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Computed Tomography

Program Information

The Computed Tomography program at Grady Health System is an advanced level full-time seven month program. This specialized program prepares the graduate for a rewarding career as a CT Technologist. The school awards a certificate in Computed Tomography upon completion. This advanced- level program is for registered radiologic technologists.

CT Technologists are responsible for fulfilling physicians’ requests by operating the CT equipment which produces cross-sectional images of patients’ bones, organs and tissue that are used to diagnose medical conditions. In addition to conducting scans, CT Technologists prepare patients for diagnostic procedures by explaining the process and positioning patients to correctly capture the images requested by a physician. A CT Technologist typically is employed in hospital settings.

Classes are limited in size. Admission to this program is competitive. The number of students accepted is dependent on the number of clinical sites and job outlook. Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements are eligible to become a certified CT Technologist through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

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Clinical Education

The major goal of the clinical portion of the program is to enable the student to develop skills that will allow him/her to successfully perform the duties of an entry-level CT Technologist. The school is a procedures-based program in which faculty members and/or departmental staff evaluate the student.

A student spends at least 18 hours per week in the clinical setting and may be exposed to ionizing radiation, infectious diseases, and body fluids. The student is appropriately instructed in radiation protection and standard precaution procedures, as well as the proper utilization of various types of protective clothing and personal protective devices.

There are seven (7) holidays observed by the Schools. Students also have break time between semesters. Any absences must be made up prior to awarding a certificate of graduation. Absenteeism affects a student’s clinical grade and may jeopardize his/her position in the program. Eligibility for the ARRT certification examination is dependent upon the date of program completion.

Students rotate through various CT departments. Students participate in clinical rotations at affiliate sites in the Atlanta area. Students must dress in the approved uniform attire during classes and clinical rotations. Clinical assignments occur during the day, evening, night, and weekend shifts. This program prepares the student to play an integral role as a team member of physicians, physicists and other health care professionals.

Grading System

The following system of grading is used:

A – Excellent                                       =          90   –    100%
B – Good                                              =          80   –    89%
C – Marginal                                        =          75   –    79%
D – Poor                                               =          70   –    74%
F – Failure                                           =          Below 70%
P-Pass
F-Fail

*Some Clinical Competencies are based on a Pass(P)/Fail(F) scale

Students receive an academic and clinical grade report at the end of each semester/quarter.  Academic and Clinical grades are listed separately, are weighted by credit hours, and are averaged for a semester GPA. The student is individually counseled concerning their academic and clinical training on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, semester basis as needed.

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Faculty

Program Manager:
Kevin Kindle, MBA, R.T.(T)
(404) 616-3611

Clinical Coordinator:

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Accreditation

The Computed Tomography Program, is sponsored by Grady Memorial Hospital/Grady Health System Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies, and is in compliance with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

We meet the post-primary certification requirements for the ARRT for structured education for Computed Tomography. Successful completion of an ASRT approved program assures that students are provided the knowledge, skills, and professional values required for career success.

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Admission Requirements

The Computed Tomography program offers equal educational opportunities to students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, or national origin.

  1. Satisfactory physical, mental, and emotional health.
  1. Minimum age of 21 years.
  1. Graduate of a nationally or regionally accredited Radiologic Technology Program.
  1. Must be a graduate of an accredited Diagnostic Imaging Program and who is registered with the ARRT in: Radiography (R), Nuclear Medicine (N), Radiation Therapy (T) or registered by the NMTCB (CNMT-Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist).
  1. Must provide certification with good standing by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or eligible to write, and subsequently pass, the ARRT certification examination by the end of the first quarter if provisionally accepted.

International Student

An applicant will be classified as an “International Student” if the school credentials he/she submits for evaluation are from schools or colleges outside of the United States.

Learn more about International Students Admission Requirements

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Application Procedure

Application Instructions

All application portfolio documents must be post marked by May 1 for Fall Registration. Portfolio documents includes: the Application, Application Fee, Brief Autobiography, Professional References, Documentation of Current ARRT Certification or Eligibility. Incomplete applications and/or those who do not adhere to the deadline dates will be not considered. All documents are mailed to:

Grady Health System
Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies
Admissions Office
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE – Box 26095
Atlanta, GA 30303-3050

Application Procedure

  1. Apply ONLINE.

Incomplete applications and those who do not adhere to the deadline dates will not be considered. An applicant’s application and portfolio documents will not be returned to the applicant, nor forwarded to another institution.

All correspondence and inquiries pertaining to applications should be directed to the attention of the:
Admissions Office
Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies
Grady Health System
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE – P.O. Box 26095
Atlanta, GA 30303-3050
(404) 616-3610

Technical Standards – ADA Compliance

ARRT Ethics Review for Felony or Misdemeanor Conviction

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Requirements Upon Acceptance

Upon acceptance, the applicant must submit the following:

  1. Physical examination, immunizations to include documentation of:
    • MMR
    • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)
    • Hepatitis B and titer
    • Varicella (2 doses) and/or titers
    • PPD (TB screening). Additional TB testing is required if PPD is positive.
  1. Criminal background check and drug screening test performed through www.advantagestudents.com.
  1. Proof of professional liability insurance that documents coverage for term of enrollment.
  1. Documented completion of CPR (BLS for Healthcare Providers – Part 1) online training module by the American Heart Association.
  1. American Registry of Radiologic Technology certification in radiography certificate

Background Check – Drug Screen Policy

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition
Computed Tomography Tuition: $3950 Tuition and Fees       (Additional fees will apply upon acceptance to the program)

  • $1900/semester
  • $75 technology fee/semester
  • $50 Symplar fee

Prices subject to change

Financial Aid

No Financial Aid assistance is available for the Computed Tomography program.

Tuition Refund Policy

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Student Services

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Employee Wellness Center

The exercise facility located in the Brian Jordan/Steve Atwater Employee Wellness Center located on the 16th floor of the hospital is available for use by employees and students.

Parking

Students are assigned to the Georgia State/Cortland Street parking lot. A Grady Shuttle is available for transport between the parking lot and the hospital.

Parking fees associated with clinical education rotation assignments are the responsibility of the student.

Health Services

Employee Health Services (EHS) is available for TB screening, flu shots and/or completion of Hepatitis B vaccine series, post needle stick reporting, and exposures to infectious diseases (all at no cost). For outpatient clinic or Emergency Department visits, the student is expected to pay for services or show proof of health insurance.

Computers and Software Tutorials

There are computers for student use in Piedmont Hall. Software tutorials are maintained and loaned through school offices. In addition, the Calhoun Medical Library located in the Glenn Building has a number of computers with Internet access that the student may use during normal library hours.

Libraries

School Library
The School library is located in Piedmont Hall. Textbooks and other learning resources belonging to the Schools of Radiologic Technology, Radiation Therapy, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography are housed in this area. The most current editions of Sonography books and learning resources are located in the sonography classroom.

W. Calhoun Library
A. W. Calhoun Medical Library, Grady Branch of Emory University School of Medicine Library, is located in the Glenn Building on Jesse Hill Jr. Drive. This library is open to the instructors and students of Grady Health System School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and other schools within the hospital.

Lockers

Lockers for books and personal items are available for student use in the third floor locker rooms. Students must provide their own padlock. Lockers must be shared.

Uniforms

Students are required to wear uniform scrub attire. The uniform scrubs are embroidered with a school logo and are ordered through a local vendor.

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