Radiographers assist the physician, particularly the radiologist, in using ionizing radiation (X-rays) in the diagnosis of diseases and malfunctions of the human body. The radiographer operates radiologic (X-ray) equipment under the general direction of a physician to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on the radiograph by applying knowledge of anatomy, positioning and radiographic technique. Radiographers are also trained to perform these duties at a patient’s bedside or in the operating room.
Kellogg Community College’s Radiography Program is a two-year program consisting of four academic semesters and two summer sessions. All semesters consist of classroom lecture and supervised clinical experience. The program’s extensive clinical experiences require the time commitment of a full-time student. Successful completion of the program leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree and eligibility to take the national certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
The sequence of classes recommended for full-time students seeking the degree follows. For more information about KCC’s Radiography Program, see:
- KCC’s latest Academic Catalog
- The Radiography (RADI) course descriptions page
- Frequently asked questions about the Radiography Program
- Information about radiography careers
- Information about why you should study radiography at KCC
Associate Degree in Applied Science: Radiography
|Fall I||Spring I||Summer I||Fall II|
|RADI 125: Intro to Medical Imaging and Patient Care (first 8 weeks)||RADI 134: Radiologic Positioning, Procedures and Pathology 2||RADI 225: Clinical Practicum||RADI 230: Cross-Sectional Anatomy|
|RADI 124: Radiologic Positioning, Procedures and Pathology 1||RADI 131: Principles of Radiologic Imaging 1||RADI 221: Principles of Radiologic Imaging 2||RADI 231: Radiologic Special Topics|
|RADI 121: Radiologic Physics||RADI 133: Clinical Practice 2||RADI 233: Comprehensive Experience|
|RADI 123: Clinical Practice 1 (last 7 weeks)||RADI 234: Radiobiology and Protection|
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Radiographer (radiologic technologist) is a title applied to professionals specially trained in administering ionizing radiation (X-rays) for the purpose of diagnosing and treating disease. The Radiography Program at KCC prepares students for a career as a radiographer, a health professional responsible for administering radiation as directed by a physician for the purpose of diagnosing disease.
Radiographers are qualified to operate radiographic (X-ray) equipment; perform radiographic procedures; evaluate radiographs (X-rays) for technical quality and adequate demonstration of anatomical structures; provide patient care essential to radiographic procedures; evaluate the performance of radiographic equipment; and provide optimum radiation protection for the patient, self and other staff members.
Although radiographers are trained to recognize certain pathologic conditions that may affect the outcome and quality of their normal routines, radiographers are not qualified to make a diagnosis based on radiographic findings or to inform the patient of the results of a radiologic procedure.
Possible job areas/titles for graduates with an education in radiography include:
- Application specialist
- Educator/clinical instructor
- Radiographer/radiologic technologist
Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info
For the latest employment and wage estimates for radiography careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.
Why study radiography at KCC?
Community colleges are a diamond in the rough in the educational world, a great value that is sitting in our own back yards. This concept equates nicely to the wonderful experience students have in the Radiography Program here at KCC.
KCC offers students the opportunity to receive exceptional radiography training while utilizing the latest state-of-the-art professional equipment here at the college as well as at the clinical sites of our many great community partners. KCC is affiliated with six local hospitals that offer a diverse learning experience for all Radiography students.
Radiography & Simulation Labs
Funds acquired through the state’s Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP), KCC have enabled KCC to offer the latest radiography technology in the industry. KCC’s Radiography Lab provides students with a simulated real-world environment, where they can practice the skills taught in lecture that will be applied in the clinical environment. A partnership with KCC’s Nursing Program also gives Radiography students access to new simulation labs on campus, where students can practice scenarios to that will better prepare them for the live work environment.
KCC’s Radiography Program is approved by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Radiologic Technology. Students may contact JRCERT at:
20 N Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606
Program Effectiveness Data
The following data shows completion and credentialing exam pass rates for recent KCC Radiography Program graduates.
Completion Rate: Jan. 1 through Dec. 2016 (Graduates of 2016)
The total number of students enrolled in the cohort was 20. The total number that completed the program was 15. The program’s annual completion rate for 2016 was 75 percent (15/20 = 75 percent).
Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (2012-16)
This number reflects the number of students who passed our national certification examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Of the 76 students setting for the examination, 67 passed. This gives us a pass rate of 88 percent over the last five years (67/76 = 88 percent).
|Grad Year||Job Placement||Radiography Grad Survey|
|2012||83%||Six of 14 graduates responded to the survey. Five of six respondents reported being employed within six months of graduation.|
|2013||80%||Five of 17 graduates responded to the survey. Four of five respondents reported being employed within six months of graduation.|
|2014||83%||Six of 13 graduates responded to the survey. Five of six respondents reported being employed within 12 months of graduation.|
|2015||86%||Seven of 18 graduates responded to the survey. Six of seven respondents reported being employed within 12 months of graduation.|
|2016||100%||Four of 15 graduates responded to the survey. Four of four respondents reported being employed within 12 months of graduation.|
Mission & Goals
The mission of KCC’s Radiography Program is to prepare students as entry-level radiographers through the development of the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies, as well as facilitation of the student’s professional growth for success in the field of medical imaging.
Goal 1: Graduates will possess the knowledge and skills necessary for competency as an entry-level radiographer.
Student learning outcomes:
- Students will apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology and positioning to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on the image receptor.
- Students will apply the principles of radiation protection to patient, self and others.
- Students will provide age-appropriate patient care with regard to safety and comfort.
Goal 2: Graduates will exhibit professional growth and development through the values, attitudes and behaviors necessary of an entry-level radiographer.
Student learning outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate positive work ethic with respect to policies and procedures within the clinical setting.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to work as a team player through cooperation and initiative.
- Students will demonstrate a commitment to their career in medical imaging.
Goal 3: To prepare gradates to demonstrate the ability to apply critical thing skills and problem solving in their field.
Student learning outcomes:
- Students will apply knowledge of technical factor selection and geometrical properties of the X-ray beam to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on image receptors.
- Students will demonstrate critical-thinking with regard to decision-making and judgment in the clinical environment.
Goal 4: To prepare graduates to communicate effectively and professionally.
Student learning outcomes:
- Students will communicate effectively with patients, patient families, staff, administration and physicians.
- Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.