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.

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.

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Year

National Registry Exam results

Retention Rate

Job Placement Rate

2013

8 students sat for their board exam and 8 passed on first attempt with a pass rate of 100% and the class average was 91%.

12 students started the program and 8 completed. The retention rate was 66.7%

8 out of 8 students were employed in their field of study within 1 year of graduation. 100% job placement rate.

2014

10 students sat for their National Board Exam (ARRT) and 10 students passed on the first attempt. Class average for the boards was 85%.

15 students started the program in fall of 2012, 10 students completed the program in spring of 2014. The retention rate was 66.6%.

9 out of 10 students were employed within their field of study within 1 year of graduation. Job placement rate was 90%. One student returned to school for MRI/CT education.

2015

9 students sat for their National Board Exam (ARRT) and 9 students passed on the first attempt. Class average for the boards was 89%.

15 students started the program in Fall of 2013, 9 students completed the program in Spring of 2015. The retention rate was 60%.

9 out of 9 students were employed within their field of study within 1 year of graduation. Job placement rate was 100%.

2016

11 students sat for their board exam and 11 passed on first attempt with a pass rate of 100% and the class average was 90.1%.

15 students started the program and  10 completed. The retention rate was 67 %.

10 out of 10 students had employment in their field of study within 6 months of graduation.

2017

11 students sat for their board exam and 10 passed on first attempt. The programs pass rate was 90.9% and the class average on the exam was 86%.

17 students started the program and 11 completed. The retetion rate was 64.7%

11 out of 11 students had employment in their field of study within 6 months of graduation.

2018

12 students sat for their board exam and 12 students passed on their first attempt.  The program's pass rate is 100% for 2018 and the class average on the test was 87%.

20 students were admitted to the program and 12 of that 20 completed the program.  The program's retention rate for the class of 2018 was 60%

Of the 12 students that completed the program, 12 were employed in the field of Radiography within 6 months.

5 Year Average


98.18%

63.66%

5 year average 100%

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 (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: $70

What should I bring? 

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

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

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.

A large percentage of your learning experience will be gained in the clinical setting. Learn more about clinical sites available. 

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.

 

Program Contact

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