Continuing Education

Continuing Education Courses

The Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging (SOMI) offers continuing education courses that meet ASRT guidelines for Category “A” Continuing Education Credits. The school offers Continuing Education options for Computed Tomography (CT), Vascular Interventional (VI), Mammography (M), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Bone Densitometry (BD). These offerings are available to registered technologists for a fee.

Workshops and seminars are offered periodically for Technologists to earn ARRT continuing education credits. These offerings will be available for a fee.

Programs, Workshops, and Seminars

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Program Information 

The CT program is a 16-week course that includes both classroom and clinical components. The classroom portion occurs one evening a week (Wednesdays); hours are 5:30pm–7:30pm. Clinical time is offered in a module format. There are 250 hours per module: options available are days, evenings, and weekends;there is a minimum requirement to complete 17 hours of clinical time per week. Clinical experience is geared to provide an opportunity to earn competencies for ARRT advanced modality certification (there is no guarantee of completion of all ARRT requirements. Competency completion is heavily dependent upon clinical volume and intern motivation). The program is designed to instruct technologists on theory and processes used in CT. Applicants are required to have completed a cross-sectional anatomy course prior to admission or may concurrently enroll in the SOMI on-line cross-sectional anatomy course. Program space is limited. There are no clinical only options available.

All topics covered follow ARRT content specifications:

  • Patient Care and Safety 
  • Imaging Procedures 
  • Physics and Instrumentation

Costs

  • Application fee: $10.00
  • Program: $900.00 (class & clinical)
  • Classroom course: $450.00 (classroom only is available)
  • Clinic: $450.00
  • Book: ~$100.00 (estimated)
  • Background Check: $52.00
  • Uniform: ~$100.00 (estimated)
  • Health Screening: $95.00 or $300.00

Prerequisites

  • Cross-sectional anatomy course

Admissions Requirements
1. Submit the online application by due date outlined below. Select appropriate program on application. Admission is not guaranteed.
2. Submit $10.00 application fee online at the end of the application.
3. Applicants are invited to complete a personal interview with the admissions committee. Await further instructions for interview date.
4. Upload all requested documents upon completing the application.
5. Competency completion is heavily dependent upon clinical volume and intern motivation.
6. Candidates must meet all Program Clinical Requirements.

Application Deadline Start Date
August 4, 2017
October 4, 2017
January 5, 2017  April 4, 2017

An 8-week online course designed to introduce basic cross-sectional interpretation skills for structures seen in axial, sagittal, and coronal imaging.  Participants will gain knowledge in complex anatomy and will show competence in cross-sectional anatomy relationships.

*This course is a prerequisite for Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging courses.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the cranial bones and landmarks on sectional images.
  • Identify the structures of the brain on sectional images, categorize each of those structures as to its embryonic origin, and distinguish white matter from gray matter.
  • List structures in the brain, spinal cord, and meninges containing cerebrospinal fluid,state the source and drainage points, and locate them on sectional images.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the pulmonic, systemic, and portal circulatory systems as well as the unique drainage of blood flow in the brain and identify these vessels on sectional images of the body.
  • Summarize a basic understanding of the principles, types of contrast employed, and tissue representation of computed tomographic (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging.
  • Identify on sectional images the facial bones and paranasal sinuses and to recognize the cranial and facial bones involved in forming the orbits and nasal septum and fossae seen on sectional images.
  • Differentiate on sectional images structures associated with the eye including associated muscles.
  • Identify on sectional images key features of the lungs.
  • Identify on sectional images structures associated with the bony thorax and pelvis, as well as typical and atypical vertebrae.
  • Identify on sectional images muscles found in the thoracic, abdominal, and pelvic regions to include the diaphragm along with its openings.
  • List and describe organs found in the mediastinum including the heart, great vessels, thymus, trachea, and esophagus.
  • List and identify on thoracic, abdominal, and pelvic sectional images organs associated with the digestive system as well as accessory organs of the digestive system.
  • List and identify on abdominal and pelvic sectional images organs associated with the renal system as well as the adrenals.
  • List organs found in the peritoneal cavity as well as those that are retroperitoneal.
  • Identify on pelvic sectional images organs associated with the male and female reproductive systems.
  • Identify on sectional images the makeup of the spinal cord as well as ligaments associated with the vertebral canal.


Cost: $250

Application Deadline
Start Date
 August 4,2017
August 8,2017

Program Information 

The Vascular Interventional program is six months in length and includes classroom and clinical components. The program is designed to instruct technologists on theory and processes used in VI. Clinical hours are M, T, W and F, 8:00am–4:30pm, there is a minimum requirement to complete 32 hours of clinical time per week. The classroom portion is one evening a week (Wednesdays); hours are 5:30pm–7:30pm. Program space is limited.

All topics covered follow ARRT content specifications
Equipment and Instrumentation
Advanced Patient Care
Vascular Interventional Procedures

 Start Date: TBD 2018

Classes are held depending on volume of applicants. Please contact the School's Main Office at: 804-627-5408

Program Information
The mammography program is a 16-week course that includes both the didactic and clinical component. The classroom portion occurs one evening a week (Tuesdays); hours are 5:30pm-7:30pm. Clinical time is offered in a module format. There are 250 hours per module: options available are days, very minimal Saturday options available; there is a minimum requirement to complete 17 hours of clinical time per week. Clinical experience is geared to provide an opportunity to earn competencies for ARRT advanced modality certification (there is no guarantee of completion of all ARRT requirements. Competency completion is heavily dependent upon clinical volume and intern motivation). The program is designed to meet the MQSA requirements as well as ARRT CE requirements. This program does include performance of the minimum 25 examinations under direct supervision. Program space is limited. Classroom only and clinic only options are available.

All topics covered follow ARRT content specifications

  • Patient Factors
  • Instrumentation
  • Breast Imaging Procedures

Costs

  • Application fee: $10.00
  • Program: $900.00
  • Classroom course: $450.00
  • Clinical component: $450.00
  • Clinical only: $650
  • Book: ~$100.00 (estimated)
  • Background Check: $52.00
  • Uniform: ~$100.00 (estimated)
  • Health Screening: $95 or $300
Application Deadline Start Date
TBD, 2018 TBD, 2018

Admission Requirements
1. Submit application by due date outlined below. Select appropriate program on application. Admission is not guaranteed.
2. Submit $10.00 application fee. (Check or money order only)
3. Applicants are invited to complete a personal interview with the admissions committee. Await further instructions for interview date.
4. A copy of ARRT status (available at www.arrt.org) is required with application.
5. Competency completion is heavily dependent upon clinical volume and intern motivation.
6. Candidates must meet all Program Clinical Requirements.

Program Information
The MRI program is 6 months in length; this includes both classroom and clinical components. The 6 months are divided into 3 trimesters. Trimester 1 is 2 months in length and includes clinical and online course work to include, but not limited to: anatomy review, intro to MRI physics, and intro to MRI safety. In trimester 2 (also 2 months in length) the clinical is the same but the classroom portion occurs one evening a week (Wednesdays): hours are 5:30pm–7:30pm. The classroom portion is the only portion available for technologists that would like to earn CE credits. Our program offers at least 16 CE credits during trimester 2. Trimester 3 is 2 months in length and includes clinical and online course work to include, but not limited to: registry review and advanced pathology. See diagram below:

Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Trimester 3
Online 8 weeks, 2 hr. class Online
Courses 16 CE credits Courses
24 hours clinic/week 24 hours clinic/week 24 hours clinic/week

Clinical time is offered in a module format. There are approximately 250 hours per module: options available are days, evenings, and weekends. There is a minimum requirement to complete 24 hours of clinical time per week. Clinical experience is geared to provide an opportunity to earn competencies for ARRT advanced modality certification. (There is no guarantee of completion of all ARRT requirements. Competency completion is heavily dependent upon clinical volume and intern motivation.) The program is designed to instruct technologists on theory and processes used in MRI. Applicants are required to have completed a cross-sectional anatomy course prior to admission or may concurrently enroll in the SOMI online cross-sectional anatomy course. Program space is limited. There are no clinical only options available.

All topics covered follow ARRT content specifications:

  • Patient Care
  • Safety
  • Image Production
  • Procedures

Costs

  • Application fee: $10.00
  • Program: $1,450.00 (class & clinical)
  • 6 month classroom course: $1,000.00
  • 8 week classroom course: $450.00
  • Clinic: $450.00
  • Book: ~$100.00 (estimated)
  • Background Check: $52.00
  • Uniform: ~$100.00 (estimated)
  • Health Screening: $95.00 or $300.00

Prerequisites

  • Cross-sectional anatomy course

Admissions Requirements

  • Submit application by due date outlined below. Select appropriate program on application. Admission is not guaranteed.
  • Submit $10.00 application fee. (Check or money order only)
  • Applicants are invited to complete a personal interview with the admissions committee. Await further instructions for interview date.
  • A copy of ARRT status (available at www.arrt.org) is required with application.
  • Competency completion is heavily dependent upon clinical volume and intern motivation.
  • Candidates must meet all Program Clinical Requirements.
Application Deadline Start Date
 TBD 2018
TBD 2018

Please contact the School's Main Office at: 804-627-5408

Mammography workshop format is over a 4-day period, minimum of 6 hours a day; Wednesday through Saturday, times may vary slightly. Saturday includes positioning training with a model. The workshop is designed to meet the MQSA requirements for the following areas: breast anatomy, physiology, positioning, compression, quality assurance/quality control techniques, and implant imaging. This workshop does not include the performance of the minimum 25 examinations under direct supervision. Individuals must obtain the clinical exams as required by the FDA MQSA requirements on their own.

ARRT Content Specifications topics include:

  • Patient factors
  • Instrumentation
  • Breast Imaging Procedures

Workshop Cost: $550.00

Classes are held depending on volume of applicants. Please contact the School's Main Office at: 804-627-5408

A 7-hour weekend seminar for Imaging Professionals. The seminar is designed to cover all ARRT content Specifications. This seminar does not include clinical exams as required by the ARRT and may not meet criteria established by State Board of Medicine.

ARRT Content Specifications topics include:

  • Patient Factors
  • Instrumentation
  • DXA procedures

Seminar cost: $150

Application Deadline Start Date
TBD 2018
TBD 2018

Please contact the School's Main Office at: 804-627-5408

Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging
8550 Magellan Parkway, Suite 700
Richmond, VA 23227
804-627-5408