast Sonography, Vascular Sonography, Cardiac Interventional Radiography, Vascular Interventional Radiography, Bone Densitometry, or MRI if they chose to earn another credential. (Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, and Sonography programs are considered primary pathways in which students or graduates do not need to be registry eligible or registered in radiography to enroll). Graduates may be employed in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, medical laboratories, government agencies, and industry.

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The vision of the Radiography program is to achieve in excellence through outcome assessment and continuous improvement, providing students with marketable skills and learning opportunities to foster critical thinking and problem-solving delivered through quality instruction.


The mission of the radiography program is to prepare students to become competent, entry-level radiographers whose expertise will meet the community they serve by providing patient-centered care in a professional, compassionate and responsible manner.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The Radiography Program has three major program goals. Each program goal identifies specific Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).

Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  • 1.1  Students will demonstrate clinical proficiency in positioning.
  • 1.2  Students will demonstrate clinical proficiency in technical factors.

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  • 2.1 Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • 2.2 Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.

Goal 3: Students will develop critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  • 3.1 Students will adapt standard procedures for non-routine patients.
  • 3.2 Students will critique images to determine diagnostic quality.

Program Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of the Radiography Program, the graduate will have the opportunity and potential to:

  • a. apply for, take and pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination within six months after graduation.
  • b. apply for part-time or full-time employment in field and/or within one year after graduation.
  • c. apply for and be accepted into an advanced program of study within one year after graduation.

Some programs at Edgecombe Community College lead to a license and/or certification in North Carolina. Beginning July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education regulations require disclosures for all programs leading to a license or certification. Disclosures will be provided for all states and will indicate whether the program meets licensure requirements, does not meet licensure requirements or has not yet been determined for each state.

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Radiography - Contact

Faculty Advisors

Student’s last name begins with A-E:

Desiree Duncan

Program Chair, Radiography

Office 208, Lamm Building, Rocky Mount Campus
(252) 618-6726

Student’s last name begins with F-L:

Donna Sullivan

Instructor, Radiography

Office 205, Lamm Building, Rocky Mount Campus
(252) 618-6740

Student's last name begins with M-S:

Paige House

Instructor, Radiography

Office 225, Lamm Building, Rocky Mount Campus
(252) 618-6727

Student’s last name begins with T-Z:

Deanne Swartout

Clinical Coordinator

Office 207, Lamm Building, Rocky Mount Campus
(252) 618-6737

Radiography Admissions Counselor

Domonique Hall


Office 117, Student Services, Barnes Building, Rocky Mount Campus
(252) 618-6700