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Schools for Aspiring Mammography Technicians: How to Choose

Community colleges, technical schools and universities across the U.S. offer mammography certificate programs for registered radiology technicians. Typically, mammography certificate programs take one semester to complete.

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Becoming a mammography technician generally requires an advanced certificate in mammography, in addition to a degree from a radiography program. Certificate programs train registered radiology technicians to use mammogram screening equipment and to evaluate the image.

Schools with Mammography Certificate Programs

Mammography certificate programs are available at the following schools:

College/University Location Institution Type Degree Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA 4-year, Public Certificate $6,569 in-state, $17,729 out-of-state
SUNY Downstate Medical School Brooklyn, NY 4-year, Public Certificate $6,470 in-state, $16,320 out-of-state
Pitt Community College Winterville, NC 2-year, Public Certificate $2,317 in-state, $8,376 out-of-state
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL 2-year, Public Certificate $10,885 in-state, $12,985 out-of-state
Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA 2-year, Public Certificate $3,576 in-state, $8,520 out-of-state
Aims Community College Greeley, CO 2-year, Public Certificate $2,756 in-state, $10,424 out-of-state
Community College of Denver Denver, CO 2-year, Public Certificate $3,509 in-state, $13,179 out-of-state
Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN 2-year, Public Certificate $3,973 in-state, $15,373 out-of-state
Kapi'olani Community College Honolulu, HI 2-year, Public Certificate $2,940 in-state, $7,932 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Students interested in mammography certificate programs may want to keep these considerations in mind when selecting their program:

  • Programs are highly selective and students must have passed the ARRT certification exam.
  • Students should look for programs that are aligned with the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) so that they are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination in mammography when they finish.
  • Students may want to find out about financial aid options, as well as alternative scheduling options that allow for continued employment.
  • Students will likely benefit from courses that allow them to work with certified professionals and gain hands-on training.

Mammography Certificate Program Overview

Students in mammography certificate programs learn career skills through interactive experiences with radiology technology. Programs often require clinical rotations or an internship. The MQSA requires candidates to be reviewed and critiqued by a certified radiologist before completion of a program. Students must pass the ARRT exam in mammography before receiving certification.

Experienced radiologists can earn certificates in order to become mammography technicians. Most programs include real-world training and coursework that provides the necessary background to pass certification exams.

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