Radiography

Develop a dynamic career in medical imaging with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Radiography that includes specialized courses and hands-on clinical practice.

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What is Radiography?

The Radiography program at Somerset Community College prepares the graduate to become a radiographer and offers training for administering ionizing radiation for medical diagnostic imaging purposes. Graduates are prepared to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technology Examination. The curriculum is comprised of specialized courses in radiography along with concentrated studies in the basic sciences, mathematics and general education.

Specifics about this program include:

  • Five semester program
  • Leads to Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS)
  • Radiography coursework
  • Theory/skills presented in lecture/lab format
  • Clinical Component: Community agencies providing clinical services
  • Selective admissions/limited enrollment

What are my career choices?

In hospitals, health clinics, doctor s offices, outpatient medical centers, research laboratories, and industrial firms. A career in radiologic technology can lead in many directions. Radiologic technologists are needed in every health care setting. You could work in a large hospital, a suburban outpatient clinic or a rural physician's office. You could specialize in dozens of clinical areas ranging from prenatal care to orthopedics. You could manage an entire radiology department, including its budget and personnel. You could teach, inspiring new generations of radiologic technologists, or you could perform research that leads to breakthroughs in diagnostic imaging or radiation therapy. With additional education, you could become a radiologist assistant, expanding your capabilities by serving as a radiologist extender. The boundaries of your career in radiologic technology are determined only by your own abilities and interests.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Advising Plans

Certificate

The CT certificate consists of four 3 credit hour didactic courses and one clinical practice course. All four didactic courses are 100% online. The clinical is offered every semester, including summer sessions. The certificate is completed on a part-time basis (1-3 courses per semester), with IMG 230 and IMG 250 offered every fall, and IMG 240 & IMG 260 offered every spring. The CT certificate qualifies for federal financial aid.

The required courses are: 

IMG 230 - Sectional Anatomy (3) 
IMG 240 - Pathology for Advanced Imaging (3) 
IMG 250 - CT Physics and Instrumentation (3) 
IMG 260 - CT Scanning & Protocols (3) 
IMG 285 - Clinical Practice in Computed Tomography

Costs

Tuition for online courses (including fees) are $192 per credit hour, plus $40 security fee per semester. A fee of $11 for liability insurance is added to the student’s tuition bill when registered for IMG 285.

Other information:

  • Each course is also worth 48 CEUs.
  • Books are approximately $75-100 per course.
  • IMG 285 Clinical Practice may be repeated if necessary.
  • Drug screening and background checks are required for IMG 285 at a cost of approximately $100.
  • Proof of immunization, CPR certification, current Tb skin test or IGRA blood test, and possibly        flu vaccination, are required for IMG 285.
  • Proof of ARRT registry in Radiography or sophomore radiography status.
  • Proof of ARRT registry in Radiography and KY Radiation Operator’s Certification is required for IMG 285. A Provisional Kentucky license is required for Nuclear Medicine Technologists. 
  • The pre-requisite and/or co-requisite for IMG 285 is at least two of the four didactic courses.
  • The clinical schedule will be as accommodating as possible.
  • The CT certificate program is designed for registered radiographers, nuclear medicine technologists and students in either discipline with sophomore standing.
  • Sophomore radiography students are not eligible to take IMG 285 until after graduation and passing the ARRT Registry Examination in Radiography. 
  • The sophomore radiography or nuclear medicine technology student should be aware that federal financial aid will not pay for CT certificate courses taken while enrolled in their primary plan of study, since it is not part of that curriculum. The exception is IMG 230 for nuclear medicine students, if the course is required as part of their nuclear medicine technology plan of study.

If you have any further questions contact the Radiography Program Coordinator

The MR certificate consists of four 3 credit hour didactic courses and one clinical practice course. All four didactic courses are 100% online. The clinical is offered every semester, including summer sessions. The certificate is completed on a part-time basis (1-3 courses per semester), with IMG 230 and IMG 255 offered every fall, and IMG 240 & IMG 265 offered every spring. The MR certificate qualifies for federal financial aid.

The required courses are: 

IMG - 230 Sectional Anatomy (3) 
IMG - 240 Pathology for Advanced Imaging (3) 
IMG 255 - MR Physics and Instrumentation (3) 
IMG 265 - MR Scanning & Protocols (3) 
IMG 295 - Clinical Practice in Magnetic Resonance Imaging  

Costs

Tuition for online courses (including fees) are $192 per credit hour, plus $40 security fee per semester. A fee of $11 for liability insurance is added to the student’s tuition bill when registered for IMG 285.

Other information:

  • Each course is also worth 48 CEUs.

  • Books are approximately $75-100 per course.

  • IMG 295 Clinical Practice may be repeated if necessary.

  • Drug screening and background checks are required for IMG 295 at a cost of approximately $100.

  • Proof of immunization, CPR certification, current Tb skin test or IGRA blood test, and possibly flu vaccination, are required for IMG 295.

  • Proof of ARRT registry in Radiography or sophomore radiography status.

  • Proof of ARRT registry in Radiography and KY Radiation Operator’s Certification is required for IMG 295. 

  • The pre-requisite and/or co-requisite for IMG 295 is at least two of the four didactic courses.

  • The clinical schedule will be as accommodating as possible.

  • The MR certificate program is designed for registered radiographers, nuclear medicine technologists and students in either discipline with sophomore standing.

  • Sophomore radiography students are not eligible to take IMG 295 until after graduation and passing the ARRT Registry Examination in Radiography. 

  • The sophomore radiography or nuclear medicine technology student should be aware that federal financial aid will not pay for MR certificate courses taken while enrolled in their primary plan of study, since it is not part of that curriculum. The exception is IMG 230 for nuclear medicine students, if the course is required as part of their nuclear medicine technology plan of study.

If you have any further questions contact the Radiography Program Coordinator.

AAS Degree

Radiography Admissions Point System (pdf)
Download the Radiography program overview (pdf)

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the SCC Radiography Program is to provide a quality affordable education in the field of radiologic technology. Using theory and performance-based instruction, the program’s faculty strives to provide an educational environment which equips the student with the entry level skills and professionalism of a radiographer, as well as strengthening critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.

Goal #1 
The student will develop the clinical competence of an entry level radiographer.

  • Students will practice appropriate patient care and safety skills.
  • Students will exercise appropriate methods of radiation exposure and image analysis.

Goal #2 
The student will exhibit critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

  • Students will practice appropriate patient care and safety skills.
  • Students will exercise appropriate methods of radiation exposure and image analysis.
  • Students will be able to competently perform routine radiographic procedures.

Goal #3
Students will communicate effectively.

  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.

Goal #4
Students will demonstrate professionalism.

  • Students will demonstrate reliability and punctuality.
  • Students will exhibit a professional appearance and attitude.

Program Accreditation

The program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, JRCERT, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-704-5300, FAX: 312-704-304, mail@jrcert.orgwww.jrcert.org The program currently has an eight year accreditation award from the JRCERT for the period of 2012-2020.

Download the Radiography Program Effectiveness Data (pdf)
Download the Program Assessment Plan (pdf)
Download the Transfer Agreement with KCTCS AAS and Morehead State University (pdf).

Pre-Admission Conference

You can now participate in the online pre-admission conference. 

After viewing the online pre-admission conference, a student may then obtain a program application and Statement of Understanding from Tanya Cowan, Alton Blakley Building, Room 301 (Somerset North Campus) or Kathy Howard, LNC Building #3, Room 214 (Laurel North Campus).

If a student applied to the program or attended a pre-admission conference in the past, the student must still view the online pre-admission conference each semester and submit a new application and other necessary information to be considered for acceptance.

Admission Criteria

Potential candidates are recommended to the President by the Radiography Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will make their recommendations based on the following:

  • Completion of BIO 137 and MAT 150 prior to beginning the program.
  • Preference may be given to applicants who:
  • Score a composite of 20 or above on ACT
  • GPA of 3.0 based on the student’s overall GPA or their GPA of the required general education courses, whichever is highest. To have the general education courses used to calculate the student’s GPA, a minimum of 4 of the required 6 courses must be completed
  • Completed biological sciences and math courses listed in Radiography Program Curriculum with a letter grade of an “A” on the first attempt
  • Residents of Kentucky

Average GPA, ACT scores and total admission points for applicants admitted over the past five years: 

 Year  Avg. GPA  AVG. ACT  Avg. Pts.
 2015  3.56  24.6  51.2
 2016  3.75  23.7  52.7
 2017  3.52  22.9  49.7
2018 3.68 23.4 51.0
2019 3.78 23.6 *41.1

*Point system changed from a max of 72 to 60.

Gainful Employment Information

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

Doyle Decker
Program Coordinator
606.451.6774
doyle.decker@kctcs.edu

Heather Graves
Radiography
Clinical Coordinator
606.451.6755
heather.graves@kctcs.edu 

Tanya Cowan
Administrative Assistant
606.451.6764
tanya.cowan@kctcs.edu 

Kathy Howard
Administrative Assistant
606.878.4831
kathy.howard@kctcs.edu