The professional practice of Computed Tomography requires specific knowledge and skill sets generally not obtained in basic education programs in Medical Imaging. The core content section of Harris Health System's graduate program in Computed Tomography represents curriculum contents that are considered essential in educating qualified medical imaging professionals in the didactic and clinical components of Computed Tomography (CT). The graduate fellowship program is designed to develop well rounded didactic and clinical experiences in CT procedures, CT protocols, CT patient care and safety management (inpatients, outpatients, emergency room patients, trauma patients, etc.), medication reconciliation, and other duties and responsibilities assigned to the CT Technologist.
The Graduate Fellowship Program in Computed Tomography is a one-year, two-semesters program. In order to qualify each candidate must meet one of the following minimum requirements:
- The candidate for post primary certification must be registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), except where noted, in the appropriate categories as indicated below. Supporting category of Nuclear Medicine may be through ARRT or Nuclear Medicine Technologists Certifying Board (NMTCB):
b) Nuclear Medicine
c) Radiation Therapy
- Be a candidate with less than one year or no experience in performing CT examinations/procedures. The CT experiences are counted after post certification in one or more of the above disciplines.
- All candidates for the certification in Computed Tomography are required to perform certain clinical procedures to establish eligibility for certification. Each candidate must meet the requirements for clinical experiences before his/her application is signed for submittal to the ARRT for examination. Each candidate is responsible for contracting the ARRT for the certification handbook and application materials which details the qualifications and application for examination in CT.
Goals of the Graduate Fellowship Program in Computed Tomography (CT)
- To provide the theoretical concept in Computed Tomography
- To provide the clinical education necessary for Computed Tomography
- To provide the Medical Imaging Professional who meets the qualifications for the program with a cognitive base of entry level education in the practice of computed tomography
- To provide the educational core curriculum for graduates of Radiography, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy who seek to become American Registry Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) registered CT Radiographers
Curriculum for the Graduate Fellowship Program in Computed Tomography for the qualified Medical Imaging Professional:
The foundations of the curriculum represent an inventory of pre-existing knowledge and skills gained through entry level radiography educational experience and reinforced through professional practice. The foundations include:
- Basics Principles of Computed Tomography
- Clinical Practice in Computed Tomography
- Ethics and Law in the Radiologic Sciences
- Human Structures and Functions to include basic anatomy and cross sectional anatomy
- Patient Care in Radiologic Science
- Pharmacology and Drug Administration
- Radiation Protection
Applications are accepted January 1 through June 1.
Classes start September 1.