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Radiology Technologist Schools in Kentucky

This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Kentucky will help you find key information that you can use to compare schools and make an informed decision. Kentucky’s colleges and universities offer a range of programs in general radiologic technology as well as specialty radiologic technology like computed tomography. You may also find that online radiologic technologist and technician schools offer comparable courses of study with additional benefits such as flexibility in attending classes and completing assignments and reduced travel times. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Find out more about your career options and radiologic technologist and technician schools in Kentucky by reading below, where you will find a table of top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, student reviews, and more.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 13 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Kentucky.1
  • 4 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 12 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 3 colleges and universities offers a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • No schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Bellarmine University 64%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Jefferson Community and Technical College 22%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Bellarmine University $24,742.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Hazard Community and Technical College $5,473.1
  • 13 radiologic technology programs are accredited by JRCERT (see below).*

*For not-for-profit schools with radiologic technology programs.

Credentialing Exam Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Medical Imaging Schools in Kentucky

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Kentucky on a variety of factors. You can sort the table by clicking on the arrows in the top row. Since many state licensing boards and organizations that offer credentialing exams such as the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) require that aspiring radiologic technologists complete a recognized program, accreditation is an important factor in evaluating schools. Additionally, if you are considering transferring from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the imaging sciences, or are interested in pursuing a specialized certificate in the future, be aware that many programs consider accreditation for previously completed programs in their admissions decisions. Finally, you should always check with your state’s licensing board to ensure that the program you are considering will meet licensure requirements.

School NameAssociate’s Imaging ProgramBachelor’s Imaging ProgramGraduate Imaging ProgramNational AccreditationCompletion Rate2*Credential Exam Pass Rate2*Job Placement Rate2*Net Price**1
Bellarmine UniversityNoYesNoJRCERT$24,742
Bluegrass Community and Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT57%91%82%$7,739
Elizabethtown Community and Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT55%94%91%$7,499
Hazard Community and Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP83%86%96%$5,473
Jefferson Community and Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT80%82%85%$8,265
Madisonville Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT92%84%98%$7,284
Morehead State University (Associate’s)YesYesNoJRCERT89%99%82%$11,296
Morehead State University (Bachelor’s)YesYesNoJRCERT, CAAHEP93%100%98%$11,296
Northern Kentucky UniversityNoYesNoJRCERT85%97%89%$8,910
Owensboro Community and Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT60%100%100%$7,144
Somerset Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT73%96%96%$5,783
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP82%93%96%$7,106
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical CollegeYesNoNo$5,544
West Kentucky Community and Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP100%89%88%$7,441

*Completion Rate, Credential Exam Pass Rate, and Job Placement Rate data are from Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Data for JRCERT-accredited programs.
**Net price is the annual cost per year for undergraduate tuition as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, after deducting the average financial aid award.

Accredited Medical Imaging Programs

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs

  • Bellarmine University (Louisville)
  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College (Lexington)
  • Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (Elizabethtown)
  • Hazard Community and Technical College (Hazard)
  • Jefferson Community and Technical College (Louisville)
  • Madisonville Community College (Madisonville)
  • Morehead State University (Morehead)
  • Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights)
  • Owensboro Community and Technical College (Owensboro)
  • Somerset Community College (Somerset)
  • Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (Bowling Green)
  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College (Paducah)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Hazard Community and Technical College (Hazard)
  • Morehead State University (Morehead)
  • Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (Bowling Green)
  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College (Paducah)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

As of late 2017, no schools in Kentucky were accredited by the JRCNMT.

Kentucky Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University affords students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology. Students will complete a full range of radiologic technology courses in addition to getting hands-on experience in the university’s radiographic laboratory. Labs allow students to get firsthand experience and to prepare for their clinical rotations. Students are assigned clinical rotations at affiliated medical facilities, including St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Dearborn County Hospital in Indiana, and Mercy Hospital Anderson and the Jewish Hospital in nearby Cincinnati, Ohio. Admittance to the program is competitive with a maximum of 27 students offered a seat in the program each year. Successful applicants begin taking radiologic technology courses in the second summer semester.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University features an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Sciences that prepares students to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Students may also continue their studies to earn a Bachelor of Science in Imaging Science. The full-time, three-year program requires students to fulfill general college courses in addition to radiography coursework and clinical rotations. Clinical rotations and classes may take place during the day or in the evenings. Students will complete clinical rotations at two different facilities in the spring of their freshman year and the fall of their sophomore year at one of the university’s affiliated medical facilities, which include Clark Regional Medical Center, Georgetown Community Hospital, Three Rivers Medical Center, and Pikeville Medical Center.

Jefferson Community and Technical College

Jefferson Community and Technical College’s 21-month radiologic technology program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Radiography. Successful applicants receive notification of acceptance in the spring semester and will begin their studies the following fall. The program combines coursework with clinical studies and prepares students to take the ARRT certification exam. Radiography courses cover medical terminology, patient care, radiographic procedures, radiographic pathology, and radiation protection and biology. Students will be assigned clinical rotations at medical facilities in the Louisville area, where they will work between one and four days each week. Graduates are prepared for competent, entry-level clinical practice in radiography.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Kentucky

The Kentucky Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy requires that any individual who operates radiation-emitting equipment in a medical setting be licensed. Prospective radiologic technologists and technicians must have graduated from an accredited radiology technology program and hold certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB). The general license in Kentucky is valid for two years before it must be renewed. ARRT-certified radiologist technologists and technicians must fulfill 24 credit hours of continuing education every two years, pay a fee, and fill out a renewal form to maintain their certification. A temporary license is available for those who have graduated from an accredited program but have not yet passed the ARRT or NMCTB exams; the temporary license is valid for one year and is non-renewable.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

21%

Radiology Techs in Kentucky from 2014-20243

The Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics predicts that radiologic technologists and technicians in Kentucky will see job growth of 21.22% between 2014 and 2024.3 This is well above the projected growth of 9% for radiologic technologists and technicians nationwide for the period from 2014 to 2024.4 An average of 210 positions are expected to open in Kentucky each year through 2024, with 110 of these positions due to growth and 99 the result of vacancies.3 Radiologic technologists and technicians earned an average annual wage of $50,600 in Kentucky as of 2016.5 Lexington Diagnostic Center, Lundberg Medical Imaging, UK HealthCare, Baptist Healthcare System, Georgetown Community Hospital, Logan Memorial Hospital, and the University of Kentucky are among the medical facilities in Kentucky that hire radiologic technologists and technicians.

Kentucky Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Bowling Green120No data
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox40$49,390
Lexington-Fayette600$52,350
Louisville-Jefferson County1,450$51,920
Owensboro110$52,870

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

Student Reviews

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Jefferson Community and Technical College
109 E Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 213-5333
https://jefferson.kctcs.edu/

Student Review: “I had a wonderful experience at the JCTCS Radiology program in Louisville, KY. I feel that it prepared me for my career in the field of Radiology. The program put me in clinicals that taught me the educational foundation that I needed to excel in my profession. It taught me what real life was like in the hospital and what my future held. I feel like the focus and dedication that I put into the program has paid off. I never felt lost or uneducated while out in the field. I would recommend JCTCS as a great place to receive your Radiology foundation. The staff was always willing to help you prepare for your future.” -Student at Jefferson Community and Technical College
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Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
700 College Rd
Cumberland, KY 40823
(606) 589-2145
https://southeast.kctcs.edu/

Student Review: “I attended Southeast KY Community and Technical College where I studied radiography. I had two incredible instructors who sincerely invested a lot into my education and personal life. They were never mean or hard to communicate with. All feedback on tests and exams were meant to help us grow in the field. The instructors were very personable and this made it easy to ask questions when necessary. They routinely asked us to stop by their offices if we needed to talk about life or needed help with the material. If our grades were slipping, they made a point to schedule an office visit to discuss what might be going on and how we could improve on the next test or evaluation. Our instructors made us feel like a family and made sure they taught us everything they knew about the science before unleashing us into the world of radiography.” -Student at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
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References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Data: https://www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data/
3. Kentucky Center for Education & Workforce Statistics: https://kcews.ky.gov/KYLMI/Index/?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Radiologic and MRI Technologists: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 Occupational Employment and Wages, Radiologic Technologists: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292034.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm