Computed Tomography

Academic Certificate

Overview

This Computed Tomography program is an advanced academic certificate program for educating CT techs to produce cross-sectional X-ray images. Previous completion of an accredited radiologic technology, radiation therapy, or nuclear medicine program is required.

Computed tomography is a medical process that uses X-rays and computer processing to produce cross-sectional images or “slices” of the body part being scanned. These images of specific areas of the body provide physicians with clinical information in the detection, differentiation, and therapy of disease. The Computed Tomography program at Midlands Technical College is a two-semester program of study. Admission is limited to those who meet the specific admissions criteria.

The program content is based on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) clinical competency and CT registry specifications and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Curriculum Guide. The Computed Tomography Certificate is an advanced certificate and requires entering students to have completed an accredited radiologic technology, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy program. Because this program is an advanced certificate, it is strongly recommended that interested students meet with a Computed Tomography program faculty and/or Health Sciences advisor early in their matriculation at Midlands Technical College.

The Computed Tomography program graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Computed Tomography, ARRT (CT) examination. CT programs do not currently require accreditation. Learning experiences for students in the Computed Tomography Certificate Program are provided in classrooms and laboratories on the Airport Campus and required clinical experiences (externship/internship) are arranged through affiliations with local healthcare facilities.

Interview Eligibility
  • Registered and in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiography, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy or registered and in good standing with the Nuclear Medicine Certification Board (NMTCB).
  • Two letters of reference.
  • Currently hold certification in radiography, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy in the state of employment or location of the clinical rotation site.
Admission Criteria
  • Attend an information session.
  • Successfully complete a formal interview.
  • Students are accepted contingent upon satisfactory completion of the health form, criminal background investigation, and drug screening.
  • Students must present CPR certification (adult, infant, and child) and first-aid certification cards at the Orientation.
  • The CPR certification must be kept current while in the program. Attend Health Science Orientation.
Graduation Requirements
  • Students must maintain a grade of “C” or higher in all required courses to remain in and graduate from the program.
  • Registered Radiologic technologists, radiation therapists or nuclear medicine technologists who can provide appropriate documentation of required CT competencies may apply for exemption of the clinical component (RAD 150, RAD 160) with the program directors’ permission.  

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(10 Credit Hours)
RAD-103 Introduction to Computed Tomography

Introduction to Computed Tomography

ID: RAD-103

Credit Hours: 2

This course is a study of the technological developments behind computed tomography, an overview of scanner components, terminology, data acquisition, digital imaging, image reconstruction, display and manipulations. Current applications will be explored, including patient screening, contract utilization and administration, contrast reactions and treatment, pediatrics, conscious sedation and monitoring, and radiation protection.

2
RAD-145 Computed Tomography Physics & Instr

Computed Tomography Physics & Instr

ID: RAD-145

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of Computed Tomography physics and instrumentation. The course provides an overview of technology, application, and practice that is unique to the Computed Tomography profession.

3
RAD-106 Patient Care in Computed Tomog

Patient Care in Computed Tomog

ID: RAD-106

Credit Hours: 1

This course provides the techniques of proper patient care in Computed Tomography. This course explores the use of contrast media and power injectors, and the adverse allergic reaction to contrast media. Lab tests and values are explained.

1
RAD-150 Clinical Applications I

Clinical Applications I

ID: RAD-150

Credit Hours: 4

This course includes practice of hands-on clinical skills in hospital/outpatient environments.

4
Semester 2
(12 Credit Hours)
AHS-206 Cross-Section Anatomy for Medical Imag

Cross-Section Anatomy for Medical Imag

ID: AHS-206

Credit Hours: 2

This course is a study of human anatomy as viewed in cross-sectional planes. This is used in medical imaging modalities such as computed tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Ultrasound.

2
RAD-120 Principles of Computed Tomography

Principles of Computed Tomography

ID: RAD-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of assurance procedures, and radiation dosimetry in computed tomography. Special applications of computer tomography will be explored including interventional procedures, high speed ct scanning, 3 dimensional ct and multi-planar reformations. A review of special scanner features will also be covered in the course.

3
RAD-160 Clinical Applications II

Clinical Applications II

ID: RAD-160

Credit Hours: 6

This course is a continuation of practice of hands-on clinical skills in hospital/outpatient environments.

6
RAD-285 Special Topics in Computed Tomography

Special Topics in Computed Tomography

ID: RAD-285

Credit Hours: 1

This course is a study of advanced topics unique to Computed Tomography. Several practice registry exams in Computed Tomography will be given in preparation for the ARRT CT Registry Exam.

1
  Total Credit Hours 22
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$3,916.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Computed Tomography Technologist

Computed tomography (CT) is a diagnostic imaging test used to create detailed images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue, and blood vessels. The cross-sectional images generated during a CT scan can be reformatted in multiple planes, and can even generate three-dimensional images which can be viewed on a computer monitor, printed on film, or transferred to electronic media. CT scanning is often the best method for detecting many different cancers since the images allow the doctor to confirm the presence of a tumor and determine its size and location. In emergency cases, it can reveal internal injuries and bleeding quickly enough to help save lives.

Projected Job Growth

+21%

Average Annual Salary

$52,954
According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals

What’s next after I complete this program?

Enter the workforce

Computed tomography (CT) can be an exciting and fulfilling career. As a CT technologist, graduates will have the opportunity to work in a hospital or an imaging center. Technologists perform scans on all parts of the body for a variety of reasons. Some patients need imaging to diagnose a disease or an acute condition. Others need CT scans in emergencies, so physicians can understand the extent of injuries. While technologists perform the procedures, the graduate’s skills and confidence will be critical to balance image quality with radiation dose. In addition, technologists are crucial to help inform and calm nervous patients.