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Expand Your Expertise with a Mammography Certificate

Those who specialize in the care of women find their career options rapidly expanding due to possessing the qualifications necessary to run advanced diagnostic tests on the human breast.

The online Mammography certificate option is designed for Imaging professionals who wish to branch out into this vibrant and important field. Graduates will be able to conduct not just mammograms but an assortment of procedures.

Thanks to increased awareness of the dangers of breast cancer, these healthcare services are in demand, particularly in rural areas where access to care may be limited. Professionals who receive their Mammography (M) credentials can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics and the growing number of organizations that cater their services to women's health.

O*Net Online indicates the U.S. median salary in May 2015 for a Radiologic Technologist, including those who specialize in Mammography, was $56,670 per year ($27.25 per hour), while the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a faster than average job growth of 9 percent between 2014 and 2024.

Certificate Perks
  • Two Entry Points
    • Students in the Imaging Sciences Bachelor's degree program may complete the certificate as part of their specialization. OR...
    • Currently practicing RTs may take the certificate separate from all other coursework
  • This online certificate program can be completed in as little as one semester or 9 credit hours
  • Curriculum focuses on diagnostic breast testing, including mammograms
  • 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.

Cost Per Credit Hour

$580

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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.

Student Grants or Loans

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Employee Education Benefits

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

External Scholarships

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Curriculum

All online mammography 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

ISC 315
ADVANCED CROSS-SECTIONAL ANATOMY I
DETAILS
Advanced Sectional Anatomy I will discuss anatomical structures of the upper and lower extremities, abdomen, and pelvis located in an array of multiple imaging planes and modalities.  Characteristic appearances of anatomical structures will be discussed as it applies to Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Ultrasound.  Pathology and physiological aspects of major anatomical structures will be addressed and reviewed through identification exercises and assignments when applicable.

Prerequisites: RAD/DMS 262, ARRT(R) candidacy or credential or Instructor Permission

ISC 320
ADVANCED CROSS-SECTIONAL ANATOMY II
DETAILS
Advanced Sectional Anatomy II will discuss anatomical structures of the neck, head, spine, and thorax as identified and located in multiple imaging planes and modalities.  Characteristic appearances of anatomical structures will be discussed as it applies to Computed Tomography (CT), magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Ultrasound images.  Pathology and physiological aspects of major anatomical structures will be addressed and reviewed through identification exercises and assignments when applicable.

Prerequisites: RAD/DMS 262, ARRT(R) candidacy or credential or Instructor Permission

ISC 340
MAMMOGRAPHY
DETAILS
This course presents the information necessary to the practice of mammography. The course, based on the guidelines of the MQSA and ARRT, will fulfill the didactic component of mammography education. This course includes breast anatomy, physiology and pathology, mammographic equipment and quality assurance, mammographic technique and image evaluation, patient education, mammographic positioning, and interventional procedures. The clinical component of the education is the responsibility of the student.

Prerequisites: ARRT(R) candidacy or credential

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.