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Computed Tomography

Career Studies Certificate

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Take your radiologic science career to a new level

CT specialization combines classroom study and clinical rotations

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If you are a registered radiographer, nuclear medicine technologist or radiation therapist, Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Computed Tomography could open a new career pathway for you.

Computed tomography uses specialized x-ray equipment to produce cross-sectional images of anatomical structures and organs. CT scans give doctors a more detailed interior view of the body than typical x-rays, in order to diagnose disease and provide therapy.

Students complete the program in consecutive semesters starting in the fall. Classes meet evenings at the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus. 

The program includes:

  • Cross-Sectional Anatomy: Cross-sections provide a visually unique representation of the positions, sizes, shapes and relationships of structures.
  • Computed Tomography Procedures and Instrumentation: Focuses on patient care, imaging procedure, and the physics and instrumentation of CT imaging. Completion of this class satisfies the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists structured education requirement.
  • On-site training: Career orientation and training in select clinical affiliate sites. A 10- to 15-hour commitment per week is required each semester.


Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) radiographers who successfully complete all requirements will be qualified to take the CT certification exam.

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Complete this program in just 2 semesters!

Clinical rotations with every major health system in Hampton Roads, including Sentara, Bon Secours and Chesapeake Regional.

This program is NOT eligible for federal financial aid.

Military and veterans

Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill and other educational benefits.

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Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field have a median annual salary of $56,670*

Admission forms and information

Your acceptance as a Tidewater Community College student does not guarantee your admission to most TCC health profession programs. We want you to be aware of these additional requirements and important information for this program.

Admission requirements

Applicant checklist 

What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Computed Tomography consists of 2 semesters of part-time study with classes held at the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus.

Estimated Program Cost*:

9 x $176.60 per credit = $1,589.40 (not including textbooks and supplies) 
*Based on Fall 2016 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Additional costs include a criminal background check (approximately $50), immunizations, uniforms and shoes.

Where can you go?

After earning your Career Studies Certificate in Computed Tomography, you can work in multiple health care settings, including comprehensive hospitals and imaging centers.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are already a registered radiographer, nuclear medicine technologist or radiation therapist
  • are detail-oriented
  • possess excellent patient interaction skills

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.