The Mammography courses are offered annually in distance hybrid format and designed to prepare selected registry eligible students and registered technologists to qualify as contributing members of the allied health interdisciplinary team which has need for highly skilled Mammography technologists. Upon completion of the Virginia Western curriculum and successful completion and documentation of all required clinical competencies as set forth by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT); technologists will be eligible to apply to take the National Registry examination leading to advanced certification as a Registered Radiographer in Mammography by the ARRT.
Applicants for Mammography must have completed an approved program in radiography or be registry eligible by end of their last term 2nd year. The student must be registered or registry eligible by the appropriate certification agency. Applicants must have maintained a "C" average in past program courses in the discipline of certification.
Update: Didactic course to be offered as a distance course for the first 5 weeks of Summer 2015.
RAD 249 - Comprehensive Foundations of Breast Imaging - 3 credits
Clinical: RAD 252 - Foundational Mammography Clinical Training - 1 credit -- will run in the following Fall Semester 2015. Students must successfully complete RAD 249 before taking RAD 252.
Applicants must complete both an application to VWCC and a Mammography Admission Application (PDF), provide imaging education school transcript, provide a minimum of 2 letters of reference and have an interview (phone or in person) with the Radiography Program Director or a designated Radiography faculty prior to formal admission. The student in Mammography must abide by all community college policies as well as clinical policies while enrolled in the program.
Students are responsible for Internet access for distance courses, course texts, clinical uniforms if participating in the clinical course and transportation to and from the clinical site.
2015 Clinical orientation requirements:
If you plan on taking the clinical mammography course-RAD 252-lcr.- you must complete the following BEFORE you will be allowed to begin clinicals. All materials must be submitted to Dr. Mary Loritsch, Program Director and will be shared with Lewis Gale Mammography clinical faculty at least 3 weeks before class begins - July 24, 2015.
If you have questions or need assistance with the application process, you may contact our office:
Mary B. Loritsch
B.S. - Radford University, 1972
A.A.S. - Virginia Western Community College, 1974
MA.Ed. - Virginia Tech, 1983
Ed.D. - Virginia Tech, 1995
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