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Computed Tomography

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Certificate – Code #3060

Jenna Zetwick, Program Coordinator
Email address: zetwicjk@alfredstate.edu

The certificate program in computed tomography (CT) is an upper-level online program that will produce graduates who are capable of working under the supervision of a physician, and who are proficient in the application of computed tomography imaging equipment and techniques to gather critical radiologic data to enable the diagnosis of a variety of conditions and diseases. The program targets the acquisition of specialized CT certification by place-bound college graduates currently employed in the medical field as licensed radiological technologists. 

The curriculum will include instruction in obtaining, reviewing, and integrating patient histories and data; patient instruction and care; anatomic, physiologic and pathologic data recording; radiologic data processing; computed tomography equipment operation; and professional standards and ethics. Students in the program complete both didactic classes online and a clinical rotation at designated hospitals and clinics. The computed tomography program is a two-semester (15 credits in total) program. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students will be eligible to sit for national certification examinations for computed tomography.

Advantages

The CT certificate program targets existing radiologic technologists who wish to expand and diversify their clinical skills within the healthcare market place. With the exception of the clinical requirement, the program is designed to be an online experience.  

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate correct positioning skills.
  • Select proper technical factors.
  • Utilize appropriate radiation protection techniques.
  • Exhibit patient-centered skills.
  • Critique images to determine diagnostic quality.
  • Display proper work ethics.
  • Adapt standard procedures for non-routine patients.
  • Apply written communication skills to the construction of documents of record that are established professional guidelines.
  • Apply oral communication skills to the explanation of ideas and scientific terminology.
  • Use technological resources effectively and appropriately, synthesize theory and concepts from the liberal education domain and other professions into computed tomography.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Students may transfer directly into one of our own BS or BTech degree programs or to another college.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Government agencies
  • Clinics
  • Private physician offices

Employment Statistics

Employment of computed tomography clinicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Nationwide in 2016, there were 241,700 employed as noted by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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Entrance Requirements/Recommendations

Required: Associate degree in radiologic technology or certificate of completion from JRCERT program. Must provide proof of ARRT certification. 

Required Equipment

A tier 1 laptop computer is required for students entering the accounting program. Laptop specifications are available at http://www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops.

Computed Tomography - Certificate

TYPICAL TWO-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

IMSC 5004 Cross Sect. Anat. in Med. Imag 4
IMSC 5103 Intro to Computer Tomography and Patient Care 3
IMSC 5203 Computed Tomography Physics 3
      10

Second

IMSC 6003 Protocols, Pathology, & Patient Care 3
IMSC 6103 CT Clinical I 3
      6

Graduation Requirements

  • 16 total semester credit hours
  • 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average
  • Approval of department faculty