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Mammography Web Based Course Offerings

Individuals completing the three courses in Mammography are able to perform Mammography procedures in a healthcare setting, after completing clinical competencies. Individuals are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist’s certification exam in Mammography upon completion of the coursework. Students who are in their second year of an accredited radiologic technology program may register for the courses with approval from their program director.

The courses will prepare the radiographer to be a member of the breast imaging team who provides patient education concerning breast cancer and early detection, takes the patient history and prepares the patient for the examination, selects the exam technical factors, positions the patient for the exam, evaluates the images for diagnostic quality, and performs and evaluates quality control procedures.

The goal of the Mammography coursework is to meet the needs of the Radiologic Technology profession by providing radiographers with the content knowledge and clinical skills to perform the tasks typically required of technologists employed in the specialized area of mammography. In addition, to meet the needs of the working Radiologic Technologist, the two didactic courses are offered online and the clinical education component will be arranged at a location convenient to the student.

Mammography is an advanced-level specialty imaging procedure that uses dedicated mammography equipment to produce low-dose, high contrast, and high resolution images. Mammography is the primary means of early detection of breast cancer.

Under a federal law, known as the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA), mammographers must meet stringent educational and experience criteria in order to perform mammographic procedures. The curriculum will meet the requirements of this federal law as well as the content specifications of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Clinical education will be competency based.

Upon completion of the coursework, technologists will be eligible for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification examination in Mammography.