Mammography Schools and Classes

Mammography is the scanning of breast tissue for abnormalities. Find out what to look for when choosing a mammography program, see what you'll study, and learn about options for professional certification. Get advice about finding an accredited school for your training. Schools offering Cardiovascular Sonography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Students interested in mammography will need to pursue a certificate or degree in radiologic technology or radiology. Not all programs focus on mammography, since it's only one area of diagnostic imaging. Many programs prepare students for professional certification in radiography, which is required in most states and usually preferred by employers even when not a requirement.

Programs Certificates, associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees in radiologic technology or radiology
Schools Look for schools accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology; students might also look for schools offering evening or weekend scheduling
Courses Radiologic equipment, clinical mammography, human anatomy, ethics and patient care

What Is Mammography?

According to the Mayo Clinic, mammography refers to the scanning of breast tissue to analyze if cancerous growths are in a patient's chest. Mammograms are produced by x-rays that help doctors see if tumors, calcium deposits or tissue lumps are in the breasts of a patient. A mammogram is especially used if physical examinations reveal any questionable tissue growths or if the patient has a family history of breast cancer.

What Schools Provide an Education in this Field?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, mammography is a form of radiology, or the use of x-rays for diagnostic imaging. Formal training in an accredited program is usually necessary to become a radiologist who performs mammograms. However, programs vary in scope, from certificate to bachelor's degree programs.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits educational programs at all levels in radiology. The programs the JRCERT accredits include weekend, part-time, distance and online learning options, as well certificate-granting, associate's and bachelor's degree programs. Licensure requirements vary by state, so check for the requirements of the state in which you plan to work when choosing an educational program.

Some schools that offer JRCERT-accredited programs include:

  • San Diego Mesa College (CA)
  • Sinclair College (OH)
  • Monroe Community College (NY)
  • Trident Technical College (SC)
  • Chaffey College (CA)
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Southern Indiana

What Classes Are Found in these Programs?

Courses vary depending on degree programs. Many community colleges offer radiology programs with a focus on mammography, while bachelor's degree programs require general education requirements, technical classes and labs. A small number of schools might even offer a certificate in mammography. The curriculum of most programs includes several courses addressing radiologic procedures, which covers mammography practices. Typical classes you'll find in radiologic technology programs include:

  • Clinical mammography
  • Human anatomy
  • Patient positioning
  • Radiologic physics
  • Medical ethics

Do I Need to Become Certified or Licensed?

Most states have requirements concerning certification or licensing for radiologic technologists, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accredited educational programs prepare you to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination that leads to voluntary certification in radiography. If you already hold this certification, you can apply for ARRT certification in mammography. To maintain ARRT mammography certification, you must meet continuing education requirements every two years.

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