Location: Career Programs Building, Room 167, 240-500-2525
Award: Letter of Recognition
Total Credit Hours: 5 credit hours
Purpose: Prepares students for practice as entry-level mammographers 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 Mammography.
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, mammography safety and equipment operation, mammography positioning and procedures, imaging techniques, and pathology.
Program Outcomes: Graduates of the Letter of Recognition Program in mammography will be able to:
- Provide appropriate patient care in the course of mammographic procedures with respect to diverse cultures, values, and beliefs.
- Competently perform mammographic 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 mammographic 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 to HCC does not guarantee admission to the Mammography Program. The requirements below must be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions and Registration. 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
- Mammography program application
- Official college transcript(s)
- Current ARRT certification
- 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 mammography students must:
- Receive a minimum grade of 75% (C grade) in each mammography course.
- Meet program competency requirements.
- Enrollment in RAD 216A must be within one year of completion of RAD 216 .
- Clinical education coursework must be completed 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 program coordinator no later than one month prior to the start of the academic semester.
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 mammography 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 mammography 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.
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.
- Current state license (if applicable)
- Current American Heart Association Healthcare 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