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Mammography Advanced Studies

About Advanced Studies

Mammography Advanced Studies is designed to prepare selected students who are registered or registry-eligible radiologic technologists to qualify as contributing members of the allied health mammography team. Upon completion of these advanced courses (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: Donna Corns
Russell Hall

Instructor: Wendy Horn

Length:10 weeks

Offered: Mammography Advanced Studies will be available in accordance with the demands of the job market.

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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. Adherence to ARRT requirements is essential so the continuation of clinical hours will be required until all criteria are fully satisfied.

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 were 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) and purchase of Trajecsys tracking system (approx. $50) will be required at the student’s cost. Hospital facility orientation will be required.  These must be completed 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 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. 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 before the 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. The cost of criminal background checks and drug testing will be the responsibility of the student.

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