California State University-Northridge

Program Overview

California State University in Northridge offers students a professional development certificate in Computed Tomography (CT) through an innovative and flexible hybrid, online and clinical experience learning format. The online certificate is designed for licensed radiology technicians, seeking to expand on already learned radiological methods, while introducing technicians to the career enhancing skills in necessary for computed tomography. Students also have the option of duel enrollment, with the Magnetic Resonance Imaging certificate, for a variety of career opportunities in the medical and healthcare field.

“Computed Tomography (CT) obtains images of internal body from different angles and processes these images electronically in order to show cross-section views of tissues and organs.” - CSUSB

The constant technological improvements in diagnostic imaging has created a need for well educated and formally trained individuals able to perform the critical tasks associated with X-Rays and other imaging technologies. Hospitals, clinics and medical offices are requiring more from new employees, while also offering the opportunities for personal and professional development in the industry. Working knowledge of one of the most used imaging technologies, will give graduates the skills and confidence to pursue mid-high level positions. Completion of the certificate program will also qualify students to sit for the Advanced Certification Exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologies (ARRT), as well as 43 continuing education units (CEUs).

The certificate program is comprised of four courses, three online and one in a clinical setting. The courses, as described below, will refine a practicing technicians skills, in addition to earning required CEUs to maintain current status within a position. The courses and their descriptions are:

Cross-sectional Anatomy: Introduction to cross-sectional anatomy with the use of advanced imaging techniques, including Computerized Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Ultrasonography. Includes comparisons of the various modalities in demonstrating anatomy.

Cross-sectional Pathology: Understanding the basic principles of cross-sectional pathology is an essential part of the radiologic technologist’s training. Knowing how disease processes work and recognizing the radiographic appearance of specific diseases can aid the technologists in selecting proper modalities and determining the need for repeat radiographs in different situations. This kind of knowledge enables the radiologic technologist to become a more competent professional and a contributing member of the diagnostic team.

Computed Tomography: Principles of Computed Tomography provide the Radiologic Technology student with a broad understanding of the applied physics and imaging techniques used in clinical Computed Tomography Imaging. Overviews all five generations of CT imaging with dose parameters and exposure variables will be studied.

The final capstone course, the clinical study, consists of 355 hours of work in an approved establishment near the student’s home locality. Successful completion of the certificate coursework and clinical hours will result in a radiology technicians advancement in career as well as the fulfillment of personal and professional aspirations in contributing to the health care environment.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    Requirements

    Students must have a diploma or a degree from an accredited Radiologic Technology or Nuclear Medicine program.

    School Overview

    California State University, Northridge is a public university located in Los Angeles, California in the San Fernando Valley that was established in 1958. Formerly San Fernando Valley State College, this school originated as the first satellite campus of California State University. In 1972, the University changed its name to the current name, California State University, Northridge. CSUN has nine colleges, offering undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, several education degrees, and a DPT degree.

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