Computed Tomography is a medical imaging modality that produces cross-sectional images of the body using X-rays and digital computers in order to identify pathological conditions that are difficult to evaluate through conventional radiography alone. The CT tech prepares patients for exams, provides patient care, takes a medical history to assist the radiologist in making an accurate diagnosis, positions patients to demonstrate the desired anatomy, determines appropriate technical parameters to accurately demonstrate anatomy and pathology, and creates images that will be part of the patient’s medical history. The profession of computed tomography requires critical thinking and the ability to provide diagnostic images while staying calm under pressure.
The CT program can be completed in two quarters (6 months). Each 40-hour week includes one classroom day and four clinical days. It is a full-time program with no arrangements for part-time or evening status. Clinical sites are available but we cannot guarantee a clinical site or one close to where you live. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the ARRT CT board exam. The CT program can be taken in conjunction with the MRI program; the combined CT/MRI program can be completed in 12 months.
State laws across the nation require universities to be authorized to legally deliver online education to students residing in states other than the home state of the institution. To view the list of states authorizing Loma Linda University online students, go to: https://llu.edu/education/office-of-provost/departments-and-divisions/educational-effectiveness/online-programs/llu-state-authorization
Online students are required to have a computer with a webcam, microphone, and high-speed internet connection.
Program Length6 months (2 quarters)
Possible CareersComputed Tomography Specialist in a hospital or clinic setting.
Application DeadlinesThere are currently no published application deadlines.
Admissions RequirementsProgram Requirements
- Current ARRT license in Radiography (R)
- Current California (CRT) license
- Current CPR Card with the American Heart Association
- A minimum GPA of 2.5 must be maintained in all didactic and clinical coursework. Students must complete all clinical requirements and class work, including assignments, quizzes, and exams to receive their certificate.
- Venipuncture is highly recommended
- Current required vaccinations by program start date
A minimum of twelve (12) hours of career observation in CT is required. The Career Observation Form is available as a download from the forms page on the web site. Students interested in both the CT and MRI programs will need 12 hours of observation in each modality.
Discipline Accrediting AgencyLoma Linda University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, and the Radiologic Health Branch of the Department of Health Services.
Expected Cost of Attendance
Academic Year 2023-2024
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|Books & Supplies||$425|
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NotesThe cost of attendance varies from year to year. Please contact the Office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.
Estimated Living Expenses
Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate
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- Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
- International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
- In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.