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How to Become a Radiographer

Our Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program teaches students to safely utilize X-rays to perform diagnostic imaging procedures using state-of-the-art equipment. Radiographers use professional and ethical judgment along with critical thinking when performing their duties. Typically, 100% of students pass the ARRT licensure exam on their first attempt, and more than 90% of students are employed in full-time positions. Most of them take positions with Atrium Health upon graduation. Graduates will enter a job market that’s in high demand for radiographers!

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Earn an Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology

  • Learn advanced imaging techniques such as sonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT) and radiation therapy
  • Focuses on the technical education but also how to become a caring, competent and proficient radiographer
  • More than 1,150 hours of guided practice in various hospital and clinical settings across Atrium Health
  • Most of our graduating classes have a 100% pass rate on the national certification exam
  • The majority of graduates step into jobs at Atrium Health
  • Loan Forgiveness program available

Radiologic Technology at Carolinas College of Health Sciences


This five-semester program includes 72 credit hours. Students will have a variety of radiography courses such as Applied Radiography, Imaging and Radiation Physics. This program also includes General Studies courses that fully prepare our students for success in their careers. For detailed curriculum info, download the viewbook below.

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Tuition and Fees

$422 per credit hour

For Tuition & Fee details, visit our Financial Aid page.

Loan Forgiveness

Atrium Health offers a loan agreement available to finance up to $10,000 for students enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program. This loan defers payment on principal and interest, and if the graduate becomes employed full-time by an eligible Atrium Health facility, a work forgiveness option is available. Questions? Contact or 704-355-5486.

Application Requirements

  1. Application – Submit a complete application by the deadline.
  2. High School Transcripts – A minimum 2.5 weighted high school GPA is required.
  3. College Transcripts (if applicable) – A minimum 2.5 cumulative college GPA is required.
  4. SAT or ACT Test Scores – A minimum 900 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT is required. The college utilizes only the critical reading and math portions when calculating the SAT score.
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Priority Deadline Start Date
March 1 September

Priority deadline indicates the date which all applications received before will be guaranteed a review. Applications will still be accepted after the priority deadline until there is no longer space available for that start date.


Nicole Cockerham, Radiologic Technology alumnus

Originally interested in becoming a nurse, Nicole decided that radiologic technology was ultimately the career for her. As a first step, she enrolled in the college's General Studies program and loved the experience.

"At Carolinas College, they know me by name," she says. Nicole earned her associate degree, and based on her performance, secured a spot in the Radiologic Technology program – her ultimate goal.

I know I'm going to get there. I'm determined that nothing is going to stop me."

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Pre-Radiologic Technology Pathway

At Carolinas College, our Radiologic Technology program is extremely competitive. The Pre-Radiologic Technology track is a great way to complete the General Studies courses and then potentially earn guaranteed admission to the Radiologic Technology program depending on your academic performance. Think this is the right path for you? Check out our General Studies page for more info.

Information on Accreditation

The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program received an 8-year accreditation during its last site visit in 2015. Graduates are awarded an associate of applied science degree and are eligible to take the National Registry Exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Additional information regarding program effectiveness can be found by clicking Goals and Outcomes above. Additional accreditation information can be found at

Program Effectiveness Data

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Non-Degree Courses

The Radiologic Technology program provides innovative non-degree training for imaging healthcare professionals. Courses are offered with clinically relevant skills and practical applications to enhance the care of patients. Participants can gain hands-on experience to prepare them for entry into a diagnostic imaging professions career, prepare for certification examinations and enhance their skill set for advancement.

The Computed Tomography (CT) classes are designed to advance knowledge and skill with the modality of computed tomography. With both online didactic and practicum experiences, students are introduced to advanced CT procedures. Classes are designed for the radiographer, nuclear medicine technologist and radiation therapy technologist. Students who are currently employed in CT may consider taking CTT 100 – Computed Tomography Survey if clinical placement is not needed.

CTT 100: Computed Tomography Survey

Credits: 3 (Class) This course is a theory class designed for the ARRT registered Radiologic Technologist to advance their knowledge and skill within the modality of computed tomography. The class focuses on CT physics principles, CT equipment, CT-specific procedures, image acquisition, processing and reconstruction, image quality and cross-sectional anatomy. Patient safety concerns are addressed throughout the course as it relates to radiation safety, contrast issues and an overall emphasis on patient care. The class introduces students to advanced CT procedures, such as CT-guided biopsies, brain perfusions and CT cardiac studies. This course briefly discusses the future advancements of CT technology. Prerequisite: ARRT Registry * Students who are currently employed in CT may consider taking CTT 100 – Computed Tomography Survey if clinical placement is not needed.

The Mammography curriculum provides registered radiologic technologists who are in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) the didactic and clinical experience necessary to become registered mammographers. The online coursework in MAM 101 includes breast anatomy and physiology, patient education and preparation, mammographic procedures, interventional procedures, image analysis, mammographic instrumentation, physics, quality control and quality assurance. MAM 102 provides hands-on training with clinical rotation in mammography facilities.

Successful completion of both MAM 101 and MAM 102 signifies the individual has met the Mammography Quality Standards Act initial training requirements for mammography and is eligible to apply to take the ARRT post primary certification in Mammography.

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