Academic Policies for Radiography Program | ECTC

Academic Policies for Radiography Program

KCTCS is committed to a policy of providing educational opportunities to all qualified students regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, or physical or mental ability.

Radiography Program Grading Scale

93-100 A

83-92 B

75-82 C *75 or above is required (didactic and clinical) to sustain your spot in the program.

67-74 D

66-0 E

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 sites require drug screenings and criminal background checks. Please note that if your drug screen or criminal background check reports any occurrences the clinical site may refuse your participation at their site. This will result in denied admission to the program. Students must supply a list of any and every prescription or over-the-counter medication at the time of testing. During the student s clinical rotation, a facility may request a blood or urine test at any time. 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.
  • Drug Screen and Criminal Background checks are performed by Certified Background. The total cost of the package is $75.00. At any time a clinical site can request an additional drug screening. If the student refuses to participate in this test they will immediately be dismissed from the program.

If for any reason a student has a misdemeanor or felony charge they may not be able to attend clinical and/or sit for their ARRT National Registry examination. It is recommended that if this applies to a person applying to the program they should discuss this matter with the program director. More information can be obtained at under the ethics section. From the ethics section follow the link to Pre-Application Process.

National Board Exam (ARRT Registry Examination)

In order to complete ones education and become licensed in radiography the graduate must take the ARRT Registry Examination.
If a candidate has a previous criminal record not limited to, but to include:

  • Felony charges and conviction
  • Misdemeanor charges and convictions
  • Military court-martials; and/or
  • Disciplinary actions taken by a state or federal regulatory authority or certification board; and/or
  • Honor code violation

A pre-application can be filed to assure that a candidate will be permitted to take their exam.


KCTCS policy 3.10.1

A student who withdraws from or earns less than a grade of C in any course with the Radiography program prefix will be dropped from the Radiography program.


  1. Readmission to the Radiography Program will be dependent upon available resources;
  2. In order to be considered for readmission by the Radiography Admissions Committee, the applicant must submit a written request to the Radiography Program Director and meet current admission guidelines; and

  3. Students who wish to apply for readmission to the program must do so three (3) months prior to the expected date of enrollment.

Further Considerations

  1. If more than one year has elapsed since the end of enrollment in the Radiography Program, an applicant must repeat all radiography courses unless the student has demonstrated current competency by passing exams equivalent to comprehensive course final examinations (both written and clinical skills) if available at the college to which the student is applying for admission;
  2. A student may be readmitted to the Radiography Program one time. The Radiography Admissions Committee may recommend readmission a second time, if a student furnished sufficient evidence of remedial study, additional preparation, or resolution of factors contributing to unsuccessful course completion;

  3. Application is not a guarantee of readmission to the program; and

  4. If an individual student fails the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists ARRT certification exam three (3) times, he or she must repeat the Radiography courses of the curriculum.

Grievance Procedures

If a student has an issue or complaint concerning an instructor or course, the student should first speak with the instructor. If the two are unable to resolve the issue, the student may then carry the complaint further according to the following protocol:

  • Academic Program Coordinator
  • Biology/Allied Health Division Chair
  • Chief Academic Officer (CAO)

Additional grievance procedures are documented in the KCTCS Code of Student Conduct.

Technical Standards

Radiography involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of radiological technical functions. Therefore, all applicants should possess sufficient:

  1. Visual Acuity, such as is needed in the accurate preparation and administration of contrast media and for the observation necessary for patient assessment and nursing care;
  2. Auditory Perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, intravenous infusion pumps, fire alarms, etc.;

  3. Gross and Fine Motor Coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment, positioning and lifting patients required in meeting health needs related to radiologic technology;

  4. Communication Skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient's/client's interest; and

  5. Intellectual and Emotional Functions to plan and implement care for individuals.

Disability Accommodations

If you need accommodation because of a documented disability (psychological disability, medical disability, learning disability, and/or physical disability), you must register with the ECTC Office for Student Accessibility each academic term you are enrolled. In the event of an emergency while you are on campus or attending class at an off-campus location, notify the Office for Student Accessibility immediately if you require assistance.

Please DO NOT request accommodations directly from the instructor without a letter of accommodation from the Disabilities Coordinator.

In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Elizabethtown Community & Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age disability, or military service in its programs or activities: its admissions policies; scholarship and loan program; athletic and other College-administered programs; or employment. In addition, the College does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation consistent with KCTCS nondiscrimination policy. Inquiries or comments regarding these issue should be directed to the Chief Student Officer at (270) 706-8472.

Radiography Program Complaint Resolution Policy

If a student, faculty, or community of interest feel that the program is not in compliance with the JRCERT Standards, he/she is requested to notify the program director in writing of any allegations or complaints.

Program Director:

April Thompson, MS, R.T.(R)(MR)
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
610 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Phone: (270) 706-8649

The program director will investigate the complaint and will answer the complainant within 5 working days. (Days can be changed by agreement of both parties). If the complainant is not satisfied with the response, he/she should notify the College CAO in writing. The College CAO will investigate and respond to the complainant within 10 working days.

College Chief Academic Officer:

Dr. Terry Sellars, Provost/Chief Academic Officer (CAO)
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Phone: (270) 706-8406

If the complainant is not satisfied with this response, he/she should notify:


20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300