The short-term certificate in mammography provides an opportunity for radiologic technologists registered in radiography to obtain education and clinical training in mammography. The mammographer specializes in imaging the breast to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. The curriculum consists of on-line instruction, as well as off-campus clinical rotations at affiliated health care institutions. Those successfully completing the short-term certificate will be eligible for advanced level certification in mammography through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The on-line courses fulfill the "structured education" requirement as defined by the ARRT.

The mammography curriculum is accepted for professional continuing education credits for radiologic technologists. With departmental approval, technologists may register for individual on-line modules with the exception of RADT-2930 Mammography Applications. However, the certificate can be obtained only after completing the entire course sequence in the order listed.

Financial Assistance funds cannot be applied towards this program.

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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

Learn more here and here about how certificate credits apply to the related degree.

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Program Admission Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center after meeting the following requirements:

  • Applicant must be a registered radiographer in good standing, certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologies (ARRT) and possess a current radiographic license through the state of Ohio.
  • Applicant must be a radiographer certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and possess a radiologic license through the State of Ohio. Documentation of ARRT certification and Ohio radiologic licensure must be submitted with the Health Careers Application.
  • Applicants to the mammography program must first complete the general admission application to Cuyahoga Community College (http://www.tri-c.edu/get-started/index.html). Former Cuyahoga Community College students should contact the Enrollment Center at 800-954-8742 to reactivate their student record or reapply, if advised.
  • Program applications for the short-term certificate in mammography may be obtained from the mammography website (www.tri-c.edu/mammography) and should be mailed to the address on the application.

Other Information

  • 10-12 students accepted per year.
  • Criminal background check required (see page 73).
  • Acceptance into the mammography short-term certificate program is contingent upon the results of the required background check. The College's determination of acceptable background check results for the purposes of acceptance into the educational program does not guarantee a similar determination by other entities (i.e. clinical affiliates, future employers, and/or professional certifying organizations [i.e. American Registry of Radiologic Technologists]).
  • Courses taken MUST have a traditional letter grade. The Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grading option will NOT be accepted to meet certificate completion requirements.
  • Documentation of good health, immunizations, health insurance and CPR for the healthcare provider through the American Heart Association is required prior to clinical assignment. Students accepted into the program will be notified by the program when they should begin collecting and submitting this documentation. Students will be dropped from the program if significant limiting health conditions are present which prevent the student from performing the normal functions of a mammography student and/or constitute a hazard to the health or safety of patients.
  • Students in the mammography program must achieve a grade of "C" or better in all mammography coursework in order to remain in good academic standing and progress through the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Solicit and record patient's clinical history relevant to the examination including the documentation of anatomical characteristics.
  2. Elicit patient cooperation and provide patient comfort, psychological support and education regarding the procedure and radiation safety.
  3. Select and utilize equipment appropriate to the patient and examination to produce diagnostic images.
  4. Select exposure factors specific to the patient and examination using appropriate markers to document breast(s) imaged and projections.
  5. Position the patient to produce images specific to department protocol and physician's orders.
  6. Evaluate the images to ensure proper identification and diagnostic quality.
  7. Meet requirements for mammography certification eligibility through American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
RADT-251A Introduction to Mammography 1 1
RADT-251B Anatomy and Pathology of the Breast 1
RADT-251C Positioning Techniques for Breast Imaging 1
RADT-251D Physics of Mammography 1
 Credit Hours4
Second Semester
RADT-252A Sterile Technique and Interventional Procedures 2 1
RADT-252B Ultrasound Breast Imaging and Registry Review 1
RADT-252C Legal Issues and MQSA Guidelines 1
RADT-252D Accreditation Process for Mammography 1
RADT-2930 Mammography Applications 3
 Credit Hours7
 Total Credit Hours11