Career Programs Building, Room 167
Total Credit Hours: 14 credit hours
Purpose: Prepares students for practice as entry-level computed tomography (CT) imagers in health care facilities and specialty offices. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (www.arrt.org) certification examination in Computed Tomography. Per ARRT for certification test: Effective January 1, 2016 a total of 16 hours of structured education earned within a 24 month period immediately preceding submission of a testing application is required in addition to clinical experience requirements.
Curriculum: The curriculum is divided into areas of study consisting of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Content areas of the curriculum include anatomy and physiology, professional ethics, CT safety and equipment operation, CT positioning and procedures, imaging techniques, and pathology.
Program Outcomes: Graduates of the Computed Tomography Certificate Program will be able to:
- Provide appropriate patient care in the course of CT with respect to diverse cultures, values, and beliefs.
- Competently perform routine imaging procedures.
- Utilize appropriate protection and standard precautions.
- Critique images to assure highest quality.
- Communicate effectively with staff and patients.
- Be able to solve age-specific, disease-specific, and non-routine imaging situations.
- Make critical decisions appropriate for the medical imager.
- Perform as an effective team member.
- Practice within the ethical framework of the profession.
- Meet the imaging needs of the community.
Admission Requirements: Admission to HCC does not guarantee admission to the Computed Tomography Program. The requirements below must be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management. This program is open to currently ARRT certified radiographers and students enrolled in the sophomore year of a JRCERT accredited program.
- Hagerstown Community College application
- Computed Tomography program application
- Official college transcript(s)
- Current ARRT certification
- Current Maryland state license
- Current resume or curriculum vitae, including current and previous position(s) as a radiographer/technologist
- Students who have been out of the patient care environment for more than two years may be considered for admission upon successful completion of RAD 213 , Patient Care for Advanced Medical Imagers, with a minimum grade of 75% or higher
Program Requirements: All computed tomography students must:
- Receive a minimum grade of 75% (C grade) in each computed tomography course.
- Meet program competency requirements.
- Complete clinical education coursework within two years to satisfy program requirements and ARRT certification eligibility requirements.
- Students planning to enroll in the clinical education component of the program must meet with the course instructor no later than one month prior to start of the academic semester to ensure admission into the program.
- Enrollment in RAD 220 must be within 12 months of completing RAD 218 .
Students who receive a final mark of unsatisfactory in the clinical laboratory or clinical experience despite a passing theory grade, will not be permitted to progress in the computed tomography program and will receive a final grade of “F” for the course and are not eligible for readmission.
Students who do not meet program, course, technical, health and radiation standards that result in termination from the computed tomography program by the College, are not eligible for readmission. This includes students who cannot meet safety standards and students who violate the college’s Honor Code and Standards of Conduct; the radiography program’s Standards of Conduct; and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Standards of Ethics.
Clinical Acceptance: Acceptance into the clinical component of the program is contingent upon the following criteria. Students unable to meet these criteria will not be considered for clinical placement.
- Must have a state license for the state you are completing the clinical component. Failure to have this license will result in not being placed for the clinical component.
- Current American Heart Association BLS Health Care Provider certification
- Satisfactory completion of a health examination record and all required tests and immunizations
- Students must meet the Technical Standards for the medical imaging programs