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Radiography Program

  • Updated: 6/2021

The information contained within this curriculum guide is the official Radiography Program Policies and Procedures effective for the academic year 2021 - 2022. It is the student’s responsibility to keep updated on any program changes. 

General Overview:

The Radiography program is a full-time 21-month Associate Degree program, which combines academic and laboratory courses with clinical instruction. The program is only offered on the Downtown Campus. Students complete 67-70 credit hours for an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Radiography. The curriculum prepares students to become a Radiologic Technologist (RT). RT’s use radiation to produce medical images of internal human anatomy that are used by physicians to diagnose and treat disease. An RT may also perform medical procedures that evaluate physiological functions. RT’s are employed in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, corporate sales, etc. The curriculum includes course work in the supporting sciences, general education, and the core program requirements. Interested students must contact the Radiography faculty.

Contact Information:

Because radiography faculty are often teaching, the preferred method of contact is via email.

Radiography Program/Allied Health Division
Jefferson Community and Technical College
109 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202

Pre-Admission Conference Dates:

In-person conferences are currently on hold. Students can email the Program Coordinator with any questions or for information.

Admission Policies and Procedures:

The College:

  • Students must first apply to Jefferson Community and Technical College. This can be done on-line or in-person on the first floor of the Jefferson Educational Center (JEC) Building.
  • Radiography is a Selective Admission program.
  • Admission to Jefferson Community and Technical College does not imply admission or automatic acceptance into the Radiography program.
  • New transfer students will be required to turn in ALL official, final postsecondary transcripts prior to enrollment at Jefferson Community and Technical College.  Jefferson Community and Technical College requires all transcripts, even if a student does not plan to transfer their coursework to us OR if their previous institution is not regionally accredited.

Radiography Program:

  • Enrollment in the Radiography Program may be restricted due to limited laboratory facilities or faculty and financial resources.
  • Admission to the Radiography program is competitive. Classes begin in fall. The approximate enrollment for each class is 20 students.
  • Admission to the Radiography program is competitive. Classes begin in fall. All candidates selected into the program must attend summer orientation. Students who cannot participate in summer orientation may forfeit their seat in the program.
  • Due to the extensive time requirements for classes, labs and clinical practice, the faculty strongly recommends that students work no more than 20 hours a week.
  • Radiography involves direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of radiological functions. Therefore, in order to be considered for admission or retained in the program after admission, all applicants should possess the following:

Technical Standards

  1. Sufficient 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. Sufficient 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. Sufficient 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 radiography;
  4. Sufficient 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. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals.

Admission to the Program

  • Selection of students for the program will be made by the president of the college or the president’s designee after considering the recommendations of the Radiography Admissions Committee.  Membership on this committee shall be as follows: Radiography Program Coordinator, Radiography Faculty Member, Division Chairperson/Dean, Admissions Officer or Dean of Student Affairs, Counselor and/or Faculty
  • Each applicant must submit the following by the college’s deadline in order to be considered by the committee:
    1. Completed admission application for the college prior to the published date.
    2. Transcripts of all postsecondary education or training which occurred outside the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

Additional Requirements Prior to Program Admission

  • Prior to Program Admission:
    1. CPR certification must be obtained prior to enrolling in any clinical course/practicum and certification must be kept current throughout the curriculum in order to enroll/continue in the Radiography Program.
    2. An individual must earn a grade of “C” or better in the program’s required mathematic, and science courses in the curriculum in order to enroll/continue in the Radiography Program.

Possible Additional Requirements

  1. An individual college may require at least a four hour observation/work experience in a Radiology Department with documentation returned to the college; and
  2. An individual college may require an interview or a pre-admission conference prior to consideration for admission to the Radiography Program.

Preference MAY Be Given To

  1. Applicants with an ACT scores higher than college benchmarks;
  2. Applicants who have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better (4.0 scale) in 10 hours or more of college credit applicable to the radiography program;
  3. Applicants who have competed the biological and physical science, and mathematics courses listed in the radiography curriculum with a grade of “C” or better;
  4. Applicants who are registered and/or licensed in an allied or nursing program; and
  5. Applicants who have active status on a state nurse aide registry.

Retention and Progress in the Program

  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.
  2. An individual must earn a grade of “C” or better in the program-required mathematics, and science courses in the curriculum in order to remain enrolled in 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 examination (both written and clinical skills) if available at the college where the student is applying for admission;
  2. A student may be readmitted to the Radiography 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.

Formal Application Process and Deadlines:

Students are admitted to the Radiography program once a year. To officially apply, applicants must email the program coordinator during the spring semester. The program coordinator will send the applicants the required material to submit their application file. Applicants must submit the completed file by May 15th. Incomplete applications are automatically rejected from the pool. Application files will not roll over to the next application cycle. 

Post Admission Requirements and Schedule:

Students will need CPR; immunizations; criminal background checks; drug screening; student liability insurance; and instructional fee requirements when accepted into the program. CPR certification and the TB skin test must be updated annually. All requirements outlined in the acceptance packets must be met in order to remain enrolled in the Radiography program. Documentation is required. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in dismissal from the Radiography program.

Most classes, labs and clinic rotations are scheduled Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to 4:30PM. All students must complete a mandatory two-week trauma rotation at the University of Louisville Hospital. The trauma rotation is on weekend shifts from 3:00PM to 11:00PM. Participation in clinical education is required. Students are responsible for all travel expenses. The program has approximately 20 clinical sites located throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Some clinical sites are located approximately 60 miles from the downtown campus. Depending on the academic semester, clinical education ranges from 2-4 days per week.

All students must complete a mandatory adult and pediatric trauma rotation during the second year of the program. The two-week adult trauma rotation is conducted at the UofL Hospital on second shift weekends, 2:30 – 11:00 P.M. The two-week pediatric rotation is conducted on MWF from 7:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. the first week and 2:30 – 11:00 P.M. the second week. Students are informed about the trauma rotations during the admissions process and are notified of these clinical rotations as soon as possible to allow them to make appropriate arrangements. All clinical rotations are subject to change to meet the needs of the program.

Student Transfer:

  1. Applicants who wish to transfer from on Radiography Program to another must:
    1. meet all admission requirements of the receiving institution;
    2. apply at least three months prior to the expected date of enrollment;
    3. notify the Coordinator of the Radiography Program in writing, stating anticipated entry dare and reason for transfer,
    4. submit a letter of recommendation to the receiving institution from the program director of the previous institution; and 
    5. submit an official transcript for evaluation by the Admissions Committee.
  2. If more than one year has elapsed since enrollment in a Radiography Program, the entire sequence of radiography courses must be repeated.
  3. Acceptance of any transfer student will be dependent upon available resources; and
  4. The Radiography Admissions Committee of the receiving institution will review all documentation and may recommend admission as a transfer student.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Testing:

On admission to the Radiography program, students must submit to a criminal background check and drug screening. This is to ensure a safe clinical environment for both students and the public and to meet the contractual requirements of area healthcare facilities. Situations in which a student does not have a satisfactory background check or drug test will be reviewed by the Dean of Technical Education on a case-by-case basis. Convictions and/or latent discoveries may serve to disqualify a student from participating in the required clinical learning experiences. Such disqualification requires voluntary withdrawal from the program. If the student appeals, the student cannot participate in their clinical assignment until the appeal is resolved. 

The following offenses may disqualify a student for clinical placement:

  1. Any felony, whether listed below or not.
  2. Crimes involving drugs, including but not limited to unlawful possession or distribution.
  3. Crimes of physical violence to include any type of abuse (child, spousal, or of the elderly), abduction such as kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, robbery, sexual crimes, possession of a restricted fire arm or any related weapons offenses, assault and battery or;
  4. Conviction of a misdemeanor related to abuse, neglect or exploitation.
  5. Positive drug screening.
    • Drug screening may be required of a student at any time throughout the program if there is reasonable suspicion that the student may be using a controlled substance not prescribed by a health care provider.
    • Positive findings or refusal to submit to a drug screen will result in immediate administrative withdrawal of the student from the program.
    • The cost of background checks and drug testing is the responsibility of each student.


Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; the radiography program is accredited by the:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRC)
20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312.704.5300

Credentialing Exam(s)/Licensure:

Graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam, and KY & IN licensure.

Financial Information/Expenses:

Specific questions concerning financial assistance should be directed to the Downtown Campus Financial Aid Office by calling either 502.213.2146 or 1.855.2GO-5282.

Tuition is payable at the beginning of each term. A full-time student is enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits. The summer is considered one semester.

Financial aid is available through Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Financial Aid Office. Residents from Southern Indiana may qualify for in-state tuition rates. Some program fees are approximate and could vary.

KCTCS Tuition:

Books & Supplies  $800.00  approximate for entire program
Uniforms & Shoes  $125.00   per set - required
Laboratory RAD Kit   $180.00  one-time, nonrefundable
Trajecsys online database  $200.00  one-time, nonrefundable
Liability Insurance  $10.00  per semester, nonrefundable
CBC & Drug Screen $100.00   approximate, nonrefundable
Vaccinations $200.00   Hepatitis B, optional with waiver

Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notification.

Additional Information:

Incoming freshmen:

High school graduates must take FYE 105: Achieving Academic Success within their first two (2) semesters at JCTC. Students transferring college course work into JCTC are exempt from FYE 105.

Transitional Course Work:

Students needing transitional math courses cannot take collegiate math and/or natural science courses until they successfully complete their transitional courses. Students needing transitional English and/or Reading can only take a Computer Literacy class upon successful completion of transitional courses. 

Placement/Assessment Testing:

ACT and Compass math scores are only good for two (2) years. English scores are only good for five (5) years. If scores are older, students must be tested again for that section.

Course Time Limitations:

BIO 137 and BIO 139 cannot be older than five (5) years; MAT 150 cannot be older than ten (10) years

Refund policies:


Courses Credit Hours Ex.Timeline
BIO 137 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Fall 1
BIO 139 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 Spring 1
AHS 115 OR AHS 120 Medical Terminology 1-3 Fall 1
MAT 150 College Algebra 3 Fall 1
PHY 152 Intro to Physics OR PHY 171 Applied Physics 3-4 Spring 1
ENG 101 Writing I 3 Spring 1
RADIOGRAPHY COURSES -  Apply 5/15     
IMG 104 Introduction to Radiography 2 Fall 2
IMG 106 Patient Care in Radiography 2 Fall 2
IMG 108 Radiographic Procedures I 4 Fall 2
IMG 109 Clinical Practice I 1 Fall 2
IMG 114 Image Production and Acquisition 2 Spring 2
IMG 116 Advanced Patient Care in Radiography 2 Spring 2
IMG 118 Radiographic Procedures II 4 Spring 2
IMG 119 Clinical Practice II 3 Spring 2
IMG 209 Clinical Practice III 3 Summer
IMG 214 Imaging Equipment 2 Fall 3
IMG 224 Radiation Protection and Biology 2 Fall 3
IMG 226 Radiographic Pathology 1 Fall 3
IMG 219 Clinical Practice IV 6 Fall 3
IMG 216 Basic Computer Tomography 1 Spring 3
IMG 228 Radiography Seminar 2 Spring 3
IMG 229 Clinical Practice IV 6 Spring 3

* See courses listed in KCTCS Catalog.

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