What is Radiography?
This program prepares the you to become a radiographer. The radiographer is prepared to administer ionizing radiation for medical diagnostic imaging purposes. Emphasis is on radiation protection and quality patient care. The curriculum is comprised of specialized courses in radiography with concentrated study in the basic sciences, mathematics and general education.
Classroom instruction is closely correlated with guided clinical practice in affiliated health care facilities. The program requires four consecutive semesters and one summer commitment with an average weekly involvement of 30-40 hours.
What are my career choices?
The radiographer plays an important role on the medical team as a technical assistant to the radiologist, a physician who has specialized in the use of xrays for diagnosis and treatment. A registered radiographer is qualified to work in hospitals, physician s offices, clinics, public health projects, industrial medical clinics, veterans and military hospitals. As a skilled radiographer, you would assist the radiologist in examining for broken bones, ulcers, tumors, diseases or malfunction of various organs. The radiographer adjusts xray equipment to the correct setting for specific examinations, puts the patient into the correct position, makes the required exposure, processes the radiograph and provides patient care.
Credentials Available at SKYCTC
Radiography Associate Degree: 66 Total Credit Hours
- ENG 101 Writing I
- BIO 137 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
- BIO 139 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
- MAT 150 College Algebra or higher
- Social and Behavioral Science Elective
Technical Courses (taken after admission to the program)
Fall Semester First Year
- DMI 102 Medical Terminology for Radiography
- DMI 106 Patient Care and Ethics for Radiographers
- DMI 108 Radiographic Positioning and Procedures I
- DMI 110 Radiography Practicum I
Spring Semester First Year
- DMI 112 Principles of X-ray Production, Exposure & Image Production
- DMI 115 Pharmacology for Radiographers
- DMI 118 Radiographic Positioning and Procedures II
- DMI 120 Radiography Practicum II
- DMI 130 Radiography Practicum III
Fall Semester Second Year
- DMI 128 Radiographic Positioning and Procedures III
- DMI 212 Radiographic Equipment and Quality Control
- DMI 220 Radiography Practicum IV
- DMI 222 Image Analysis
Spring Semester Second Year
- DMI 224 Radiation Protection and Biology
- DMI 226 Radiographic Anatomy and Pathology
- DMI 228 Seminars in Radiography
- DMI 230 Radiography Practicum V
66 total credits
* AHS 115 may be substituted for DMI 102.
- Misc. (Graduation Fees, Exit Exams)***
Total Cost Estimate $14,146.00
*Tuition is based on $174.00 per credit hour and is calculated on maximum credit hours.
**KCTCS BuildSmart Investment for Kentucky Competitiveness Fee of $8.00 per credit hour.
***Represents an approximate cost.
Acceptance into the Radiography program is based on a selective admissions process. If you are interested in applying, you must review:
These are required viewing that you must complete when applying to the Radiography Program.
JRCERT Accredited Program Effectiveness
The following is the most current program effectiveness data for the Associate Degree in Radiography at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. Our accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information.
For additional information concerning radiography careers, pay scale and scholarships, visit these sites.
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologists - ARRT
- American Society of Radiologic Technologists - ASRT
- Bureau of Labor for Stats
- Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology - JRCERT
- Kentucky Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy
- Kentucky Society of Radiologic Technologists - KSRT
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.