FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Education and Licensing requirements to become a Mammography Technologist

Are the 25 mammograms under supervision separate from your 40-hour Mammography Initial Training?

Yes, our Mammography Clinical Training Program, which provides students with 25 mammograms under supervision, is separate from our 40-hour Mammography Initial Training program.

How do I sign-up for your Mammography Clinical Training Program and how much is it?

After successful completion of our 40-hour Mammography Initial Training program and passing the California mammography certification exam, sign up for our Mammography Clinical Training Program to complete your 25 mammograms under supervision to meet the MQSA requirement. Mammography Educators will pair you with a qualified technologist to oversee your clinical training at one or multiple sites in southern California. We would sign you up at a time and location convenient for you. It usually takes 1-2 days to complete this final portion. The cost for this program is $500 and must be paid before your training dates. We will provide you with an invoice via PayPal. We will also need a copy of your ARRT License, 40-hour Initial Training Certificate, and California Mammography Certificate before you begin. Please contact us if you are interested in enrolling.

How do I sign-up for your 40-Hour Mammography Initial Training Program, how much is it, and what is included?

The 40-hour Mammography Initial Training program is $900 for Early Registration (if paid in full at least 14 days prior to the course) and $975 for General Registration (if paid in full at least 14 days prior to the course). We encourage you to sign up for our next Mammography Initial Training program early! Included is 40 hours of didactic coursework in Mammography, including 8 hours in digital mammography.

What are the dates for your Mammography Initial Training program, how long does it take to complete, and where is it located?

The latest dates are posted on Mammography Initial Training program page. Please click here to see dates for the next course. The program is usually 4 full days in duration and is held on two consecutive weekends in the San Diego area.

How do I become a Mammography Technologist in the state of California?

First, you must be a graduate of an accredited educational program in Radiologic Technology. Next, you must attain a California Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Certificate. Once you are a California Certified Radiologic Technologist, CRT, and have obtained the 40-hours of Mammography Initial Training, you are then eligible to complete the exam for advanced Certification in Mammography in the state of California, CRT(M), (this is also sometimes referred to as the California Mammography Certificate). Finally, you must perform 25 supervised mammograms under direct supervision of a qualified mammographer under MQSA regulations.

Later on in your career, you may then choose to become a registered technologist, R.T., through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) with a certification in Mammography, (M).

Do you offer an online Initial Training course?

We do not offer an online version of our 40-hour Initial Training course. You will learn and retain much more; allowing yourself to get the full benefit of the course by taking it in person with our skilled faculty.

The facility I work at only has digital equipment, so why do I need to know about analog mammography?

Currently, both analog and digital equipment and processes are still on the ARRT advanced level certification exam. Understanding both analog and digital will further prepare you in being successful during your exam.

After I have received by mammography certification, what needs to be done to keep it “active”?

After you have legally become qualified to perform mammography under MQSA regulation, every 3 years you will need to obtain 15 CE credits and perform a minimum of 200 mammograms every 2 years.

After completing the training course, is there a maximum time limit to take the mammography exam after completion?

Yes, you must take the exam within 3 years [with a start date of your initial exam window] and you have a maximum number of 3 attempts within the 3 year period.

After passing the mammography exam, is there a maximum time limit to complete the supervised 25 mammograms?

According to ARRT: 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.

For more detailed information regarding requirements, please see the ARRT 2017 Post-Primary Discipline Handbook.