CT scans of a skull

Computed Tomography

Computed Tomography (CT) Advanced Certificate is a one-semester advanced certificate program that prepares radiographers to perform CT procedures in hospitals and imaging centers. Sandburg's curriculum covers all subject areas listed in the ARRT Content Specifications to prepare you for the Post Primary Examination in Computed Tomography. Technologists already employed in CT may seek enrollment in the online classroom-only portion of the program, if desired.

CT is an imaging modality that combines the use of x-rays and computer technology. Cross-sectional images of the body are produced by an x-ray beam and an array of detectors that encircle the patient. These images can be reconstructed in multiple planes to display anatomical structures not otherwise visible on conventional radiographs. 

Application Dates

Students can apply online to the Computed Tomography (CT) Program from February 15 - June 15. The application deadline date is June 15 for fall enrollment. Students must meet with the Radiologic Technology/CT academic advisor prior to applying to the program.

Anyone interested in this program must first complete the steps to enroll to become a Carl Sandburg College student. Apply here! The online application is only available through mySandburg under Student Services.

Pathways to other programs

Radiologic Technology

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) 


The Computed Tomography (CT) Program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program. This is an advanced certificate program and applicants must be a graduate from an approved radiography program with a 2.5 or higher cumulative G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale and have an active registration with the A.R.R.T. or registry eligible status to be considered for admission. Applicants need to refer to the Eligibility & Admission Requirements for this program to determine eligibility criteria and the selection process.  

All applicants must meet the following admission criteria for the computed tomography program for selection review:

  1. Completed and signed the Program Application Checklist on file by the application deadline date.
  2. Graduate from an A. R. R. T approved radiography program with a 2.5 or higher cumulative G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Provide evidence of active registration with the A.R.R.T or registry eligible status.
  4. Completed the online application for the Computed Tomography program by the application deadline date. 

Program admission is competitive and fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Class size is limited and determined by the number of available clinical sites within each community-college district. Participating community college districts (in addition to Carl Sandburg College) include Black Hawk, Heartland, Illinois Central, Illinois Valley, John Wood, Lincoln Land, Parkland, Richland, Sauk Valley, Scott (IA), Southeastern (IA), and Spoon River.

Accepted students that will be taking RDT 255 CT Practicum will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. 

Although the COVID-19 vaccination is not an admission requirement, most clinical sites require vaccination against COVID-19. Students should check with their program coordinator for more details.

If a student is unable to participate in and/or complete clinical/practicum/internship courses required for the program due to a positive drug test which includes marijuana, they are not eligible for a refund of any tuition, fees, or other expenses incurred while preparing for admission into the program and while enrolled in the program.

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As the cost of equipment declines and smaller units become available, CT and other radiologic procedures are increasingly being used in physicians' offices and walk-in clinics, which increases the demand for technologists to operate the machinery. With life expectancy increasing, the demands of an aging population increase the need for health care providers. It is projected that the employment of Radiologic and CT technologists will increase by about 9% from 2018-2028, faster than average for all occupations. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Radiologic Technologists

Working Conditions

Computed Tomography Technologists may work in a variety of health care facilities, although most are employed in hospitals or imaging centers. Technologists typically work 40-hour weeks that may include evening, weekend, or "on-call" hours dependent upon their employment setting. Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of MRI technologists to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.


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Sample schedule for Computed Tomography

Sample schedule for Computed Tomography



Courses for this advanced certificate are offered online.



Estimated Cost for Computed Tomography

Computed Tomography cost sheet


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  1. To prepare graduates to pass the ARRT post-primary examination in computed tomography by providing didactic instruction in each content area identified in the ARRT Content Specifications.

  2. To provide students with an opportunity to participate in a variety of CT procedures that will assist them in meeting the clinical experience requirements defined by ARRT.

  3. To promote professionalism and life-long learning among program graduates.

If I am not admitted to the program or placed on an alternative list and no spaces are available do I have to apply again?

Yes, applicants not admitted to the program, including applicants placed on the alternate list, and no spaces became available, we will not carry over application files to the next year. Each applicant would need to complete the application/admission process again for the next admission year.

How do you evaluate applications?

We will consider for selection review only those applicants who submit the online program application by the deadline date and have met all admission requirements. If more qualified applicants apply than the number of available seats, we will select according to the application submission date. If applicants submit applications on the same date, we will use the applicant's GPA to determine the selection order.

When will I know if I am accepted to the program?

Applicant admission status will be one of the following: conditionally admitted, placed on the alternate list, or denied admission based on the eligibility of admission criteria. We will notify the applicant approximately two weeks after the application deadline date whether they are accepted or not into the CT program. We notify all applicants by mail on admission status into the program. Applicants conditionally admitted or placed on the alternate list will have 10 calendar days to return the program acceptance letter in the postage-paid return envelope.

I have been conditionally admitted do I need to attend orientation?

Conditionally admitted applicants and those on the alternate list must attend the mandatory admission orientation session. The admission status letter we mail provides information regarding registration for the mandatory admission orientation session. At the orientation, we will provide program information and appropriate documents to complete all the necessary CT program requirements for full admission status.

Those conditionally admitted who do not register for and attend the mandatory admission orientation session will forfeit their conditional admission and we will then offer your seat to an alternate. Alternates who do not register for or attend the mandatory admission orientation session will forfeit their alternate position.

I have been conditionally admitted when will I know my full admission status? 

We will provide full admission status after the conditionally admitted applicant attends the mandatory admission orientation session and appropriately completes all program requirements and submits all required admission documents by the designated deadline.


Graduates are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Post Primary Examination for Computed Tomography. This certification is nationally recognized and enables the student to pursue employment throughout the United States.

Laura Rider, MS, RT(R)
Program Coordinator

Michael Strohmaier, RT(R), CT
Adjunct Faculty


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Radiologic Technology Club

The purpose of the Sandburg Society for Student Radiologic Technologists is to provide information for students interested in Radiologic Technology and to discuss values for the betterment of the society and the profession.

Advisor: Jackie Whipple 309.341.5222 or jwhipple@sandburg.edu

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