Computed tomography, or CT, procedures play an important role in diagnosing diseases and injuries. A CT scanner uses radiation to produce images of the inside of the human body. When a patient lies inside the CT machine, which is shaped like a donut, x-radiation assists with creating sectional images that are ultimately used by physicians to diagnose medical problems.
Kellogg Community College’s Computed Tomography Technologist Certificate Program is offered through a partnership with other Michigan community colleges in the Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium. Each college enrolls students in the program under their admission criteria and each awards the degree according to that college’s completion requirements.
Students in the program complete CT courses delivered in an online environment by one of the MiRIS colleges through Michigan Colleges Online. Clinical education courses are arranged through the MiRIS Consortium’s Program Director in collaboration with the CT departments of affiliating hospitals, clinics or other CT provider facilities. These experiences are developed to meet the established objectives and eligibility requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and prepare students to complete the CT certification exam.
PLEAE NOTE: CT students must be certified in radiography, radiation therapy or nuclear medicine in order to be eligible to apply.
For more information about KCC’s Computed Tomography Program, see:
- KCC’s latest Academic Catalog
- The Computed Tomography (CTG) course descriptions page
- Information about computed tomography careers
- Information about why you should study computed tomography at KCC
Computed Tomography Technologist Certificate
KCC’s Computed Tomography Program curriculum consists of the following courses, totaling 16 credits:
- CTG 210: CT Patient Care and Safety
- CTG 215: Principles of CT
- CTG 230: CT Procedures and Pathophysiology 1
- CTG 240: CT Clinical Practice 1
- CTG 220: CT Instrumentation
- CTG 231: CT Procedures and Pathophysiology 2
- CTG 241: CT Clinical Practice 2
- A student must maintain the minimum grade requirement as indicated for each course in accordance with the policies of the college issuing the certificate.
- Application to complete the certification examination administered by the ARRT is granted only if the student fulfills all academic and clinical criteria established by the ARRT, the MiRIS program and the college issuing the terminal award of a degree or certificate. Please refer to the ARRT Certification Handbook or contact the ARRT for eligibility requirements.
- Effective Jan. 1, 1994, individuals having been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor must file a pre-application with the ARRT in order to obtain a ruling on the impact of the conviction on their eligibility to complete the ARRT certification examination. Information about the pre-application process may be found on the ARRT’s website. The pre-application process can be found within the “Ethics” link. It is strongly encouraged that students pursue the pre-application process either prior to entering the program or as early in the program as possible to avoid investing time, money and effort should they be found ineligible to complete the certification exam.
- A student must complete and pass all clinical access requirements as determined by clinical education providers. These include health related evaluations, criminal background check(s) and drug screening. Failure to successfully pass any of these requirements will require that the student withdraw from the CT Program.
All policies regarding certificate or degree completion can be found in the catalog of the college issuing the certificate or degree, or by contacting the MiRIS Consortium Council member of the college issuing the certificate or degree (Radiography Program director).
Clinical Education Access Requirements
- Students will be required to undergo a physical examination, immunizations, a drug screen and criminal background check prior to and potentially during clinical placement according to MiRIS Consortium policies as required by affiliating clinical education providers.
- Students who have a misdemeanor or felony conviction will also be required to submit a pre-application to the ARRT to determine eligibility to complete the CT certification exam earning nationally recognized professional credentials.
- Students will be required to maintain certification in Healthcare Provider CPR according to MiRIS Consortium policies as required by affiliating clinical education providers during enrollment in the clinical education courses.
- Students will be required to maintain professional liability insurance according to MiRIS Consortium policies as required by affiliating clinical education providers during enrollment in the clinical education courses.
- Students will be required to adhere to the uniform and personal appearance code according to MiRIS Consortium policies as required by affiliating clinical education providers during enrollment in the clinical education courses.
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Computed Tomography Careers
CT technologists are highly-trained and possess the expertise for competent practice. They are mostly employed by hospitals but increasingly jobs are becoming available in physician offices and imaging centers. The main duties of the CT technologist include explaining the procedure to the patient, preparing the patient and positioning them correctly, operating the equipment and recording the images for the physician to interpret. The patient might be in pain or distress, or they might feel claustrophobic. The CT technologist will provide support while talking patients through the procedure and letting them know what to expect.
Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info
For the latest employment and wage estimates for computed tomography careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.
Why Study Computed Tomography at KCC?
The design of this program is with the busy student in mind. Many students are looking to increase their skills but need to work, making it very challenging to attend courses. This program is unique in that all the course work is online with clinical rotations. This creates the flexibility that many students need to accommodate their personal situations. Other added value is this program has the clinical component built within it. So students not only receive the didactic educational requirements for CT, but they also have access to the clinical to acquire the competencies that are also required to sit for the credentialing exam. Finally, this program is run in a cohort, giving the student a learning community to draw upon while in the program.
Mission & Goals
The mission and purpose of the MiRIS CT Program is to provide for both the personal and professional career development of each CT student. The general goals of the program are:
- The students will demonstrate entry level knowledge and competency in the practice of CT.
- The students will demonstrate professional attitude values and behaviors necessary for professional success.
- Students will demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills as responsible members of the health care team.
- Graduates will be employable and meet the needs of the health care community.
- Graduates of the program will be well prepared to successfully complete the ARRT certification examination.
KCC’s Computed Tomography Program will:
- Provide quality education and training that develops the potential of each student to become a productive, responsible and professional member of society, as well as a skilled member of the health care workforce.
- Prepare competent entry-level CT technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.
- Provide students with open access and a supportive environment that encourages student success in the classroom, laboratory and on the externship site.
- Encourage professionalism, integrity and high standards in students.
- Adhere to professional standards incorporating legal and ethical responsibilities of a CT technologist.
- Prepare students to organize, to prioritize and to delegate care by communicating effectively with members of the medical team.
- Apply knowledge of specific disease conditions in the prevention, treatment and well-being of the patients.
- Prepare students to take the national exam to become registered CT technologists RT(R) (CT).