If you like science and want to work in health care providing an invaluable service to patients, this might be the job for you. You use ionizing radiation, also known as X-rays, for medical imaging of internal structures of the body. This program prepares the you to become a radiographer. The radiographer is prepared to administer ionizing radiation for medical diagnostic imaging purposes. Emphasis is on radiation protection and quality patient care. The curriculum is comprised of specialized courses in radiography with concentrated study in the basic sciences, mathematics and general education.
Classroom instruction is closely correlated with guided clinical practice in affiliated health care facilities. The program requires four consecutive semesters and one summer commitment with an average weekly involvement of 30 – 40 hours.
For overview of program, see the Program Brochure.
For course description for advising, see the Class Listings Sheet.
For specific course requirements, see the KCTCS Course Catalog.
For program cost, see the estimate worksheet.
This program has specific requirements that must be completed before acceptance into the program. You must view the RAD (Radiography Advisement Documentation) Orientation (with audio) which overviews the program, afterwards fill out the Verification Form and return it to the address listed. Once those pre-requisites are fullfilled, you may send in your Application for Admission.
The program consists of five consecutive semesters, with completion occuring in May, two years following entrance into the program.
The radiographer plays an important role on the medical team as a technical assistant to the radiologist, a physician who has specialized in the use of xrays for diagnosis and treatment. A registered radiographer is qualified to work in hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, public health projects, industrial medical clinics, veterans’ and military hospitals. As a skilled radiographer, you would assist the radiologist in examining for broken bones, ulcers, tumors, diseases or malfunction of various organs. The radiographer adjusts xray equipment to the correct setting for specific examinations, puts the patient into the correct position, makes the required exposure, processes the radiograph and provides patient care.
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.