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Mammography Advanced Studies

Mammography Advanced Studies

radiographyThe Mammography Advanced Studies curriculum is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of the allied health interdisciplinary team. Upon completion of these advanced studies (and successful completion and documentation of all required clinical competencies as set forth by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Standards set by MQSA), the student is eligible to apply to take the National Registry examination leading to advanced certification as a Registered Mammographer by the ARRT.

Program Coordinator: Christy Lee • SWCC Russell Hall • (276) 964-7341 • Christy.Lee@sw.edu

Clinical Coordinator: Donna Corns• SWCC Russell Hall • (276) 964-7642 • Donna.Corns@sw.edu

Instructor: Wendy Horn • SWCC Russell Hall  Wendy.Horn@sw.edu

Length:  This advanced study curriculum is typically offered in a 10-week summer semester.

Mammography Advanced Studies Courses

NumberCourse TitleLecture HrsLab HrsCredits
RAD 233Anatomy and Positioning of the Breast101
RAD 234Breast Imaging/Instrumentation101
RAD 235Quality Assurance in Mammography101
RAD 196On-Site Training Clinical Internship in Mammography051
Total Minimum Credits354

*Clinical Internship hours must add up to 75 hours during the summer semester.*

Advanced Study Requirements

Admission Requirements: The student in Mammography Advanced Studies must have completed an approved program in radiography.  The student must be registered (or registry eligible) by the certification agency (ARRT). (Students applying for Advanced Studies in Mammography who are not ARRT registered or registry eligible must be in their last year of studies in an accredited Radiography program, and complete that radiography program before entering the RAD 196 clinical component of the advanced studies.)   All students seeking clinical rotations must have a current CPR certification and must maintain that certification throughout advanced study. Applicants must have maintained a “C” average in past program courses in the discipline or certification.

Applicants must provide the following to be considered for admission.

  • Application to SWCC
  • Official transcripts of all other colleges attended submitted to the Admissions Office at SWCC
  • Completed Mammography Advanced Studies Application
  • Copy of current ARRT certification card, or current unofficial Radiography Program transcript
  • If you require the RAD 196 clinical education (75 total clinical hours):
    • Copy of current CPR certification by the American Heart Association
    • Current PPD
    • Immunization records (Varicella, MMR, Hepatitis B, Flu)
    • *HIPAA training, criminal background check, and drug screen will be required at the student’s cost (approximately $95).  Hospital facility orientation will be required.  These must be complete before the student can begin clinical education.  The faculty will provide instructions to students who are accepted into the Mammography Advanced Studies track.

The student in Mammography must abide by all community college policies as well as hospital policies while enrolled in the program.

Upon admission and during the course of study, the college and hospital faculty will carefully observe and evaluate the student’s progress. If, in the opinion of the faculty, a student does not exhibit professional behavior, the student will be asked to withdraw from the advanced study.

Students will not be eligible to receive the certificate until a grade of “C” or better is obtained in each of the required courses. Before entering the clinical areas, the student must receive complete clinical clearance. Please see Ms. Lee or Ms. Horn for details.

Criminal Background Checks/Drug Testing: Background checks for criminal history and sex offender crimes against minors are required for entrance into some clinical agencies. Students with convictions may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the advanced study. Clinical agencies may require drug testing prior to placement of students for clinical rotations. Students with positive drug test results may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the advanced study. Cost for criminal background checks and drug testing will be the responsibility of the student.

Science & Health Technologies Path

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Completed Health Technology applications and ALL required documentation must be in Admissions by:
January 15 - Radiography (extended to February 15 for the application year Fall 2019 only)
February 15 - Nursing and Occupational Therapy Assistant
March 6 - Practical Nursing
Admission & Program Requirements, Application Forms

*Registered Nursing Program . | Apply to Nursing Program

*LPN to RN Transition Program . | . Apply to LPN to RN Transition

*Practical Nursing (LPN) Program . | . Apply to LPN Program

*Occupational Therapy Assistant Program | . Apply to OTA Program

*Radiography Program | . Apply to Radiography Program | Mammography Advanced Studies

*Emergency Medical Services Technology Program | Apply to EMS Program

*Computed Tomography Program | Apply to Computed Tomography

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SWCC provides state of the art facilities to enrich student learning. The Virtual Cadaver Lab allows students to explore the anatomy of a human body through simulation. The Clinical Simulation Lab located in Russell Hall, provides VATNP course simulations for nursing students using high-fidelity simulation manikins.