CT Pathway

CT tech with patient in hospital setting

Course Description

The CT (Computed Tomography) Pathway is designed to provide certified radiographers with the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to sit for the computed tomography registry examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). 

The CT Pathway is based on the 2022 Curriculum suggested by the American Society for Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and the clinical standards required by the ARRT. Online didactic and on-site clinical competencies are essential components of the pathway. Additional venipuncture skill labs is an optional component.

Date + Location

  • Online for classroom component with clinical class in a designated CT Department. 
  • Online course access to begin: June 15, 2023

Teaching Methods 

  • Didactic Coursework: All online classroom instruction is self-paced
  • Clinical Instruction: In person

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of this track, students will be able to: 

  1. Provide appropriate patient assessment and preparation for procedures 
  2. Evaluate patient status, medication and contrast administration, and resultant interactions 
  3. Employ appropriate radiation safety principles for the protection of patients 
  4. Evaluate anatomy and pathologies demonstrated in cross-sectional imaging 
  5. Understand imaging parameters for data acquisition and archiving 
  6. Demonstrate comprehension of CT principles and instrumentation 

Enrollment Requirements  

  • Current Certification in ARRT Primary Pathway
  • Current Licensure in State of practicing residency  
  • Current AHA CPR Certification

Clinical Requirements

To perform as an imaging technologist, the student must have the physical capabilities to meet the standards listed below. The student must be able to:

  • Visually inspect images to evaluate quality and patient positioning.
  • Communicate with patients and staff (verbally and audibly).
  • Participate in didactic classes using verbal and written English formats.
  • Stand/walk up to 8 hours per day providing patient care and diagnostic testing in the clinical setting.
  • Utilize computer and Radiographic room control panels.
  • Climb on a step stool to position and assist patients.
  • Lift and carry patients when assisting in transfers from wheelchairs, carts, and beds.
  • Carry supplies up to 15 pounds.
  • Wear full-length lead aprons up to 5 pounds.
  • Reach and stoop to maneuver equipment and patients.
  • Position patients and operate equipment simultaneously by using bilateral gross and fine motor dexterity.
  • Document patient information, history, and other pertinent facts in written form.

Students with disabilities need follow the “Students with Disabilities” section in the University Catalog for accommodations where appropriate. The University complies the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Instructors Names + Credentials

  • Laura Olson, MS, R. (R) (CT) ARRT FS
  • Mary Ellen Newton, MSM, RT (R) (M) ARRT
  • Eric Fugate, MSHA, RT (R) ARRT 

CE Hours

  • TBD