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: 68 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)
- 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
- DMI 114 Principles of X-ray Production, Exposure & Image Production
- DMI 115 Pharmacolgy for Radiographers
- DMI 118 Radiographic Positioning and Procedures II
- DMI 120 Radiography Practicum II
- DMI 130 Radiography Practicum III
- DMI 128 Radiographic Positioning and Procedures III
- DMI 214 Radiographic Equipment and Quality Control
- DMI 220 Radiography Practicum IV
- DMI 222 Image Analysis
- DMI 224 Radiation Protection and Biology
- DMI 226 Radiographic Anatomy and Pathology
- DMI 228 Seminars in Radiography
- DMI 230 Radiography Practicum V
68 total credits
* Documentation of computer literacy as defined by KCTCS is required prior to admission to DMI courses.
- Misc. (Graduation Fees, Exit Exams)***
Total Cost Estimate $13,806.00
*Tuition is based on $169.00 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.
Admission Requirements (NEW 2018 revision)
Acceptance into the Radiography program is based on a selective admissions process. If you are interested in applying you musy view the RAD (Radiography Advisement Documentation) Orientation PowerPoint. This is a required session that you must complete when applying to the Radiography Program.
After viewing the RAD Orientation PowerPoint, you may then obtain a Radiography Application/Viewing Verification form from Sonya Corder located in building L room 223 on the Main Campus.
If you have applied to the program or viewed the RAD Orientation PowerPoint in the past, you must still view the RAD Orientation PowerPoint again and submit a new application and other necessary information to be considered for acceptance. Applications are not retained from one year to the next. If you are not admitted to the radiography program and desire to be considered again, a new Radiography Application/Viewing Verification form must be completed. There is no waiting list.
JRCERT Accredited Program Effectiveness
The Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
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.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.