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Computed Tomography

Overview

Computed Tomography (CT) technologists use x-ray technology to take cross-sectional images of the body.

Tasks

  • operate CT scanners and related equipment
  • dispense oral contrast to patients
  • perform venipuncture
  • evaluate CT scans for quality and accuracy
  • assist radiologist with special procedures
  • provide care for the psychological and physical needs of the patient

Technology

  • x-ray
  • computer
  • picture archiving and communication systems

Patient Interaction

  • direct patient contact when positioning
  • healthy and critically ill inpatients and outpatients
  • all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics

Work Conditions

  • small, low-lit rooms
  • sit at a computer console
  • move and lift patients from table to and from CT exam room

Mission

The Mission of the CT Program and the Department of Radiologic Sciences is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice into computed tomography and the radiologic and imaging sciences, as competent, caring professionals, cultivating professionalism, interprofessional practice and life-long learning. Through innovative pedagogy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills are developed and enhanced.

Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

CT Program students will be clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1-A. CT Program students will demonstrate appropriate patient care techniques.

1-B. CT Program students will demonstrate appropriate equipment skills techniques.

CT Program students will apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in making decisions about CT exams.

Student Learning Outcomes:

2-A. CT Program students will demonstrate appropriate image evaluation techniques.

2-B. CT Program students will demonstrate appropriate optimization techniques.

CT Program students will master the communication skills necessary to interact successfully with patients and other members of the healthcare team. 

Student Learning Outcomes:

3-A. CT Program students will demonstrate appropriate oral communication techniques.

3-B. CT Program students will demonstrate appropriate written communication techniques.

CT Program students will demonstrate potential for professional development and growth.

Student Learning Outcomes:

4-A. CT Program students will develop effective work habits and professional values.

4-B. CT Program students will function as a professional in the healthcare setting.

Program Effectiveness Data

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average (2009-2013)
Number Pass Rates
Took Passed JSHP National
Computed Tomography 11 11 100% 81%

Taken from 2013 Thomas Jefferson University Annual Report with anectodal update from Program Directors in May 2014.

Click here to view data for class of 2011-2013

Job Placement Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average (2009 - 2013)
Number of Students Job Placement Rate
Seeking Job Employed in 1 year JSHP
Computed Tomography 14 14 100%

Taken from 2013 Thomas Jefferson University Annual Report with anectodal update from Program Directors in May 2014.

Click here to view data for class of 2011-2013

Program Completion Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average (2009 - 2013)
Number of Students Program Completion Rate
Entered Grad. JSHP
Computed Tomography 17 17 100%

Data from Program Directors (updated annually). Data shared May 2014.

Click here to view data for class of 2011-2013

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 20% increase in the number of jobs for CT technologists by 2020.

If you ...   then consider...
are in High School   2+2 PACE program
or 3+1 Advanced Placement BS/BS with
Immaculata University
have 50 prerequisite credits   2-year Multicompetency BS*option
or 2+1 BS/MS*
have a baccalaureate degree
and 50 prerequisite credits
  1-year Advanced Placement BS option
or 1+1 BS/MS
or 2-year Multicompetency BS* or 2+1 BS/MS*
have certification in or graduated from an accredited program* in
Radiologic Sciences or allied health and have 50 prerequisite credits 
  1-year Advanced Placement BS option
or 1+1 BS/MS
or 2-year Multicompetency BS* or 2+1 BS/MS*

CT must be taken in the 2nd year unless the student is already RT(R), RT(T), RT(N) or CNMT.

First Year Second Year
Radiography Computed Tomography
Nuclear Medicine Computed Tomography