Computed Tomography

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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.

Program Manager:  Vuntressa Brown, BS, R.T.(R)(T)(CT)(404) 616-5024
Clinical Coordinator:  

 

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.

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

International Student Admission Requirements

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. This applicant, in addition to meeting the admission requirements outlined in the previous sections, must also meet the following requirements: 

  1. A non-citizen applicant is required to provide documentation from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) of permanent resident status by presenting his/her alien registration card. The school is not approved by the INS to enroll non-immigrant status students.
  2. The applicant must present official secondary and postsecondary (college or university) certificates, credentials, or diplomas. Official documents must bear authoritative signatures, seals and stamps. If possible, the institution issuing the document should send these. Certified original translation must accompany all documents not printed in English. Secondary grades should equal the equivalent of a “B” average. Applicants postsecondary courses must have earned satisfactory grades in all courses attempted and be in good standing. The average score should be equivalent to a “C” or better.
  3. If the applicant’s native language is not English, one of the following must be submitted:
    • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with minimum subset scores for each test versions as follows:
      • PBT:  55 (Reading, Writing, Listening)
      • CBT:  21 (Reading, Writing, Listening)
      • iBT:   20 (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)
      • Essay Writing/TWE (PBT, CBT) subscores should not be below 4.0

 The TOEFL test must have been taken within the last two years to be acceptable.

    • Georgia State Test of English Proficiency with the minimum progress of “Intermediate”.

Technical Standards and  ADA Policy

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ARRT Ethics Review

Felony and misdemeanor convictions, regardless of resolution, may cause a student to be ineligible to take the national certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). All hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission require radiation therapists to be certified by the ARRT.

If an applicant has a felony or misdemeanor conviction, the ARRT must determine eligibility for the Registry examination before application to the program. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pursue this matter. The program is not and will not be involved in this process in any manner.

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists will consider, for determination of eligibility, any felony or misdemeanor conviction of an applicant on a case-by-case basis. The ARRT charges a fee for this service. To obtain Ethics Review Pre-application information, contact the ARRT at:

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120
(651) 687-0048

PROGRAM INFORMATION


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 Systems

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.

Student Services

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 Facilities
Capital Avenue Parking Lot – $10 initial deposit: No additional parking fees required.

  • Weekdays: in the Capitol Ave parking lot near Turner Field; shuttle bus between Grady and the Capitol Ave. parking lot runs every 10-15 minutes, Monday – Friday, 6 AM – 6 PM.
  • Weekend parking: pay at meter or use Butler Parking Deck (pay upon exiting the parking deck)

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.

Employee Assistance Program
Cameron and Associates, Inc. is a national Employee Assistance Program Consultant Firm (EAP), providing counseling services to employees, their families, and students. Individuals receive professional and confidential counseling in areas of marital, family, or financial problems, stress, substance abuse, depression, etc. The main objectives are early identification of the employee or student who needs assistance; providing professional and confidential counseling; helping the employee or student find resources when needed; and helping the employee or student to resolve their personal problems.

Computers and 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.

W. Calhoun Library
A. W. Calhoun Medical Library, Grady Branch, 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 Radiation Therapy and other schools within the hospital.

Photocopies and Facsimiles
Photocopying facilities are available in the A. W. Calhoun Library in the Glenn Building. A fax machine is located in the School office in Piedmont Hall.

Cafeteria
Morrison’s Cafeteria is located on the 2nd floor of the hospital. An ID badge must be worn in the hospital cafeteria to receive an employee discount for meals.

Snack Bars
Snack bars (Henry’s and Grab-n-Go) are located on the ground floor of the hospital. Snack vending machines are located in the Morrison’s Cafeteria on the 2nd floor.  Snack vending machines are also located on the 1st floor of Piedmont Hall.

Post Office
The Post Office is located on the 1st floor and is a contract station of the U.S. Postal Service.

Public Safety Employee Escort Service
Students and employees desiring escorts to or from parking lots or to isolated locations on the Grady campus should call the Public Safety office to arrange for this service.

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.

Gift Shops
Lori’s Hallmark stores are located in the hospital’s Clinic Building lobby and in CHOA at Hughes Spalding. The stores offer a selection of snack foods, drinks, greeting cards, special occasion balloons, and holiday specialty items.

Discounts on Entertainment Events
Discount tickets to entertainment venues are available to students through TicketsAtWork. 

FINANCIAL AID / TUITION / FEES


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 Policy

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

 

Tuition Refund Policies

Tuition Refund Policy
Tuition refund refers to money paid towards school charges that must be returned to financial sources and/or to the student. If the student is due a tuition refund, the school must provide a refund whether or not the student requests the tuition refund or formally withdraws from the program. If a student receives an approved leave of absence, but does not return from that leave, a tuition refund must be processed within 30 days. If a student withdraws from school, a tuition refund must be made within 60 days of the school’s determination of withdrawal.

Institutional Pro Rata Refund Policy
The pro rata refund applies to all students enrolled at Grady Health System. There is not an applicable state law or refund required by the accrediting agency. Pro rata refund applies to the institutional tuition and fees charged from the first day of class until the 60 percent point in time of the enrollment. After the 60 percent point in time of enrollment there is no refund. A 100 percent refund is due to a student who never enrolls. Tuition refunds are made by the Financial Aid/ Registrar’s office. An explanation of the calculations for determining the amount of financial aid to be returned can be obtained through the Financial Aid/Registrar’s office.

Return Policy for Title IV Grant and Loan Programs
If a student has completed more than 60 percent of the payment period, he/she is considered to have earned 100 percent of the Title IV grant or loan aid received for the payment period. In this case, no funds need to be returned to the Title IV aid programs.

However, if a student withdraws before completing more than 60 percent of the payment period or period of enrollment, the amount of any Title IV loan and grant aid the student received for the payment period (or period of enrollment) must be recalculated to reflect the portion of the payment period that he/she completed prior to withdrawal. The unearned Title IV loan and grant aid for the percentage of the payment period not completed must be returned to the applicable Title IV aid programs.

Veteran’s Refund Policy
The School will refund Veteran Students the unused portion of prepaid tuition and fees on a pro rata basis. Any amount in excess of $10 for an Enrollment Registration fee will also be prorated and returned.

ACCEPTED APPLICANTS


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

All students accepted in the Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies are required by Grady Health System (GHS) to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen test prior to enrollment in the program. This procedure is conducted after a student has been provisionally accepted into the program. Students are responsible for all charges incurred for these screens. If the student has lived in states other than Georgia or has lived in other countries, additional fees for searches will apply. The Student Package (background check and drug screen) must be ordered online through web site www.advantagestudents.com within 10 business days following receipt of the letter of acceptance into the program. Results are accessed by GHS Human Resources’ employee on-boarding coordinator and student placement coordinators of the clinical affiliates. Unsatisfactory/positive results of the criminal background check and/or drug screen will result in ineligibility for admission to the program.

 A cleared criminal background check/drug screen will be valid for the duration of the program unless an additional clinical site is added and a new criminal background check/drug screen is required to meet orientation requirements for that facility. A clinical facility reserves the right to remove a student from the facility for suspicion of substance abuse, including alcohol. The clinical facility reserves the right to request that the student submit to a repeat drug screening at the student’s expense. Failure to comply will result in the student’s immediate expulsion from the facility.

Should a student whose background/drug screen meets GHS requirements and is cleared to enroll in the program be prohibited from attending an off campus clinical rotation due to findings on a background/drug screen for that particular site, the student may be placed at another clinical site that accepts the Advantage Students results that coincide with GHS requirements.

The drug screen follows National Institute on Drug Abuse guidelines and screens for eleven substances. Test results that fall outside of any acceptable ranges are considered positive test results. Any positive result (unless the student has a physician’s documentation of need for the drug) will exclude student placement in the program.

Criminal background check criteria include:

  • Georgia Statewide Criminal Records – GCIC
  • If applicant has resided outside the State of Georgia within the past 7 years then those additional jurisdictions will be searched.
  • Violent Sexual Offender and Predator Registry search (aka Nationwide Sexual Offender Registry)
  • Social Security Number Verification
  • Residency History
  • Nationwide Health Care Fraud and Abuse Scan

Search includes – Medicare & Medicaid Sanctioned, Excluded Individuals, Office of Research Integrity (ORI), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), FDA Debarment Check, Office of Inspector General (OIG)-List of Excluded Individuals/Entities, General Services Administration (GSA)-Excluded Parties List.

  • US Patriot Act Search
    Search includes – OFAC Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons, OFAC Sanctioned Countries, including Major Cities & Ports, Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories, Department of State Trade Control (DTC) Debarred Parties, U.S. Bureau of Industry & Security (formerly BXA) – Unverified Entities List Denied Entities List, Denied Persons List, FBI Most Wanted Terrorists and Seeking Information, FBI Top Ten Most Wanted, INTERPOL Most Wanted List, Bank of England Sanctions List, OSFI – Canadian Sanctions List, United Nations Consolidated Sanctions List, Politically Exposed Persons List, European Union Terrorism List, World Bank Ineligible Firms.

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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