Radiography

KCC Radiography students work with equipment in the Radiology Lab.

Radiographers are a vital member of the healthcare team who use sophisticated x-ray equipment to produce high quality medical images of the human body. Radiography students become knowledgeable of patient care, pathologies, radiation protection, radiographic positioning, and image production.

Upon admittance into the Radiography program, students will complete four academic semesters. The program’s didactic, laboratory, and clinical requirements 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 administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT).

For more information about KCC’s Radiography Program, see:

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

*Online classes

**Hybrid classes

Transfer Opportunities

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or advising@kellogg.edu to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

Radiography Careers

Radiographers are qualified to operate radiographic (X-ray) equipment; perform radiographic procedures; evaluate radiographic images 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. Radiographers have the opportunity to seek advanced certification in Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Mammography, Vascular-Interventional and Cardiac Interventional Technology.

Possible job areas/titles for graduates with an education in radiography include:

  • Administrator/Manager
  • Application specialist
  • Educator/clinical instructor
  • Radiographer/radiologic technologist
  • Sales

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow by 7%, increasing faster than average for all occupations 1.

As of March 31, 2020, the Mean Wage in Michigan for Radiologic Technologists is $54,750 – $58,680. According to the Annual Mean Wage by MSA, in some western Michigan counties, the average Mean Wage for Radiologic Technologists is $62,0002.

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.

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Radiologic and MRI Technologists,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm.

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Radiologic and MRI Technologists,
at https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/map_changer.htm.

Why Study Radiography at KCC?

Community colleges are a diamond in the rough in the educational world. At Kellogg Community College, students have access to passionate and dedicated instructors with over 30 years of combined experience.

Students can obtain an AAS degree in as little as 4 semesters upon entrance into the program. Upon completion of the radiography program, students will be prepared and eligible to sit for the national registry examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

While attending KCC, students receive exceptional radiography training through didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences. KCC partners with six local hospitals that offer diverse learning experiences for all Radiography students:

  • Bronson Methodist Hospital (Kalamazoo)
  • Ascension Borgess Hospital (Kalamazoo)
  • Bronson Battle Creek Hospital (Battle Creek)
  • Promedica Coldwater Regional Hospital (Coldwater)
  • Oaklawn Hospital (Marshall)
  • Battle Creek Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (Battle Creek)

Radiography & Simulation Labs

Funds acquired through the state’s Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP) have enabled KCC to offer the latest radiography technology equipment in the industry. Students work with fixed and mobile radiography equipment to learn positioning skills and techniques that they will apply during clinical rotations.

A partnership with KCC’s Nursing Program also gives Radiography students access to new simulation labs on campus. Students will participate in trauma simulations where they encounter real-life scenarios and demonstrate knowledge and skills.

Accreditation

KCC’s Radiography Program is approved by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Radiologic Technology. Students may contact JRCERT at:

JRCERT
20 N Wacker Dr.
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606
312-704-5300
FAX 423-304-5304
mail@jrcert.org

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. 2019 (Graduates of 2019)

Two cohorts graduated in 2019, in May 2019 and December 2019. The program’s combined annual completion rate for 2019 was 88 percent (28/32= 88 percent). Note: there were four students who attrited due to non-academic reason and were not included in this data. This data is calculated based on the JRCERT 2021 Standards.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (2015-19)

This number reflects the number of students who passed our national certification examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Of the 52 students setting for the examination, 48 passed. This gives us a pass rate of 92 percent over the last five years (48/52 = 92 percent).

Job Placement Rate (2015-19)

Grad Year Job Placement Radiography Grad Survey
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.
2017 100% Six of 14 graduates responded to the survey. Six of six respondents reported being employed within 12 months of graduation.
2018 100% Five of 12 graduates responded to the survey. Five of five respondents reported being employed within 12 months of graduation.
2019 92% Director follow-up yielded 22 of the 24 students actively seeking employment were employed within 12 months of graduation. (Two cohorts graduated in 2019, one in May and one in December totaling 29 graduates. One graduate was pursuing additional certifications and not employed, one graduate reported limited job-search criteria, three graduates were not actively seeking employment).
Five-year average 96%

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.

Goals

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.