The Diagnostic Medical Imaging Computed Tomography certificate program prepares students for careers as computed tomography (CT) technologists through academics, laboratories and clinical training. The two-semester program is for advanced students who have previously graduated from an accredited radiography or nuclear medicine program.
Students will practice using a CT Scanner located on-campus. Students will also learn how to conduct radiation experiments in a radiation laboratory. Within the program, students will take six courses. Two clinical courses are held in an affiliated CT department.
In addition to maintaining a current license in medical radiation technology from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), students must hold active national certification and registration from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiography and or nuclear medicine.
Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for the ARRT's national certification exam in CT and earn continuing education credits.
The Computed Tomography Program can admit only a limited number of students. You must follow specific admissions requirements outlined in the Computed Tomography Admission Packet to register.
Determine Your Path
CT technologists are highly skilled healthcare professionals who are educated in anatomy and pathology, patient care, radiation safety, quality management and physics.
The CT program seeks to develop and educate competent, efficient and compassionate technologists, capable of functioning in any environment. At COD, you'll discover:
- Small class sizes that ensure students receive personalized attention.
- Dedicated instructors with years of professional experience.
- Instruction utilizing a General Electric CT scanner.
- Up-to-date, competency-based curriculum.
- Affordable programs to help students achieve success without creating overwhelming debt or draining a savings account.
The Computed Tomography (CT) certificate provides the student with the required course work and clinical practice to perform as a Computed Tomography (CT) technologist in medical imaging departments of hospitals, medical centers, and free standing medical imaging facilities.
Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) for certification. In addition, the CT graduates must also obtain licensure in the State of Illinois with IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management Agency).
“Try and get multiple licenses like CT and MRI as well, because that will lead to better job opportunities.” - Brian CairnsBrian's COD Story
Get Started Today
The first step to getting started in the Computed Tomography program is to review the admissions packet. The packet contains an admission checklist that you will need to follow in order to be eligible for admission.
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Diagnostic Medical Imaging Computed Tomography Program graduates will:
- Operate CT equipment and perform CT exams under the direct supervision of qualified CT Technologists until they have successfully passed clinical experience evaluations on CT exams.
- Demonstrate a minimum number of repetitions of CT procedures within 6 AART categories (Head, Spine and Musculoskeletal; Neck and Chest; Abdomen and Pelvis as required by the ARRT; Additional Procedures; Image Display and Post Processing, and Quality Assurance) ideally completing 65 CT procedures per clinical course. The CT program objectives are based on ARRT CT Certification requirements.
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