Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

What is CastleBranch?

CastleBranch is an online website that stores documents required for application and participation in clinical rotations.

How much does it cost to use CastleBranch?

  • Students (and certain High Schools programs) are responsible for any fees associated with using CastleBranch.
  • Please check the Health Sciences Student Resources page for the current information on prices.

How do I create my immunization account in CastleBranch?

Click here to see step-by-step instructions in Google Slides.

  • Go to the CastleBranch website to create and log into your account.
  • To order the immunization package, use the package code UL64im and follow the given prompts.
  • Please note if you are a high school student taking the program through the Health Science Academy, please consult your Academy Staff member about what code needs to be used.

I am not ready to apply yet, can I create my CastleBranch account now and upload my immunizations early?

  • Yes, we encourage you to create your account and upload your immunization documents as early as possible to avoid any delays in submitting your application.
  • You can submit your immunizations to CastleBranch even if you are not ready to apply yet.
  • Students should have immunizations submitted at least 2-3 weeks prior to application deadline to ensure they are complete at the time of application.

Can I upload my own personal immunization record to CastleBranch?

  • No, all of the immunizations are required to be on the one-page immunization form.
  • Any information on a personal immunization record will be rejected.

How do I upload my immunizations to my CastleBranch account?

I don’t have a scanner. Can I fax my information to CastleBranch?

Why was one of my immunizations approved, but the others are still in process?

  • CastleBranch reviews each immunization separately. So you may see that some immunizations are reviewed before others have.
  • At peak application times, it may take several days to have all of the immunizations reviewed in CastleBranch.

My immunizations were rejected in CastleBranch. What do I need to do now?

  • Check your messages in CastleBranch. Click here for instructions.
  • The e-mail that you linked with your CastleBranch account should be monitored on a regular basis once you have submitted your immunizations.
  • CastleBranch will email you if there is a problem with the information you submitted.
  • The email should explain why your information was rejected.
  • If you would like additional guidance, please contact Lisa Enloe, Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator, at lenloe@austincc.edu.

ACC is closed. Who can I contact for assistance with my CastleBranch account?

Are my immunizations in CastleBranch good for more than one program and/or one year?

  • Yes, as long as your immunization account has a green check mark, your immunizations are current
  • You do not need to submit immunizations again once they have been approved.
  • You do not need to create a new immunization account if you are applying again or for another program.

I already have a green check mark next to my immunizations, but they were submitted last year. Do I need to create a new immunization account in CastleBranch?

  • No, you only need to create the immunization account once.
  • If anything expires, you will be notified by CastleBranch.

What do I need to complete in CastleBranch in order to submit my application?

Before submitting your application, please be sure that you have:

  • your immunization account approved in CastleBranch with a green check.
  • your program specific requirements approved in CastleBranch with a green check. Please check your programs homepage to order this additional package code.

I have a green check mark next to my immunization account and my program specific requirements. Now what do I need to do?

  • Please turn in your application at either our Eastview campus or Round Rock campus during business hours.
  • Online application coming soon. Please check the Health Sciences homepage for the latest information.

I still have questions about my CastleBranch account. Who do I need to contact?

Please contact Lisa Enloe, Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator, at lenloe@austincc.edu.

When is a background check ordered?

A background check should NOT be ordered until you have been given instructions on how to do so from your program. Typically this is done a month or two before the start of your first semester in the program.

All background checks are done through CastleBranch. No other background checks will be accepted.

What backgrounds result in ineligibility?

The following histories will disqualify an individual from consideration for admission because the student would not be eligible for clinical placement:

  • Registered sex offenders
  • Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General list of excluded individuals, U.S. General Services Administration excluded parties list, Employee Misconduct Registry, U.S. Treasury – Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) List of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN), Texas Health and Human Services Commission (TX HHSC), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Exclusion List
  • Felony convictions
  • Felony deferred adjudications involving crimes against persons (physical or sexual abuse)
  • Known or observed abuse or neglect of patients/clients/customers.
  • Observed or proven theft
  • Convictions of violent acts (misdemeanor or felony)
  • Misapplication of fiduciary property or property of a financial institution (Class A misdemeanor or felony)
  • Securing execution of a document by deception (Class A misdemeanor or felony)
  • Violence in the workplace.
  • Ineligibility for rehire

Why should something that may have happened 20 years ago affect a student’s eligibility for a Health Sciences program?

Clinical agencies are required to protect the safety of patients in their facilities. Students who wish to pursue certain Health Sciences degrees have the option to appeal their ineligibility to the appropriate licensing/credentialing organizations by way of a declaratory order process.

Please contact the Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator at lenloe@austincc.edu for a current list of programs that have a review process.

Why should anything other than a student’s academic performance matter to ACC?

Clinical rotations are the hallmark to ACC’s Health Sciences programs, and students have significant patient contact during these rotations, which take place at hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare agencies throughout the area.

If a student’s criminal background check includes a disqualifying history, do they have an avenue of appeal?

Yes, there are several Health Sciences programs that have licensing/registry bodies that can review a student’s background check prior to enrolling in a program. If the licensing/registry body approves the individual for the body’s licensing/credentialing exam, the individual is then eligible to participate in clinical rotations and can be admitted to ACC’s Health Sciences programs.

Please contact the Health Sciences Compliance coordinator at lenloe@austincc.edu for more information.

What are a student’s transfer options to other programs at ACC if declared ineligible to continue in Health Sciences?

ACC offers a wide variety of education opportunities outside Health Sciences. Students can explore these with an ACC counselor or advisor.

Where can I find more information about background checks for ACC students?

Please contact the Health Sciences Compliance coordinator at lenloe@austincc.edu for more information.

Also, you can find the latest information on the Health Sciences Student Resources page.

What happens when a class is closed that I really need for my program/degree?

Dr. Espinosa, Department Chair, will no longer be able to add students to classes that are closed. Please read below for the policy on getting into a class that is closed.

“During registration, the established college procedure is followed. If a desired course is filled, the student should continue to check for openings during the drop/add period and register for the desired class if an opening occurs. At the end of the drop/add period, students who can provide documentation of need for a co-requisite course in order to maintain program admission status will be referred to the assistant dean. Her name is Nan Walters (email: nwalters@austincc.edu). In rare instances, these students may be admitted to the required co-requisite course on a space available basis.”

What if I register for a class because it is the only one that has openings in which I do not plan to attend? I plan on attending a class that is currently closed.

You will not be allowed to attend a class in which you are not enrolled. This is college policy and will be strictly enforced. The student needs to continue to monitor the website for openings for the section in which they want to enroll.

Can I take Anatomy, or Intro to Anatomy and Physiology and Pharmacology (HPRS 2300) in the same semester?

No. You must take Anatomy and Physiology I or BIOL 2404 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology and pass with a grade of “C” or better, or take the Pre-Pharmacology Assessment Exam prior to enrolling in Pharmacology.

No exceptions will be allowed. You must know the anatomy and physiology of the body prior to learning pharmacology. In other words, you must know how the body works before learning how the drugs work on the body.

What are the prerequisites for Pharmacology, HPRS 2300?

Human Anatomy (BIOL 2304/2101) OR Human Physiology (BIOL 2305/2102) OR Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 2404) OR BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credit hours) with a grade of C or better OR pass a pre-pharmacology departmental assessment exam over Anatomy and Physiology course objectives. You must bring proof of prerequisites to orientation or your first class meeting (grade report, transcript).

What are the prerequisites for Pathophyisology (HPRS 2301 or HPRS 2201)?

Completion of 4 credit hours of BIOL 2304 and BIOL 2101 or BIOL 2404 or BIOL 2401; AND HPRS 1106 or HPRS 1206 or HITT 1305. Bring proofs of prerequisites to first class meeting or orientation (grade report, transcript). There will be no exceptions.

Can I take a class without meeting the prerequisites for the course?

You will not be allowed to take a course without meeting the course prerequisites. The prerequisites are in place for students to have the opportunity for student success. No exceptions.

What if I have taken Cellular Biology or Microbiology? Will this count as my A&P I course prior to taking Pharmacology?

No. You must know the anatomy and physiology of the body prior to learning the pharmacology.

What is the difference between HPRS 1106 and HPRS 1206? They are both titled "Medical Terminology."

HPRS 1106 is a survey course required of the Physical Therapy Assistant, Radiology, Medical Lab Technicians, and Pharmacy Technician Programs. This is a one credit hour course.

HPRS 1206 is a comprehensive 2-credit hour course designed for Sonography and Surgery Technologist programs. Please refer to the course description for more information. This course is offered via hybrid, traditional, and Online.

Do I need to have comprehension of English in order to pass Medical Terminology?

Yes, student must have comprehension of reading, writing, and speaking the English language for successful completion of this course. Students not proficient in English should contact Retention and Student Support Services for remediation and assistance.

What is the Pre-Pharmacology Assessment Examination?

The assessment is in place as an alternative entry of meeting the Anatomy and Physiology prerequisite for the Pharmacology Course. If a student passes the assessment, this does not count for credit of the actual prerequisite course.

Who is a candidate to take the Pre-Pharmacology Assessment Examination?

Any student who has prior and comprehensive knowledge in Anatomy and Physiology.

How can I find out more about the Pre-Pharmacology Assessment Examination?

Please click here for guidelines for the Allied Health Science Pre-Pharmacology Assessment Examination.

Who do I contact in order to get some information on the health science programs that ACC has to offer?

A list of the Health Sciences programs is listed on the ACC Health Sciences Home Page. You can also contact the Health Sciences Admissions Office online or by calling (512) 223-5700.

What does ONL mean as a classroom mode?

ONL stands for On-line Course Learning. The student enrolled in this course should have basic computer skills in order to successfully complete the course. Most ONL courses are conducted entirely via internet, email, or blackboard, which is an online delivery system. Students view the course content on the internet or by visiting the library to view the videotapes of the lectures. ONL courses require that you do a mandatory online orientation, in which all of the course information is explained. The course has deadlines for assignments and exact dates to take exams. The student is responsible for watching all lectures, keeping up with the assignments and quizzes, and taking exams by the deadlines given. The exams are taking at the testing center of the ACC campus of your choice. The professor will help in facilitating the course and answer any questions that may arise.

What is a hybrid course?

A hybrid course is a course in which a significant portion of the learning activities have been moved online, and time traditionally spent in the classroom is reduced but not eliminated.

How will a hybrid course be conducted?

Once a week students attend class/lecture in a classroom, which represents 55% of the course time. On other select days, students complete class related activities on the internet, which represents 45% of the course time.

I want to take an online course through distance learning, but I do not live near or in the Austin area. Is this possible?

This is an option but a form for remote testing must be completed by the student and submitted to the distance learning department for approval. This will also require instructor approval.

Are there courses that I can challenge in this department? If so, what are the requirements in order to do so?

Courses can be challenged by a student if the student meets the required prerequisites established for the course.  The following courses currently have challenge examinations:  HPRS 2300 – Pharmacology for Health Professionals, HPRS 1106 and HPRS 1206 – Medical Terminology, and HPRS 2301 – Pathophysiology. If you are interested in challenging one of these courses, the student must be a current ACC student with a least 1 credit hour at ACC. In order to take these exams, you must meet the established prerequisites for the course. The prerequisites can be found in the college catalog. For Challenge Exam process information visit the Allied Health Sciences Student Resource Page.

Interested students should contact the Health Sciences Admissions Office at 512.223.5700 for more information regarding the process.  For a list of prerequisites for the courses above, please visit the Allied Health Sciences course description page.

What is the Austin Community College (ACC) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program?

The ACC MRI program is a two semester advanced certificate program. The MRI program is designed to prepare the student to take the post primary certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The MRI program is offered for college credit and continuing education. The courses offered are traditional classroom instruction. This is not an online program.

Who can apply to the MRI program?

The MRI program is offered to imaging professionals with a primary current certification in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Sonography (ARRT or RDMS), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

Please note that the ARRT requires the candidate must hold primary pathway registration with the ARRT (or in some cases, NMTCB or ARDMS) in an appropriate discipline and document completion of specific clinical experience requirements.

How many students are accepted into the MRI program?

The number of students that we accept is based on the number of clinical training facilities that we have available. Typically, we accept 8 – 10 students to start in the Fall.

Is the MRI program offered every year?

The program is offered on an as needed basis. It is dependent on MRI faculty staffing and having 70% student enrollment to make the program. If there are not sufficient applications, the program will not be offered. The program only starts in the Fall semester.

What is the difference between college credit and continuing education?

Continuing Education Credit (CE credit) – These courses are offered under the CE credit option. This option contains the identical courses that are offered for college credit. Admission to the college is not required, however please be advised of the documentation required for MRI program admission.

Upon completion of the course(s), a certificate of course completion is awarded. Please note that CE credit courses will not be accepted by the ARRT for CE credits towards your required 24 CE credit biennium.

College Credit – These courses would require admission to Austin Community College.* These courses are identical to the continuing education credit courses. Upon completion of the course(s), a letter grade is awarded and posted on the student’s college transcript.

The ARRT will accept college credit courses towards your 24 CE biennium, since the course, date taken, and grade will be documented on your school transcript.

* Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to the MRI program.

What is the difference between declared and undeclared student?

Declared – Declared applicants are classified as students who require the clinical and didactic component. These students are eligible to enroll in the three didactic courses and two clinical courses covered in the Fall and Spring semester. This option can be taken for college credit and continuing education.

Undeclared – Undeclared applicants are classified as students who do not require the clinical component. Undeclared means that only the didactic coursework is required. These applicants may already work in the MRI field or have made personal arrangements for clinical training, and only are seeking the didactic portion of the coursework. This option can be taken for college credit and continuing education.

As an undeclared student, do I have 2 years to complete all the procedures?

Yes, the ARRT policies and guidelines apply to both declared and undeclared applicants. ​Both students will have 24 months to complete the ARRT competency requirements.

From ARRT.org: Candidates for ARRT post-primary certification and registration must — within the 24 months before submitting their applications — complete and document specific procedures as outlined in the clinical experience requirements (see Appendix B). 

Please visit www.arrt.org for more information on the MRI post primary pathway option.

How do I apply to the MRI program?

Visit the MRI Application Process page for more information.

I do not have a medical imaging background. Can I apply to the MRI program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to the ACC MRI program. You must be an imaging professional that holds a current primary license in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Sonography (ARRT or RDMS), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

I am a Limited Radiologic Technologist (LMRT) and hold a current state license. Can I apply to the MRI program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to the ACC MRI program. The state license allows you to be employed in that state to perform limited radiography. The state license and ARRT certification are two separate entities.

You must be an imaging professional that holds a current primary certification in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Sonography (ARRT or RDMS), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

Please note that the ARRT does administer a Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography Examination. The ARRT administers the examination to state approved candidates under contractual arrangement with the state and provides the results directly to the state. This examination is not associated with any type of certification by the ARRT.

I have a certification from the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). However, my employer requires a certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Can I apply to the MRI program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to the ACC MRI program. The MRI program is designed to prepare the student to take the post primary certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). You must be an imaging professional that holds a current primary certification in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Sonography (ARRT or RDMS), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

I am a new radiology graduate. Can I apply to the MRI program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC MRI program. You must hold a current ARRT radiology certification by the start of the MRI program in late August. You must submit a copy of the ARRT card prior to the start of the program. If you have not tested or passed your ARRT examination in radiology by the first day of class, then your application will be withdrawn and you will not be eligible to start the MRI program.

I am a new graduate in one of the following areas: Nuclear Medicine, Sonography, or Radiation Therapy. Can I apply to the MRI program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC MRI program. You must hold a current ARRT certification in your discipline by the start of the MRI program in late August. You must submit a copy of the ARRT card prior to the start of the program. If you have not tested or passed your ARRT examination in your discipline by the first day of class, then your application will be withdrawn and you will not be eligible to start the MRI program.

I am a new imaging graduate. Is patient care experience in imaging required?

Patient care experience is preferred, but not required. You will find that patient care experience is extremely helpful in the MRI environment. Patient care experience used to rank applicants is defined as employed either full-time in radiology, sonography, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy. Clinical patient care experience as a student will not be accepted in the applicant ranking process. Applicants with zero to less than one year will receive zero patient care experience points in the ranking process.

I have been employed in the imaging field for more than one year. How does this help me in the ranking process?

Full-time employment will help you in the ranking process. You must submit a current resume and a patient care experience form completed by a supervisor or human resources representative to verify employment as an imaging professional. Points will be awarded as follows:

  • New graduates and/or less than one year full time work experience = 0 points
  • 1-5 years full time employment = 1 points
  • 6-10 years full time employment = 2 points
  • 10 years & over = 3 points

I hold a primary ARRT certification, but I have never been employed in the imaging field. Can I apply to the MRI program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC MRI program. Please note that the absence of patient care experience may lower your overall ranking score against other applicants. Clinical patient care experience as a student will not be accepted in the applicant ranking process. Applicants with zero work experience in the discipline will receive zero patient care experience points in the ranking process.

What is the MRI ranking process?

The MRI ranking process helps determine which applicants will be accepted into the MRI program. The process uses grade points that are awarded for supporting coursework. Patient care experience points are awarded based on documented paid work experience in radiology, nuclear medicine, sonography, and radiation therapy. The completion of the information session will be added into the ranking process.

What supporting courses are used in the MRI ranking process?

Supporting courses are used to award grade points in the application process. You must submit school transcripts that clearly show the grade awarded. Transcripts that do not clearly show grades awarded will not be accepted in the MRI ranking process. The following courses are supporting courses that are used to rank MRI applicants:

  • College Algebra/Equivalent or Passing math placement test
  • Introduction to Speech Communications
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Patient Care Course

Grade Point Distribution:

  • A = 4 grade points
  • B = 3 grade points
  • C = 2 grade points
  • D = 1 grade point
  • F = 0 grade point
  • CR = 2.5 grade points

Prerequisite Course(s) not taken earn 0 grade points.

I have not taken one or more of the supporting MRI courses? Can I apply to the MRI program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC MRI program. Please note that the absence of one or more of the supporting courses may lower your ranking amongst other applicants. Absent supporting courses will receive zero grade points in the ranking process.

What courses are in the MRI degree plan and when are they offered?

The Fall courses are:

  1. RADR 2271 – Sectional Anatomy and Patient Care
  2. MRIT 2330 – Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  3. MRIT 2460 – MRI Clinical

RADR 2271 and MRIT 2330 are the didactic courses and they are offered only in the Fall semester. They are offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Round Rock Campus. Class times are 6 – 7 p.m. (RADR 2271) and  7:10 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (MRIT 2230).

MRIT 2460 Clinical is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Clinic times typically are 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Clinic times vary from site to site. Clinicals are offered in the Austin metro area. The clinical training sites consist of hospital and outpatient clinic facilities.

The Spring courses are:

  1. MRIT 2276 – Magnetic Resonance Physics and Procedure
  2. MRIT 2461 – MRI Clinical

MRIT 2276 is the didactic course that is offered only in the spring semester. It is offered on Tuesday evening at the Round Rock Campus. Class time is 6 – 8 p.m.

MRIT 2461 clinical is the second semester of clinical training. MRIT 2460 Clinical is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Clinic times typically are at 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Clinic times vary from site to site. Clinicals are offered in the Austin metro area. The clinical training sites consist of hospital and outpatient clinic facilities.

The MRI clinical times conflict with my current schedule. Can I change my clinical training hours or days?

Unfortunately, clinic training days and times cannot be changed or altered.

As a declared student, can I do clinicals at my current place of employment?

No, you are not allowed to do clinicals with your employer.  ​You will be assigned to a different site.

How are clinic hours structured?

Clinic hours are structured and are not flexible. There may be a slight variation on start and end times depending on the clinical site, but it will be during the day and on M-W-F (ex. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., or 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., or 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Will I be assigned to more than one clinical facility while in the program?

Yes.  Typically you will be assigned a different clinic site for the Fall and Spring semester.  However, the option to stay at the same site may be requested by the student or the clinic staff.  If this option can be accommodated, then the student may remain at the same clinical site for the duration of the program.

Are there any safety concerns with training in the MRI environment that will prevent me from applying to the MRI program?

Yes. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field that can create a dangerous clinical environment for some applicants. Students with cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators, neurostimulators, and some aneurysm clips will not be allowed in the MRI suite. Other metal implants or devices will be evaluated on a case by case basis. If you have a metal implant or device, and you are unsure if it is MRI safe, please contact the ACC MRI Faculty prior to submitting your application.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Please feel free to contact MRI program faculty member, Teresa Garza at tgarza@austincc.edu, for more information. You may also contact the Health Sciences Office:

Eastview Campus Health Sciences Office
Building 8000, Room 8356
3401 Webberville Road
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: 512.223.5700
or toll-free 888.626.1697

Round Rock Campus Health Sciences Office
Building 3000, Room 3105
4400 College Park Drive
Round Rock, TX 78665
Phone: 512.223.0220

What is the ACC Computed Tomography Program?

The ACC Computed Tomography (CT) program is a 1 semester advanced technical certificate program. The CT program is designed to prepare the student to take the Advanced Certification Examination in Computed Tomography administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The CT program is offered for college credit and continuing education.

Who can apply to the CT program?

The CT program is offered to imaging professionals with a primary current certification in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

Please note that the ARRT requires the candidate must hold primary pathway registration with the ARRT or the NMTCB in a supporting discipline and document completion of specific clinical experience requirements.

How many students are accepted into the CT program?

The number of students that we accept is based on the number of clinical training facilities that we have available. Typically, we accept 8 – 10 students for the 1-semester Fall program.

Is the CT program offered every year?

The program is offered on an as needed basis. It is dependent on CT faculty staffing and having 70% student enrollment to make the program. If there are not sufficient applications, the program will not be offered. The program is offer in the fall semester.

What is the difference between college credit and continuing education?

Continuing Education Credit (CE credit) – These courses are offered under the CE credit option. This option contains the identical courses that are offered for college credit. Admission to the college is not required, however please be advised that an application and documentation are required for CT program admission.

Upon completion of the course(s), a certificate of course completion is awarded. Please note that CE credit courses will not be accepted by the ARRT for CE credits towards your required 24 CE credit biennium.

College Credit – These courses require admission to Austin Community College.* The courses are identical to the continuing education credit courses. Upon completion of the course(s), a letter grade is awarded and posted on the student’s college transcript.

The ARRT will accept college credit courses towards your 24 CE biennium, since the course, date taken, and grade will be documented on your school transcript.

* Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to the CT program.

What is the difference between declared and undeclared student?

Declared – Declared applicants are classified as students who require the clinical and didactic component. These students are eligible to enroll in the three didactic courses and two clinical courses covered in the Fall and Spring semester. This option can be taken for college credit and continuing education.

Undeclared – Undeclared applicants are classified as students who do not require the clinical component. Undeclared means that only the didactic coursework is required. These applicants may already work in the CT field or have made personal arrangements for clinical training, and only are seeking the didactic portion of the coursework. This option can be taken for college credit and continuing education.

As an undeclared student, do I have 2 years to complete all the procedures needed by the ARRT?

Yes, the ARRT policies and guidelines apply to both declared and undeclared applicants. ​Both students will have 24 months to complete the ARRT competency requirements.

From ARRT.org: Candidates for ARRT post-primary certification and registration must — within the 24 months before submitting their applications — complete and document specific procedures as outlined in the clinical experience requirements (see Appendix B). 

Please visit www.arrt.org for more information on the CT post primary pathway option.

Is there a tardy or absence policy for the CT program?

Yes, there is a strict attendance policy for clinical. Students should consult the course syllabus for details.

The didactic courses are offered online or hybrid (online and laboratory) as distance learning courses. These courses require completion of weekly assignments. Completion of these weekly assignments constitutes attendance in distance learning courses.

How do I apply to the Computed Tomography program?

Information can be found on the Application Process page.

I do not have a medical imaging background. Can I apply to the CT program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to ACC’s CT program. You must be an imaging professional that holds a current Texas State Medical Radiographer license (MTY) and primary ARRT certificate in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

I am a Limited Radiologic Technologist (LMRT) and hold a current state license. Can I apply to the CT program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to the ACC CT program. The state license allows you to be employed in that state to perform limited radiography. The state license and ARRT certification are two separate entities.

You must be an imaging professional that holds a current primary certification in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

Please note that the ARRT does administer a Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography Examination. The ARRT administers the examination to state approved candidates under contractual arrangement with the state and provides the results directly to the state. This examination is not associated with any type of certification by the ARRT.

I have a certification from the American Registry of Computed Technologists (ARCTT). However, my employer requires a certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Can I apply to the CT program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to the ACC CT program. The CT program is designed to prepare the student to take the post primary certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). You must be an imaging professional that holds a current primary certification in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

I am a new radiology graduate from an accredited Radiologic Technology program. Can I apply to the CT program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC CT program. You must pass the ARRT radiology certification exam on your first attempt. You must submit a copy of the ARRT card before the course withdrawal deadline published in the course syllabus/ACC Academic calendar. If you do not pass your ARRT examination in radiology on the first attempt, your application will be withdrawn and you will not be eligible to continue in the CT program.

I am a new graduate from an accredited program in one of the following areas: Nuclear Medicine, or Radiation Therapy. Can I apply to the CT program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC CT program. You must submit a copy of the ARRT card in a supporting category before the course withdrawal deadline published in the course syllabus/ACC Academic calendar. If you do not pass your ARRT examination in a supporting category on the first attempt, your application will be withdrawn and you will not be eligible to continue in the CT program.

I am a new imaging graduate. Is patient care experience in imaging required?

Patient care experience is preferred, but not required. You will find that patient care experience is extremely helpful in the CT environment. Patient care experience used to rank applicants is defined as employed as an imaging technologist either full-time in radiology, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy. Clinical patient care experience as a student will not be accepted in the applicant ranking process. Applicants with zero to less than one year will receive zero patient care experience points in the ranking process.

I have been employed in the imaging field for more than one year. How does this help me in the ranking process?

Full-time employment will help you in the ranking process. You must submit a patient care experience form completed by a supervisor or human resources representative to verify employment as an imaging professional. Points will be awarded as follows:

  • New graduates and/or less than one year full time work experience = 0 points
  • 1-5 years full time employment = 1 point
  • 6-10 years full time employment = 2 points
  • 10 years & over = 3 points
  • CT/MRI Scan + 1 year = 3 points

I hold a primary ARRT certification in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy, but I have never been employed in the imaging field. Can I apply to the CT program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC CT program. Please note that the absence of patient care experience may lower your overall ranking score against other applicants. Clinical patient care experience as a student will not be accepted in the applicant ranking process. Applicants with zero work experience in a supporting discipline will receive zero patient care experience points in the ranking process.

What is the CT ranking process?

The CT ranking process helps determine which applicants will be accepted into the CT program. The process uses grade points that are awarded for supporting coursework. Patient care experience points are awarded based on documented paid work experience in radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy.

What supporting courses are used in the CT ranking process?

Supporting courses are used to award grade points in the application process. You must submit school transcripts that clearly show the grade awarded. Transcripts that do not clearly show grades awarded will not be accepted in the CT ranking process. The following courses are supporting courses that are used to rank CT applicants:

  • College Algebra/Equivalent or Passing math placement test
  • Introduction to Speech Communications
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Patient Care Course
  • Human Anatomy or Anatomy & Physiology

Grade Point Distribution:

  • A = 4 grade points
  • B = 3 grade points
  • C = 2 grade points
  • D or F = 0 grade points
  • CR = 2.5 grade points

Prerequisite Course(s) not taken earn 0 grade points.

I have not taken one or more of the supporting CT courses? Can I apply to the CT program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC CT program. Please note that the absence of one or more of the supporting courses may lower your ranking amongst other applicants. Absent supporting courses will receive zero grade points in the ranking process.

What courses are in the CT degree plan and when are they offered?

Prerequisite Courses:

  1. RADR 2240 – Sectional Anatomy for Medical Imaging
  2. RADR 2205 – Principles of Radiographic Imaging
  3. RADR 2209 – Radiographic Imaging Equipment

Fall Semester:

  1. CTMT 2332 – Principles of Computed Tomography
  2. CTMT 2336 – Computed Tomography Equipment and Methodology
  3. CTMT 2460 – CT Clinical

CTMT 2332 and CTMT 2336 are didactic online or hybrid (distance learning) courses.

CTMT 2460 is a clinical internship. Please see “How are clinic hours structured?” below.

The CT clinical times conflict with my current schedule. Can I change my clinical training hours or days?

Unfortunately, clinic training days and times cannot be changed or altered. It is highly recommended that declared students in the CT program work or have outside commitments of less than 24 hours per week due to the time commitments involved. Declared students should expect to spend up to 40 hours per week on clinical and didactic course work.

As a declared student, can I do clinicals at my current place of employment?

No, you are not allowed to do clinicals with your employer.  ​You will be assigned to a different site.

How are clinic hours structured?

Clinic hours are structured and not flexible. There may be slight variation on start and end times depending on the clinical site, but it will be during the day and on M-W-F (ex. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., or 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., or 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

  • Clinical hours can only be completed at an approved clinical affiliate and sites will be assigned at the sole discretion of the program.
  • Only one student can be scheduled for clinical hours at a time, including students from other programs and employees in training.
  • The clinical affiliate may decline a student at any time and for any reason.
  • Clinical sites are offered in the greater Austin Metro area and consist of hospital and outpatient imaging centers.

Will I be assigned to more than one clinical facility while in the program?

Every effort is made to limit clinical rotations to one site during the semester. However, occasionally a student may need to be placed at a second site during the semester due to unforeseen circumstances.

Are there any safety concerns with training in the CT environment that will prevent me from applying to the CT program?

Safety concerns in the CT environment include exposure to ionizing radiation, iodinated contrast media, hospital grade disinfectants, blood and bodily fluids and disease. However, these sources are of no greater risk than other medical imaging professions.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Please feel free to contact CT program faculty member Maria Kelly at maria.kelly@austincc.edu, or the program’s admission coordinator Sherry Niven at sherry.niven@austincc.edu, or phone (512) 223-5882 for more information. You may also contact one of our Health Sciences Offices:

Eastview Campus Health Sciences
Building 8000, Room 8356
3401 Webberville Road
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: (512) 223.5700
or toll-free (888) 626.1697

Round Rock Campus Health Sciences
Building 3000, Room 3105
4400 College Park Drive
Round Rock, TX 78665
Phone: (512) 223.0220

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