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About Computed Tomography

If caring is your calling and you are currently working as a radiologic technologist and want to increase your marketability and earning potential with additional skills or certifications, Parker University’s Computed Tomography (CT Scan) Certificate Program is for you.

CT didactic courses are offered online, in just one semester allowing you to complete this program around your current work schedule. Students in this program will make their own clinical arrangements to fulfill the ARRT clinical requirements.

Upon completion, technologists will receive the coursework and obtain clinical training to be awarded the Certificate in Computed Tomography from Parker University and qualify to take the Advanced Certification Examination in Computed Tomography offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Program PDF Fact Sheet

Program Description

Computed Tomography is an advanced radiographic imaging modality that utilizes highly collimated fan-shaped x-ray beam and array of radiation detectors to produce cross-sectional images of human body structures and organs needed by physicians for diagnostic purposes. Computed tomographic images can be reconstructed in various anatomical orientations to demonstrate image details that allow for better visualization of pathology, diagnostic analysis, and radiologic interpretations.

Mission Statement

The Certificate in Computed Tomography Program at Parker University produces competent CT Technologists eligible for immediate employment and certification by offering high quality educational and clinical experiences who respond to the needs of their patients while assuming a vital role in the patient’s healthcare team.

1 semester (16 weeks)

Prerequisites: Applicants must be currently certified and registered as a radiologic technologist ®, or radiation therapist (T), or as a nuclear medicine technologist (N) with the ARRT or NMTCB Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist.

  1. Complete the online application and enrollment agreement.
  2. Provide proof of being a ARRT Registered Radiologic Technologist or Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
  3. Have reliable Internet access (high speed recommended) and a working Parker preferred e-mail.
Candidates for the CT Certificate Program must apply to the university and to the CT Certificate Program (current students do not need to re-apply to the university).

  1. Signed and completed Computed Tomography (CT) Application.
  2. Copy of current certification document from ARRT.
  3. Copy of Current license to practice as a Radiographer in your state of practice (if applicable).
  4. Proof of high school completion. This may be done by submitting official high school transcripts or a photocopy of your high school diploma or GED certificate.
  5. Current ARRT card
  6. Read and sign all program acknowledgment and disclosure forms found on www.Parker.edu

** Application to the program does not constitute admission.

  1. Clinical Performance and Competence: Students will produce high quality images by possessing the knowledge, clinical application, radiation safety practices and patient care skills needed to meet the needs of the diagnostic imaging community as entry level radiographers.
  2. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate sound problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively in the clinical setting.
  3. Communication: Students will communicate effectively with patients, peers, and other members of the healthcare team. Through effective communication students will function as a productive member of the healthcare team.
  4. Professional Growth and Development: Students will understand the purpose and importance of professional values, ethics, continuing education, and lifelong learning.
  5. Program Effectiveness: Graduates will fulfill the needs of the health care community. The program will provide the community with graduates who are able to function as an active member of the health care team

Parker University offers merit scholarships available for the Computed Tomography Certificate Program.  Based on grade point average, scholarships ranging from $375 – $875 may apply to the Computed Tomography Certificate program.

Curriculum Plan

Coursework  

 

                                                        16 Semester Credit Hours
Course ID Credits   Course Name
CTMT 2432        4 Principles of Computed Tomography
RADR 2440        4 Sectional Anatomy for Medical Imaging
CTMT 2436        4 Computed Tomography Equipment and Methodology
CTMT 1491        4 Special Topics in Tomography Technology
Total     16  

About the Program

Course work in cross sectional anatomy, pathology, patient care and safety, CT procedures, equipment, image evaluation, instrumentation, image pathology, technique, physics, quality assurance, and quality control.  Student must maintain a C or better in all CT Program courses. Any CT Program courses needing to be repeated due to withdrawal, failure, or grade less than a C requires the student to repeat the failed course at the next offering.

Note: the ARRT requirements for both the structured education requirements and the clinical experience requirements must not be more than 24 months old at the time of application for the ARRT Computed Tomography Examination.

It is recommended that candidates keep a personal copy of exams performed. Since the application is filled out online, the student is audited as they progress through the exams. Once all the exam requirements have been met, the chart on the “Pursue Post-Primary Certification and Registration” page will be updated to reflect the candidate’s status. Once 100% progress has been accomplished, the application form can be completed.

Clinical Education Requirements

The purpose of clinical training is to provide students with the necessary practical skills that will ensure they master competencies in those procedures required by the ARRT.  Procedure competency is continually evaluated by the instructors and qualified technical staff at the facility you choose to obtain your competencies.  Skills must be completed before the CT Certificate can be given.

The Clinical Experience Requirements for CT consist of 59 procedures within the 8 following categories:

Head and neck
Spine and musculoskeletal
Chest
Abdomen and pelvis
Musculoskeletal
Special procedures
Image display and post processing
Quality assurance

Candidates must document complete diagnostic quality procedures according to the following rules:

  • Choose a minimum of 25 different procedures out of the 59 in 8 different categories.
  • Complete and document a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 repetitions of the chosen procedures (Less than 3 will not be counted)
  • A minimum total of 125 repetitions across all procedures must be documented
  • No more than one procedure may be documented on one patient.

Students are expected to initiate and investigate new and more advanced learning opportunities, as those opportunities present themselves.  Common, yet unplanned, opportunities for learning such as cardiac arrests, major trauma and rare conditions and diseases cannot by their nature be a planned part of clinical education.  Therefore, the student should take the initiative to become engaged in those activities as they present themselves.


Document Performance

Candidates must use the My ARRT info link (https://www.arrt.org/) within the ARRT website to record the performance of the procedures. Documentation includes: name of procedure, date performed, time of day completed, facility where performed, and the name of the person verifying performance. Exams should be recorded online as they are performed. The “Verifier’s Name” column on the form must correspond to the technologists’ email address provided by the candidate. The technologist will be sent an email, from the ARRT, for each exam they supervise. The tech must accept the exam for it to count towards your repetitions. **All procedures must be performed within the 24 month period immediately preceding the date of the candidate’s signature on the application for certification. Repetitions may be completed in less than 24 months. Failure to meet the minimum clinical experience requirements prior to the date of the application signature will result in the application becoming “ineligible.” All documented procedures prior to that application date will not be accepted for future clinical experience requirements.

 

*Students will be allowed to complete the competencies required within a 6 month window from the beginning of the CT certificate program.

**Students will then have a 24 month window set by the ARRT to take the CT registry.

General Work Guidelines

To qualify as a complete, diagnostic quality CT imaging procedure the candidate must demonstrate appropriate:

  • Lift move and transport patients (in excess of 50 pounds) to and from various ambulatory devices, (wheelchair, stretcher, hospital bed, and radiographic table) without causing undue pain or discomfort to patient or oneself.
  • Evaluation of requisition and/or medical record
  • Preparation of examination room
  • Identification of patient
  • Patient assessment and education concerning the procedure
  • Documentation of patient history including allergies
  • Patient positioning
  • Protocol selection
  • Parameter selection
  • Image display, filming, and archiving
  • Documentation of procedure, treatment and patient data in appropriate record
  • Patient discharge with post-procedure instructions
  • Standard precautions
  • Radiation safety
  • Preparation and/ or administration of contrast media
  • Initiate scan
  • Evaluate the resulting images for: image quality ( e.g., motion, artifacts, noise) optimal demonstration of anatomic region ( e.g., delayed imaging, reconstruction spacing, algorithm, slice thickness)
  • Exam completeness

Working Environment

  • May be exposed to infectious and contagious disease, without prior notification
  • Regularly exposed to the risk of blood borne diseases
  • Exposed to hazardous agent, body fluids and wastes
  • Exposed to odorous chemicals and specimens
  • Subject to hazards of flammable, explosive gases
  • Subject to burns and cuts
  • Contact with patients having different religious, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, psychological and physical disabilities, and under a wide variety of circumstances
  • Handle emergency or crisis situations
  • Subject to many interruptions
  • Requires decisions/ actions critical to patient safety
  • Exposed to products containing latex

Online Learning Expectations

Your responsibility as an online student:

  1. Have adequate and reliable computer technology
  2. Have reliable and easily accessible internet access
  3. Be present – share your thoughts and discuss topics appropriately with faculty and peers
  4. Be disciplined and utilize effective time management – develop a method for completing discussions and assignments.
  5. Get organized and have a plan for each course
  6. Be creative and use critical thinking skills
  7. Reflect on what you have learned from your readings, course work and lecture presentations
  8. Enlist support from family, friends and employer to ensure success and flexibility

This course is fast paced and will take a lot of discipline on your part to attain the goal of receiving your CT certificate and moving on to complete the CT Registry.

Required Skills and Physical Abilities

  • Transport, move, lift, or transfer patients from a wheelchair or gurney to an x-ray table or to a patient bed.
  • The ability to use Computerized Tomography equipment to perform diagnostic procedures in a safe manner consistent with minimal radiation exposure and maximum image quality.
  • Select exposure factors and accessory devices for all procedures with consideration of patient size, age, and extent of disease.
  • Evaluate images to ascertain that they contain proper identification and are of diagnostic value.
  • Safely administer ionizing radiation to humans for diagnostic purposes by correctly determining exposure factors to achieve optimal radiographic techniques.
  • Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning, and radiographic technique to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on obtained images.
  • Apply principles of radiation protection to patient, self, colleagues, and general public.
  • Maneuver well enough to physically protect himself or herself from injury caused by patients exhibiting aggressive behaviors.
  • Physically place patients in the proper positions for the examination according to established procedures and standards of speed and accuracy.
  • Rapidly respond to situations involving the health and safety of patients, providing physical and emotional support to the patient during radiographic procedures, providing basic first aid and emergency care in the absence of or until a physician arrives.
  • Recognize and respond to emergency patient conditions and initiate life-saving first aid and basic life-support procedures.
  • Evaluate performance of radiologic systems, identify the safe limits of equipment operation, and respond to malfunctions properly.
  • Function adequately under stressful situations related to technical and procedural standards of patient care situations.
  • Hear well enough (average 30 decibels for both ears) to respond to directions or calls for help from individuals remote from the location of the student.
  • Speak clearly enough to explain and direct procedural information to patients, and to communicate with physicians, technical staff, and faculty.
  • In case of extravasion of contrast studies know how to stop study and give proper first aid to patient.
  • Calculate and select proper technical exposure factors according to the individual needs of the patient’s condition and requirements of the procedure with speed and accuracy.
  • View and evaluate the recorded images of a radiograph for the purpose of identifying proper patient positioning, pathology, accurate procedural sequencing, proper exposure ( and/ or “s” number), and other established technical qualities.
  • Communicate effectively in the medical environment and function as a team member in a radiology department.
  • Work efficiently in stressful situations.

Acceptance

*If an applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, the applicant may be denied acceptance to the University without further reason.  If the applicant should be granted acceptance, the applicant acknowledges that he/she may not be able to obtain clinical experience, licensure in a/any state upon graduation; based on his/her criminal record, and agrees that the University will not be held liable in the case of failure to progress in clinical rotation and/ or achieve licensure.  Failure to disclose a misdemeanor or felony to the University is grounds for dismissal.

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