The demand for radiologic technology professionals with training in computed tomography is expected to rise by 16 percent through 2024 in the region. An estimated 800 new jobs will be offered in the Inland Empire and desert region annually, according to the Centers of Excellence. Radiologic technology professionals with CT experience earn a median wage of about $54,000 per year in the Inland Empire. Chaffey is currently the only Inland Empire community college offering a certificate program in computed tomography.
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