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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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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.

The Radiography program offers a comprehensive degree option for the radiography student.  The program consists of instruction in specialized didactic and clinial courses in radiography.  Classroom instruction is closely correlated with guided clinical practice in affiliated health care agencies.  

Some travel will be required to out-of-town clinical sites in order to provide the student a well-rounded clinical experience.  Current clinical affiliates are Baptist Health Hardin, Baptist Health Diagnostics at Elizabethtown, Flaget Memorial Hospital, Taylor Regional Hospital, Springview Hospital, Norton Hospital, Norton Children's Hospital, University of Louisville and Baptist Health Louisville, and Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center.

This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
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What are my career choices?

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.

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?

Degrees and Transfers

ECTC has numerous partnerships with 4-year universities. If you are interested in a transfer pathway in this field, check out our partnering university pathways. Find more information on transferring from ECTC.

Program Specifics

Radiography Program Mission

The mission of the ECTC Radiography program is to provide a high quality radiography education and training to develop a skilled and versatile radiography workforce.

Radiography Program Goals

Goal 1:  Students will gain clinical competency in performing radiographic procedures.

Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will practice radiation protection.
  • Students will perform accurate positioning skills.
  • Students will provide appropriate patient care.
  • Students will determine appropriate imaging factor selection.

Goal 2:  Students will develop critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will apply problem based learning skills to clinical situations.
  • Students will critique images to determine diagnostic quality.

Goal 3:  Students will demonstrate communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will use effective oral communication.
  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.

Field Licensure Requirements

In addition to completing the program, students must pass the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists national certification exam to become registered. State licensure is required in some states.

Refer to the Radiography Program brochure (PDF, 14 pages) for specific program requirements.

Additional Information

Where do I start?

Apply for admission to ECTC to receive information from the Admissions Office about submitting your placement test scores (ACT or other exams) and to schedule a meeting with an advisor to register for your classes.

Are there any special admissions requirements?

Yes there are, to learn more about the program, download our Radiography Program Brochure (PDF, 14 pages), that contains detailed information about the program and actual admission requirements.  You might also want to refer to the Online Advising Manual for more information about the program.

Preadmission Conferences: Attendance at a preadmission conference indicates you have neared completion of the general education pre-requisites and wish to be considered as a candidate for admission to the program.


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 (PDF, 408 pages).  You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Radiography Program Director

Anna Hamilton, MA, R.T.(R)(CT)

270.706.8649 or Toll free: 877.246.2322, Ext. 68649

Administrative Assistant

Carla Allen

270.706.8464 or Toll free: 877.246.2322, Ext. 68464

Radiography Clinical Coordinator

Rosemary Meredith, BS, R.T.(R)(M)

270.706.8630 or Toll free: 877. 246.2322, Ext. 68630

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