Is the radiography program accredited?
Yes. This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606-73182, 312.704.5300, www.jrcert.org. In addition, LCCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
What is the length of the program?
The program is six semesters after acceptance into the program.
I already have a prior degree; is there any way to accelerate the program?
No, all radiography courses must be taken in sequence. However, you probably will have most general education courses completed and will not have to retake them.
Is there a time limit on the general education courses?
The only time limitations for general education courses are science and math courses. These must be five years current from your application to be eligible for transfer and or consideration for program acceptance. (See below.)
Are there prerequisite classes that I must take before I can apply?
Yes. The prerequisites are college-level math*; human anatomy* (with a lab), human physiology* (with a lab) or Anatomy & Physiology I* and II*; and general psychology. Classes marked with an * must be five years current from the application deadline.
If my math and science courses are more than five years old, must I retake the courses?
There are a few options which allow a student to demonstrate competency in the required science and math prerequisites.
1. Retake the courses;
2. Take the placement test in Math, Placing BEYOND the math prerequisite;
3. Take CLEP examination(s) in Math, posting a passing grade;
4. For the A & P courses, there is an online course available at LCCC called “Human Body Systems;” it serves as an acceptable “refresher” course for those applicants whose A & P courses are outside the five-year window; OR
5. If you have higher level Math or A & P courses within the last five years than our prerequisite courses, these would serve to meet the five-year window requirement.
HOWEVER, all students should discuss these options with the radiography faculty advisors before submitting them for consideration.
I took Anatomy and Physiology in high school. Will these satisfy the radiography program’s prerequisites?
No. Only prerequisite courses granted college credit with grades of a “C” or better are eligible for consideration.
Are there any tests that I must take before I can enroll in any courses?
Yes. All candidates must have a Reading Placement test five years current (or an ACT equivalent reading score of 21) from the application deadline. You may need college placement tests prior to taking math and English courses if you do not have these courses on a college transcript already.
Is there a student adviser?
Yes. If you have NOT completed the program prerequisites, you should contact the advising center at 307.778.1214 to set up an appointment. Once you have declared radiography as your major, you will be assigned a radiography advisor.
Can prerequisites be completed at a school other than LCCC?
Yes. General education courses that match those in the program will be considered for transfer. Admissions
counselors are available to evaluate transcripts from other schools.
Are the radiography programs courses transferable to another college or university?
Because LCCC is regionally accredited, courses should transfer to other institutions. However, check with the institution with which you plan to continue your education for transferability of courses.
Am I able to continue my education toward a bachelor's degree once I complete the program?
Yes. The LCCC radiography program has articulation agreements for a baccalaureate degree with the following institutions: The University of Wyoming, Regis University, and St. Francis University. Please note that other colleges and universities also offer bachelor's degrees and will accept LCCC's radiography credits. However, in this case, transfer of credits is handled on a case-by-case basis only.
How do I apply to the college?
Submit a college admission application
to LCCC if you have not taken courses here before or a readmission application if you have not taken courses in the past year. It is the student’s responsibility to request official high school and all college transcripts be sent to the admissions office.
Is there a separate application process for the radiography program?
Yes. Radiography program applications are available in mid-November each year. An electronic copy will be available on the website or a hard copy can be mailed to you.
When can I apply for admission to the radiography program?
For August admission, applications are available in mid-November and have a March 1 submission deadline. An applicant can turn in their application after January 1 and then continue to hand in all relevant application paperwork no later than March 1. Selection of the radiography students may be based on the date that the application was turned in if there is a tie score.
I have great grades. Will I be accepted into the radiography program?
Radiography is a field in demand, so there are usually more applications than clinical slots available. Students are selected for a new application pool every year. No waiting lists are used for acceptance into the program.
How long is the waiting list to get into the radiography program?
No waiting lists are used. Instead, a selection process is used. If an applicant is not selected the first year s/he applies, s/he must reapply the following year.
What selection criteria are used for admission to the radiography program?
1. Level of preparedness (number of courses completed);
2. Prior applicant? (Additional points may be awarded in this case);
3. Cumulative GPA;
4. Reference score (there are three reference forms that are attached to the application);
5. Observation score (an eight-hour observation is required in a radiology department, and an observation evaluation form is part of the application packet);
6. Application score: A series of questions are included with the application. They are similar to interview questions, except that you are writing out the answers. (We do not do face-to-face interviews.) Each member of the selection committee scores each applicant’s answers using a rating scale. These are then totaled and averaged.
Each of the above items are scored, weighted, and added up to arrive at a grand total. The top-scoring students are accepted, and alternates are the ranked behind them in numerical order.
Do I need to complete any health forms?
Yes. Once you are accepted, you and your healthcare provider must complete healthcare forms. The health forms involve documentation of immunizations and current TB testing, and verification from your healthcare provider that you are functionally able to complete the program successfully.
If I have completed one or more semesters of another radiography program, will I be able to transfer these credits to LCCC for advanced standing in the program?
Each student will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and is subject to clinical capacity limits, but the following criteria must be met:
a.) Transfer credits must be from a regionally accredited institution and/or a JRCERT -accredited program;
b.) Only courses with a C or better will be considered;
c.) A reference form from the program director of your previous institution must be received by the application deadline as outlined below;
d.) A completed radiography application must be received by:
1. March 1 for all Summer and Fall semester advanced standing admissions; OR
2. November 1 for all advanced standing Spring admissions;
e.) Both a didactic and positioning examination must be passed with a 75% or better (Content will cover material up to the semester the student is applying for);
f.) Student preparation/prerequisites must be equal to the class the students wished to enter into; students desiring to transfer into the radiography program are encouraged to contact the program director as soon as possible to ensure course equivalences;
g.) All transcripts will be evaluated by LCCC's Registrar and the Program Director for transfer credit and advanced placement as applicable.
Do I need a background check?
Yes. A criminal background check is required prior to the beginning the radiography program. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony, gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor (or a plea of guilty or nolo contendre has been entered) should request a copy of a letter concerning his/her eligibility status for licensure from the Wyoming State Board of Radiologic Examiners and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The Wyoming State Board of Radiologic Examiners can deny licensure if the Board feels that such denial is in the public’s interest. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologist can also deny certification for the same reasons.
Is the radiography program a day or evening program?
The radiography courses meet during the day. There are some required general education courses that are available in the evenings, weekends, and online. In addition, clinical experience is during daytime hours to ensure adequate student supervision hours. During the summer, every student will do an evening or weekend rotation.
Can I choose where and when I do my clinical rotation?
No. The radiography clinical coordinator will select your clinical site. Clinical experiences in hospitals, clinics and imaging centers are generally scheduled for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The student is required to participate in the clinical experience as it is scheduled. It is the student’s responsibility to provide transportation to clinical assignments.
Can I work during the program?
Due to the demands of the full-time radiography program, student employment should be approached with caution. This personal decision should be based on individual performance in the classroom, clinical areas, and personal health. It is the desire of the radiography faculty that students be successful in this program and that essential learning not be compromised. Students will not be excused from class or clinical assignment for personal work schedules. Classroom attendance is expected and accountability for knowledge and assignments is the student’s responsibility. Alternative sources of funding may be found by contacting the college’s Scholarships & Financial Aid Office
What is the cost of the program?
The cost for the program is based on the regular tuition rate plus other fees and expenses. See Costs
for more information.
Are financial aid or scholarships available for the program?
When I graduate from the LCCC radiography program, will I be an X-ray technician?
You will be a radiologic technologist. Upon graduation, you will receive an associate degree in applied science and be eligible to take the national certifying examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Upon passing the examination, a student is certified as a Registered Radiologic Technologist, or R.T.(R). A technician is one who is trained on-the-job, and not trained in theory; whereas, a technologist is trained in theory, possesses a degree, must maintain continuing education, follow the code of ethics, is skilled, and licensed by the government.
Are there jobs available after graduation?
Yes. Employment of radiographers is expected to grow “faster than average” with an increase of nearly 50,000 jobs by 2022 due to the aging population and increase demand for diagnostic imaging. Learn more.
What are the current radiography salary levels?
The salaries and benefits vary according to experience and employment location. Data for the 2013 Wage and Salary Survey of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) indicate that the average salary for practitioners with less than two years' experience is $43,155; the overall average is $53,680; the average salary in the top 5 states is $71,376.