Purpose

The Career Studies Certificate in Computed Tomography Imaging is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of the allied health interdisciplinary team. Upon completion of the curriculum (and successful completion and documentation of all required clinical competencies as set for by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists), the student is eligible to apply to take the National Registry examination leading to advanced certification as a Registered Radiographer in CT by the ARRT.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program can:

  • Demonstrate competence in the essential aspects of computed tomography at the entry-level.
  • Understand the importance of life-long continuing education in the field of computed tomography.

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities for well-trained registered CT radiographers are available in hospitals, clinics, education, industry, government agencies, and private offices.

Program Requirements

Students should have English and Mathematics skills assessed. Deficiencies in these areas may be corrected by completing the appropriate developmental studies courses.

Admission Requirements

The student in Computed Tomography must have completed an approved program in radiography, radiation therapy, or nuclear medicine technology (either AART or NMTCB). The student must be registered by the appropriate certification agency. All students must have a current CPR certification and must maintain that certification throughout the program. Applicants must have maintained a “C” average in past program courses in the discipline or certification. Applicants must provide the following to be considered for admission.

  • Application to SWCC or VHCC
  • Official transcripts of all other colleges attended submitted to the appropriate admissions office at either SWCC or VHCC
  • Completed CT program application submitted to Christy Lee at clee@mecc.edu
  • Copy of current ARRT or NMTCB certification card submitted to Christy Lee at clee@mecc.edu. The student in Computed Tomography must abide by all community college policies as well as hospital policies while enrolled in the program.

Additional Information

Upon admission and during the course of study, the college and hospital faculty will carefully observe and evaluate the student’s progress. If, in the opinion of the faculty, a student does not exhibit professional behavior, the student will be asked to withdraw from the program.

Students will not be eligible to receive the certificate until a grade of “C” or better is obtained in each of the required courses. Before entering the clinical areas, the student must receive complete clinical clearance. Please see Ms. Lee for details. Students who can provide documentation of continuous employment in CT for a minimum of 1 year prior to the application deadline have the option of NOT completing the RAD 196 clinical class requirements.

Criminal Background Checks/Drug Testing

Background checks for criminal history and sex offender crimes against minors are required for entrance into some clinical agencies. Students with convictions may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the program. Clinical agencies may require drug testing prior to placement of students for clinical rotations. Students with positive drug test results may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the program. Students must provide documentation of a recent PPD TB skin test and up-to-date vaccinations for MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, and seasonal influenza. Other requirements may be specified by various clinical affiliates. Cost for criminal background checks, vaccinations, PPD testing, and drug testing will be the responsibility of the student.

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