Health Sciences

Mammography Certificate Program

Program Objectives

  • Provide continuing education for licensed Radiologic Technology Professionals (AA/AS, RTs and ARRTs) at the university level.
  • Provide access for professionals to use their mandated continuing education requirements to complete a certificate program.
  • Provide advanced Radiologic Technology imaging education to promote excellence in the health care environment.
  • Provide advanced imaging coursework in breast anatomy, physiology, pathology, and mammographic imaging.
  • Provide advanced clinical internships through placements at the Radiologic Science program's affiliate medical centers.
  • Prepare the student for new employment in mammographic imaging or adds these responsibilities to current employment.
  • Prepare and qualify the student to sit for the national and state advanced imaging mammography certification examinations.

Program Course Work

 
HSCI 382 (Mammography) 3 units
HSCI 285 (Clinical Internship) 2 units
Total Units = 5

Criteria for Admission

  1. Overall GPA of 2.5 or greater in all previous college coursework. The applicant must have graduated from an accredited program approved by the JRCERT and have passed the ARRT certificate exam.
  2. Radiologic Technologists must obtain from the Department of Health Sciences an application for the advanced imaging certificates. Upon submission and review of the application and processing fee per certificate program, the applicant may be accepted into the program.
  3. Accepted Radiologic Technologists will enroll in courses as advised through the College of Extended Learning and/or Open University.
  4. Prerequisite coursework for advanced imaging may be taken at a community or other college but must be approved by the Program Director to ensure that credit will be given.
  5. To continue in the program, students must earn no less than a grade of C in each course in the program. (Note: A grade of C- is not acceptable)
  6. To continue in the program, students must be accepted for clinical internship at an affiliate medical center where they must spend a minimum of 24 hours per week during a clinical internship in order to achieve specified competencies for each clinical placement. (Note: Clinical placement is not guaranteed on admission to the program. Clinical placements require acceptance by the affiliated medical center after an interview, criminal background check and review of applicant qualifications by each medical center affiliate.)

Completion of the Mammography Certificate Program

  1. All Mammo certificate didactic course work and clinical internships must be completed with no less than a grade of C in each course. (Note: A grade of C- is not acceptable)
  2. The student must be accepted for clinical internship by at least two clinical affiliate medical facilities, where they must spend a minimum of 24 hours per week, in order to satisfactorily pass all clinical competencies identified for each assigned internship.(Note: Clinical placement is not guaranteed on admission to the program. Clinical placements require acceptance by the affiliated medical facility after an interview, criminal background check and review of applicant qualifications by each medical facility affiliate.)
  3. If the Radiologic Technologist is accepted for clinical placement, actual clinical rotations will be scheduled after completion of the academic coursework in that specialty. There is no guarantee of placement, location or time schedule.

Faculty Members

Anita Slechta, Program Director, M.S., BSRT, CRT, ARRT(R)(M), Professor, Health Sciences Department, CSUN 
Thomas Oshiro, Ph.D. Biomedical Physics 
Jennifer Little, Clinical Coordinator, BS, RT, ARRT (R)(MR), CRT 
Karen Neiberg, Instructor, BS, RT, ARRT (R)(M), CRT (R)(M)