The certificate of Computed Tomography is awarded upon the successful completion of the program.
The Computed Tomography program integrates scientific concepts and working skills through intensive clinical experience and classroom study. The program requires 3 semesters/12 months of study. The CT technologist specializes in the medical application of CT imaging techniques and equipment used in screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Graduates are eligible to apply for the post-primary pathway and sit for the CT certification examination conducted by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Graduates find employment in hospitals and private clinics.
Technical standards have been established as a guidance tool for use in realistically informing the student of minimum standards needed to satisfactorily function in the program and ultimately in the profession.
Essential functions have been established as a guidance tool for use in realistically informing the student of minimum standards needed to satisfactorily function in the program and ultimately in the profession. Applicants who feel they may not be able to meet one or more of the essential functions listed below should contact the program officials to discuss individual cases. The program officials will seriously consider all academically qualified candidates providing that the essential functions can be met with reasonable accommodations.
The student must have sufficient strength and motor coordination required to perform the following physical activities:
- Standing for sustained periods of time and walking most of the work day to accomplish tasks.
- Frequent reaching and manual dexterity in handling accessory equipment for sonographic purposes including typing on computer terminals and manipulation of transducers.
- Frequently transporting, moving, lifting and transferring patients from a wheelchair or stretcher to and from an examination table.
In addition, the student must have:
- Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment and evaluate image quality. Visual acuity sufficient to work with analyzing data and figures, working with computer terminals, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and operation of equipment.
- Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs.
- Sufficient writing skills to communicate needs promptly and effectively. Ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word. Primary function includes activities in which the student must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to patients, physicians, families, and other employees, accurately, loudly or quickly.
- Ability to work with frequent interruptions and respond appropriately to unexpected situations. Ability to work with wide variations in workload and stress levels.
- Prior to the start of clinical Computed Tomography courses, students are required to have on file in the Health Services Office (603) 230-4043 documentation of: current medical insurance; a complete physical examination; current immunizations; current CPR certification for one and two-person adult, infant and child. Professional liability malpractice insurance is arranged by the College and will automatically be charged to the student’s account.
- The Computed Tomography Program integrates all theory coursework with clinical experience. All Computed Tomography Program courses must be passed with a “C“ or above before proceeding to the next level.
Academic and Clinic Schedules
Every attempt is made to optimize classroom schedules; however, we cannot always create the optimal schedule for everyone. Students accepted into the program are expected to make their education their number one priority; please plan to organize work schedules and personal commitments around the academic and clinical obligations.
Please note that the weekly schedule listed below is subject to change at any time. Clinical start times may vary based on the clinical site, but generally run 8:00 am-4:00 pm.
Summer semester: Class on Monday and Wednesday evenings; no clinical rotation.
Fall semester: Class on Monday evening; clinic on Tuesday, and Thursday.
Spring semester: Class on Monday and Wednesday evenings; clinic on Tuesday, and Thursday.
We currently affiliated with many hospitals in New Hampshire and Vermont. Students are assigned to one clinical facility. We are currently affiliated with the following sites. *Pending the addition of 5 more sites. One student will be assigned per hospital.
Computed Tomography (CT) Certificate
|Course Number||Course Title||CL||LAB||CR|
|Summer Semester (11 weeks)|
|#||CAT 2201C||Principles of Computed Tomography||3||0||3|
|#||CAT 202C||Computed Tomography Image Production||3||0||3|
|#||CAT 203C||Computed Tomography Procedures I||3||0||3|
|#||CAT 204C||Computed Tomography Clinic I*||0||16||3|
|#||CAT 205C||Computed Tomography Procedures II||3||0||3|
|#||CAT 207C||Computed Tomography Registry Review||1||0||1|
|#||CAT 206C||Computed Tomography Clinic II*||0||16||3|
|# Indicates major field courses.|
* All students enrolled in a clinical course will be charged a $500 per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: CAT 204C and CAT 205C.CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR – Number of credit hours for the course
Specific Admission Requirements
Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete and received by the NHTI Admissions Office no later than January 3, 2020 for Summer 2020 admission (with the exception of the interview).
- Before the start of the program, the applicant must be certified and registered by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT) in any of the following disciplines:
- Nuclear Medicine Technology
- Radiation Therapy
- The following college level courses are required with grades of “C” or higher:
- Algebra, statistics or higher level mathematics course;
- Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, with laboratories;
- Communication Skills (may be met by a variety of courses including English, speech or composition);
- General college-level physics and/or radiographic physics.
- Personal interview will be arranged with the applicant by the Admissions Office once the admission file is complete;
- Three letters of recommendation must be submitted to the admissions department;
- The applicant must complete a course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Airway Obstruction Management for the Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer before program registration.
Admission to the Computed Tomography program
Selection is determined by a cumulative point system that is based on college courses and grades and a personal interview. Radiography and Radiation Therapy programs are offered at NHTI.
NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college’s first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.
For a complete listing of immunizations and clinical clearance requirements, please see the health requirements for Allied Health students.