Mammography | Casper College, Wyoming

Mammography

Photo of a woman and a radiology tech standing by a mammography machine
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 via Moodle. Courses will cover all content areas required by the ARRT.

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.

Admissions Requirements: Must be a registered Radiologic Technologist (radiographer or radiation therapist): Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist (ARRT or NMTCB); or be registry eligible.

Certificate Requirements: Must be a registered Radiologic Technologist (radiographer or radiation therapist): Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist (ARRT or NMTCB); registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (ARRT or ARDMS); or be registry eligible

Mission

The Associate of Science in Radiography Program at Casper College produces competent medical radiographers eligible for immediate employment or advanced education, by offering high quality educational and clinical experiences.

Purpose

The radiography program at Casper College provides quality learning opportunities for its students in order to accomplish its mission. It also encourages and supports life-long learning. By maintaining national accreditation, the radiography program will prepare students to meet the demands of the profession. This includes technical skills, as well as their ability to be intellectually adaptive and communicate well, to think analytically, to integrate knowledge, and to appreciate cultural and social diversity. Graduates will learn to exhibit and apply high ethical values and standards of practice in regard to patient care in the healthcare field.

Program goals

  1. Clinical Performance and Competence
    Students will produce high quality images by possessing the knowledge, clinical application, radiation safety practices and patient care skills needed to meet the needs of the radiography community as entry level radiographers.
  2. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
    Students will demonstrate sound problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively in the clinical setting.
  3. Communication
    Students will communicate effectively with patients, peers, and other members of the healthcare team. Through effective communication students will function as a productive member of the healthcare team.
  4. Professional Growth and Development
    Students will understand the purpose and importance of professional values, ethics, continuing education, and life-long learning.
  5. Program Effectiveness
    Graduates will fulfill the needs of the health care community. The program will provide the community with graduates who are able to function as an active member of the health care team.

Background check and drug/alcohol policy

Students enrolled in any of the health science programs will participate in clinical experiences in a variety of agencies. Prior to participating in the clinical experiences, students will be subject to that agency’s requirements for a background check, drug testing and/or drug abuse prevention policies. Students are then subject to the random drug testing policy of that agency.

Following graduation, several of the state and/or national licensing or certification (registry) boards, including the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), may refuse to allow a graduate to sit for the required exam or issue a license or certification to a person who has a prior felony conviction or proven history of drug or alcohol abuse. Applicants to whom this applies should consult the program director for further information.

Clinical accessibility policy

The radiology program uses a variety of health-care agencies in the community for clinical experience for the students. If you have been employed in one or more of the agencies and are not eligible for rehire as an employee, the agency may not permit you to participate in the essential clinical component of the program.

Please contact the human resources department of the affected agency and request documentation that states the agency position on your participation in the clinical component of the program. If you receive a negative response from the agency, you are automatically ineligible to apply. A response indicating you will be permitted to attend clinicals in the agency will be given to the program director prior to the selection process for admission to the program. If you are unable to fulfill clinical requirements due to a previous employer issue and have not complied with the above, you could be dismissed from the program.

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression

Critical thinking: Critical thinking ability to exercise non-clinical and clinical judgment in a timely manner.

Interpersonal: Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact professionally and therapeutically with peers, faculty, staff, administrators, patients/clients, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.

Communication: Communication skills sufficient for interaction with peers, faculty, staff, administrators, patients/clients, families, and groups in verbal, nonverbal and written form.

Mobility: Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, safely perform treatments/procedures, and assist patients/clients; lift and transfer patients/clients; manipulate equipment; walk and/or stand for extended periods of time.

Motor skills: Gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe and effective patient/client care.

Hearing: Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and safely assess health needs.

Visual: Visual ability with or without corrective lenses sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in safe patient/client care.

Tactile: Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment of patient/client care.

Professionalism: The ability to understand and demonstrate sufficient respect for others in non-verbal, verbal, and written communications in the classroom, laboratory, clinical settings, in the Casper College community, and in related public settings. The ability to demonstrate sufficient understanding of the cumulative effect that behavior, appearance, and communication has on the health science professional image.

Certificate info

For requirements and more information about this program, view its listing in the academic 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
Radiography Program Director
Office: HS 104
307-268-2587
Interim Dean, School of Health Science
Office: HS 202A
307-268-2495