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Radiography

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Develop a dynamic career in medical imaging with a comprehensive associate of applied sciences in radiography that includes specialized courses and hands-on clinical practice.

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What is Radiography?

Prepare to become a radiographer! 

A radiographer is like a photographer. A photographer that uses ionizing radiation instead of a camera. Ionizing radiation includes gamma rays, X-rays, and higher energy ultraviolet. Radiographers use special scanning machines that make images for medical purposes. Doctors then use those images to diagnose and treat their patients. 

Radiography is both an art and a science. You'll use radiation to provide images of the human body. Its tissues, organs, bones, and vessels. These images may be on film or displayed on a video screen. Sometimes the images are motion picture film or videotape. Radiologists (physicians who have had special training in interpreting x-ray images) read or diagnose these images. Treatment of patients depends on the accurate and precise production of radiographic examinations.

The radiographer is an essential member of the health care team. The body part of the patient must be positioned, and only the amount of radiation necessary to produce a quality diagnostic image must be applied. These are two important aspects of the responsibilities of the radiographer. Radiation, when used by persons uneducated in its characteristics and potential hazards, can be dangerous to the patient and the user. The radiographer understands radiation and knows how to produce quality diagnostic examinations safely. This protects both the patient and the radiographer.

With this knowledge, radiography is a safe career. It is also a satisfying career. The radiographer contributes a special talent to help diagnose injury and disease.

Our radiography program will challenge you!

Enrolled students must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each Radiography course. Courses emphasize radiation protection and quality patient care. 

We also prepare our students with: 

  • Specialized courses in radiography 
  • Concentrated study in the basic sciences, mathematics, and general education

The curriculum requires attendance in the summer session, fall, and spring semesters. 

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

After graduation, you're eligible to apply for the radiography registration examination.

Admissions

PRE-ADMISSION CONFERENCE

The pre-admission conference is designed to provide information and answer questions about the admissions process and requirements for the radiography program offered by Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC).  Students who want to be considered for the fall 2021 Associate of Applied Science Degree, Radiography Class must attend a pre-admission conference.  March 1, is the deadline for students to complete the application process and to submit all required documents to the BCTC Selective Admissions Office for the radiography program applications file. 

Virtual Pre-Admission Conference Information

  • Due to quarantine concerns with COVID, the Radiography Program is conducting pre-admissions conferences virtually. Please contact lesley.klosterman@kctcs.edu for further information.

In addition to attending the pre-admission conference, the following documents must be submitted to the BCTC Admissions Office by March 1 to complete the applicant file.

  1. Application for admission to Bluegrass Community and Technical College. This must be updated on an annual basis.
  2. Official high school transcript (with graduation date) indicating that the applicant has or will complete a high school course of study or a passing GED® official score report.
  3. Official Transcripts* of all post-secondary education or training.

ADMISSION PROCESS

Students will be responsible for collecting all documents for the admission process and submitting to the Office of Admissions or the Selective Admissions Department(s) as a completed application. Incomplete files will not be accepted.

Follow this link for the selective admissions process: Selective Admissions

Follow this link for the college admissions site: Admissions

The following information has been taken from the Rules of the Senate of KCTCS and is subject to change without notice. Admission to the Radiography Program is open to all qualified students regardless of economic or social status, and without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.

Each applicant must submit the following credentials to the Office of Admission:

  1. Completed application for admission to the college
  2. Transcripts of all post-secondary education or training

Each applicant must complete the following for the Office of Selective Admission:

  1. Create a Selective Admission System Account
  2. Submit Transcripts of all post-secondary education or training
  3. Submit documentation of pre-admission conference
  4. Completed application submitted by March 1st

Important Notice

You will also need to submit a current copy your active State Nurse Aide registry from the website

  • NAA 100 is offered at BCTC and will enable students to meet the active status on a state nurse aide registry.

*Please try to have all documents submitted by February 15th to enable the selective admission office to prepare student files.

PREFERENCE CATEGORIES

Admission to the Radiography Program is open to all qualified students regardless of economic or social status, and without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, age, national origin or disability.

Preference may be given to applicants who have:

  • Applicants who have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better (4 point scale) in 10 hours or more of college credit applicable to the radiography program,
  • Applicants who have completed the biological and physical sciences and mathematics courses listed in the radiography curriculum with a grade of C or better,
  • Applicants who are registered and/or licensed in an allied health or nursing profession,
  • Applicants who have active status on a state nurse aide registry.

Note: Applicants whose credentials fall below the minimum criteria may be informed of an early decision regarding their admission status.

Transfer Opportunities

A unique partnership exists between Eastern Kentucky University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College. In 2001, BCTC and EKU began a process of establishing opportunities for graduates of BCTC to continue their education at EKU. Opportunities for BCTC graduates to earn a BS degree in either Health Education or Health Services Administration.

Opportunities also exist between Morehead State University and KCTCS. Morehead offers BS degree with a focus in advance technology.

The University of Kentucky offers a baccalaureate degree in Clinical Leadership and Management for experienced health care professionals to gain education and skills in management.

Visit the Transfer Center webpage for more information.

Additional Information

MISSION

Consistent with the vision and mission statements of BCTC, the Radiography Program will be a leader in workforce development by providing a quality education in the field of Radiologic Technology. The program will utilize a competency-based evaluation system to prepare graduates with the necessary skills to administer the production of high-quality medical imaging. Faculty emphasizes critical thinking, effective communication and encourages students to continue their professional development after graduation. A variety of clinical environments along with instruction in the classroom and laboratory, will provide program participants with a well-rounded educational experience.

RADIOGRAPHY VALUES

  • Intellectual, professional and personal growth of students’ faculty and staff
  • Excellence in teaching, advising, and supporting students
  • Student success through individualized attention
  • Climate of mutual respect and collaboration
  • Interactive and adaptive relationship with the radiography community
  • Lifelong learning
  • Cultural diversity and human dignity
  • Continuous improvement of the program

RADIOGRAPHY GOALS AND STUDENT OUTCOMES

  1. Students/Graduates will demonstrate clinical competence.
    • Students will utilize proper radiation protection practices.
    • Students will provide appropriate speed when performing radiographic images.
    • Students will properly position for radiographic procedures.
    • Students will utilize and demonstrate appropriate technical factors for procedures.
  2. Students/Graduates will demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and health care workers.
    • Students can demonstrate effective communication skills to patients (bedside manner).
    • Students can work alongside other healthcare professionals efficiently and effectively.
  3. Students/Graduates will demonstrate the critical thinking skills needed in the Radiology profession.
    • Students will demonstrate appropriate measures to correct inadequate images.
    • Students will critique images for positioning precision.
    • Student will identify different pathologies and recognize what technical adjustments need to be made.
    • Students will display appropriate critical thinking and problem-solving skills during trauma procedures.
  4. Students/Graduates will grow and develop professionalism.
    • Students will be involved with and understand professional growth.
    • Students will exhibit a professionalism in the clinical setting.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS

Once admitted to the Radiography Program, students are expected to attend all class, laboratory, and clinic assignments. The following is a current breakdown of the Radiography classes:

Fall Semester, 1st Year

Coursework Days Times Requirement
Class
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 - 11:50 a.m. 6 hours per week
Laboratory
  • Wednesday, Friday
  • 8:00 - 9:50 a.m. or
  • 1:00 - 2:50 p.m.
2 hours per week
Clinic
  • Tuesday, Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 16 hours per week

Spring Semester, 1st Year

Coursework Days Times Requirement
Class
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 - 11:50 a.m. 6 hours per week
Laboratory
  • Wednesday, Friday
  • 8:00 - 9:50 a.m. or
  • 1:00 - 2:50 p.m.
2 hours per week
Clinic
  • Tuesday, Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 16 hours per week
Weekend
  • Friday, Saturday or
  • Saturday, Sunday
Variable 16 hours per semester

Summer Session 1

Coursework Days Times Requirement
Clinic Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 30 hours per week for 6 weeks
Class Tuesday 8:00 - 11:30 a.m. Part of the clinic requirements

Fall Semester, 2nd Year

Coursework Days Times Requirement
Class
  • Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 3 hours per week
Laboratory
  • Tuesday or
  • Thursday

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

1 hour per week
Clinic
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.(Monday, Wednesday)
  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.(Monday, Wednesday)
  • 16 hours per week for Monday, Wednesday
  • 4 hours per week for Friday
Weekend
  • Friday, Saturday or
  • Saturday, Sunday
Variable 16 hours per semester
Evening
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Variable 67.5 hours over three weeks

Spring Semester, 2nd Year

Coursework Heading Times Required Hours
Class
  • Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 3 hours per week
Laboratory
  • Tuesday or
  • Thursday
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
1 hour per week
Clinic
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday)
  • 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Friday)

16 hours per week for Monday, Wednesday

4 hours per week for Friday

Weekend
  • Friday, Saturday or
  • Saturday, Sunday
Variable 16 hours per semester
  • Clinic weekend or evening times are based on the clinical educations settings staffing availability. Weekend shifts must be complete consecutively, and any missed days will incur a make-up day.
  • Scheduled times may be changed due to staffing/educational requirements. Program will inform student in advance of any scheduled changes.

Program Effectiveness Data

The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. The information can be found directly on the JRCERT webpage.

For the JRCERT Program Effectiveness Data please visit the following links:

CREDENTIALING EXAMINATION

The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Number passed on 1st attempt divided by number attempted within 6 months of graduation
Year/Category Results
2017 14 of 15; 93%
2018 23 of 24; 96%
2019 14 of 15; 93%
2020 13 of 15; 87%
2021 15 of 16; 94%
5-Year Average 79 of 85; 93%

JOB PLACEMENT

The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Number employed divided by number actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation
Year/Category Results
2017 11 of 11; 100%
2018 21 of 21; 100%
2019 13 of 13; 100%
2020 14 of 14; 100%
2021 16 of 16; 100%
5-Year Average 75 of 75; 100%

PROGRAM COMPLETION

The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 88%.

Number graduated divided by number started the program
Year Results
2021 17 of 24; 71%

Program Location

The Radiography program is located in Lexington on Leestown Campus, in the M Building. Students may choose to take all prerequisite and general education coursework online or at any BCTC campus.

What Are my Career choices?

Opportunities are many and varied. Graduates are needed to fill the demands of many hospitals and clinics providing patient services around the clock.

Salaries for the entry-level radiographer are competitive with other health professionals with similar educational backgrounds.

Where Radiographers Work:

  • Hospital
  • Clinic
  • Private Office
  • College/University
  • Industrial Laboratory
  • Experimental Laboratory
  • Commercial Sales
  • Baptist Health Lexington
  • Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center
  • Frankfort Regional Medical Center
  • Georgetown Community Hospital
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Lexington Clinic
  • Mercy Health - Marcum and Wallace Hospital
  • Saint Joseph East Hospital
  • Saint Joseph Main Hospital
  • University of Kentucky Medical Center
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center

With experience, the career of a Radiographer can advance in various directions:

  • Advanced Technology
  • Supervision/Management
  • Education/Research

Other Modalities of Radiologic Technology

  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance
    Imaging (MRI)
  • Mammography
  • Bone Densitometry
  • Radiation Therapy
    Technology
  • Diagnostic Medical
    Sonography
  • Nuclear Medicine
    Technology
  • Quality Assurance
    PACS Administrator

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

The catalog describes the course requirements for completing the credential. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.

At this time we do not offer any certification programs.

Accreditation

Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The program has a current length of 5 years accreditation award which was awarded in 3/2015.

View Accreditation Details

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied sciences degree in 24 months 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.

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Program Contact

Lesley Klosterman

Program Coordinator

(859) 246-6354

lesley.klosterman@kctcs.edu

Morgan Gagle

Clinical Coordinator

(859) 246-6679

morgan.gagle@kctcs.edu
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