Computed Tomography Imaging Certificate
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The CCRI Computed Tomography Imaging certificate program prepares licensed radiographers with the scientific knowledge and skills to produce useful and complete diagnostic studies for all areas and systems of the body. This two-semester program focuses on understanding the basic principles of computed tomography imaging and the care of patients requiring diagnostic imaging.
Graduates will receive a certificate in Computed Tomography Imaging, and will be prepared to sit for the national credentialing exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Program Learning OutcomesStudents completing the certificate in Computed Tomography will: 1. be skilled in current practice as entry level CT Technologists 2. Communicate orally and in writing with patients, families and other healthcare professionals 3. evaluate CT images for quality 4. protect themselves, patients and staff from excess radiation exposure 5. adapt imaging procedures and equipment to non-routine situations and patient populations 6. act as ethical and responsible members of the healthcare team
- What is a computed tomography imaging technologist?
- How can I become a computed tomography imaging technologist?
- What kind of credentials are necessary to work as a computed tomography imaging technologist?
- Where do CT technologists work?
- What are CT technologists salaries like?
- What is the outlook for jobs in the future?
- What should an interested student do to prepare for entry into computed tomography imaging?
- Is there a health hazard for those who work as CT technologists?
- What is the typical cost of this program?
- Whom may I contact for more information?
Q: What is a computed technology imaging technologist?
A: Computed tomography imaging technologists are radiologic technologists who specialize in computed tomography (CT) scans, a specialized x-ray procedure. CT technologists have knowledge of anatomy and imaging principles to aid physicians in the diagnosis of disease, in monitoring patient progress, in controlled screenings to help prevent disease, or in research.
Q: How can I become a computed tomography imaging technologist?
A: Computed tomography imaging is a two-semester certificate program designed to prepare radiographers for employment in this imaging specialty. College courses include classroom and online instruction, coordinated with clinical practice. Certification in radiologic technology (radiography, nuclear medicine technology, or radiation therapy) is required for admission.
Q: What kind of credentials are necessary to work as a computed tomography imaging technologist?
A: Students who successfully complete this certificate program are eligible to take a national registry exam. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists credentials computer tomography imaging technologists. Certification by the ARRT and licensing by state radiation control programs is required for employment.
Q: Where do CT technologists work?
A: CT technologists work in hospitals, private imaging facilities and physicians' offices. MRI technologists work all shifts, with part-time or full-time positions. Flexible hours are often available.
Q: What are CT technologists' salaries like?
A: Median salaries at the present time average $36.53 per hour. Hospital benefit packages are excellent and include health care, dental coverage, insurance, vacation and sick time. Private facilities may vary somewhat in the benefits they offer.
Q: What is the outlook for jobs in the future?
A: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities for radiologic technologists were expected to increase 9% during the 2014-2024 decade (www.bls.gov). This was faster than average compared to all other jobs. The increased demand was expected partially due to changes in required credentials for working in CT imaging.
Q: What should an interested student do to prepare for entry onto computed tomography imaging?
A: Have a good background in radiologic technology. Hold current ARRT certification in radiography, nuclear medicine technology, or radiation therapy. Develop good reading and communication skills. Take placement exams in math and English as early as possible. Graduates of associate degree radiography programs can transfer general education courses if appropriate.
Q: Is there a health hazard for those who work as MRI technologists?
A: The answer is yes. Radiation is a health hazard to everyone. A large part of the educational process is devoted to preparing students to work with radiation in a safe manner. If safety procedures are carefully observed, there is virtually no threat to the health or well-being of a radiographer. You are also working with sick people, and students will learn safety procedures for protecting patients as well as the imaging staff.
Q: What is the typical cost of this program?
A: The typical cost of the program for a part-time student is the current CCRI tuition and fees, laboratory fees, books, uniforms and travel expenses to the clinical sites. Additional information can be found on the Bursar website at www.ccri.edu/bursar.
Q: Whom may I contact for more information?
A: Contact Michael Hynes, Enrollment Services, at the Warwick Campus for more information about the MRI program at CCRI. The address is:
Office of Enrollment Services
Community College of Rhode Island
400 East Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
E-mail: [email protected]
CCRI Website: www.ccri.edu
If more specific information is needed, contact Peter Cyr, Program Coordinator, at (401) 333-7252, or e-mail at [email protected].