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The Mammography Certificate program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in mammography departments and related businesses and industries. The program emphasizes a combination of didactic and clinical instruction necessary for successful employment. Program graduates have the qualifications of an entry-level mammographer who will be eligible to take the national boards administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) once all academic and clinical requirements are met. The Program meets MQSA initial education requirements for mammographers and continuing education. This program leads to a technical certificate and can usually be completed in one semester.
Note: Students must purchase a dosimeter to monitor radiation exposure during the Mammography Certificate program.
The standard curriculum for the Mammography Certificate program is designed for the semester system. The program can usually be completed in one semester. Students may enter the program during any semester. To graduate, students must earn 12 credit hours.
*NOTE: Arrest or conviction of a misdemeanor (excluding minor traffic violations) arrest or conviction of a felony could make a student ineligible to take the licensing exam(s) required by the profession. Early notification to the appropriate board is required.
- Submit a completed application;
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
- Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
- Must be registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiography;
- If a recent graduate of an accredited Radiologic Technology program, must pass the ARRT Examination in Radiography registry within six weeks from graduation date;
- Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.
The student should have a pre-existing knowledge and skills gained during and entry-level radiography educational experience and reinforced through professional practice. The content in this course is intended to aid technologists in preparing for post primary practice of mammography. The course provides the student with an overview of the following topics: Breast anatomy and mammographic correlation, breast viability and pathology, correlative physical breast assessment, department organization and regulation, equipment, interventional procedures mammography quality management, positioning, sonomammography, and Technical applications.
Content and clinical practice experiences should sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize and evaluate concepts and theories used to perform radiologic procedures in mammography. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, students discuss, examine and evaluate concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development. Clinical practice experience should teach students to provide care and assessment and competently perform radiologic imaging and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, and after the radiologic procedure. Topics include: mammography clinical practice, patient preparation and education, mammographic procedure, quality control,interventional special procedures, and positioning.