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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 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.

National Accreditation

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 Effectiveness Data can be found HERE 

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. 

a)  Outcomes:

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. 

a)  Outcomes

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. 

a)  Outcomes

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.

a)  Outcomes

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.

 

Program effectiveness data can be found here.

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: 66 to 68 credit hours

For graduation requirements, see the academic plan.

Admissions Process and Requirements

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 American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and become a Registered Radiologic Technologist.

The selective admissions process and requirements are listed in phases below. 

  • Student MUST attend a Radiography Pre-Application Conference.
  • There are two Pre-Application Conferences made available (only one is required): They are scheduled for the third Friday in February and third Friday in March at 10 am at the OCTC Southeast Campus in Room 212. The address is 1901 Southeastern Parkway, Owensboro, KY 42303. Applicants must attend one pre-application conference in order for their application to be considered. 
  • The student must also apply to Owensboro Community and Technical College if they are not a current student of Owensboro Community and Technical College.
  • All College transcripts must be on file in student records at Owensboro Community and Technical College prior to applying to the Radiography Program.
  • Criteria
    • Student must have completed MAT 150 and BIO 137 with a C or above by the end of the spring semester for the year in which they are applying. (If you have NOT taken BIO 139 you will be required to successfully pass it with a “C” or higher in the summer, prior to starting the program in the Fall).
  • Submit an online application with the following documents. Application dates: April 1st - May 1st. Complete the application here: Radiography Program Application (Documents MUST be submitted online with application - No photos of documents will be accepted.)
    1. High School Transcript
    2. TEAS Score (Greater than 60% and must be taken within the last 12 months) The TEAS test can be scheduled at the Downtown Campus. Student must make an appointment. Call 270-686-4444 to schedule in a timely manner prior to submitting application.
    3. ACT Composite Score (This test is only given on preset specific dates through out the year. The results must be received by the student and submitted with application.)

Upon completion of Phase I and II, students will enter Phase III and then be considered for the program and ranked according to the following:

The admission committee will meet and rank students accordingly:

  • Calculated GPA of the 30 most recent college credit hours
  • Calculated RAD GPA which includes MAT 150 and BIO 137
  • TEAS Score
  • ACT Composite Score

Admittance is conditional upon completion of the following:

  • Completion of BIO 139 with a C or higher
  • Background Check (when directed by the Program Director)
  • Drug Screening (when directed by the Program Director)

All candidates will be notified of their status regarding the program via their Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) email account.

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

Additional Information

 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. 

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

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.

CLINICAL SITES

Owensboro Community & Technical College Radiography Program Clinical Sites

 

1. Owensboro Health Outpatient Imaging -Breckenridge 

1000 Breckenridge Street
Owensboro, KY 42303
Kristie Bowlds RT(R)
(270) 688-3679
8:00am
 

2. Owensboro Health Urgent Care Ford


1006 Ford Ave.
Owensboro, KY 42301
Goldie Hayes RT(R)
(270) 688-1352
8:00am
 

3. Owensboro Health Outpatient Imaging –Ford 


1006 Ford Ave. 
Owensboro, KY 42301
Summer England RT(R)
(270) 926-8171
8:00am
 

4. Ohio County Hospital


1211 Old Main Street
Hartford, KY 42347
Kelsey Daugherty RT(R)
(270) 298-5450 
7:30am


5. Owensboro Health Regional Hospital


1201 Pleasant Valley Road
Owensboro, KY  42303
Robyn Dilger RT(R)(MR)
(270) 417-6114
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)
(270) 691-8346
8:00am


7. Perry County Memorial Hospital

8885 State Road 237
Tell City, IN 47586
Logan Williams RT(R)(N) 
(812) 547-0185
8:00am
 

8. Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center


910 Wallace Avenue
Leitchfield, KY 42726
Morgan Johnston RT(R)
(270) 259-9491
7:00am


9. University of Louisville Hospital

530 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Tim Livingston RT(R)
(502)562-3185/
(502)562-3111
11:00pm


10. Owensboro Health- Madisonville Healthplex


510 Ruby Drive
Madisonville, KY 42431
Hillary Lamb RT(R)
(270) 824-6624
9:00am

11. Ohio County Family Care Hartford

20 McMurtry Ave.
Hartford, KY 42347
Crystal Henderson RT(R)
(270)504-1362
9:00am
 

12. Owensboro Health- Muhlenberg Healthplex


2025 West Everly Brothers Blvd.
Powderly, KY 42367
Michelle Shocklee RT(R)(CT)
(270)377-2634
8:00am
 
 

CLINICAL ASSIGNMENTS

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 of 1989.
“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.
 

BACKGROUND CHECKS

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.

 

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Program Contact

Dr. Joy Menser, Ed.D RT (R) (T)

Program Coordinator

270.686.4633

joy.menser@kctcs.edu