CSJ launches online post-primary certificate for medical imaging professionals

RUTLAND, Vt. – College of St. Joseph is offering an online post-primary certificate program for medical imaging professionals beginning this fall. The college’s program allows professionals licensed in radiography to obtain an alternate license in the field of computed tomography or sonography, with general sonography or vascular tracks.

Courses will be delivered online and can be completed in just one semester. Subjects covered range from sonographic principles of OB/GYN and sonographic physics to an introduction to CT instrumentation and protocols and patient care in CT. The program also includes a clinical education component, which can be completed at participants’ employers.

“Professionals should enroll because it offers greater marketability of skill sets, portability and usefulness to employers,” said Roger Weeden, Radiologic Sciences program director.

These fields are in high demand throughout the country, according to Weeden, and obtaining additional licensure credentials adds value to professionals at their current organization, as well as with prospective employers.

Professionals in the program will be led by program faculty, including Weeden, who are ARRT and ARDMS certified and have years of experience working as sonographers and radiologic technologists in hospitals throughout Vermont and neighboring New York.

The program is the only of its kind in the Rutland region. “The program was developed to address a gap that exists in offering such education within Rutland County and beyond,” Weeden said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 24 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment for computed tomographers is expected to grow nine percent through 2024.

For more information, visit http://www.csj.edu/academics/proceed/postprimecert/.

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