Prepare for a career as a compassionate and competent Computed Tomography technologists in today’s high-tech healthcare workplaces. Students will demonstrate communication skills, develop critical thinking skills and model professionalism. 

Program Overview

This is a career certificate program that consists of 18 credits which is six, three-credit courses. Once accepted, a student can register for the courses one at a time or for the courses that are offered in that term when the registration period is opened.

A student needs the Radiology Program Director's signature to register for the courses.

Mission and Goals

The mission is to provide educational experiences so that a student may develop academically, clinically and professionally into a competent, computed tomography technologist.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Goal 1: Students will have knowledge and skills required to be clinically competent in all computed tomography tasks necessary for an entry-level CT technologist.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will apply positioning skills.
  • Students will select technical factors.
  • Students will utilize safe radiation protection practices.
  • Students will attain the technical knowledge appropriate for an entry-level CT technologist on the ARRT examination.

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate communication skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.

Goal 3: Students will develop critical thinking skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will adapt standard procedures for non-routine patients.
  • Students will critique images for diagnostic quality.

Goal 4: Students will model professionalism.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate a good work ethic.
  • Students will participate in personal and professional growth opportunities.

Program Goals:

  1. To provide a compressive computed tomography curriculum that prepares students to be academically competent to be employed and for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Computed Tomography examination.
  2. To graduate computed tomography students who demonstrate competencies as defined by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
  3. To graduate computed tomography students who work as team members, showing initiative and responsibility while integrating legal and ethical principles into job responsibilities.
  4. To graduate computed tomography students who demonstrate expertise in the application of CT principles, instrumentation, and select appropriate protocols based on
    patient diagnosis.
  5. To graduate computed tomography students who are capable of thinking critically and solving problems within their scope of practice.  
  6. To provide an educational opportunity, to allow Burlington County residents and employers to meet their educational and employment goals.
Program Requirements
Course Number Description Credits
CPT 110 Introduction to Computed Tomography 3
CPT 120 CT Sectional Anatomy and Pathology 3
CPT 130 CT Procedures 3
CPT 140 CT Physics and Equipment 3
CPT 150 CT Clinical Education I 3
CPT 151 CT Clinical Education II 3
CPT 152* CT Clinical Education III 3
  TOTAL: 18

*CPT 152 is optional.

About the Program Schedule

Two courses are taken in the fall in 7 week blocks and 2 courses are taken in the spring in 7 week blocks.

Fall courses begin the last week of August and spring courses end around the second week of May. 

Courses are held on Wednesday nights from 6-9 pm. 

All classes are held on the Mount Laurel Campus.

The classes are hybrid classes so there are requirements that need to be done through Blackboard, in addition to the face-to-face involvement.

Clinical Overview

CTP 150, CTP 151, and CTP 152 are the clinical components of the program. We use the clinical sites that are used for the radiography program.  These can be found under Radiography Program FAQ.  However, if there is a site you want to go to, we can work on an articulation agreement with them. 

Total clinical hours are 270 hours with an optional summer clinical of 108 hours.

It is set up for one 9.5 hour day per week for the term.  However, we are flexible as long as the hours are completed in the term enrolled.


CTP 110 Introduction to Computed Tomography  3/0/0
Hybrid  Offered Fall 1st 7 week.
Content provides a foundation in ethics and law related to the practice of medical imaging. Basic understanding of the operation of CT devices will be explained.  Content is designed to introduce concepts related to the disease process.  Content will provide the basic concepts of patient care, including physical and psychological needs of the patient and family. Routine and emergency care procedures are described. Basic concepts of pharmacology and venipuncture of contrast media are provided. 

CTP 120 Sectional Anatomy  3/0/0
Hybrid Offered Fall 2nd 7 weeks.
This course begins with a review of gross anatomy.  Gross anatomical structures are located and identified in axial, sagittal, coronal and orthogonal planes.  Illustrations of anatomical images will be compared with CT and MR images in the same imaging planes. The characteristic appearance of each anatomical structure as it appears on CT, MR and US will be stressed.

CTP 130 CT Procedures  3/0/0
Hybrid Offered Spring 1st 7 weeks. 
Content provides detailed coverage of procedure for CTT imaging of adults and pediatric patients.  Procedures include, but not limited to, indications for the procedure, patient education, preparation, orientation and positioning, patient history and assessment, contrast media usage, scout images, scan parameters and archiving of images.  CT procedures will be taught for differentiation of specific structures, patient symptomology and pathology. CT images studies will be reviewed for quality, and anatomy and pathology. 

CTP 140 CT Physics and Equipment 3/0/0
Hybrid Offered Spring 2nd 7 weeks.
Content is designed to impart understanding of the physical principles and instrumentation involved in computed tomography.  The historical development and evolution of computed tomography is reviewed.  Physics topics include x-radiation used in forming the image, beam attenuation, linear attenuation coefficients, tissue characterizes and Hounsfield numbers.  Data acquisition and manipulation techniques, image reconstruction algorithms will be explained. CT systems and operations will be explored with full coverage of radiographic tube configuration, collimator design and function, detector types, characteristic and function and the CT computer and array processor. CT image processing and display will be examined.

CTP 150 CT Clinical Education 3/0/120
Offered Fall – limit 10 students
Clinical education consists of 135 hours in an affiliate hospital or imaging center.  It is designed to enable the student to achieve the competencies necessary to meet the ARRT eligibility requirements. Course can either be taken in the Fall or Spring.  

CTP 151 CT Clinical Education 3/0/120
Offered Spring – limit 10 students
Clinical education consists of 135 hours in an affiliate hospital or imaging center.  It is designed to enable the student to achieve the competencies necessary to meet the ARRT eligibility requirements. Course can be taken in the Spring.  

CTP 152 CT Clinical Education 3/0/108
Offered Summer – limit 10 students
Optional: Clinical education consists of 108 hours in an affiliate hospital or imaging center.  It is designed to enable the student to achieve the competencies necessary to meet the ARRT eligibility requirements. Course can be taken in the Summer.  

Rowan College at Burlington County reserves the right to change course schedule information, including instructor names, at any time as may be warranted by economic considerations, insufficient enrollments, and/or circumstances requiring such administrative action.

Applying to the Program

Admission Procedure

Steps in Applying for Admission to the Computed Tomography Certificate Program, if you hold credentials of ARRT, RT(R) and wish to be considered for the Computed Tomography program you will need to:

  1. Apply to Rowan College at Burlington County using the Application (no fee).
  2. Have previous college transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submit completed Computed Tomography Application to Director of Radiography.
  4. Submit ARRT credential card and NJ State Radiology Technology License to Director of Radiography.


Admission Criteria

Applications will be accepted until June 15 of each year. The application process will begin April 1, and end June 15. Accepted students will be notified by July 1. The number of students accepted into the program is equal to the number of available clinical spaces. Accepted applicants into the program and must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold the credentials of ARRT RT(R).
  • Hold a NJ State Diagnostic Radiography License.
  • Have submitted a completed application with recommendation.

Accepted students must have a completed Criminal History Background Check (CHBC), Drug Screening, Physical Examination form, proof of medical insurance and current CPR cards prior to enrolling into CPT150.

Program Director

Pamela J. Evans M.S.R.S. RT (R) (M), ARRT 
Director of Radiologic Sciences
(856) 291-4173