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Advanced Certification

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If you are a registered radiographer, Tidewater Community College’s advanced certification in Mammography could provide new career opportunities for you.

Mammography is specialized medical imaging that uses low-dose x-rays to see inside the breasts. Mammography exams, called mammograms, help doctors diagnose breast diseases.

Students complete the certification through 3, 1-credit online classes, and a 2-credit clinical component:

Anatomy and Positioning of the Breast (RAD 233)
Presents the risk factors for breast disease, anatomy and physiology of the breast and discusses the various pathologies identified through mammography. Includes routine and special projections of the breast.

Breast Imaging/Instrumentation (RAD 234)
Discusses the dedicated radiography equipment necessary for breast imaging. Includes proper technical factors, radiation protection techniques, and proper accessory equipment.

Quality Assurance in Mammography (RAD 235)
Discusses the components of quality assurance in mammography and the accreditation programs developed to ensure quality in breast imaging facilities.

On-Site Training (RAD 196)
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college. May be repeated for credit.
Laboratory 10 hours per week.

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Admissions Forms & 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.

  • You must be an ARRT-registered Technologist, or a TCC senior radiography student in good standing
  • You must obtain permission from an FDA approved mammography facility to perform a clinical rotation


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What Does This Program Cost?

TCC’s advanced certification in Mammography consists of 3 1-credit courses, which are offered online.

Estimated Program Cost*:
3 x $181.10 per credit = $543.30 (not including textbooks and supplies) 
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Additional costs include criminal background check, drug screen, and current immunizations. May include parking at some clinical facilities, and dosimetry fees.

Where can you go?

After earning your advanced certification in Mammography, 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
  • are detail-oriented
  • possess excellent patient interaction skills

96.1% pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination, the industry standard.*

*Complete 5-year program effectiveness data published below under Mission Statement/Learning Outcomes & Program Effectiveness Outcomes

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

Learn on state-of-the-art imaging equipment that you will be using on the job