Mammography

The Casper College Mammography Certificate Program is a one semester advanced certification program available to graduates of an accredited radiography program.

Mammographers are highly trained professionals who work with state of the art imaging equipment to produce high quality screening and diagnostic images of the breast.

The program curriculum incorporates the standards established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the guidelines set forth by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national post primary certification exam in Mammography.

All courses will be offered in a hybrid format with three required on-campus classes. The remainder of the program is offered online. Courses will cover all content areas required by the ARRT.

Certificate info

For requirements and more information about this program, view its listing in the course catalog:

Resources

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Structured Education Requirements

Effective January 1, 2016, in order to take the Mammography Certification Exam the ARRT will require documentation of structured education along with the required clinical experience requirements. Structured education may be in the form of formal education coursework completed at a college or university or equivalent to 16 CE hours of structured education. Candidates will need to document at least one CE credit or its equivalent of structured education at a college or university in each of the certification content categories. Both forms of structured education must meet the ARRT's current CE guidelines. The Casper College program meets these requirements. If you are not working toward the Mammography certificate you may take the Mammography Fundamentals online course to meet some of these requirements without completing the clinical education portion of the program.

Admissions requirements:

Must be a registered Radiologic Technologist or registry eligible and pass the exam prior to the start of the program.

Required courses

Mammography Fundamentals (RDTK 2550) 3 Credit Hours

Course Description: This course covers the anatomy, pathology, and instrumentation involved in mammographic imaging. Topics covered will include: Patient Care, preparation and education; Instrumentation and Quality Assurance; Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology; Mammographic Technique and Image Evaluation; and Breast Imaging Procedures. Procedures will be covered in depth to include exam protocol, dose considerations, special patient care issues, interventional/special examinations, and diagnostic imaging. Special exams will include Needle Localization, Breast MRI, Breast Ultrasound: imaging, biopsy or  FNA, Stereotactic Procedure, Breast Implant Imaging, Ductography, and Diagnostic Work-Up. Content is designed to impart an understanding of the physical principles, technique, quality control and image evaluation involved in mammography. Analog and digital acquisition and documentation will be discussed. Image processing and display will be examined from data acquisition through post processing and archiving.

Mammography Clinical (RDTK 2555) 2 Credit Hours

Course Description: Clinical education involves a practical learning experience in the patient care environment. Students participate in pre-scheduled time periods and practice their Mammography skills in a hospital or clinic setting. Students will be under the supervision of an experienced Mammo technologist. Emphasis will be placed on Mammography equipment set-up, patient care, anatomy, pathology, mass documentation, understanding image quality, radiation safety practices, positioning, image acquisition and Quality Control. Post processing techniques will also be included. A specified number of clinical exam competencies will be required.

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Academic Assistant, School of Health Science
Office: HS 202
307-268-2235
Program Director;
Radiography Program Director
Office: HS 104
307-268-2587
Interim Dean of Health Science;
Interim Dean, School of Health Science
Office: HS 202A
307-268-2495