The Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiography at Piedmont Virginia Community College prepares you for entry-level jobs in radiography in which you administer x-ray exams to individuals in hospitals, doctors' offices or clinics. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam for certification.

Radiography Student at Clinicals

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

Credit Hours


Required Courses

  • SDV 100: Orientation - 1 credits
  • ENG 111: College Composition I - 3 credits
  • ENG 112: College Composition II - 3 credits
  • BIO 141: Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credits
  • BIO 142: Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 credits
  • PSY 200: Principles of Psychology or PSY 230: Developmental Psychology - 3 credits
  • PHI 220: Ethics or PHI 227: Bio-Medical Ethics - 3 credits
  • RAD 100: Introduction to Radiology & Protection - 2 credits
  • RAD 121: Radiographic Procedures - 4 credits
  • RAD 125: Patient Care Procedures - 2 credits
  • RAD 190: Clinical Internship - 2 credits
  • RAD 111: Radiologic Science I - 4 credits
  • RAD 221: Radiographic Procedures II - 4 credits
  • RAD 131: Elementary Clinical Procedures I - 3 credits
  • RAD 112: Radiologic Science II - 4 credits
  • RAD 231: Advanced Clinical Procedures I - 4 credits
  • RAD 246: Special Procedures - 2 credits
  • RAD 232: Advanced Clinical Procedures II - 5 credits
  • RAD 256: Radiographic Film Evaluation - 3 credits
  • RAD 270: Digital Image Acquisition & Display - 2 credits
  • RAD 205: Radiation Protection & Radiobiology - 3 credits
  • RAD 240: Radiographic Pathology - 3 credits
  • RAD 280: Terminal Competencies in Radiography - 1 credits
  • RAD 290: Coordinated Internship - 3 credits

Admissions Requirements

In addition to admission to the College, there are specific admission requirements for this program. These requirements may change on an annual basis so students should confirm the most up-to-date information in the RAD Information booklet (see link below). Hard copies of this booklet may be found in the Admissions and Advising Center and in the Health and Life Sciences Division office. 

After applying to PVCC, students must also Apply to the Radiography ProgramApplications have closed for the fall 2020 cohort. The application portal will open again on February 1st, 2021. 


Completion of general education courses is one criteria used to make admissions decisions. 

The Program of Radiography at PVCC will treat P+ as a C+ (2.5) grade when determining GPA/points for competitive admissions decisions.
        *Students are encouraged to ask for letter grades if planning to apply to the Radiography program at PVCC.

*Students are highly encouraged to attend one of the RAD pre-admission advising sessions in person.  These sessions give students an opportunity to meet a RAD faculty member and ask specific questions about the program. In addition, students who attend earn an extra point on the selective ranking criteria when the committee reviews applications.

For students who are unable to attend an 'in-person' session, please view our pre-recorded session at the following link (this will be updated in September 2020)

The RAD pre-admission advising session schedule for fall 2020 has been updated.

RAD Program Effectiveness Data

Program Information

Graduation Requirement

Students entering the Radiography degree program are required to take one Writing Intensive Course in order to graduate.  The Writing Intensive Course for this program is RAD 240, which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112. Students who are awarded transfer academic credit for this course at another institution may fulfill the Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement for this degree program by completing another Writing Intensive Course (WIC).


  • The humanities elective for Radiography has been prescribed to be either PHI 220 or PHI 227.  Should a student request another elective to satisfy the humanities requirement, permission is given only by the Dean of Health and Life Sciences.
  • Introductory (101 or 102 level) foreign language courses will not meet the humanities elective requirement for this program.

The PVCC Radiography Program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300

Radiography Program Professional Societies:
American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)

Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists (VSRT)

Radiologic Technologist Licensure Requirements:
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)