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The Mammography Certificate program is a sequence of courses that prepares registered radiologic technologists for positions in mammography departments and related businesses and industries. The program emphasizes a combination of didactic and clinical instruction necessary for successful employment. The certificate program graduates have the qualifications of an entry-level mammography technologist. Upon completion of all academic and clinical requirements, the graduate will be eligible to take the mammography post-primary certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The Program meets MQSA initial education requirements for mammography technologist and leads to a technical certificate that can usually be completed in one or two semesters.**
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 or two semesters. Students may enter the program during the Fall or Spring semesters. To graduate, students must earn 12 credit hours.
**NOTE: Prior to enrollment in the Clinical Mammography course (RADT 2530), the student must have secured a clinical site and have a valid Memorandum of Agreement on file with Southeastern Technical College.
*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.
*For more detailed program information, please refer to the Catalog & Handbook.
- Submit a completed application;
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
- Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
- Must be registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiography;
- 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.