Frequently Asked Questions - Radiography Program

Q - Where is Johnston Community College (JCC) located?

A - JCC’s main campus is conveniently located near the intersection of I-95 and Highway 70 East in Smithfield, North Carolina. Get driving directions.

Q - How do I begin the admission process?

  1. Apply (submit the application to the college) this can be completed on-line at
  2. Request official transcripts from your high school and each college attended.
    Submit transcripts to:
    Office of Enrollment and Student Services
    P O Box 2350
    Smithfield, NC 27577
    Email JCC Admissions

    Official transcripts are received in a sealed envelope from your high school or college(s). Do not open the envelope! Transcripts can also be sent electronically from your high school or College attended.  

Q - Do I have to be a high school graduate to enter the program? 

A - Yes, all applicants must have graduated before entering the program.

Q - What if I took the GED or graduated from an Adult High School do I still need my high school transcript?

A - Yes, this can assist in determining if you have met the admission requirements.

Q - Do you accept the GED diploma?

A - Yes

Q - I took a class at a University in 1994 and the course doesn’t pertain to the Radiography Program. Do I need to obtain an official transcript?

A - Yes, we need official transcripts from your high school and all Colleges attended. No exceptions!

Q - I took the GED at JCC or another Community College in North Carolina. Where do I obtain a copy of my GED scores?

A - All High School Equivalency (HSE) diplomas, transcripts, and verification requests for the GED® , HiSET, and TASC tests are processed online at Diploma Sender or by calling 855-313-5799 for your transcript requests or queries regarding your transcripts or diploma.

Q - I took the GED in another state. How do I obtain the GED scores?

A - Contact the State Board of Education in that state and they should be able to assist you. If you have a copy of your scores the information and where additional scores can be obtained is indicated on the score sheet.

Another option is to contact Diploma Sender at or at 855-313-5799 for your transcript requests or queries regarding your transcripts or diploma.

Q - I graduated twenty years ago will my high school still have my transcripts?

A - Yes, they are required to keep transcripts.

Q - How long does it take to complete the application, transcripts, and /or testing process?

A - Approximately four to six weeks to complete the application process. Please plan accordingly. Transcript arrival, obtaining TEAS scores, and other required documents can sometimes take longer.

Q - What are the admission requirements for the Radiography programs?

  • Review GPA requirements on Admission policy.
  • Graduated from high school or the equivalent before entering the program.
  • Have completed two science courses with a grade of “C” or higher (biology, physics and/or chemistry.
  • Meet the JCC minimum requirements for placement in ENG 111 and MAT 143 without a corequisite.

Q - Are there courses I can take while I am waiting to be admitted to the program?

A - Yes, if you do not meet the requirements, courses are available to meet the science or math requirements. You can to view online or download the radiography curriculum (PDF). 

Any course without a RAD prefix can be taken prior to gaining admission into the program. 

Q - Do I need to complete all related courses before I can be admitted to the program?

A - No. Many students do complete all the general education courses prior to beginning the RAD coursework because it lightens their course load.

Q - What semester is Anatomy & Physiology offered?

A - Johnston Community College offers BIO 168 in the Fall semester of each year and BIO 169 in the Spring semester of each year. Please check the complete course schedule in Self-Service.

Q - What if I have taken the first Anatomy and Physiology and need the second?

BIO 168 - at Johnston CC you study the following body systems: A & P

Terminology, Review of organic molecules, cells, tissues, Integumentary System, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Nervous System

BI0 169 - at Johnston CC you study the following body systems: Endocrine System, Cardiovascular System, Lymphatic/Immune System, Digestive System, Respiratory System, Urinary System, Reproductive System (male & female).

Q - What if I only had biology and not another science course can I use Anatomy & Physiology to meet the science requirements?

BIO 168 and BIO 169cannot be used to meet the science admission requirements.

Q - I have taken Anatomy & Physiology at another college over twenty years (20) years ago do I need to retake the course?

A - Currently, we do not have a time limit on Anatomy & Physiology for the Radiography program

Q - Can I take a foreign language as my Humanities/Fine Arts Elective?

PHI 240 is the humanities course to meet this elective

Q - Can I complete the Radiography program part-time?  

A - The related course work can be completed part-time, but once you are admitted to the program it is a full-time commitment.

Q - How can I view the Radiography curriculum outline?

You can view the Radiography Curriculum online or download it (PDF)

Q - What day and approximate time are the day classes?

A - Radiography classes/clinical are daytime and usually over by 3:00 pm depending on the semester. Students taking general education requirements may be longer. Students are required to perform night and weekend clinical rotations in which they are notified of the dates and times prior to the beginning of the semester.

Q - Where do students complete their clinical training?  

A - Clinical experiences are held at Johnston Health-Smithfield, Johnston Health-Clayton, Wayne UNC Healthcare, Sampson Regional Medical Center, Sampson Regional ODC, Harnett Health Betsy Johnson, Eastern Carolina Medical Center, Cardinal Points Imaging-Clayton, Central Harnett Hospital, UNC Orthopedics of Goldsboro, and Wayne Radiologists, PA.

Q - Can I take classes on any JCC campus?

A - Some related courses may be offered at other JCC sites; however, most courses are available only on the main campus in Smithfield.

Q - What if I meet the requirements and completed all the related course(s), can I be accepted?

A - You can be considered for admission to the Radiography program. It is a competitive program and has more applicants than seats available.

Q - Do you have a waiting list?

A - No, applicants must apply each year to be considered.

Q - How are applicants selected for the Radiography Program?

A - Currently, the College uses a point ranking system. Your college course work and the Health Occupations Test (TEAS). A score of “proficient” must be achieved to be considered. The point ranking is reviewed annually and subject to change. Please review the current admission policy for details pertaining to required scores.

Q - How many students do you accept and do you admit each semester?

A - Approximately thirty (30) students are admitted each Fall.

Q - How many semesters is Radiography program?

A - Five (5)-Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring

Q - Can I work while in the Radiography program?

A - We cannot tell students not to work; however, we suggest not letting your work interfere with your success in college courses.

Q - Is your Radiography program accredited?

A - Johnston Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on the Education of Radiologic Technologists (JRCERT).

Q - Can I obtain additional points on the point ranking for CNA certification?

A - Yes - to obtain points, applicants must have successfully completed a North Carolina approved Certified Nurse Aide I Program and currently listed on the Nurse Aide I Registry with no substantiated finding of resident abuse, resident neglect or misappropriation of resident property in a Nursing Facility. The Certified Nurse Aide I Training Program must include theory, lab and clinical components. Additional information is located on our web site. 

Q - How long is the CNA class?

A - The CNA classes at most community college’s is one-hundred sixty (160) hours with theory, lab and clinical.  Classes last from 12-16 weeks.

Q - How much does the CNA class cost?

A - Please visit the Nurse Aide program web site for details.

Q - I live close to another Community College can I take the CNA class at that College?

A - Yes, CNA must be completed at a State-Approved Training Program. You can view or download a list of approved schools (PDF) 

Q - Should I job shadow in Radiography?

A - Job shadowing is highly encouraged. Applicants will get additional points on the point ranking for job shadowing OR CNA certification.

Q - I am CPR certified by the American Heart Association and my card does not read “Healthcare Provider”. Do I need to retake the CPR class?

A - Yes.

Q - Where can I obtain “Healthcare Provider” CPR certification?

A - Contact Continuing Education at any Community College or if you are presently working in a health care facility they may offer the course at the facility. JCC offers a variety of healthcare certification courses which are scheduled year-round.

Q - How long is the CPR certification valid?

A - Two years (2) however, you cannot let the CPR certification lapse while in the program.

Q - How can I prepare for the Test of Essential Academic Skill (TEAS) test?

A - Study guides are available in the book store, Google search internet study sites and JCC has a prep program in our academic skills center. You can visit the ATI Testing website for additional information.

Q - What is the cost of the TEAS test?

A - The cost is approximately $65.00 per test attempt on campus and approximately $120.00 per attempt online and subject to change without notice. The cost of the TEAS varies on the location that the test is taken-please refer to your specific location of testing.

Q - How many times a year can I take the TEAS test?

A - Three (3) times per academic year.

Q - Will I receive my scores the day of testing?

A - Yes, they will be available on the ATI website.

Q - Can I take the (TEAS) Test at another college and transfer the scores to JCC?

A - JCC will accept TEAS scores directly from ATI.

Q - I have a master’s degree will I have to take the TEAS test?

A - Yes, all applicants applying to the Radiography Program must take the TEAS test.

Q - Is there a minimum score that I must make on the TEAS test for program consideration?

A - There is no minimum score on the TEAS. However the overall TEAS score will be used in the point ranking of applicants. It is important to score well on the TEAS for your point ranking.

Q - Do I need a picture ID to take the TEAS test?

A - Yes, you must present a picture ID on your scheduled date of testing.

Q - How many hours does it take to complete the TEAS test?

A - Please allow three and one-half hours (3 ½).

Q - Will I be taking TEAS test on a computer?

A - Yes.

Q - Do I have to submit to a criminal background check and a drug screening?

A - Yes, all accepted applicants are required by our clinical affiliates to submit to criminal background and drug screening, and random drug screens. Criminal background checks and drug screenings must be completed through the college's designated service provider.

Q - Can the information from a criminal background jeopardize my ability to complete the Radiography program?

A - Yes, the student’s ability to participate in clinical experiences would result in the inability of the student to complete the program.

Q - Do I have to complete the criminal background and drug screening before acceptance?

A - Once you receive your letter of acceptance, you will complete the drug screen and background check based on program specifications and before you start the program.

Q - Does the College review the criminal background checks?

A - The clinical affiliates review the background for placement in their respective facility.

Q - I have lived out of state and moved recently to North Carolina. Can information on a criminal background check be completed for another state?

A - Yes.

Q - What other requirements do I need? 

A - You will be required to show proof of immunizations (childhood, Rubella titer, Hepatitis, PPDs, Tdap, Flu, COVID, etc.) and an annual physical exam while enrolled in the program. This is subject to change as directed by our clinical affiliates.

Q - Do I need health insurance?

A - You will be required to show evidence of Health Insurance coverage and maintain coverage while enrolled in the program.

Q - How do I apply to the Radiography program?

A - Please refer to the Program Admissions Policy on the JCC web page. The deadline to apply and have all contingent admission requirements completed (Steps I and II) and submitted to the Health Science Student Navigator is March 1st of the admitting year. If the deadline falls on a weekend, all materials and documents are due the Friday before the stated deadline.

  • Meet JCC College admission requirements.
  • Official transcripts from high school and all colleges attended must be on file in the Admissions Office at JCC.
  • You will need to attend a face to face/virtual Health Science Information Session-dates and more information can be found on the program web page.
  • Submit Radiography Program Application.
  • Take TEAS TEST.

Q - What are some of the job duties/characteristics of a Radiographer?

A - Taking images of the patient, patient care, communication, team player with the healthcare team.

Q - Do I have to touch people?

A - Yes, as a radiographer you must provide patient care. You will also encounter blood and body fluids.

Q - Do I have to work with needles in Radiography?

A - Yes, radiographers start IV's.

Q - What can I expect as a typical day for a Radiographer?

A - Your day may vary depending on what type of facility that you work in. You will do routine x-rays, mobile exams, fluoroscopy, and surgery as part of your job.     

Contact Information

Ann P. Jackson
Department Chair of Imaging Programs
Office: Health F172A
(919) 209-2156

Admissions Office
(919) 209-2128