Clinical Requirements

Health, CPR, Background & Drug Screening Requirements of Clinical Agencies

  1. Successful completion of AHA (American Heart Association) BLS (Basic Life Support) course within 12 months prior to the first day of class. The student must provide current CPR card as evidence. CPR training must be renewed annually, regardless of the expiration date on the card, in order to be eligible to register for class and attend clinical.
  2. Physical exam within six months prior to enrollment into the Radiography program. Documentation from physician must include name, DOB, exam date, gross hearing, physical exam (Ht, Wt, TPR, BP), and vision screening.
  3. You must show proof of immunizations. Documentation must include name, DOB, date of immunizations, and must be verified by the physician’s signature/stamp. The following must be included with the most current proof of vaccination dates as required.
    1. Three childhood DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) with dates
    2. One Tdap dose; if Tdap given more than 10 years ago, Td booster
    3. Two Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
    4. First dose of Hepatitis B vaccine series must be taken and proof provided. Student must receive second and third doses on time to remain eligible to attend clinical.
    5. Varicella (chicken pox) immunity by positive blood titer or two dose vaccine series.
    6. Initially, two step PPD (tuberculin skin test) with results. PPD should be at least one week apart, but no more than 21 days apart. This initial sequence cannot be older than 12 months. PPD is repeated annually as long as there is not a national shortage.
    7. Influenza (flu) Vaccine (do not have this done until instructed to do so or it may have to be repeated). Usually done in the month of October of first and fourth semester.
    8. Covid vaccine (full vaccine) without exemptions.  (Due to student clinical rotation, the strictest agency requirement is what the program follows).
  4. Clear criminal background check and negative drug screen is required for final acceptance into the program. The clinical affiliates require this from every individual involved with direct patient care. Without clearance, a student cannot be assigned a clinical rotation. Without clinical experience, a student cannot proceed in the program. In addition, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) requires clearance in order to apply and sit for the national certifying examination, as presented earlier.

Note:  Clinical agencies that the program is contracted with require the CBC/Drug Screening/vaccines.

Clinical Travel Requirements

At a minimum, the ECC Radiography Program requires students to rotate to two major clinical education centers during the 21-month long program (five continuous semesters). Providing the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) standards are maintained (1:1 tech to student ratio), the clinical coordinator and/or program chair assign students to the two closest clinical education centers by his/her registered address in the college Datatel system. On average, the clinical rotation is split between the first three semesters and last two semesters, providing transfers are not needed due to professional competency deficiencies or other unforeseen circumstances.

ECC Radiography program currently limits the student’s clinical education to 25% in performing evening and weekend rotations.

ECC Radiography program is in compliance with the JRCERT Standard 4.4, “Programs  must assure that clinical involvement for students is limited to not more than ten (10) hours per day.”  Any hours over 10 must be volunteered by the student in writing and approved by the Program Chair and the Clinical Coordinator to ensure the 1:1 ratio is maintained.  Students are not assigned to clinical settings on holidays that are observed by the sponsoring institution.  The program allows students to make up clinical time during the term or scheduled breaks by approval of the Program Chair and Clinical Coordinator providing supervision is maintained.

Clinical Travel could estimate up to 200 miles round trip to attend a clinical education center, depending on student’s home address in the college Datatel system. Clinical attendance does change per semester, for example:

Semester Days of Clinical Days of Classes
First 1 2
Second 2 3
Third 2 2
Fourth 3 2
Fifth 3 2

Major clinical education centers affiliated with the Radiography/Imaging Department

ECU Health North
JRCERT #3801
250 Smith Church Road
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Nash UNC Health Care (Nash General and Nash Day)
JRCERT #3716
2460 Curtis Ellis Drive
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Wilson Medical Center A Duke LifePoint Hospital
JRCERT #2990
1705 Tarboro Street SW
Wilson, NC 27893

Minor clinical education centers affiliated with the Imaging Department

ECU Health Orthopedics
JRCERT #9865
171 Highway 125
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
JRCERT #6215
1803 Forest Hills Road
Wilson, NC 27893
Boice Willis Clinic
JRCERT #13145
901 N. Winstead Ave.
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
ECU Healthplex Wilson
JRCERT #01871485
3724 Raleigh Rd. Pkwy W
Wilson, NC 27896
ECU Health Edgecombe Hospital
JRCERT #018714434
111 Hospital Dr.
Tarboro, NC 27886
Wilmed Outpatient Imaging Center
JRCERT #6214
1711 Medical Park Drive
Wilson, NC 27893