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Computed Tomography (CT) Certificate

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The field of diagnostic medical imaging has rapidly advanced through history. With new and advanced imaging tools available today, the role of radiologic technologists has expanded, along with career opportunities.

Students will learn the physics and instrumentation of computed tomography, clinical procedures & protocols, and cross-sectional anatomy & pathology needed to become a successful CT Technologist. 

An online certificate in Computed Tomography (CT) gives you the training you need to advance in your career and improve your skills and flexibility as a healthcare professional.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the U.S. median salary in May 2019 for a Radiologic Technologist was $62,280 per year ($29.94 per hour), with a faster than average projected job growth of 7 percent between 2019 and 2029.

Program Perks
  • Program is for those who already have a ARRT (R) Certification. 
  • This online certificate program can be completed in as little as one semester or 12 credit hours.
  • Curriculum focus on advanced cross-sectional anatomy, instrumentation and procedures in computer tomography.
  • Credits transfer directly into the Bachelor's of Imaging Science degree completion program. 
  • Course material can be accessed any time of the day from anywhere with Internet access.

Accreditation & Licensure

Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Information

Criteria

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

Requirements

To be considered for admission the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

Deadlines

Prospective students may apply anytime and are accepted from deadlines throughout the year. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and students will be notified of their acceptance by letter or phone.

Starting Term - August

Standard Deadline - Rolling

Costs & Financial Aid

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

Tuition per credit hour is $580.

NMC encourages students to apply for all types of assistance for which they are qualified.  Potential resources for this program include:

Cost Per Credit Hour

$580

Employee Education Benefits

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.

Private Student Loans

The Financial Aid Office can help facilitate this process for you. Check out our private education loans page to find out how to make an informed choice when selecting a lender.

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Curriculum

All online computed tomography (CT) certificate students are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change. All credit earned may be applied to the BS Imaging Sciences Program. 

First year - First Semester

BIO 225
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
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This course will introduce students to basic information required for further study and understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, as well as for the study of all healthcare related subjects. Terminology that is specific to the medical field is introduced. Basic principles of chemistry, physics, embryology, developmental biology and histology are reviewed/introduced in both the classroom and laboratory settings. Students are introduced to the eleven body systems. This course then focuses on enabling students to learn and understand the Anatomy (structure) and Physiology (function) of the Integumentary, the Nervous, the Skeletal, and the Muscular Systems. Laboratory experience will include cadaveric study.

COM 101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION
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This course provides instruction and practice in writing, with emphasis on the recursive processes of generating, drafting, revising and editing. Students develop skills in producing and evaluating written communications in private and public contexts.

MAT 120
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
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This course provides an advanced study of algebraic methods and prepares students for further studies in mathematics and physics. Content of the course starts with a review of basic concepts of algebra, and then it intensifies study of the following topics: equations and inequalities, the concept of functions and their graphs, exponents, logarithms, matrices and polynomials.

Prerequisite: MAT 110

PSY 101/215
PSYCHOLOGY COURSE
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PSY 101     INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in the field of psychology. Throughout this scientific study of human behavior and the mind, students will survey and gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as wellness, emotion, cognition, motivation, perception, consciousness, social and personality, and memory. PSY 215     LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT The Lifespan perspective involves several basic contentions: development is life-long, multidimensional, multi-directional, plastic, historically embedded, multi-disciplinary and contextual. Three imperative developmental issues are explored: maturation and experience, continuity and discontinuity and stability and change. Students study how humans develop and how they become who they are.

SCI 116
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
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This course will introduce students to terminology used in the healthcare professions. The origins of medical terms will be studied with an emphasis placed on understanding the suffixes, prefixes, combining forms and root words used in healthcare terminology. At the end of the course the student will be able to comfortably understand, translate and discuss issues related to their profession using appropriate terminology.

First year - Second Semester

BIO 226
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
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The structure and function of the special senses, along with the endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems are stressed in this course. Laboratory experience will include cadaver study.

Prerequisites: BIO 225 Pre/Corequisites: CHE 100

HUM 150
THE WORLD OF IDEAS: CRITICAL REASONING AND RHETORIC
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There is a strong relationship between thinking clearly and expressing thoughts in formal writing and public speaking. Using the skills of logic and critical thinking, students will examine ideas, analyze and evaluate the arguments of others, and advocate for their own ideas. Students will be introduced to the NMC Portfolio process. HUM 150 is to be taken in the first semester, unless designated in the second semester by the program of study.

PHY 101
PHYSICS I
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This course teaches the fundamentals of physics which include: kinematics, Newton's Laws, momentum, work and energy, sound and light waves, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. This lab includes experiments relevant to the material explored in Physics I.

Prerequisites: MAT 110

SSC 235
THE SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE
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This course explores the ways in which human beings make and remake the meaning of their social world through the production of culture. It employs sociological methods to explore the construction of the dominant, white subculture in the United States. The same methodologies are employed to examine the construction of subcultures in the United States, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

Meet the Faculty

Our imaging sciences faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use.

While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal experience. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

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Additional information

Online Technology Requirements

To be successful with your online courses, you should have a basic understanding of computers and the internet. Read more about the minimum knowledge and hardware requisites on our Online Technology Requirements page.

Other Degree Options

Nebraska Methodist College offers several degree options in medical imaging:

Technical Standards

Since the completion of the Associate of Science Degree in Radiologic Technology signifies that the holder is eligible to sit for the A.R.R.T. certification board examination and is prepared for entry into the profession of Radiologic Technology, it follows that graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations.

The following information allows the student to make an informed decision in their educational career by providing a breakdown of student expectations within the program. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply to the program, however, it is the student's responsibility to notify administration of the college if there are any reasons why he/she cannot adequately meet the expectations described below.

  1. Problem solving: the culminating activity in the preparation of a radiographer is clinical reasoning. Therefore, a student must be able to make correct observation, and have the skills of measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis.
  2. Judgment: the student will be expected to demonstrate judgment in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings, which illustrates an ability to make mature, sensitive, effective and ethical decisions in the following areas: Relationships with supervisors, peers, and patients Professional behavior The effectiveness of intervention strategies An understanding of the rationale and justification of his/her performance
  3. Communication:
    1. Written Communication: the student must be able to assimilate information from written sources (i.e., texts, journals, medical/school records, etc.), and attain, comprehend, retain, and utilize new information presented in written formats. The profession calls not only for the initial learning of a new body of knowledge, but also the continual updating of knowledge from current sources. Students are required to utilize information from written sources and must be able to produce appropriate written documentation.
    2. Verbal and Nonverbal Communication: the student must be able to produce the spoken word and elicit information from patients, supervisors, and peers with skills in describing factual information, including subtle cues of mood and temperament. Communication must be accurate, sensitive, and efficient within all facets of healthcare. Response time to emergencies/crisis situations as well as routine communication must be appropriate.
  4. Sensorimotor: the student must have gross motor, fine motor, and equilibrium functions reasonably required to carry out radiographic examinations. Task requirements range from transferring a child or adult from a wheelchair to a radiographic table, to the fine motor manipulation required to draw up emergency medication. Quick reactions are necessary not only for safety, but for one to respond efficiently in most clinical situations. The student must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the visual, auditory, and tactile senses. The student can expect to lift and manipulate patients and radiographic equipment up to 50 lbs or more.
  5. Attitude: the student is expected to exhibit professional behavior and attitudes during his/her participation in classroom and clinical situations. This includes, but is not limited to, appropriate language, flexibility toward change, and acceptance of responsibility for one's own conduct. The student is expected to exhibit a positive attitude toward patients, peers, and supervisors.
  6. Observation: the student will be required to use instruments requiring visual acuity. These devices include, but are not limited to, radiographic equipment, health assessment tools and devices (i.e., blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, etc.). The student will be required to make observations and evaluations, while observing the results of treatment and reactions.
  7. It is the responsibility of the student to understand the duties, responsibilities, skills and abilities required of  this chosen program/profession. In addition to the technical standards as described above, please review the information regarding radiologic technology at the O*NET website at http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2034.00.