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CT & MRI Certificates

CT and MRI Studies

Become a CT or MRI Technologist

The need for trained diagnostic professionals is growing at a fast rate as the senior population continues to expand in Howard County and surrounding areas. Employment of Certified Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologists is projected to increase by 9% by 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

CT & MRI Technologist Training at HCC

HCC offers a continuing education CT & MRI certificate program in partnership with the credit Health Sciences Division. This program is ideal for diagnostic technologists who are interested in becoming more competitive in the workforce by enhancing their credentials.

To earn a Certificate of Completion, you must fulfill the required number of classwork and clinical hours (eight to 15 months) by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). You will then be eligible to sit for the national exam.

CT Certificate Coursework

The CT Program’s course offerings are structured as a two day a week hybrid course that is broken up into didactic and clinical sections. 

Didactic Section Schedule:

Students only have to be on campus every Tuesday, the first and last Wednesday. On Wednesday, students will participate in the course using HCC’s Learning Management System (LMS) called CANVAS. 

Clinical Section Schedule:

The clinical sections of the certificate program will be offered during each course, but the frequency will change from course-to-course.

  • Introduction to CT Principles, Patient Care, Sectional Anatomy, and Procedures

    This course is an introduction to principles of Computer Tomography (CT), patient care, sectional anatomy, and CT procedures.

    Course Objectives

    Didactic Section

    Fundamental principles covered include:

    • Basic CT principles.
    • Instrumentation and equipment.
    • Data acquisition.
    • Image post processing.
    • Single and multi-slice volume CT.
    • Radiation doses in CT.
    • Image quality.
    • Patient care.
    • Students will also be given an overview of:
    • Sectional anatomy and procedures of the musculoskeletal, neck, chest, and abdomen.
    • Interventional/fluoroscopy CT.
    • PET/CT fusion imaging.
    Clinical Section

    Clinical will include two 8 hour rotations for observation purposes. The instructor will provide dates at beginning of class.

  • Principles of CT, Sectional Anatomy, Procedures, and Clinical I

    In this course, students will strengthen the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to perform routine Computer Tomography Imaging procedures. 

    Course Objectives

    Didactic Section

    Students will focus on:

    • Sectional anatomy and imaging protocols/parameters for musculoskeletal systems.
    • CT fluoroscopy.
    • Pediatric and mobile CT.
    • Vascular CTA.
    • Calcium scoring exams.
    • Prospective/retrospective gated studies.
    Clinical Section

    Under the supervision of a registered technologist, students will observe, assist, and perform routine CT examinations previously learned.
    Additional examinations include:

    • CT guided biopsies.
    • Drainages.
    • Aspirations.
    • CT screening.
    • PET/CT fusion.
    • CT endoscopy.
    • 3D CT scanning.
  • Principles of CT, Sectional Anatomy, Procedures, and Clinical II

    In this course, students will strengthen the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to perform routine Computer Tomography Imaging procedures. 

    Course Objectives

    Didactic Section

    Students will focus on:

    Sectional anatomy and imaging protocols/parameters for musculoskeletal systems.

    • CT fluoroscopy.
    • Pediatric and mobile CT.
    • Vascular CTA.
    • Calcium scoring exams.
    • Prospective/retrospective gated studies.
    Clinical Section

    Under the supervision of a registered technologist, students will observe, assist, and perform routine CT examinations previously learned.
    Additional examinations include:

    • CT guided biopsies.
    • Drainages.
    • Aspirations.
    • CT screening.
    • PET/CT fusion.
    • CT endoscopy.
    • 3D CT scanning.
  • Principles of CT, Sectional Anatomy, Procedures, and Clinical III

    In this course, students will expand previously acquired CT procedures knowledge with an emphasis on critical thinking and common pathology identification on CT images.

    Course Objectives

    Didactic Section

    Students will:

    • Collaborate to prepare and present CT case study reports.
    • Review and prepare for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Computed Tomography Post Primary Certification Examination.
    Clinical Section

    Under supervision of a registered technologist, students will continue to advance their patient care skills and perform and document CT procedures.

    Clinical will meet one day per week (M – F) plus one Saturday. 
     

  • How to apply – CT Certificate Program

    Technology Requirements

    The following technology is required for this program:

    • Computer or laptop.
    • Active email address.
    • Internet Browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari).
    • Microsoft Office.

    Application Requirements

    To be eligible for the healthcare certificate program the following criteria must be met:

    You must currently be registered with the ARRT in one of the following:

    • Sonography.
    • Radiography.
    • Radiation Therapy.
    • Nuclear Medicine Technology.

    The application period for the 2020 CT Certificate Program has ended. 
     

 

MRI Certificate Coursework

The MRI Program’s course offerings are structured as a two day a week hybrid course that is broken up into didactic and clinical sections. 

Didactic Section Schedule:

Students report to campus every Thursday and the first Wednesday of the program. All other Wednesdays, students will participate in the course using HCC’s Learning Management System (LMS) called CANVAS.

Clinical Section Schedule:

The clinical sections of the certificate program will be offered during each course, but the frequency will change from course-to-course.

  • Introduction to MRI Principles, Patient Care, Sectional Anatomy, and Procedures

    This course is an introduction to principles of MRI, Patient Care, Sectional Anatomy, and MRI procedures. 

    Course Objectives

    Didactic Section

    Students will cover fundamental principles of MRI including:

    • Instrumentation and equipment.
    • Pulse sequences.
    • Magnetic resonance parameters.
    • Image weighting.
    • Patient care in MRI.
    • MRI safety.

    Students will also develop theoretical knowledge of Sectional Anatomy and Magnetic Resonance Imaging procedures of the CNS, and upper and lower extremities as a preparation for during their clinical rotation.

    Clinical Section

    Students will also rotate one Saturday for their clinical orientation and also schedule one additional day during their sixth week to their prospective clinical site.
     

  • Principles of MRI, Sectional Anatomy, Procedures, and Clinical IA & Clinical IB

    In this course, students will strengthen their theoretical knowledge necessary to perform routine Magnetic Resonance Imaging procedures during their clinical rotation.

    Course Objectives

    Didactic Section

    Students will be introduced to:

    • MRI protocols, techniques, anatomy, and image acquisition and modification.
    • Common pathologies diagnosable with MRI imaging.
    • Venipuncture and contrast media administration skills
    Clinical Section

    Under the supervision of a registered technologists, students will observe, assist, and perform MRI Procedures such as:

    • CNS
    • Upper and lower extremity
    • Abdomen
    • Pelvis and select MRA procedures

    Students will have one Saturday clinical and have a rotation 1 day/week (M – F) at their clinical site.
     

  • Principles of MRI, Sectional Anatomy, Procedures, and Clinical IIA & Clinical IIB

    In this course, students will expand previously acquired MRI procedures knowledge and patient care skills with an emphasis on critical thinking, pathology specific MRI procedures, Quality Control and protocol building.

    Course Objectives

    Didactic Section

    Students will:

    • Farther develop their theoretical knowledge necessary to perform advanced MRI procedures.
    • Farther develop venipuncture and contrast media administration skills.
    • Be presented common pathologies diagnosable with MRI imaging.
    • Critique their MRI images.
    • Review and prepare for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) MRI Post Primary Certification Examination.
    Clinical Section

    Under the supervision of a registered technologist, students will continue to perform and document MR procedure competencies.

    Students will have one Saturday clinical and have a rotation 1 day/week (M – F) at their clinical site.
     

  • How to apply – MRI Certificate Program

    Technology Requirements

    The following technology is required for this program:

    • Computer or laptop
    • Active email address
    • Internet Browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari)
    • Microsoft Office

    Application Requirements 

    To be eligible for the healthcare certificate program the following criteria must be met:
    You must currently be registered with the ARRT in one of the following:

    • Sonography
    • Radiography
    • Radiation Therapy
    • Nuclear Medicine Technology

    Click here to submit an application.

 
 
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