MRI Machine

Computed Tomography & Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology

CT_MRI_logo.png

Are you interested in using state-of-art technology to help provide medical care? Consider RCC's Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology certificate programs. Our courses prepare you to use specialized equipment to visualize cross-sectional anatomical structures and aid physicians in demonstrating pathologies and disease processes. This skill set will prepare you for an in-demand career performing CT  and MRI scans at medical facilities.

You must be a registered or registry-eligible radiologic technologist, radiation therapist, or nuclear medicine technologist to enter this program. When you graduate, you will be eligible and ready to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist certification examination in Computed Tomography.

You must be a registed radiologic technologist, nuclear medicine technologist, or ultrasound technologist to complete the MRI program. When you graduate, you will be eligible and ready to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist certification examination in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Computed Tomography

[C45200] 

Courses for this certificate program are offered day only.

First Year: Summer Semester (7 Semester Hours Credit)

First Year: Fall Semester (5 Semester Hours Credit)

Total Semester Hours Credit: 12

Admission into the CT and MRI programs are separate processes, including separate information sessions. In order to apply to the MRI program, please see the requirements in the MRI section on this page.

Admission to Randolph Community College is open door; however, there are some additional steps that you need to take in order to be accepted into the CT program. Please review the application information for entrance into the Summer 2022 CT program.

For more information about admissions, please contact Anna Phillips, Department Head of Radiography, at anphillips@randolph.edu or Rebekah Kingston, Director of Student Success Counseling, at 336-633-0376 or rbkingston@randolph.edu.

Computed Tomography Student Handbook

LEGAL LIMITATIONS OF LICENSURE

Upon successful completion of the CT Program, the student will be eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification exam. Graduation from the CT program does not guarantee that a student will be permitted to sit for the exam. Students must pass an ethics review conducted by the ARRT. Please see the Department Head for Radiography if you have questions. Fees are associated with this process.

Upon successful completion of the Computed Tomography certificate, the student should be able to:

  • Manipulate CT equipment, and any accessory equipment, to produce diagnostic images at the lowest possible dose to the patient.
  • Carry out all aspects of standard scanning protocols independently to provide the information necessary to assist the physician in diagnosis, keeping the highest standard for patient care in mind.
  • Identify pertinent anatomy and pathology on images in various planes to appropriate scan protocols and to evaluate for image quality.

Each student must exhibit the abilities and meet the expectations listed below.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Prior to acceptance into the Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology program, students are required to submit a completed and signed N.C. Community College Medical Form documenting immunizations and medical history which show proof of physical and mental health to perform the necessary duties of a CT technologist.
  • Possess the visual acuity to effectively operate equipment and otherwise function in various degrees of ambient lighting and in various sizes of print.
  • Possess adequate depth perception to transport/move patients.
  • Must be able to stand, sit, or walk up to 10 hours per day with minimal break times.
  • Must be physically able to lift, carry, push and manipulate heavy equipment, which is often above the CT technologist's head/shoulder level.
  • Must be physically able to push, pull, or otherwise transfer patients weighing several hundred pounds.
  • Must be physically able to transport patients via wheelchairs or stretchers.
  • Possess gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe patient care and operate equipment.
  • Must be able to bend and squat.
  • Must be able to hear and visually monitor equipment to report any abnormal sounds or irregularities.
  • Must be able to monitor and evaluate patient vital signs including respiration rate, temperature, blood pressure, and pulse rate.
  • Must be able to visually analyze images for brightness/contrast levels, distortion, and evidence of blurring.

ANALYTICAL AND COMPREHENSION

  • Apply the principles of aseptic and sterile techniques, infection control, contrast administration, and proper body mechanics.
  • Use critical thinking skills necessary to assess patients and adapt procedures to patient ability and to solve problems.
  • Use critical thinking skills necessary to interpret orders, medical records, lab values, and any other clinical information.
  • Evaluate and analyze image quality and exam completeness.
  • Be able to use short and long-term memory.
  • Perform mathematical calculations to accurately select technical factors, administer contrast media and other medications and assess patient data.
  • Understand and correctly follow verbal instructions given face-to-face, over the phone, or from a distance, including those given in a setting where personnel are wearing surgical masks.

EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL SKILLS

  • Expected to be honest, respectful, and exhibit a high level of integrity in all situations.
  • Follow all program, college, and clinical site policies.
  • Expected to adhere to the ARRT/ASRT Code of Ethics and Rules of Ethics.
  • Expected to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Expected to be on time and dressed appropriately, which includes all necessary supplies for class, lab, and clinical.
  • Expected to take initiative in their own clinical, class, and lab experience in an effort to improve his/her knowledge and skills
  • Expected to work in groups and individually.
  • Expected to conduct him/herself in an adult manner.
  • Maintain mental alertness.
  • Respond appropriately to constructive criticism.
  • Must be emotionally stable to handle trauma, emergency and any other emotionally stressful situation that may be encountered at the clinical site.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

  • Must have adequate hearing and speech to communicate orally with patients and other members of the health care team in face-to-face and telephone situations in a professional manner.
  • Must be able to write legibly and be able to type sufficiently in order to accurately record patient history, lab values, reports and document in medical records.
  • Must be able to read at a level sufficient to accurately read and understand medical records, physician orders, procedure manuals, technique charts, electronic data, and textbooks.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

[C45200M] 

Courses for this certificate will be offered online, hybrid, day, evening, and/or weekends.

First Year: Spring Semester (18 Semester Hours Credit)

Total Semester Hours Credit: 18

  • Students must obtain a grade of "B" or better in all MRI courses.
  • Students will need to meet requirement for ARRT post primary eligibility pathway prior to entrance into MRI program.

Admission into the CT and MRI programs are separate processes, including separate information sessions. In order to apply to the CT program, please see the requirements in the CT section on this page.

Admission information for the MRI program that will begin in Spring 2023 will be posted soon. Check back for more information.

MRI Student Handbook

Each student must exhibit the abilities and meet the expectations listed below.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Prior to acceptance into the Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology program, students are required to submit a completed and signed N.C. Community College Medical Form documenting immunizations and medical history which show proof of physical and mental health to perform the necessary duties of a CT technologist.
  • Possess the visual acuity to effectively operate equipment and otherwise function in various degrees of ambient lighting and in various sizes of print.
  • Possess adequate depth perception to transport/move patients.
  • Must be able to stand, sit, or walk up to 10 hours per day with minimal break times.
  • Must be physically able to lift, carry, push and manipulate heavy equipment, which is often above the CT technologist's head/shoulder level.
  • Must be physically able to push, pull, or otherwise transfer patients weighing several hundred pounds.
  • Must be physically able to transport patients via wheelchairs or stretchers.
  • Possess gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe patient care and operate equipment.
  • Must be able to bend and squat.
  • Must be able to hear and visually monitor equipment to report any abnormal sounds or irregularities.
  • Must be able to monitor and evaluate patient vital signs including respiration rate, temperature, blood pressure, and pulse rate.
  • Must be able to visually analyze images for brightness/contrast levels, distortion, and evidence of blurring.

ANALYTICAL AND COMPREHENSION

  • Apply the principles of aseptic and sterile techniques, infection control, contrast administration, and proper body mechanics.
  • Use critical thinking skills necessary to assess patients and adapt procedures to patient ability and to solve problems.
  • Use critical thinking skills necessary to interpret orders, medical records, lab values, and any other clinical information.
  • Evaluate and analyze image quality and exam completeness.
  • Be able to use short and long-term memory.
  • Perform mathematical calculations to accurately select technical factors, administer contrast media and other medications and assess patient data.
  • Understand and correctly follow verbal instructions given face-to-face, over the phone, or from a distance, including those given in a setting where personnel are wearing surgical masks.

EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL SKILLS

  • Expected to be honest, respectful, and exhibit a high level of integrity in all situations.
  • Follow all program, college, and clinical site policies.
  • Expected to adhere to the ARRT/ASRT Code of Ethics and Rules of Ethics.
  • Expected to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Expected to be on time and dressed appropriately, which includes all necessary supplies for class, lab, and clinical.
  • Expected to take initiative in their own clinical, class, and lab experience in an effort to improve his/her knowledge and skills
  • Expected to work in groups and individually.
  • Expected to conduct him/herself in an adult manner.
  • Maintain mental alertness.
  • Respond appropriately to constructive criticism.
  • Must be emotionally stable to handle trauma, emergency and any other emotionally stressful situation that may be encountered at the clinical site.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

  • Must have adequate hearing and speech to communicate orally with patients and other members of the health care team in face-to-face and telephone situations in a professional manner.
  • Must be able to write legibly and be able to type sufficiently in order to accurately record patient history, lab values, reports and document in medical records.
  • Must be able to read at a level sufficient to accurately read and understand medical records, physician orders, procedure manuals, technique charts, electronic data, and textbooks.

Contact Us!

Have more questions about the Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology program? We're here to help.

Anna Phillips
Department Head, Radiography
anphillips@randolph.edu (preferred method of contact)
336-633-0209

Rebekah Kingston
Director of Student Success Counseling
rbkingston@randolph.edu
336-633-0376