With so many radiography exams being replaced by or supplemented with computed tomography (CT) studies, the Chaffey College Computed Tomography Certificate Program provides radiology students and professionals an opportunity to further their career with a specialty in computed tomography. This program consists of clinical experience requirements and online didactic courses. Upon completion, technologists will have met the clinical experience requirements and received the coursework needed to qualify for and take the post-primary American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Computed Tomography (CT) Examination.
Computed tomography is one of the most commonly utilized areas of secondary practice in radiology. A CT technologist is an important member of a medical diagnostic team, using a computer to take noninvasive images of tissues and organs to assist doctors in learning more about potential injuries and diseases.
The hiring market for radiologic technologists can be competitive and such qualifications can lead to expanded career opportunities with employers seeking radiologic technologists who have experience in specific disciplines, especially in hospitals and clinics that commonly use multiple types of radiologic technology equipment. Becoming qualified in a secondary practice can also raise salary potential.
Students are required to have a diploma or degree from an accredited radiologic technology or nuclear medicine program to pursue the Certificate of Achievement for Computed Tomography.
The program includes four courses taken during an 18-week semester. The classes are:
- Patient Care and Procedures in Computed Tomography
- Physics Instrumentation in Computed Tomography
- Cross-Sectional Anatomy and Pathology in Radiography
- Clinical instruction
Rita Morales, AAII