Course Descriptions for Radiologic Sciences Certificate Program in CT

Designed to be a one-year (16-credit), fully online program. Preceptor work can be done at student’s choice of facility.

Rs461 Principles of Computed Tomography I: (4 credits online) This course is the first of a three-course set in Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging. This specific course focuses on the basic fundamentals of CT including the history, equipment instrumentation and Quality Control. Specific aspects of data acquisition, digital analysis and image processing and reconstruction are also addressed. This course includes 40 hours of clinical observations in CT.

Rs462 Principles of Computed Tomography II: (6 credits online with clinical observation) This course is the second of a three-course set in Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging. This specific course focuses on CT exam procedures, cross-sectional anatomy, pathology and radiation protection practices. Specific aspects of patient care, communication, contrast agents and injection techniques are also addressed. This course includes 60-80 hours of clinical observation and training in CT. (Student must hold a primary ARRT registry for hand-on clinical training.)
 
Rs463 Principle of Computed Tomography III: (6 credits: 2 online & 4 credits clinical internship) This course is the last of a three-course set in Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging. This course focuses on independent performance through clinical training (up to 300 hours) with an optional didactic section on registry preparation and review. Clinical education involves a practical learning experience in the patient care environment. The students participate in pre-scheduled time periods and practice their CT skills in a hospital or clinic setting. Students will be under the supervision of an experienced CT technologist preceptor. Emphasis will be placed on equipment utilization, exposure techniques, patient care, evaluation of CT procedures, evaluate image quality, radiation safety practices, contrast administration, positioning protocols and image acquisition. A specified number of clinical exam competencies will be required in the areas of computed tomography of the head, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis and musculoskeletal system.

Clinical: Clinical internships in this program utilize a "preceptor" model of instruction which can be completed at the student's facility of choice. (It is the responsibility of the student to ascertain the facilities willingness to participate.) Why a Preceptor and not a Mentor? Preceptors are peers that aid the trained individual in new skills. For example, a preceptor will explain the procedure and how to do it, and then they will demonstrate the procedure and follow up by observing the preceptee as they perform the procedure. Precepting usually involves an intense time commitment and requires the preceptee to shoulder some of the education responsibility. Mentoring, on the other hand, may be a formal or informal process. The purpose of mentoring is to encourage and guide growth both personally and professionally. Mentors are coaches, advisors, friends and counselors. Mentors are not responsible for day-to-day operations. Mentors do not evaluate the mentee and should have no direct link to the mentee’s supervisor/instructor. Mentors do not generally teach specific position-related skills or tasks. Mentees should have no direct link to his or her supervisor/instructor. Mentors do not generally teach specific position-related skills or tasks.

Note: Clinical internships can be completed at our present clinical affiliates to those that need them. However, we cannot guarantee that all students will acquire competency in every clinical procedure within the program timeframe.

To learn more, please contact SVC’s Office of Admissions at 802-447-6300 or admissions@svc.edu.