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Advance Your Diagnostic Imaging Career with a CT Certification

The computed tomography (CT) certificate of specialization program offers dedicated training for imaging technologists registered in radiography or nuclear medicine or for radiation therapists who want to obtain CT credentials. Students complete focused coursework in cross-sectional anatomy, CT physics and instrumentation, radiation safety and patient care. Courses are spread over two semesters and the entire program can be completed in less than one year.

Once you complete the program, you are eligible to take the post-primary CT registry examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

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What is Computed Tomography at St. Louis Community College?

Computed tomography uses X-rays to create detailed cross-sectional images of internal body structures. These images aid in diagnosing and monitoring medical conditions in various areas, including:

  • The brain and spine
  • The chest, abdomen and pelvis
  • Upper and lower extremities

In addition to learning the fundamentals and technical aspects of CT imaging, students can also be placed in a health care setting to obtain CT clinical experience. This provides hands-on training in performing CT procedures on patients, while satisfying registry eligibility requirements. Applicants who already perform clinical CT in their current role can apply their experience to satisfy this requirement.

Computed Tomography Program Goals

The primary goal of the computed tomography program is to prepare students as an entry-level computed tomography technologist. Graduates must meet the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.

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What Can You Do with a Computed Tomography Certificate?

With a computed tomography certificate, you can become a registered CT technologist. Graduates operate dedicated CT or hybrid imaging equipment, perform diagnostic imaging procedures and assist physicians in diagnosing and monitoring medical conditions. CT imaging procedures are performed on patients of all ages. CT technologists can work in a variety of health care settings, including academic medical centers, community hospitals and outpatient imaging centers.

CS in Computed Tomography

  • Degree offered: Certificate of specialization
  • Locations: Forest Park (beginning Fall 2024)
  • Hours to complete: 18
  • Program contact name: Austin Turner, PhD, CNMT, PET, RT(MR)(CT), MRSO, CCRC
  • Program contact email: ctprogram@stlcc.edu

Cost of Attendance

Tuition for district residents is $122 per credit hour. Find out more about our straightforward and low-cost tuition structure.

Additional student expenses include criminal background check, five panel drug screen, physical exam and immunization record or titers, purified protein derivative (PPD) skin test and current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR card).

Admission Requirements

The computed tomography certificate of specialization is designed for graduates of an associate degree radiologic science program and registered radiologic technologist, nuclear medicine technologist or radiation therapist entering the field of computed tomography.

Prerequisites for CT certificate program:

  • Must be a registered radiologic technologist with ARRT RT(R), a registered nuclear medicine technologist with ARRT RT(N) or NMTCB (CNMT), or a registered radiation therapist with ARRT RT(T) credential.

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Why You Should Choose STLCC's CT Program

Ramp Up High-Wage Skills

STLCC offers career-focused programs for high-wage, high-skill and in-demand jobs. STLCC provides opportunities for college transfers, career development and workforce training. 

Build Skills You Need With Stackable Credentials

Stackable credentials help students level up career opportunities without investing a large amount of time and resources. Students can stack or assemble a series of traditional and nontraditional credentials including degrees, certificates, apprenticeships and more. 

Caring for Students

STLCC goes beyond academics with support services, ranging from stress and anxiety management to grants for childcare, emergency crisis support, clothing and free meals through Archers' Market and Brown Bag Cafe food pantry. We offer free tutoring on campus or online.

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