The Computed Tomography program is a post-primary certification program designed for professionals who currently hold a license in Radiography or Nuclear Medicine. The six-month Computed Tomography program has academic and clinical practice components. The academic portion is divided into two eight-week sessions, three days each week for a total of 16 weeks. Clinical instruction will occur during the entire six months of the program. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion. During the program, students will have the opportunity to accumulate the experience necessary to meet the eligibility requirements to qualify for the national computed tomography certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). For current Computed Tomography Technologists, the program offers a short track to the six-month program, which consists of only the academic portion of the program.
St. Vincent's School of Computed Tomography is dedicated to providing meaningful learning that will prepare qualified professionals to provide quality healthcare services to the community, while allowing the students to achieve their expectations and attain full professional potential.
To qualify for the Computed Tomography program, applicants must be certified as either a Radiologic Technologist or a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident to be eligible for acceptance. Qualified applicants are contacted to arrange a personal interview. Acceptance is based on an evaluation of prior education and work experience, personal and professional references and personal interviews. Each applicant is evaluated using a point system.
Classes are generally limited to six students. Applicants are notified regarding acceptance into the program following completion of the interview process, but typically no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled start date.
• Completed Application with $25 Application Free
• Three Reference Forms
• Copy of AART/Florida and/or NMTCB License
• Official Transcripts
• January class - November 1
• July Class - May 1
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' Ethics Requirement
Before consideration for admission, any applicant who has been involved in a criminal proceeding or who has been charged with or convicted of a crime must file a request for a pre-application review with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in order to obtain a ruling on the impact of the situation on their eligibility for certification and registration. A charge or conviction of, a plea of guilty to or a plea of nolo contender (no contest) to an offense that is classified as a misdemeanor or felony constitutes a conviction for ARRT purposes. This includes situations in which the result is deferred or withheld adjudication or suspended or withheld sentence. Military court-martial must also be reported.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' determination of eligibility for examination will determine the applicant's eligibility for consideration for admission to the program. The final order must be included with the Application for Admittance to the Computed Tomography Program. Potential applicants must contact the ARRT directly:
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota 55120-1155
The Computed Tomography program organizes courses into two, eight-week sessions of formal classroom instruction. Supervised clinical practice in all phases of Computed Tomography will be scheduled at varying times throughout the six-month program.
The general program overview includes instruction in the following:
- Physics and Instrumentation
- Patient Care and Safety
- Human Structure and Function
- CT Procedures
- Clinical Education
Course Completion/Registry Eligibility
To successfully complete the program, students must maintain an 80% average throughout all phases of academic instruction and an 85% average throughout all phases of the clinical education. Students must exhibit appropriate professional conduct and show a satisfactory aptitude for the care of the sick.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Those who pass will receive the certification as registered technologist in Computed Tomography. This credential is the standard of excellence and acceptance for the profession and is required for most employment opportunities.
All accepted students are responsible for the following expenses. Please note that these fees are subject to change at any time.
- $25 application fee due with application submission.
- Program tuition is currently $1,000, payable to St. Vincent's Medical Center. The tuition is subject to change without notice. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time a student accepts entry into the program. Tuition for the short-track program is $800.
- Books and supplies are $300 (approximately). Payment for books is due the first day of class.
- Health insurance is the student's responsibility. Upon acceptance, potential students must complete a required health evaluation and show proof of personal health insurance.
- All students are required to have a background review by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
- All fees for national registry exams are the student's responsibility.
A 50% refund of tuition (excluding acceptance tuition deposit) will be returned to students who withdraw or who are dismissed from the program within the first two weeks. No tuition refunds will be returned after two weeks. There will be no refunds for the $25 application fee, the $200 tuition deposit fee or textbook payments.
Since Computed Tomography was introduced in the 1970s, CT has become an important tool in medical imaging. This imaging modality, which uses x-rays to image cross sectional views of the body, is a supplement to other imaging tools in assisting the radiologist with making an accurate diagnosis.
Recent trends indicate that Radiologic Sciences professionals need skills in more than one imaging modality. An example would be the merging of CT with Nuclear Medicine, forming PET/CT imaging. This exciting advancement in technology provides the fusion of functional and anatomic information, allowing for visualization of form and function.
Students must be able to do the following:
- Efficiently reach, manipulate and operate equipment necessary for all radiographic procedures.
- Move, manipulate and observe a patient as necessary for all radiographic procedures.
- Visually assess patients, the medical images and the working environment to correctly decide the appropriate action to take for the benefit of the patient.
- Clearly be able to communicate verbally and in writing with patients, families, personnel and others to disseminate information about patient care and work duties.
- Hear well to accurately gather information relevant to patient and clinical activities.
- Make appropriate judgment decisions in an emergency or in situations not clearly governed by specific guidelines.
- Demonstrate emotional stability and psychological health in day-to-day interaction with patients, staff, family members, in routine and non-routine decision-making processes and in the daily execution of didactic and clinical assignments.
St. Vincent's Schools of Medical Science will offer the Computed Tomography program in January and July of every year. During the program, each student is entitled to these holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after
- Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
- Good Friday