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 between April 1st - May 1st, 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.
The program is currently accredited for an 8 year award starting March 2014 by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606. Phone: (312) 704-5300.
The award can be accessed at www.jrcert.org
Program Mission, Goals, and Effectiveness
Owensboro Community and Technical College Radiography program’s mission is to provide a quality education to our students. We strive to (1) produce academically and clinically competent radiographers who will provide quality healthcare to their community and (2) foster and support life-long learning by sustaining the mission statement of the institution.
1) Students will have the necessary skills to function as competent entry-level radiographers.
i) Students will demonstrate exceptional quality patient care.
ii) Students will exhibit overall outstanding clinical skills.
2) Students will effectively demonstrate the ability to think critically.
i) Students will determine the need to modify a procedure according to patient conditions.
ii) Students will perform under pressure and provide assistance in complex situations.
3) Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
i) Students will demonstrate the proper use of AIDET when communicating with patients.
ii) Students will utilize effective writing skills.
4) Students will demonstrate professionalism.
i) Students will demonstrate professional behavior by dependability and accountability.
ii) Students will submit a professional development plan.
Owensboro Community and Technical College Radiography Program is an accredited program through Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
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.
- Pre-Application Conference (One is mandatory): Third Friday in February and Third Friday in March at 10 am at the OCTC Southeast Campus in Room 212. Applicants must attend one pre-application conference in order for their application to be considered.
- Application dates: April 1st - May 1st. Please submit your application, ACT and TEAS scores, and any transcripts via the portal.
- To Apply to the OCTC Radiography Program the following must be accomplished:
- BIO 137 and MAT 150, 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
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.
New Student Orientation
If accepted to the Radiography program, all new students will be expected to participate in a mandatory new student orientation that will be held TBD May. This event will last from 10 am until 2 pm or later, and covers vital information regarding the Program policies, clinical education, curriculum guidelines, discipline procedures, JRCERT accreditation standards, etc. In August the new Cohort of students will then attend a week long orientation into the program. This will usually happen the week before regular classes start. This is also MANDATORY that every student accepted into the program attend. Failure to attend this week long orientation will cause the student to be dropped from the roster and forfeit their position in the program. Students will be expected to sign in at the beginning of orientation. Due to extensive amount of information covered during this session, it is not possible for a student to obtain this information at another time if missed. Therefore, absence from this mandatory orientation will be perceived as a decline of the offered position in the Radiography program and the student will not be permitted to begin the Program in the fall semester. This policy applies to all accepted Radiography students regardless of their previous status in the Radiography program.
Students should consider this a mandatory requirement of the Radiography program and plan their schedule accordingly prior to applying to the Program
What is the ATI TEAS Assessment?
The ATI TEAS (Assessment Technologies Institute, 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: $85
What should I bring?
Please bring a photo ID and student ID number to the testing site.
How do I get my score to the OCTC Radiography Department?
Include a copy of your TEAS scores with your application packet.
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.
The ASRT (American Society of Radiologic Technology) is a National society that promotes excellence within the field of Imaging Science. They offer educational and Career opportunities, Professional Resources, and publications.
Owensboro Community & Technical College Radiography Program Clinical Sites
1. Owensboro Health Outpatient Imaging -Breckenridge1000 Breckenridge Street Owensboro, KY 42303
Kristie Bowlds RT(R)
2. Owensboro Health Urgent Care Ford
1006 Ford Ave. Owensboro, KY 42301
Goldie Hayes RT(R)
3. Owensboro Health Outpatient Imaging –Ford
1006 Ford Ave. Owensboro, KY 42301
Summer England RT(R)
4. Ohio County Hospital
1211 Old Main Street Hartford, KY 42347
Kelsey Daugherty RT(R)
5. Owensboro Health Regional Hospital
1201 Pleasant Valley Road Owensboro, KY 42303
Robyn Dilger RT(R)(MR)
See Clinical Schedule
Hours vary according to where you are scheduled in the Hospital.
6. Owensboro Health Outpatient Imaging –Springs
2200 E. Parrish Ave., Bldg. D Owensboro, KY 42303
Christa Ackerman RT(R)(M)
8885 State Road 237
Tell City, IN 47586
7. Perry County Memorial Hospital
Logan Williams RT(R)(N)
8. Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center
910 Wallace Avenue Leitchfield, KY 42726
Morgan Johnston RT(R) (270) 259-9491
530 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
9. University of Louisville Hospital
Tim Livingston RT(R)
10. Owensboro Health- Madisonville Healthplex
510 Ruby Drive Madisonville, KY 42431
Hillary Lamb RT(R)
11. Ohio County Family Care Hartford20 McMurtry Ave. Hartford, KY 42347 Crystal Henderson RT(R)
12. Owensboro Health- Muhlenberg Healthplex
2025 West Everly Brothers Blvd. Powderly, KY 42367
Michelle Shocklee RT(R)(CT)
Schedules of clinical rotations will be posted in a timely manner. Changing of rotations with other students is not permitted. In order for students to have equivalent clinical rotations, the program faculty will determine all assignments. Requests for clinical sites will not be accepted.
Once the clinical schedule has been posted there will not be any changes made unless the Program Faculty deems it necessary. No student requests will be honored.
During the month of March , the fifth semester of the program, students may request observation in other modalities (i.e., Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, etc.). This is only allowed if ALL competencies are achieved. As of the first full week in April students will return to their scheduled clinical rotation. Students will not be reassigned in order to complete remaining comps.
Students will work the scheduled hours for each clinical assignment.
Holidays and Vacations
Holidays will be in accordance with the Owensboro Community and Technical College catalog. Students are off during each semester break and holidays. No “vacations” are incorporated into the program.
Weekends and Nights
To obtain the widest variety possible in clinical experience, you will be required to complete a portion of your clinical education during the evenings, nights, and on weekends in some of the Clinical Radiography courses. Day shift is between the hours of 5:00am-7:00pm, any other shifts are considered evenings or nights.
Students will be expected to attend a 3 night (mid night shift) at the University of Louisville Hospital. This rotation will take place during your 3rd semester of the program (Summer Semester).
KCTCS PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE
Each student must purchase the liability insurance for health-related disciplines prior to any clinical (patient care) activity. This is now charged on the tuition bill, and the bill must be paid prior to the start of clinical/class each semester. The student will not be allowed on the clinical floor until this has occurred and been uploaded to the Certified Background site.
Drug-Free Policy—Drug Testing
KCTCS is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff. KCTCS is a drug-free facility. The following policies apply:
Being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs or the use, possession, distribution,
manufacture, or sale of illegal or unauthorized drugs is prohibited and is punishable
as a felony offense on campus or within 1,000 yards of the campus. Conduct that violates
this definition, poses unacceptable risks, and disregards the health, safety, and
welfare of members of the KCTCS college community shall result in disciplinary action
up to and including suspension or termination. KCTCS colleges are in compliance with
the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment
“Campus” includes classrooms, laboratories, and clinical settings.
Some clinical areas require drug tests. A student may be assigned to a clinical facility that makes this a requirement. Students must supply a list of any and every prescription and/or over-the-counter medication at the time of testing. During the student’s clinical rotation, a facility or instructor may request a blood or urine test at any time at the student’s expense. Failure to comply with the request of the clinical facility will result in dismissal from the program. Students, whose drug test results are positive, in accordance with the KCTCS Code of Student Conduct, will be removed from clinical and dropped from the program. The Code of Student Conduct may be accessed here.
FAILURE to submit to a drug test at any time will result in automatic dismissal from the program. All students are required to have a 10 panel drug screen completed with Certified Background before the student can do the clinical observation. Do not assume the results will be readily available. The cost of the drug screen is the student’s responsibility. If the student fails the drug screen or fails to submit to a drug screen, the student will be dismissed from the Radiography program.
All students are required to have a background check completed with Certified Background before the student can do the clinical observation. The cost of the background check is the student’s responsibility. If the student fails a criminal background check or if the student fails to submit to a criminal background check, the student may be dismissed from the Radiography program.
Owensboro does accept transfer credits from other colleges. View our Transfer Credit page.
Please review our Academic Policies for the Radiography program.
The Radiography Program Outline defines the courses needed to complete the program.
Here are some Additional Resources
Here are some Additional Fees Radiography students may have.
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.