Radiological Sciences

A radiographer is a member of the health care team, providing doctors with images needed to diagnose medical conditions or trauma. Skills needed for the field include adaptability and creativity. Like many health care fields, radiology is both a science and an art, with a high degree of patient interaction.

A radiographer uses ionizing radiation to image all parts of the body. Experience is obtained in trauma, special procedures, surgery, and diagnostic areas. Additional areas one may enter upon graduation are Sonography, Medical Resonant Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Mammography, Cardiac Catherization Lab and Angiography.

Where You Could Go

Employment settings include hospitals, outpatient imaging centers, clinics, private offices, and mobile services.

NC State has over 40 agreements with four-year colleges and universities, to provide a smooth transition for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Through university partnerships, some four-year courses are also offered on the NC State campus or online.

National Certification

Our graduates have demonstrated a 99.3% first-time exam pass rate over the last 10 years.

Program Outcomes

Five Year Average Credentialing Examination

Year: 2014
% Passing on First Attempt: 100%
Number of First Time Examinees Passed/Taking the Test: 10/10
Year: 2015
% Passing on First Attempt: 100%
Number of First Time Examinees Passed/Taking the Test: 13/13
Year: 2016
% Passing on First Attempt: 100%
Number of First Time Examinees Passed/Taking the Test: 6/6
Year: 2017
% Passing on First Attempt: 100%
Number of First Time Examinees Passed/Taking the Test: 9/9
Year: 2018
% Passing on First Attempt: 60%
Number of First Time Examinees Passed/Taking the Test: 9/15
Year: 5 year average
% Passing on First Attempt: 89%
Number of First Time Examinees Passed/Taking the Test: 47/53

Program Completion Rate

Year: 2014
% Completion: 59% (10/17)
Number of Students: 17 began, 10 graduated
7 students withdrew for personal reasons
Year: 2015
% Completion: 76% (13/17)
Number of Students: 17 began, 13 graduated
2 students withdrew, but registered for other programs at the college
3 students withdrew for personal reasons
1 returning student
Year: 2016
% Completion: 67% (6/9)
Number of Students: 9 began, 6 graduated
1 student academically unsuccessful Fall 2014
1 student withdrew for personal reasons Fall 2014
1 student withdrew for personal reasons Spring 2015
Year: 2017
% Completion: 75% (9/12)
Number of Students: 12 began, 9 graduated
1 student was unsuccessful in RADS 1140
1 student withdrew after Fall semester for personal reasons
1 student withdrew because they did not want to get the flu vaccine
Year: 2018
% Completion: 60% (15/25)
Number of Students: 25 began, 15 graduated
6 withdrew Fall 2016 due to personal reasons
1 withdrew Spring 2017 due to personal reasons
1 academically unsuccessful Fall 2016
1 academically unsuccessful Spring 2017
1 academically unsuccessful Fall 2017
Year: 5 year average
% Completion: 66% (53/80)

Five Year Job Placement Rate

Year: 2014
% Job Placement: 100% (10/10)
Number of Students: 3/10 graduates completed graduate survey
3/3 employed within 6 months
7/7 graduates employed within 9 months per word of mouth/social media
Year: 2015
% Job Placement: 85% (11/13)
Number of Students: 2/13 graduates completed and returned survey Survey sent out a 2nd time as an e-mail and attachment. Awaiting responses. The remainder of students (9/13) are employed per notice on Social Media or personal contact word-of-mouth
Year: 2016
% Job Placement: 100% (6/6)
Number of Students: *6/6 students indicated employment within 12 months of graduation.
3/6 per returned survey
3/6 per social media or personal contact.
Year: 2017
% Job Placement: 100% (9/9)
Number of Students: 9/9 employed within 12 months of graduation
6/9 in person
3/9 per social media
Year: 2018
% Job Placement: 100% (11/11)
Number of Students: 11/11 employed within 12 months of graduation
4/11 social media
7/11 in person
4 haven't passed the national test
Year: 5 year average
% Job Placement: 100% (49/49)
*“Not actively seeking employment” is defined as:
  1. Graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment
    status after multiple attempts OR
  2. Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation OR
  3. Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours OR
  4. Graduate is on active military duty AND/OR
  5. Graduate is continuing education.

**Only used information from returned surveys.

For more information regarding program effectiveness data, visit the JRCERT website at
www.jrcert.org