Department: Health Technologies, Radiologic Technology
Offered at the Following Campus
Floyd County Campus
The Mammography certificate program prepares students to sit for the national certification examination in mammography offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The Program meets MQSA initial education requirements for mammographers and continuing education. This program leads to a technical certificate and can usually be completed in one semester.
Entrance Date: Spring Semester
Age: 17 years old for entrance into Health Technology pre-occupational curriculum; 18 years old for entrance into Health Technology programs.
Education: Open to anyone who is registered with the ARRT as a radiographer (RT)R.
The student should have a pre-existing knowledge and skills gained during and entry-level radiography educational experience and reinforced through professional practice. The content in this course is intended to aid technologists in preparing for post primary practice of mammography. The course provides the student with an overview of the following topics: Breast anatomy and mammographic correlation, breast viability and pathology, correlative physical breast assessment, department organization and regulation, equipment, interventional procedures mammography quality management, positioning, sonomammography, and Technical applications.
Content and clinical practice experiences should sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize and evaluate concepts and theories used to perform radiologic procedures in mammography. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, students discuss, examine and evaluate concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development. Clinical practice experience should teach students to provide care and assessment and competently perform radiologic imaging and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, and after the radiologic procedure. Topics include: mammography clinical practice, patient preparation and education, mammographic procedure, quality control,interventional special procedures, and positioning.