2023-2024 Catalog 
    Jun 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computed Tomography (CSC)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs (A - Z)

CIP 51.0911
Degree: Career Studies Certificate
Program Code: 221-172-02
Program Length: 1 year - 2 Semesters
Minimum Credits: 17

Program Advisor
Donna Corns, 276.964.7642, Russell Hall Room 119

Wendell Harris, 276.964.7341, Russell Hall Room 118


Purpose: The Career Studies Certificate in Computed Tomography Imaging is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of the allied health interdisciplinary team. Upon completion of the curriculum (and successful completion and documentation of all required clinical competencies as set for by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists), plus training needed to apply for the National Registry examination leading to advanced certification as a Registered Technologist in Computed Tomography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Admission Requirements: The student in Computed Tomography must have completed an approved program in radiography, radiation therapy, or nuclear medicine technology (either AART or NMTCB). The student must be registered by the appropriate certification agency. All students must have a current CPR certification and must maintain that certification throughout the program. 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
- Application to the CT Program

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

Program Requirements: 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 program.

Students will not be eligible to receive the certificate until a grade of “C” or better is obtained in each of the required courses.

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 program. 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 program. Cost for criminal background checks and drug testing will be the responsibility of the student.

Reciprocity Statement:

Pursuant to United States Department of Education (US DOE) regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Southwest Virginia Community College Career Studies Certificate in Computed Tomography program provides the following information for all prospective and current students:

This program prepares students to sit for professional exams and/or apply for professional licensure that is required for employment in the related occupation in Virginia. If you live or move outside of Virginia, you must consult with the program lead to confirm whether the program will meet your state’s requirements prior to enrolling in courses.

Semester Total

  • Lecture Hours: 7
  • Lab Hours: 5
  • Course Credits::7

Semester Total

  • Lecture Hours: 10
  • Lab Hours: 10
  • Course Credits: 10

Total Minimum Credits: 17

* Students who can provide documentation of continuous employment in CT for a minimum of 1 year prior to the application deadline have the option of NOT completing the RAD 196  clinical class requirements.

Students must be either ARRT or CNMT registered technologists in order to be eligible for entry into the CT program.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs (A - Z)