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Registration for CT Cert Program Opens on Sept. 1

Patient getting a CT scan
By Elaine Regus

August 28, 2019 - 03:17 PM

Radiological Technologists will have the opportunity to expand their technical knowledge at Mt. SAC with academic courses and hands-on clinical training in the use of computed tomography or CT. Registration for the Computed Tomography certificate program begins September 1st, with classes starting in January 2020. The CT program runs in the Winter and Spring.

CT scans are diagnostic imaging tests that create detailed, cross-sectional images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels. They are often used to detect various forms of cancers, allowing medical professionals to confirm the presence of tumors and determine their size and location.

The six-month program is open to individuals who have a valid California Certified Radiologic Technologist (CRT) license and are certified and registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in a supporting discipline.

Monique Neel, program director and chair of the Mt. SAC Radiologic Technology department, created the Computed Tomography program to provide an affordable opportunity for advanced education, rather than losing graduates to other institutions where tuition can be costly. The estimated cost for a California resident is $782 for the program.

“Our goal is to give students the education and hands-on training they need to become Certified Computed Tomography Technologists at a fraction of the cost compared to programs elsewhere” Neel said. “This certification will not only prepare students for advanced roles in medical imaging, it will also provide additional job opportunities in the profession. Also, advanced certification is usually accompanied with advanced pay.”

The program, which is beginning its fourth year, has a 100 percent job placement rate within 12 months of graduation and all but one graduate of the program passed the credentialing exam on the first try in 2017 and 2018. 

For further information about Mt. SAC’s Computed Tomography program go to https://www.mtsac.edu/radiologic/computed-tomography/