Jul 17, 2019  
2017-18 College Catalog 
    
2017-18 College Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Computed Tomography Certificate Information


Eligible students are those who hold current ARRT registration in radiography. Other imaging certifications will be considered on an individual basis by the academic department chair.

Computed tomography (CT) technologists create diagnostic images using advanced imaging techniques for interpretation by a radiologist. They also prepare for and assist the radiologist in the completion of complicated imaging examinations including a range of tissue biopsies and fluid drainages. They must maintain a high degree of accuracy in positioning and exposure technique.

CT technologists must demonstrate an understanding of physics, human sectional anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, radiation protection and safety. They prepare and administer contrast media and medications in accordance with state and federal regulations.

These technologists must remain sensitive to the physical and emotional needs of the patient through good communication, patient assessment, patient monitoring and patient care skills. They must use professional and ethical judgment and critical thinking while performing their duties.


Department of Medical Imaging Technologies


Administration

Toledo-area Campus

Phone Number

Email

Catherine Ford, Dean Heritage Hall 204E (567) 661-7206 catherine_ford@owens.edu
Amy Crofts, Department Chair Health Technologies 523 (567) 661-7370 amy_crofts@owens.edu

Accreditation

There is no specialized accreditation available for computed tomography programs.

Selective Health Program Admission Process

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Request Evaluation for Admission to a Health Program.

Applicants must have a complete file in the Records Office by established deadline dates.   If you were previously evaluated and denied, and wish to be re-evaluated for the same program or any other health program, you must submit another Request for Health Evaluation.  To view file status, regularly check “My Required Documents” via Ozone.

- view FAQ’s for Selective Health Admission Process

- view Deadline Dates and Requirements for a Complete File

- Submit a Request for Health Program Evaluation by logging into your Ozone account.  Select the Academic Info tab and navigate to the Selective Health portal and select Request a Health Evaluation.

Official transcripts are required from the applicant’s high school, college or university attended.  If you have a GED, high school, or college transcript(s), please request an official copy be sent to:

Owens Community College

Attn:  Records Office

P.O. Box 10,000

Toledo, OH 43699-1947

If you have an official, sealed copy of a transcript to drop off, visit Oserve on the Toledo or Findlay campus during regular hours, found at www.owens.edu/oserve, to submit.

Evaluation does not mean automatic admission to the program.  Results of the Health Evaluation will be sent to your Owens email account approximately 1-2 weeks after the evaluation deadline date.

For assistance with the selective health program admission process, requirements, procedures and final date for receipt of application contact the Pre-Health Advising Advisor.

Admission Requirements

Individuals who are currently registered by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiography, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy are eligible for the certificate program in computed tomography. The certificate is earned by successfully completing MIT 251 , MIT 252 , MIT 253  and MIT 254 .

Computed tomography students who have successfully completed MIT 251  and MIT 252  may contact the department chair to discuss the possibility of enrolling in MIT 255  to complete the clinical competencies that are required to take the The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)  credentialing exam in computed tomography. Not all students may be able to be accommodated.

Health Requirements

Documentation of the following must be in the medical imaging office by the deadline date provided.  This deadline is strictly enforced. Getting the necessary testing completed is not enough, students must also submit the documentation to the office to be in compliance.

The following are clinical health requirements for students enrolled in any medical imaging program:

A physical examination yearly – $50

Proof of immunity or exposure to the following communicable diseases:

Rubella, Rubeola (not required if born prior to 1957), and Varicella – $25

Hepatitis B Surface Antigen or Antibody – $40 each

Hepatitis B Surface Antigen, no more than three months prior to the beginning of the series, or during the series if the series has been started but not completed.
Hepatitis B Antibody if the series is complete upon entrance to the medical imaging department.

Immunizations:

Tetanus/Diphtheria with a booster required every ten years, date required. – $24

Measles, Mumps, Rubella titre (MMR) – $25 each

Dates of two immunizations after the age of 1 year.  However, if rubella and rubeola titers are positive for immunity, 2 dates are not required.

Hepatitis B, series of 3 immunizations, dates required. –$150 total


Students are responsible to submit the date of each of the 3 immunizations as soon as each dose is administered and to ensure that the series is completed in the proper time frame. There should be no more or no less than 1 month between the first and second injection and no more or no less than 5 months between the second and third injection. Failure to adhere to the required time frame for each immunization may result in additional lab testing, and in some cases, restarting the entire immunization series.

Students who do not receive the series must sign a waiver form, have a Hepatitis Surface Antigen test yearly and submit the results to the medical imaging department.

Tuberculosis Skin Testing:

A Two-Step PPD (Mantoux Test) is required every three years. – $25

One-Step PPD is required each year, in the intervening years. – $15

Date test administered, date read, and result of each step must be submitted. Students are responsible for getting a One-Step PPD annually and submitting the results. A Chest X-Ray is required only if the Mantoux is positive. X-Rays must be done for three consecutive years after the positive test.

10-Panel Drug Screen yearly. – $40

CPR – $80

All students must be certified in CPR either through the American Heart Association (AHA) - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers or the American Red Cross - certification for Health Science Professionals.

All costs are the responsibility of the student. Failure to comply will result in denied access to the clinical area.

Background Check Requirements

All students entering the radiography program are required to have completed a background check through the Department of Public Safety at Owens Community College. Students will be required to have additional back ground checks throughout their enrollment in the program. Students will be notified when it is time to complete this requirement.

Anytime a background check is returned with a conviction of a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and / or felony, or plea of solo contendere, withheld or deferred adjudication, suspended or stay of sentence or military court-martial, students will be required to submit a pre-application review to the American Association of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) within two weeks. Those students affected will be required to submit documentation from the ARRT to the Medical Imaging Department indicating that they have been cleared to take the certification exam upon graduation.

The medical imaging department administrator at the clinical affiliates will be contacted regarding a conviction. The clinical affiliate reserves the right to accept or refuse the student. Depending on the results, clinical placement may not be possible, even if the ARRT clears the student for credentialing purposes.

Technical Standards

Medical imaging is a practice discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. Based on those requirements, this list of technical standards has been developed. Each standard has examples of activities that students will be required to perform while enrolled in their medical imaging program. These standards are a part of a technologist’s professional role expectations.  These technical standards should be used to assist students in determining whether accommodations or modifications are necessary. Students who identify potential difficulties with meeting the standards must communicate their concerns to the college counseling/advising staff and department chair. Students have the obligation to identify and document their disabling condition and ask for appropriate adjustments.  Owens Community College makes no pre-admission inquiries concerning an applicant’s disabling condition. Information related to an applicant’s disabilities is not a part of the information reviewed by the admissions committee. For the purpose of the medical imaging programs, a qualified individual with a disability is one who, with or without reasonable accommodation or modification, meets the selective admissions requirements for their program of study.  Determination is made on an individual basis as to whether or not any accommodations or modifications can be reasonably made. Please contact the department chair with any questions.

  

Clinical Requirements

First-time candidates for a post-primary certification must meet clinical experience requirements before applying for certification. Students are encouraged to arrange their clinical experiences through their place of employment. Under certain circumstances, the department chair may attempt to arrange clinical opportunities for students.

Clinical Affiliations

The use of multiple clinical sites provides equity in clinical education as students have the opportunity to utilize many types of Computed Tomography equipment and to participate in a wide variety of Computed Tomography procedures.

Students will be assigned to at least three clinical sites for diagnostic Computed Tomography experiences and one clinical site for computed tomography experiences. Students may request additional clinical assignments after completion of the mandatory clinical competencies.

Students will attend a week of orientation in their assigned clinical site the week prior to MIT 112 . For the reminder of the first year, students will participate in clinical education on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Second year students will participate in clinical education on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Attendance requirements are in place and any missed time must be made up during finals week or over the semester break. Students will not be permitted to attend clinical education for more than 10 hours per day or schedule make up time on holidays.

  

Certification

Graduates are prepared to challenge The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) post-primary level certification exam in Computed Tomography.  Eligibility to take the post primary examination in CT offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists requires current registration in radiography at the time of examination and documentation of clinical experience in specific procedures. Visit the ARRT website to get a complete list of the examination content specifications and clinical requirements.

Employment Opportunities

Currently, there is a great need for computed tomography technologists in the community and nation-wide. Graduates may work in the areas of computed tomography, and with additional experience can move into other imaging modalities such as bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional technology, radiography, mammography, or magnetic resonance imaging.

Radiographers are needed to fill positions in many hospitals and clinics providing patient services around the clock. Although most technologists are employed on a full-time basis, there are many part-time job opportunities available in the radiologic field. The Radiologic Technology programs at Owens Community College provide students with the skills to successfully qualify for positions in:

  • Hospitals

  • Clinics

  • Private Offices

  • Industrial Laboratories

  • Veterinary Medicine

  • Research

  • Commercial Sales

  • Mobile

Entry-level graduates, working full-time, can expect to earn $34,000 - $36,000 per year. Additional compensation can be earned if the technologist is scheduled to work weekends or shifts other than days.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Owens Community College maintains an Oserve Office on each campus. Oserve is the place for you to ask questions related to financial aid. Contact: 1-800-GO OWENS ext. 7378 or (567) 661-7378 Email: oserve@owens.edu

Scholarships may be available through Professional Organizations. Please check the following links for further information:

  • Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT), www.osrt.org

  • American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), www.asrt.org