Tidewater Community College’s nationally accredited radiography program prepares you to work with patients of all ages and conditions in settings that range from hospitals to imaging centers to clinics and doctors’ offices, where you will be an integral member of a skilled health care team. Our program prepares you to be a radiologic technologist, working side by side with imaging professionals in the clinical setting learning something new about the exciting field of imaging sciences every day.
Credits:72 View Curriculum
Locations:Virginia Beach Campus
Associate of Applied Science - Radiography
You’ll take classes on anatomy, equipment, radiation safety, radiation protection, and basic patient care, gaining the hands-on expertise and soft communication skills required to be successful on the job. TCC’s radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
Credits:9 View Curriculum
Locations:Virginia Beach Campus
Career Studies Certificate - Computed Tomography
This program allows registered radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine technologists and qualified senior TCC radiography students to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) advanced certification in computed tomography. Note: Credits from this program do not stack towards the associate degree.
Credits:26 View Curriculum
Locations:Virginia Beach Campus
Career Studies Certificate - Magnetic Resonance Imaging
This program allows registered radiographers, radiation therapists, and nuclear medicine technologists the opportunity to acquire the competencies and skills necessary to earn certification in MRI from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Note: Credits from this program do not stack towards the associate degree.
Additional Program Information:
TCC’s radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology 20 North Wacker Drive, Ste 2850 Chicago, IL 60606-3182 (312) 704-5300 firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission to the radiography program requires a separate application in addition to general admission to the college.
To qualify for this competitive program, you will need to complete and submit your application by December 18 for May admission.
Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session, which is held the third Thursday of each month (except December) at 3 p.m. in the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus.
Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the radiography program.
If you are a registered radiographer, nuclear medicine technologist or radiation therapist, you are eligible to pursue a Career Studies Certificate in Computed Tomography. A 10- to 15-hour commitment per week is required each semester.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
If you are a registered radiographer, nuclear medicine technologist or radiation therapist, you are eligible to pursue a Career Studies Certificate in MRI. This program requires 24 hours of clinical practice in each of three semesters beginning each fall.
Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Radiography Program at Tidewater Community College is to prepare competent and professional technologists who will pass the ARRT Certification examination and gain employment as an entry-level radiographer. The program intends to help adults of all ages and backgrounds achieve their individual goals and contribute as citizens and workers to the vitality of an increasingly global community.
This mission is accomplished through:
- Fair and objective admission standards.
- Accessible and affordable education without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, handicap, national origin or other non-merit factors.
- Commitment to high quality instruction, and a variety of instructional approaches and delivery methods to support student’s diverse learning styles.
- Cultural diversity as a critically important strength for students to meet the changing needs of a pluralistic, democratic society.
- Guidance and mentoring for students to achieve their educational goals and succeed in passing the ARRT Certification exam.
- Provision of a comprehensive curriculum consisting of broad opportunities for students to develop skills in conceptual and theoretical understanding, analytical judgment, critical thinking, and the ability to problem solve.
- Didactic and clinical objectives addressing radiation protection, professional ethics, and safe care for patients.
- Provision of clinical practice to enable students to develop professionally and acquire the necessary knowledge base, communication, and practical skills to succeed in the profession.
- Partnerships and proactive responsiveness to provide a balance of radiographers to the region and an attempt to meet the needs of the community it supports.
- Encouragement and preparation for students to engage in professional development and lifelong learning activities
Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
Goal I. Students will be Clinically Competent
- Students will demonstrate accurate positioning skills
- Students will apply appropriate radiation protection practices
- Students will demonstrate appropriate and safe patient care skills
Goal II. Students will Apply Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills
- Students will demonstrate critical thinking when performing radiographic procedures
- Students will be able to adjust exposure factors to accommodate patient variables
Goal III. Students will Demonstrate Effective Communication Skills
- Students will communicate effectively in writing
- Students will demonstrate effective communication skills with patients
Goal IV. Students will Demonstrate Professional Development and Growth
- Students will exhibit professional behavior
- Students will treat patients in a professional manner
Program Effectiveness Benchmarks
- Graduates overall satisfaction with the program – 3.5 or higher on 5 point scale
- Employers overall satisfaction with the program – 3.0 or higher on 4 point scale
- 75% of students who enroll in the program will graduate
- 90% of Graduates will pass the ARRT certification exam (5 year average)
- 80% of Graduates will gain employment as a radiographer within 1 year (5 year average)
Program Effectiveness Data – Actual Outcomes for the Last 5 Years
ARRT Certification Exam 5-Year Average Pass Rate – 97.4%
- 2018 – 31 out of 31 students passed on the first attempt =100% pass rate
- 2017 – 31 out of 31 students passed on the first attempt = 100% pass rate
- 2016 – 26 out of 29 students passed on the first attempt = 89.6% pass rate
- 2015 – 34 out of 35 students passed on the first attempt = 97.1% pass rate
- 2014 – 29 out of 29 students passed on the first attempt = 100% pass rate
Graduate 5-Year Average Job Placement Rate – 97.1%
*JRCERT defines “not actively seeking employment” as a graduate:
- Who fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts
- Unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation
- Unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours
- On active military duty OR continuing his or her education
This job placement rate is based on the number of graduates actively seeking employment and determined within 12 months of graduation
- 2018 – 30 out of 30 graduates employed within 12 months of graduation = 100%
- 2017 – 27 out of 28 students who sought employment gained employment = 96.4%
- 2016 – 25 out of 26 students who sought employment gained employment = 96.1%
- 2015 – 30 out of 30 students who sought employment gained employment = 100%
- 2014 – 25 out of 27 students who sought employment gained employment = 92.6%
5-Year Average Program Completion (Graduation) Rate – 81.7%
Within 36 months of beginning the 24-month program
- 2018 – 30 out of 38 students who enrolled in the program graduated = 81.5%
- 2017 – 31 out of 38 students who enrolled in the program graduated = 81.5%
- 2016 – 31 out of 38 students who enrolled in the program graduated = 81.5%
- 2015 – 35 out of 38 students who enrolled in the program graduated = 92.1%
- 2014 – 29 out of 40 students who enrolled in the program graduated = 72.5%
The accuracy of this data can be verified by visiting JRCERT’s web site.
Diagnostic Radiographers may choose to advance their careers by earning additional imaging science certifications in:
- Nuclear Medicine Technology
- Radiation Therapy
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – View the information packet
- Mammography – View the information packet
- Computed Tomography – View the information packet
- Quality Management
- Bone Densitometry
- Cardiac – Interventional Radiography
- Vascular – Interventional Radiography
- Vascular Sonography Breast Sonography
Tidewater Community College’s course work can prepare you to earn the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification and registration in Mammography.
To begin this course work:
- You must be an ARRT-registered Technologist, or a TCC senior Radiography Program student in good standing
- You must obtain permission from an FDA approved mammography facility to perform a clinical rotation
Is this program for you?
Yes, if you:
- have excellent communication skills
- have an aptitude for math and science
- enjoy working with patients