Federal guidelines (MQSA) for initial mammography training require qualified technologists to complete at least 40 contact hours of documented training specific to mammography under the supervision of a qualified instructor. The hours of documented training shall include, but not necessarily be limited to:
- Training in breast anatomy and physiology, positioning and compression, quality assurance/quality control techniques, imaging of patients with breast implants;
- The performance of a minimum of 25 examinations under the direct supervision of a qualified individual; and
- At least 8 hours of training in each mammography modality to be used by the technologist in performing mammography exams.
This course provides comprehensive knowledge specific to the specialty of mammography and fulfills Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) requirement 1 (see above). The course content also includes patient education, other diagnostic imaging examinations used for breast cancer detection, MQSA regulations, and Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS). This course partially fulfills requirement 3: film-screen (8+ hours), digital (8 hours), and DBT (4 hours). Requirement 2 is beyond the scope of this course, and students will be required to obtain their clinical experience on their own. In addition, this course satisfies the 16 hours of structured education required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) for mammography certification. However, the ARRT has other additional requirements that the student must complete in order to be eligible to sit for the ARRT certification examination in Mammography, which are not provided by this course.
Fall 2016 Program Information
Program dates: December 12, 2016 – December 17, 2016
Degree and Certificate Programs
- Certificate of Competence – Mammography (64 hours in-class; 100 hours internship)
Download forms & documents at the Mammography Program Toolbox.