The purpose of the program is to educate motivated individuals in the varied aspects of becoming a qualified medical imaging professional, including such areas as technical skills, patient care considerations, medical knowledge and appropriate work habits. Upon successful completion of all courses in the Radiologic Technology curriculum, the student is eligible to take the national registry examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The CVCC program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT*), which is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education for the accreditation of educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance and medical dosimetry.
Mission, Goals & Outcomes
Radiologic Technology at Central Virginia Community College is dedicated to providing excellence in quality education in the imaging sciences while graduating qualified entry-level radiographers who support the needs of the healthcare system.
Our Program Goals
- Students will demonstrate the effective communication and computer skills necessary for employment in the medical field.
- Students will demonstrate clinical competency in the radiography skills necessary to function as entry-level radiographers.
- Students will demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills relating to the duties of a radiographer.
- Students will demonstrate good ethical behavior and professionalism.
- Students will demonstrate age and gender appropriate communication skills
- Students will demonstrate effective computer skills necessary to to complete procedures
- Students will apply the ALARA concept in practicing radiation protection to the patient, self, and others
- Students will demonstrate accuracy and speed in producing quality radiographic images
- Students will demonstrate the ability to select/modify positioning and procedural techniques relative to patient condition/ability
- Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize quality radiographic images and suggest corrections as needed
- Students will demonstrate professional conduct and knowledge of ethical behavior
- Students will treat patients, staff, and others in a professional manner
The Radiologic Technology program is an intensive 6 semester program in which graduates will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. The program contains 2 main components: clinical education and didactic instruction. The clinical education component prepares students for a career as a Radiologic Technologist by providing real world application of the theoretical principles of radiography, patient care, procedures, and radiation protection to practical experience. Students will have the status of learners and will not replace members of the affiliated staff.
The didactic component requires students to have good study skills and the ability to think critically.Our curriculum is based on the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Curriculum Guide.
All courses are sequenced and may have pre-requisites. There is no fast track option for this program. Upon completion of the 24-month program, graduates are awarded an A.A.S. Degree from Central Virginia Community College and may be eligible to take the
nationally recognized certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Eligibility depends upon meeting the ARRT ethics requirements.
Students can expect to be on campus or in the clinical facilities 5 days a week each semester. The program requires a full-time commitment from students and is best suited for those who are highly motivated, active learners. The program will educate students in the varied aspects of becoming a qualified medical imaging professional, including such areas as technical skills, patient care considerations, communication, medical knowledge, and appropriate professional work habits.
Note: Students who are accepted into the program will be asked to provide a negative drug screen test and provide a Virginia State Police Background check. Students in the program are held to the same ethical standards as those working in the field. For further information regarding ethics, please visit the ARRT ethics requirements page.
Individuals who have a felony or misdemeanor conviction may not be allowed to take the national certification exam. This decision is made by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologies (ARRT) ethics committee. For questions regarding this issue, call the ARRT at (651) 687-0048 or visit their website at www.arrt.org.
Established as a degree program in 1968, the CVCC Radiologic Technology Program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Over 700 students have graduated from the program, providing highly qualified radiologic technologists to health care facilities throughout Virginia and surrounding states.
Potential Employment Opportunities
Employment opportunities as a graduate (after passing the ARRT Certification examination) are available in a variety of settings in both rural and urban areas include:
- More generalized practice in medium to small hospitals
- Specialized clinical practice in large academic medical hospitals and trauma centers
- Clinics and free-standing imaging centers which may offer both special and general practice opportunities
- Private medical practices which may offer radiography
- Clinical practice coupled with expanded responsibilities in quality control, education, data management, and supervision, particularly in large hospitals.
In addition, graduates seeking to learn a new modality (such as CT Scan or MRI) after program completion and passage of the ARRT Certification Examination may wish to explore these options in community colleges close to our area. Below, you will find links to the programs at Virginia Western Community College as well as Piedmont Va Community College.
We are also proud to partner with several four-year institutions to offer opportunities for our graduates to further their education in radiologic technology after leaving CVCC. Information is provided below and additional information may be obtained from either the CVCC advising center or the respective four-year institution.
Graduates interested in modality training upon graduation from our program should review the following opportunities offered at community colleges in Charlottesville and Roanoke. Questions regarding the programs should be directed to the respective colleges.
Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC)
- Certificate in CT Scanning: https://www.pvcc.edu/programs/computed-tomography-ct-0
- Certificate in Echocardiography: https://www.pvcc.edu/programs/echocardiography
- Certificate in Mammography: https://www.pvcc.edu/programs/mammography
- Certificate in MRI: https://www.pvcc.edu/programs/magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri-0
Virginia Western Community College (VWCC)
- AAS in Radiation Oncology: https://www.virginiawestern.edu/academics/health-professions/radiation-oncology/
- Certificate in CT Scanning: https://www.virginiawestern.edu/academics/health-professions/ct-imaging/
- Certificate in MRI: https://www.virginiawestern.edu/academics/health-professions/mri/
Bluefield State College
Pursue a BS in Radiologic Technology with no additional clinical assignments. All courses offered online.
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Pursue a BS in Radiologic Sciences with no additional clinical assignments. All courses offered online.
Old Dominion University
Pursue a BS in Health Science with a Major in Management or Human Services.
University of Virginia
Pursue a BPHM in Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management.
The CVCC Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The JRCERT contact information is:
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304
An accredited program is a program that has been found to meet or exceed the Standards for an Accredited Program in Radiologic Technology. Our information and more about accreditation can be found on the JRCERT website at www.jrcert.org. The direct link to our program information on the JRCERT site is: https://www.jrcert.org/programs/central-virginia-community-college/
Our program underwent a site visit in 2018 for continuing accreditation. The CVCC Radiologic Technology Program was awarded the maximum 8 year accreditation award after our site visit. We will have an iterim report due in 2022 and our next scheduled review is June 2026.