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 Effectiveness Data:

Credentialing Examination - Pass on First Attempt (Benchmark 85%)

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: (Benchmark: 60%)

Year: 2014
% Completion: 59% (10/17)
Number of Students: 7 students withdrew for personal reasons
Year: 2015
% Completion: 76% (13/17)
Number of Students: 2 students withdrew but registered for a different program at the college; 3 students withdrew for personal reasons; 1 student returned to the program
Year: 2016
% Completion: 67% (6/9)
Number of Students: 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: 1 student academically unsuccessful Fall 2015; 1 student withdrew for personal reasons after Fall 2015 semester; 1 student withdrew because he refused to get a flu vaccine
Year: 2018
% Completion: 60% (15/25)
Number of Students: 6 withdrew for personal reasons Fall 2016; 1 withdrew for personal reasons Spring 2017; 1 academically unsuccessful Fall 2016; 1 academically unsuccessful Spring 2017; 1 academically unsuccessful Fall 2017
Year: 5 year average
% Completion: 66% (53/80)

Job Placement: (Benchmark: 75% of graduates who actively seek employment are employed within 1 year of graduation*)

Year: 2014
% Job Placement: 100% (10/10)
Number of Students: 3/3 employed within 6 months of graduation; 7/7 employed within 9 months of graduation
Year: 2015
% Job Placement: 85% (11/13)
Number of Students: 2/13 graduates did not return survey or email request for employment information
Year: 2016
% Job Placement: 100% (6/6)
Number of Students: 3/6 returned survey 3/6 per social media
Year: 2017
% Job Placement: 100% (9/9)
Number of Students: 6/9 in person; 3/9 per social media
Year: 2018
% Job Placement: 100% (11/11)
Number of Students: 7/11 in person; 4/11 per social media; 4 students have not passed the certification exam
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.

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