Computed Tomography

Computed Tomography (CT) technologists are highly trained radiographers who work with special rotating x-ray equipment to obtain "slices" of anatomy at different levels within the body. CT technologists are essential members of the medical imaging team performing scans, which are vital to diagnosing various injuries and diseases. In this role, you'll produce cross-sectional radiologic images of internal organs to be evaluated by physicians. CT techs are the primary liaison between patients, radiologists, and other support team members. Their additional training can lead to increased salaries in various healthcare settings.

CT Technologist Program Entrance Requirements

To become a CT scan tech in the healthcare industry, you will need to graduate from an accredited Radiologic Technologist program such as the one at Elgin Community College. You'll need to be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and have a special additional certification to work specifically with CT machines and ARRT certification on CT within one year of hire. As with other jobs in this field, you will also need Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) licensure.

What sets ECC’s program apart?

ECC’s flexible online and evening curriculum allows students to complete the program full-time or part-time. Courses are offered in online or hybrid formats. You may also take courses to fulfill ARRT continuing education requirements for registered technologists.

Graduates of the advanced certificate program at ECC are highly skilled and qualify to sit for the advanced certification examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

How long does it take to become a CT Tech?

The program at ECC consists of two semesters beginning in the fall semester and ending in the spring. Students may enroll in either the part-time (two-year track) or full-time (one-year track) in the Computed Tomography Program.

What do CT Technologists do?

  • Operate head or body x-ray scanners which create a computer-generated cross-sectional image, commonly called a CAT (Computed Axial Tomography) Scan.
  • Responsible for educating and preparing patients for their examinations.
  • Provide patient care that is essential to the performance of a variety of procedures.
  • Take the patient’s medical history before an exam.
  • Position patients so desired anatomy will be demonstrated.
  • Determine and set appropriate technical parameters to accurately demonstrate anatomy and pathology.
  • Assume responsibility for the safety and mental and physical comfort of patients.

CT Certification Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

Review the ECC catalog for details about the computed tomography plan of study and course descriptions.

Basic Certificate

Getting a Job as a CT Technologist

The US Department of Labor estimates that Radiologic and MRI Technologist jobs will grow 9 percent by 2030, about as fast as the average. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Radiologic and MRI Technologists, (accessed December 21, 2021). See details about the salary and job opportunities in medical imaging on the ECC Career Coach site.