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Radiography Technology

Faculty/Advisor List:
Name E-mail Phone Number
Kim Dorton 276-523-7465
Christy Lee, MECC Faculty 276-523-2400 x208
Don Lowe, Program Directory
Southwest Virginia Community College 276-964-7313

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Program requirements:

According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Radiographers are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety ,radiation protection, and basic patient care.

Want to learn more? Click here to view an informational PDF answering many frequently asked questions. Additionally, you can download the Radiography Student Handbook by clicking here.[PDF]

Program Effectiveness Measures:
Goal 1: The Cooperative Radiography Program will monitor program effectiveness.
1.1 Students who enter program will graduate
1.2 Graduates will pass the ARRT registry examination
1.3 Graduate will gain employment as a radiographer
1.4 Graduates will indicate preparedness as an entry-level radiographer.
1.5 Employer satisfaction with graduate’s preparedness for entry-level radiographer.

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate clinical competence and entry-level radiographer skills. 
2.1 Students will practice positioning competency 
2.2 Students will practice the appropriate use of ionizing radiation and protection skills
2.3 Students will practice the appropriate use of technical factors for exposure

Goal 3: Student will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills.
3.1 Students will practice critical thinking / problem solving skills for image quality and acceptability for diagnosis
3.2 Students will practice critical thinking and problem solving skills on non-routine patient

Goal 4: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills and personal accountability.
4.1 Students will practice age appropriate patient communication skills
4.2 Students will practice good writing skills through preparation of a Case Study
4.3 Students will practice good oral skills through presentation of a Case Study
4.4 Students will practice personal accountability for punctuality and appearance

Goal 5: Students will develop professionally and demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of life-long learning.
5.1 Students will understand the role of professional organizations in their career development
5.2 Students will practice an understanding of professional / legal ethics 
5.3 Students will practice networking with colleagues / peers within the profession 




Radiography Program Outcomes

Annual Program Statistics most recent five years

Year Program Completion Rate ARRT Certification Examination Pass % ARRT Comparison to SWCC to National Stats
2008 26 of 36 93% 93 / 91
2009 26 of 36 100% 100 / 91
2010 31 of 41 93% 93 / 92
2011  36 of 43 86% 86 / 92
2012 26 of 32 78% 78 / 93

* 2013 data incomplete at this report date and will be posted summer 2014.


The AAS degree is awarded by Southwest Virginia Community College. SWCC’s program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee for Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Taking Classes

This program is an innovative, cooperative arrangement with Southwest Virginia Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College, and Wytheville Community College. Students register at MECC for their general education course requirements and register through SWCC for their Radiography program courses. However, all class offerings and clinicals are provided on the MECC campus and at local healthcare facilities, with limited travel to other campuses.


After successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take a national registry examination to become a Registered Radiologic Technologist – RT(R). This exam is administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

rad_img3Job Opportunities

Opportunities for Radiographers include employment at hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics, government agencies, research institutions, education, and the armed forces.


The median salary for Registered Radiographers is $38,870 as listed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Admission to the Program
  • Students must apply to Southwest Virginia Community College
  • A high school diploma or the equivalent.
  • Completed with a grade of “C” or better in high school (or college equivalent of): Algebra 1; Algebra 2 or Geometry; Chemistry, and Biology. Students may enroll in MECC’s developmental courses if these requirements are not met: (a minimum of MTE modules 1-6).
  • Completed college placement test (Asset or Compass). All prescribed developmental work must be completed before admission to the program.
  • Submitted high school transcripts, proof of GED if applicable, and all college transcripts to MECC and SWCC.
  • Submitted Radiography Application to SWCC [PDF]
  • Observation in a Hospital Radiology Department for a minimum on twelve (12) hours. These observations must be documented by the radiology personnel denoting date(s) and time(s) and submitted to SWCC. Download Shadowing Form [PDF]

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Last updated: 1/15/2014 9:59:40 AM