Computed Tomography And Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology – Program Detail

Program Mission/Overview

The CT Imaging Technology Program:

  • delivers a high-quality learning-centered educational program consistent with the American Society of Radiologic Technologist Computed Tomography Curriculum in traditional and distance learning formats
  • provides R.T.(R), R.T.(T), and R.T.(N), and/or CNMT credentialed technologists the opportunity to gain the specific knowledge and skills generally not obtained in primary modality educational programs required in the professional practice of computed tomography
  • offers core curriculum components considered essential in educating technologists in the postprimary practice of computed tomography
  • affords R.T.(R), R.T.(T), and R.T.(N), and/or CNMT credentialed technologists the opportunity to accrue the competency exams needed to satisfy the ARRT minimum core clinical requirements needed to guarantee eligibility to challenge the Post-Primary Examination in Computed Tomography

Program Goals

  • Improve the overall quality of the practice of Computed Tomography by educating technologists in the elements essential to the postprimary practice of computed tomography
  • Prepare technologists to successfully challenge the ARRT Post-Primary Certification Examination in Computed Tomography
  • Utilize innovative, educationally sound instruction to produce knowledgeable graduates dedicated to promoting excellence in health care by providing superior patient care

Program Outcomes

  • Traditional Clinical Certificate graduates will be eligible to successfully challenge the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Post-Primary Certification Examination in Computed Tomography.
  • Traditional Clinical Certificate graduates will be professional, competent, entry level CT technologists to meet the health care needs of the community.
  • Traditional Non-Clinical Certificate and Distance Learning Non-Clinical Certificate graduates will be eligible to successfully challenge the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Post-Primary Certification Examination in Computed Tomography after satisfying the clinical experience requirements established by the ARRT.
  • Program graduates will communicate appropriately and effectively with patients and other health care professionals to achieve excellence in health care and work collaboratively to provide superior patient care.
  • Program graduates will utilize critical thinking skills to gather, comprehend, analyze, and synthesize information in order to provide superior patient care.
  • Program graduates will demonstrate awareness and respect for diversity and display professional, ethical behavior consistent with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Code of Ethics.

Curriculum Offerings

Distance Learning Non-Clinical Certificate (C45 20 0 DL)

This certificate is intended for the technologist currently working in CT who prefers completing his or her educational experience via distance learning. Courses are taught with the expectation the student has a working knowledge of CT and a basic understanding of data acquisition, scanning terminology, and sectional anatomy. The student contributes to the learning process through sharing his or her personal experiences as a technologist working in CT as it relates to the topics covered.

This certificate does not offer a clinical component. If accepted, the student is responsible for his or her own clinical experience as well as the clinical competency documentation required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to establish eligibility for Post-Primary Certification in CT. The program does not assist the student with clinical placement, clinical experience, or clinical instruction.

Traditional Non-Clinical Certificate (C45 20 0 TN)

This certificate is intended for the technologist currently working in CT who prefers completing his or her educational experience in a traditional classroom environment. Courses are taught with the expectation the student has a working knowledge of CT and a basic understanding of data acquisition, scanning terminology, and sectional anatomy. The student contributes to the learning process through sharing his or her personal experiences as a technologist working in CT as it relates to the topics covered.

This certificate does not offer a clinical component. If accepted, the student is responsible for his or her own clinical experience as well as the clinical competency documentation required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to establish eligibility for Post-Primary Certification in CT. The program does not assist the student with clinical placement, clinical experience, or clinical instruction.

Traditional Clinical Certificate (C45 20 0 TC)

This certificate is an entry level approach to CT and is designed either for the seasoned technologist or new graduate. Courses are taught in a traditional classroom environment. Two clinical practicum courses are required and completed on the campuses of Forsyth Tech affiliates located in or near Winston-Salem, NC. The student accrues the competency exams needed to satisfy the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ minimum core clinical requirements and upon completing the program, he or she receives the necessary documentation guaranteeing eligibility to challenge the ARRT Post-Primary Examination in CT.

Clinical Affiliates

  • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  • Novant Health Imaging Kernersville
  • Novant Health Imaging Maplewood
  • Novant Health Imaging Piedmont
  • Novant Health Imaging Winston-Salem Healthcare
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center of WFBMC
  • Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
  • High Point Regional Hospital System
  • Northern Hospital of Surry County

FAQs

  1. I am interested in applying to the Program; what pre-requisites required?CT is an upper level imaging modality. Applicants must have successfully completed a primary modality educational program accredited by a mechanism acceptable to American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and hold a primary registry in radiography or radiation therapy by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or, in nuclear medicine technology by the ARRT or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB).
  2. How long is the waiting list for the Traditional Clinical certificate?The program does not have a waiting list. The program utilizes a point based selective admission process and applicants with the highest point totals are accepted. A minimum of 4 seats are reserved for applicants currently enrolled in the final semester of a qualifying primary modality educational program. Currently enrolled applicants compete with other currently enrolled applicants. If the minimum number of designated slots from either the seasoned technologist or currently enrolled groups is not filled, applicants from either group will be considered for any remaining seats.
  3. Do you accept students?Students currently enrolled in the final semester of a qualifying primary modality educational program are eligible to apply if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in their formal educational program through the current fall semester. A formal letter of recommendation from the Program Coordinator or Department Chair is required and submitted directly to the Admissions Office. Student acceptance is contingent upon the student satisfying the grade point average requirement upon graduating from his or her educational program and meeting the certification requirement prior to the first meeting day of the
  4. When are applications due?The yearly deadline for the Distance Learning Non-Clinical certificate is October 1st for the spring entry and March 30th for summer entry. The yearly deadline for the Traditional Clinical and the Traditional Non-Clinical certificates is March 30th. However, should the due date fall on a weekend, the deadline will be the Thursday prior to the 1st and the 30th.
  5. I’m interested in the Traditional Clinical certificate but I would like to do the clinical courses at my local hospital but it is not listed as a Clinical Affiliate. Can clinical courses be completed at places other than those listed as Clinical Affiliates?

    All clinical practicum courses are scheduled and completed at Clinical Affiliate sites.
  6. I took a CT course at another college; will I earn transfer credit?

    Due to the difference in program structures, transfer credit from outside Computed Tomography programs is not available
  7. When do the certificates start?The Traditional Clinical and Non-Clinical certificates begin in the fall and the Distance Learning Non-Clinical certificate begins in the spring and summer.
  8. If I am accepted into the Traditional Clinical certificate, will I get to choose where I do my clinical rotations?

    The Clinical Education Coordinator establishes all clinical practicum schedules and makes all facility placements. Clinical schedules (days, dates, and times) are predetermined and once an assignment is made, the student is expected to abide by the assignment.
  9. I have a personality conflict with one of the technologists at my clinical site. Can I be assigned to a different facility?

    Should a student request to be moved from his or her clinical site for any reason, including personal or professional conflicts with facility employees, is not guaranteed a replacement or alternate site. Move requests must be submitted in writing to the Clinical Education Coordinator and include justification for the change. A decision will be made based on the student’s educational needs and site availability. Should a student be dismissed from his or her clinical site, the department does not guarantee replacement at an alternate site.
  10. I applied for the Distance Learning Non-Clinical certificate because a clinical site agreed to let me do the clinical work in their department. I was scheduled to begin working next week but I have just been told I will not be able to use the facility for legal liability reasons. Can you help me find a clinical site so I can complete the ARRT requirement?

    When applying for a Non-Clinical certificate, the applicant signs a confirmation acknowledging the certificate does not offer a clinical component and therefore does not assist with clinical placement, experience, or instruction and he or she is aware of, understands, and accepts sole responsibility for meeting ARRT clinical experience and documentation requirements including arranging his or her clinical education including facility placement, clinical instruction, and training.
  11. Are students admitted to the CT Imaging Program eligible for Federal Student Aid funds?

    Federal Student Aid is award based on credit hours and full time student status. Currently, the Program does not qualify for federal aid. Students should contact Student Financial Services for additional information. Student Financial Services is located on Main Campus on the second floor in the Allman Center, Suite 261 and is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am until 7:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. The phone number is 336-734-7235.

Staff Directory

  • Vacant
    Director of Allied Health
  • Paula Bowling
    Allied Health Secretary
  • Cindy Smith, B.S., R.T.(R)(CT)(ARRT)
    Program Coordinator
    cbsmith@forsythtech.edu
    330-B
    Greene Hall
    336.734.7560
  • Jason Lincoln, B.S., R.T. (R)(CT)
    Clinical Education Coordinator
    jlincoln@forsythtech.edu
    330-C
    Greene Hall
    336.757.3248