Radiography

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

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What is Radiography?

Radiologic Technologists play a critical role in healthcare, using advancing technology to perform diagnostic imaging. These services are often life-saving as early detection allows physicians to effectively treat cancer and other diseases. If you are a people person who enjoys learning about science and technology, OCTC's Radiography Program could be for you. This program utilizes a selective admission process. Applications for admission must be submitted by May 1, and a new class begins each fall. Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in each Radiography course. Graduates earn associate degrees and are eligible to take the exam required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.) to become a registered radiologic technologist [R.T. (R)].

What are my career choices?

Radiologic Technologists is one of the fastest growing careers in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Radiographers hold positions in hospitals, medical testing clinics, health clinics, doctors' offices, outpatient medical centers, research laboratories and industrial firms. According to the Mayo Clinic, the starting salary for a radiographer is about $40,000 a year at large hospitals.

National Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606. Phone: (312) 704-5300.

What will I study?

Radiography and sciences, such as anatomy and physiology, and general education courses. Radiography courses emphasize physics, patient care, positioning and procedures, technical factors, pathology and radiation protection.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science Degree and Transfer

  • AAS Radiography: 68 credit hours

For graduation requirements, see the academic plan.

Admission Requirements

  • Pre-Application Conference (One is mandatory):  February 15, 2019 and March 22, 2019 at 10 am at the OCTC Southeast Campus in Room 212.  Applicants must attend once pre-application conference in order for their application to be considered.
  • Application dates:  April 1st- May 1st
  • To Apply to the OCTC Radiography Program the following must be accomplished:
    •  BIO 137, MAT 150, CIT 105 or digital literacy equivalent required with a “C” or better by the end of the Spring semester of the year applying
    • A minimum of Radiography GPA of 3.0 to include BIO 137, Bio 139, and MAT 150
    • Must take TEAS test within the year and need to include scores from that test with their application, and a copy of their High School transcript must be included
    • Must take ACT:  Copy must be included in application, either from PeopleSoft, ACT website, or college transcript that lists composite and subject area scores
    • Complete the Radiography Program Application
  • Applicants will be selected for admission to the OCTC Radiography Program based on ranking of the following criteria.
    • Overall GPA- Calculated overall GPA within the most recent 30 credit hours
    • Radiography GPA to include BIO 137, BIO 139, and MAT 150
    • TEAS test within the year
    • ACT Composite Score

Admissions Process

The Radiography program uses a selective admissions process. The curriculum emphasizes radiation protection and quality patient care. After successfully completing the program you'll earn an associate in applied science degree and will be eligible to take the required exam by the Registry of Radiologic Technologists and become a registered rad tech. 

Additional Information

 What is the ATI TEAS Assessment?

The ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Assessment is a 170 question, time limited, multiple choice, proctored assessment designed to test basic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage.

How can I prepare for the assessment?

ATI TEAS Study Guides may be checked out from the OCTC Library on the main campus on a one (1) week loan. There are also ATI TEAS Study Guides in the library at the Downtown Campus.

May I use a calculator?

Calculators are allowed. Calculators are embedded in the online version and will be provided by testing center.

How do I register to take the ATI TEAS Assessment?  Simply call Workforce Solutions at 270.686.4444.

Where and when is it available?

The ATI TEAS Assessment will be administered at the OCTC Downtown Campus located at 1501 Frederica Street on the following dates. *Room numbers are subject to change

How much will it cost? 

ATI TEAS Assessment fee: $70

What should I bring? 

Please bring a photo ID and student ID number to the testing site.

ATI Academic Preparedness Category Proficient (58.7% or higher) on the TEAS Assessment

How do I get my score s to the OCTC Radiography Department?

If you take the TEAS at OCTC, you will not need to do anything. We will pull those scores from atitesting.com and enter them in PeopleSoft (the KCTS student records system).

How can I send a copy of my TEAS score/TEAS transcript to the OCTC Radiography Department?

If you tested at another KCTCS institution you may be able to have someone at that campus enter your scores into PeopleSoft. If not, you must go to ATI’s online store at atitesting.com and select TEAS Products/TEAS Discover Transcripts. There is a $27 charge. Transcripts are sent immediately by email. A paper copy from the student is not accepted.

Can I retake the ATI TEAS assessment?

The ATI TEAS assessment may be taken a maximum of 3 times per year with a 4 week wait period between attempts. 

For more information on the ATI TEAS Assessment as well as information on purchasing a study guide and online practice tests, please visit www.atitesting.com, or contact joy.menser@kctcs.edu

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.

 

Program Contact

Dr. Joy Menser, Ed.D RT (R) (T)
Program Coordinator
270.686.4633
joy.menser@kctcs.edu