Mammography Pathway

Woman getting mammogram

Course Description

The Mammography Pathway is a self-paced, online post-primary pathway for registered radiologic technologists with an in-person component in clinical education to obtain the ARRT clinical competencies. The overall purpose of the mammography pathway is to prepare radiologic technologists for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Mammography Post-Primary Certification exam. Additionally, it is to prepare the learner for an entry-level position as a Mammography Technologist by providing a comprehensive didactic and clinical education.

Date + Location

  • Online for classroom component with clinical class in a designated Mammography Department
  • Online course access to begin: June 1, 2023

Teaching Methods

  • Didactic: self-paced, online classroom instruction
  • Clinical instruction: in person 

Program Objectives

  1. Demonstrate mammogram positioning skills
  2. Dissect the impact of digital radiographic detectors on breast tissue and technical factors necessary to reveal absence or presence of disease
  3. Assess breast anatomy, disease processes and pathology
  4. Delineate the importance of a comprehensive assurance program for digital mammography
  5. Assess regulatory bodies such as MQSA, ACR, and the ARRT
  6. Investigate newly emerging technologies used with digital mammographic imaging

Course 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). 

Instructor Names + Credentials

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

CE Hours

  • 42.5