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Online Computed Tomography Certifications

Learn about online options for computed tomography (CT) certificate programs. Find prerequisites for these programs and how you can become certified in the field.

What Are the Admission Requirements for Computed Tomography Certification?

Computed tomography (CT) technicians use radiation to scan the body to diagnose patients, so doctors can use the information to treat them. To be admitted into a certificate program in computed tomography (CT), you must have at least an associate's degree in radiologic technology or medical imaging and be certified by or eligible for certification by the ARRT (The American Registry of Radiologic Technicians). You must also be certified to give CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and undergo a background check. Certain immunizations are required, including Hepatitis B, and you must either be immunized for chickenpox or show that you've had it. It is also required that you pass a drug test.

Certification Requirements Certificate programs typically require a minimum of an associate's degree as well as CPR certification
Online Education Online computed tomography certification includes an online component as well as in-person practical training at a hospital or clinic
Course Topics Courses in CT programs cover topics like computed tomography equipment, medical imaging and patient management
Certification Purpose Completing a CT certificate program is the first step toward registering with ARRT, which can be done after a registry exam
Median Salary (2018) $59,520 (for all radiologic technologists)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 12% growth (for all radiologic technologists)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

How Do Online Programs Work?

Online CT programs consist of two parts. These include the didactic portion, which is delivered online, and the clinical portion, which must be completed in-person, at a hospital or clinic. Most schools will help you make the arrangements for your clinical experience so it can be completed near where you live. Some schools have on-campus requirements, where you will complete certain labs or earn a portion of your clinical credits. For some programs, online classes are at scheduled times, at which you must be available for to participate in class discussions and Internet-based class activities.

What Topics Will I Study?

Computed tomography certificate programs are typically 1-2 semesters long. Programs can be one course, divided into several lessons, or they can be a series of courses. The courses are designed to build upon your skills as a registered radiology technician. Some topics you may study include:

  • Computed tomography equipment
  • Patient management
  • Safety in CT
  • Medical imaging of sectional anatomy
  • CT protocols and application information

How Can I Use This Certificate?

Upon completing a certificate program, you can sit for the registry examination in computed tomography. If you pass that, you'll be eligible to register with ARRT, after which you could earn certification. With CT certification, you can continue working as a radiologic technologist or become a computed tomography technician.