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Mammography Advanced Studies

Mammography Advanced Studies - Certificate

Mammography/Advanced Studies is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of the allied health interdisciplinary team. Upon completion of these advanced courses (and successful completion and documentation of all required clinical competencies as set forth by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Standards set by MQSA), the student is eligible to apply to take the National Registry examination leading to advanced certification as a Registered Mammographer by the ARRT. This program has specific prerequisites - check with your advisor to see if this is an option for you.

Admission Requirements:

Application deadline: May 15

The student in Mammography Advanced Studies must have completed an approved program in radiography.  The student must be registered (or registry eligible) by the certification agency (ARRT). (Students applying for Advanced Studies in Mammography who are not ARRT registered or registry eligible must be in their last year of studies in an accredited Radiography program, and complete that radiography program before entering the RAD 196 clinical component of the advanced studies.)   All students seeking clinical rotations must have a current CPR certification and must maintain that certification throughout advanced study. Applicants must have maintained a “C” average in past program courses in the discipline or certification.

Applicants must provide the following to be considered for admission.

  • Application to VHCC
  • Official transcripts of all colleges attended (other than Virginia Community Colleges) submitted to the Admissions Office at VHCC
  • Completed Mammography Advanced Studies Application
  • Copy of current ARRT certification card, or current unofficial Radiography Program transcript (to be uploaded with the online application)
  • If you require the RAD 196 clinical education (75 total clinical hours):
    • Copy of current CPR certification by the American Heart Association
    • Current PPD
    • Immunization records (Varicella, MMR, Hepatitis B, Flu)
    • *HIPAA training, criminal background check, drug screen (approx. $95) and purchase of Trajecsys tracking system (approx. $50) will be required at the student’s cost.  Hospital facility orientation will be required.  These requirements must be complete before the student can begin clinical education.  The faculty will provide instructions to students who are accepted into the Mammography Advanced Studies track.

For program information, please contact:

Clinical Coordinator: Donna Corns,

Instructor: Wendy Horn,

Why Choose VHCC?

Affordability. With in-state tuition (Virginia residents and those living within a 30-mile radius of campus) at $162.11 per credit hour, you’ll SAVE BIG when you start here! Most save between $10K-$50K, in tuition costs alone, when starting at VHCC.

Guaranteed transfer agreements with 30-plus colleges & universities! Start at VHCC and meet specified transfer agreement requirements and you’ll enjoy guaranteed admission to Virginia Tech, Radford, King University, Emory &Henry College, ETSU and more!

17:1 student to instructor ratio with award winning faculty! VHCC ranked among the top 5 percent of community colleges nationwide for providing an educational experience that encourages a personal relationship between instructors and students.

Career services & job placement. Our instructors and career coaches are recognized by regional industry leaders and enjoy tremendous success connecting our students with employment opportunities upon degree completion.

No application fee. Our simple, online application is free. Complete the application and you’ll receive an email listing your easy next steps!

No SAT or ACT required for admission. The SAT and ACT are merely numerical indicators of college readiness. With dynamic instruction and academic mentoring, we’ve found our students enjoy tremendous success, both at VHCC and in their future educational and career pursuits.

FREE academic mentoring. At VHCC, we provide FREE, one-on-one academic mentoring for 11 subjects, with dedicated workspace for group study and computer lab access. With this level of support, our students enjoy tremendous academic success!

Financial aid & scholarships available! More than 80% of our students receive financial aid! In 2018, we awarded more than $6 million in financial aid and scholarships.

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