Radiography Program


Welcome to the LCC Radiography Program

 

Labette Community College offers a 23-month program in Radiography leading to an Associate Degree in Applied Science. The purpose of the program is to prepare men and women to become qualified radiographers (x-ray technologists) and to meet the health care needs of Southeast Kansas and the surrounding areas. The curriculum is designed to ensure quality and professional patient care and to meet the needs of an ever changing technical health care field. The academic curriculum and clinical experience are both integral parts of the student's training.

If you select this program, you will automatically be assigned to the Health Science major until you are admitted into the Radiography program.

After successful completion of the two-year curriculum the student is awarded an A.A.S. degree in Radiography and they are recommended to take the National Radiographer Examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Students are also encouraged to consider continuing their education in other specialty areas: Computed Tomography, Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Sonography which these are only a small portion of specialty areas available. It is important to note that students can also obtain higher educational degrees for career advancement in administration, educating future radiologic technologists, or even a radiologist assistant.

Students who are considering this career, as well as students who will soon graduate from the Program, may want to look at our Job Links and Resources page.


Program Information

Academic Calendar

For program deadlines, please refer to the Application Packet

2022 Application Packet


Radiography Admission Criteria

Students interested in the Radiologic Technology Program are admitted to Labette Community College on the same basis as other students, but admission to the college does not ensure admission into the Radiologic Technology Program. Students are selected for the Radiologic Technology Program based on the following factors:

  1. Previous academic record, high school and/or college, GPA and ACT scores.
  2. TEAS Admission Assessment Exam Scores
  3. Two personal references, one of which should be from a former instructor.
  4. Interview with clinical preceptor at one of the clinical education settings.
  5. General education courses that satisfy Radiologic Technology curriculum should be satisfied.
  6. Submission of Background Check (For clinical placement only)
  7. Interview for applicants with satisfactory scores in the above criteria.
  8. Satisfactory physical evaluation, verified by a physician (including immunization records).
  9. Signing the Conditions of Acceptance Form.
Printable Admission Criteria

Radiography Application Procedures

All applications must be completed and received by the deadline found in the Application packet.

Step 1:
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Open and print the Application Packet or contact the Health Science Programs’ Administrative Assistant, at (620) 820-1157 or toll free at 1-888-LABETTE (522-3883) ext. 1157 and request an Application Packet and Program Information by February 28th.
Step 2: After reviewing the information, if you are interested in making an appointment to visit our campus, tour the brand new Sonny and Sophia Zetmeir Health Science Building,and discuss program admission procedures, please contact the Health Science Programs’ Assistant.
 
Step 3:

The applicant should request that a high school transcript (with ACT scores), as well as college transcripts (from all colleges previously attended, unless LCC already has your current transcripts or all classes have been taken at LCC), be sent to the attention of : Admissions
Labette Community College
200 S. 14th
Parsons, KS 67357

These must be official transcripts--sent in a sealed envelope from the school. Please note that the following prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the Spring semester before the program begins:

General Education Requirements Credit Hours
BIOL 130 Anatomy & Physiology  5
ENGL 101 English Composition I 
3
ENGL 102 English Composition II or
COMM 101 Public Speaking
3
MATH 115 College Algebra
3
PSYC 101 General Psychology or
PSYC 201 Developmental Psychology
3
Total 17
Step 4: Set up a visit through the Health Science Programs’ Administrative Assistant to observe one of our clinical education center affiliates by prior to the deadline.
 
Step 5: To take the TEAS exam, create an account with www.atitesting.com and the Health Science Programs’ Administrative Assistant at 620-820-1157 to register for a test date. Test dates can be found in the application packet. Please note that no refunds are available for the TEAS test. The test must be completed by the application deadline.
 
Step 6: The following items must be submitted from the Application packet by the application deadline to be considered for program admission.
  • Application Form
  • Clinical Preference List
  • Two letters of reference
  • Clinical Center Interview Form (submitted to clinical site during Step 4)
  • Statement of Confidentiality (submitted to clinical site during Step 4)
  • Letter of Intent (Not included in Packet. Should be a minimum of two pages in length, stating why applicant wants to be in the radiography program.)
  • Criminal Background Check, completed through www.mystudentcheck.com

Those applications whose scores are satisfactory from the above criteria will be invited for an interview.  These will be scheduled two to three weeks after the application deadline. The selection process takes place in April. All program applicants will be notified of the selection outcome by May 1st. Classes begin in June.

If accepted into the Radiography Program, a history of immunizations, a receipt/record of updated shots, a physical, and a copy of health insurance verification will be required.

The student must take and pass a course in CPR certification for Health Care Professionals or submit a copy of their current CPR for Health Care Professionals card.

To complete the application for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Examination, the question

"Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor?" Yes___ No___

must be asked and answered. Falsification of information is grounds for dismissal from the program. (Note: A conviction of, or plea of guilty to, or a plea of nolo contendere to an offense constitutes a conviction for A.R.R.T. purposes.)

If you answered "yes" provide explanation and official documentation. If, at any time during your attendance in the Program, the answer changes to "yes", it is your responsibility to inform the Program Director.

Gale Brown EdS., L R.T (R)(CT)
(620) 820-1159 or
Toll Free: 1-888-LABETTE (522-3883) ext. 1159

Transfer Student Policy

  1. The Radiography Program will consider accepting a transfer student from another program if that student can document their acceptance and satisfactory performance in the program from which they are transferring.
  2. The transfer student must be in good standing with the previous program.
  3. The student must provide references from the previous program.

Transfer Student Procedure

  1. Acceptance of a transfer request will be based on the availability of an opening in the class into which they wish to transfer.
  2. The student must have their previous academic and clinical performance records sent to LCC by their previous school prior to being accepted as a transfer student.
  3. The student will also be required to take the semester Comprehensive Examinations that have been given in the Program to date. They must pass the comprehensive examinations in order to continue on in Labette Community College’s program.
  4. The student must also complete all program Clinical Competencies before they will be allowed to graduate from LCC.

Students attend clinical and /or classes year-round (Summer included). The first summer you will be in the classroom Monday through Thursday. Starting in the Fall Semester of your first year you will be at the Clinical Education Center three days a week for 8 hours each day, and you will have classes at LCC the other two days a week. This schedule will last throughout the program.

The following area hospitals serve as clinical education settings for the program:

Ascension St. John Jane Phillips—Bartlesville, OK
Ascension Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg—Pittsburg, KS
Coffeyville Regional Medical Center—Coffeyville, KS
Fredonia Regional Hospital—Fredonia, KS
Girard Medical Center—Girard, KS
Integris Baptist Regional Health Center—Miami, OK
Integris Grove Hospital—Grove, OK
Labette Health—Parsons, KS
Mercy Hospital Carthage—Carthage, MO
Mercy Hospital Joplin—Joplin, MO
Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center—Chanute, KS
Nevada Regional Medical Center—Nevada, MO
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Allen County, Inc.—Iola, KS
St Francis Hospital of Vinita - Vinita OK

For more information regarding clinical obligations, please refer to the Academic/Didactic And Clinical Student Handbook 2021-2023 and Application Packet.

Mission

The Radiography Program at Labette Community College is committed to providing maximum opportunities at each level of achievement, encouraging the development of problem solving and decision making skills, promoting effective communication skills, and employing competent technical practices that will support the highest level of ethical patient care. Additionally, Labette Community College is committed to supporting professional growth, lifelong learning, and graduating entry-level radiologic technologists.


Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal Statement 1

Student will be clinically competent.

  • The student will demonstrate proper positioning skills.
  • The student will demonstrate proper image quality—technical factor selection.
  • The student will demonstrate proper radiation protection.
  • The student will successfully complete all required patient care clinical competency checklists.

Goal Statement 2

Students will communicate effectively.

  • The student will be able to communicate effectively and in a professional manner.
  • The student will abide by the code of ethics for a Radiographer.

Goal Statement 3

Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills.

  • The student will abide by the code of ethics for a Radiographer.
  • The student will be able to solve technical conversion problems.
  • The student will be able to critique radiographic images for proper positioning, anatomy, and technical factors.
  • The student will be able to perform a critical image analysis at their clinical site.The student will be able to apply problem solving skills and critical thinking skills.

Goal Statement 4

Students will evaluate the importance of professional growth and development.

  • The student will abide by the code of ethics for a Radiographer.
  • The students will be members of the Kansas State Radiologic Technology Society.
  • The students will attend and participate in a professional meeting.
  • The student will complete a professional project.
  • The student will complete a research paper on an imaging modality.

Goal Statement 5

The program will graduate entry-level radiologic technologists.

  • Graduates will be clinically competent.
  • Graduates will complete the clinical competencies as directed by the A.R.R.T.
  • Graduates will pass the A.R.R.T. certification examination.
  • Graduates are adequately prepared to perform as entry-level radiographers.
  • Graduates within 6 months of graduation will be able to find employment as a radiographer.
  • Solicit feedback from other communities of interest.
  • Solicit feedback from program graduates.

revised 1/2014

Radiography Program Tuition & Fees

The approximate cost for the 23-month curriculum is $10,000 -$10,500 for instate tuition and fees, and out of state tuition and fees will be approximately $11,900-$12,100. Textbooks for the program will cost approximately $1000.00 for the first year and approximately $600.00 for the second year. You will also need to purchase uniforms for the program at approximately $105.00 - $150.00. There will also be expenses for traveling to and from LCC and to and from the Clinical Education Centers.

LCC Tuition & Fees

LCC Refund Policies

  1. How long is the Radiography Program and what are the hours?
    It is a 23-month program, beginning in June of each year. Students attend clinical and /or classes year-round (Summer included). The first summer you will be in the classroom Monday through Thursday. Starting in the Fall Semester of your first year you will be at the Clinical Education Center three days a week for 8 hours each day, and you will have classes at LCC the other two days a week. This schedule will last throughout the program.
  2. How much does it cost?
    The approximate cost for the 23-month curriculum is $10,000 -$10,500 for instate tuition and fees, and out of state tuition and fees will be approximately $11,900-$12,100. Textbooks for the program will cost approximately $1000.00 for the first year and approximately $600.00 for the second year. You will also need to purchase uniforms for the program at approximately $105.00 - $150.00. There will also be expenses for traveling to and from LCC and to and from the Clinical Education Centers.
  3. How much money does a Radiography Technologist make?
    Approximately $52,000 - $62,200 a year for a new graduate. Salaries will vary based upon geographical location and with modality training.
  4. Can I work while enrolled in the program?
    Students are encouraged NOT to work due to the tremendous work load (clinical/course work) during the first year. If a student must work they are encouraged to limit employment to a part-time basis.
  5. Are there any degree pre- requisites that need to be completed before starting the program?
    Yes, they are English Comp I; English Comp II or Public Speaking; General or Developmental Psychology; College Algebra or higher math; and Anatomy & Physiology; **We strongly suggest completing prerequisites prior to the application deadline. Students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher or “Passing” in the case of a pass/fail course prior to June 1, 2021.**
  6. How can I best prepare for this program?
    • Be prepared to devote a lot of time to your studies and clinical training.
    • Be prepared to travel to designated clinical sites every semester. We are affiliated with 14 clinical education centers located throughout Southeast Kansas, Northeast Oklahoma and Western Missouri. Students are assigned to a new clinical site each Fall Semester during the 23- month training period.
    • Transportation is very important. Be prepared to have means of reliable transportation to and from clinical sites/classes.
    • Be prepared to have a budget outlined for various expenses (tuition, uniforms, liability insurance, liability insurance, transportation, computer, books, graduation).

 

Accreditation

The Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by:

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300 or email at: lwinter@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org

JRC Program Effectiveness Data

This program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and received the maximum 8-year accreditation award in 2014. Accreditation will be audited in 2022. The next site visit is tentatively scheduled for the Fourth Quarter of 2022.

2021 JRCERT Standards for Educational Programs

Radiography Class of 2019
Gale Brown

Gale Brown

EdS., L.RT (R) (CT)
Program Director
(620) 820-1159 or
Toll Free: 1-888-LABETTE
(522-3883) ext. 1159
galeb@labette.edu
Office Hours
Ashley Moore

Ashley Moore

M.S., L.RT (R)
Instructor/Clinical Coordinator
(620) 820-1156 or
Toll Free: 1-888-LABETTE
(522-3883) ext. 1156
ashleym@labette.edu
Office Hours
Tammy Kimrey

Tammy Kimrey

B.S., L.RT (R), RDMS, RVT
Instructor
(620) 820-1158
Toll Free: 1-888-LABETTE
(522-3883) ext. 1158
tammyk@labette.edu
Office Hours
Lori Weaver

Lori Weaver

Health Science Programs’ Administrative Assistant
(620) 820-1157 or
Toll Free: 1-888-LABETTE
(522-3883) ext. 1157
loriw@labette.edu