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Career Outlook Mammography

Technology and Health Division
Certificate E0398
The Mammography certificate program at Mt. SAC is a two semester certificate program available to current Mt. SAC Radiologic Technology (RT) program students. The program provides a complete educational experience for those RT students who wish to expand their skills into the study in the theory and practice of mammography. Students will have the opportunity to learn and develop competence in patient care, communication skills, critical thinking, and technical skills that will prepare the student to become a competent entry level Mammographer.
The program curriculum is designed to meet the mammography educational training requirements set forth by the FDA Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA), the California Department of Public Health Services- Radiologic Health Branch (RHB), and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The educational standards established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) are also incorporated into the curriculum. Educational activities include lecture, laboratory activities, and hands-on clinical training at a clinical site.

The program includes:

  • MQSA and RHB 40 hours of documented training specific to mammography requirement
  • ARRT 16 hour structured education requirement
  • Eight hours of digital mammography training
  • MQSA hands-on clinical experience requirements (25 supervised mammograms)
  • Course work in breast anatomy/physiology, patient care, mammography procedures, positioning, compression, interventional procedures, imaging of patients with breast implants, pathology, image evaluation, instrumentation, technique, physics, and quality assurance/quality control

All didactic courses will be offered on campus. Clinical training will be conducted at affiliated healthcare institutions (days and times will vary depending on clinical education site).
Upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate of completion from Mt. San Antonio College. Current Diagnostic CA Radiologic Technologists (CRT’s) will be eligible to sit for the CA state certification in Mammographic Radiologic Technology examination. In addition, the program will prepare the student for the ARRT Mammography certification exam.

Required Courses

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  • Mammography

    Technology and Health Division
    Certificate E0398
    The Mammography certificate program at Mt. SAC is a two semester certificate program available to current Mt. SAC Radiologic Technology (RT) program students. The program provides a complete educational experience for those RT students who wish to expand their skills into the study in the theory and practice of mammography. Students will have the opportunity to learn and develop competence in patient care, communication skills, critical thinking, and technical skills that will prepare the student to become a competent entry level Mammographer.
    The program curriculum is designed to meet the mammography educational training requirements set forth by the FDA Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA), the California Department of Public Health Services- Radiologic Health Branch (RHB), and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The educational standards established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) are also incorporated into the curriculum. Educational activities include lecture, laboratory activities, and hands-on clinical training at a clinical site.

    The program includes:

    • MQSA and RHB 40 hours of documented training specific to mammography requirement
    • ARRT 16 hour structured education requirement
    • Eight hours of digital mammography training
    • MQSA hands-on clinical experience requirements (25 supervised mammograms)
    • Course work in breast anatomy/physiology, patient care, mammography procedures, positioning, compression, interventional procedures, imaging of patients with breast implants, pathology, image evaluation, instrumentation, technique, physics, and quality assurance/quality control

    All didactic courses will be offered on campus. Clinical training will be conducted at affiliated healthcare institutions (days and times will vary depending on clinical education site).
    Upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate of completion from Mt. San Antonio College. Current Diagnostic CA Radiologic Technologists (CRT’s) will be eligible to sit for the CA state certification in Mammographic Radiologic Technology examination. In addition, the program will prepare the student for the ARRT Mammography certification exam.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    RAD 3CClinical Experience 3C7
    RAD 4Clinical Experience 44
    RAD 40Mammography Principles and Procedures3
    Total Units14

    Mammography Website

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

  • Radiologic Technology, AS

    Technology and Health Division
    Degree S1206

    The Radiologic Technology program, which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), is designed to prepare students to function as certified radiologic technologists. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the diagnostic uses of x-ray, as well as the technical skills to use x-ray equipment in both laboratory and clinical settings. The courses are developed to enable students to operate x-ray equipment, assist in the diagnosis of disease, and to observe proper medical ethics. Students will learn the nature of radiation, the principles of electricity, the structure of x-ray machines, and the operation of a clinical x-ray department.

    To remain in the program, students must maintain a grade of “C” or better in all courses.

    Upon completion of the Associate in Sciences degree in Radiologic Technology, graduates are eligible to apply for the registry examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the California Certification of Radiologic Technology. This is a licensed profession, and a valid Social Security number is required to obtain state certification and national licensure.

    This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    RAD 1AClinical Experience 1A4.5
    RAD 1BClinical Experience 1B2.5
    RAD 2AClinical Experience 2A4.5
    RAD 2BClinical Experience 2B2.5
    RAD 3AClinical Experience 3A7
    RAD 3BClinical Experience 3B2.5
    RAD 3CClinical Experience 3C7
    RAD 4Clinical Experience 44
    RAD 30Radiographic Pathology1.5
    RAD 31Fluoroscopy and Radiobiology4
    RAD 32Digital Imaging in Radiology2
    RAD 50Introduction to Radiologic Science and Health Care3
    RAD 61ATheory of Radiologic Technology4
    RAD 61BRadiographic Procedures I3
    RAD 61CRadiographic Procedures I Laboratory1.5
    RAD 62ATheory of Radiologic Technology4
    RAD 62BRadiographic Procedures II3
    RAD 62CRadiographic Procedures II Laboratory1.5
    RAD 63Theory of Radiologic Technology1
    RAD 64Theory of Radiologic Technology4
    RAD 91Patient Care in Radiologic Sciences3
    Total Units70

    Radiologic Technology Website 

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence with Mammography Certificate 
    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence Pre Requisites Only 

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