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CT Prep and Exam Review

The CT Prep and Exam Review is AHECís 16-hour structured education CE course that provides technologists with a comprehensive overview of the concepts and principles of Computed Tomography.

The CT course is an excellent introduction for the entry-level technologist to cross-training into CT from Radiography, Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine, as well as experienced CT technologist who are preparing to take the Post Primary CT exam. The course is taught by expert faculty with experience in teaching Exam Review courses, and they have relevant clinical experience.

The CT Prep and Exam Review is based on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) content specifications for the Post Primary CT exam.

**This course satisfies the new requirements of 16 hours of structured education which must be met in order to sit for the ARRT Post-Primary Certification Examination. This is a requirement for those taking the CT registry beginning January 2016.

CT Prep and Exam Review Course

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to identify the basic principles and concepts of computed tomography and incorporate scanning techniques to demonstrate anatomy and pathology. Participants will develop a strong knowledge base in computed tomography instrumentation to include radiation physics and informatics.

Day 1

  • CT Instrumentation (Including: Radiation Physics and Informatics)
  • CT Physics (Including: Reconstruction, Data Acquisition, Image Display, and Processing with Post-Processing)
  • CT Image Quality (Including Artifacts)

Day 2

  • Patient Care (Including Radiation Safety)
  • CT Procedures
  • CT Anatomy and Pathology

Prerequisites for this course are ARRT or NMTCB registration and/or state licensure.

CT Exam Prep: Test Information

The following guide outlines information to help with CT exam prep.


The purpose of the CT exam is to become a certified computed tomographer. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) provides the credential through the Postprimary Pathway.


There are two main eligibility requirements to take the CT exam. They are:

  1. Education
    Candidates must be previously educated in a related discipline and hold a credential either from the ARRT or similar organization. Additionally, candidates must complete the structured education requirement and the clinical experience requirement to sit for the exam.

  2. Ethics
    Candidates seeking the CT credential must demonstrate a good moral character.

CT Exam Preparation Courses and Events

As part of the structured education requirement, candidates must complete 16 hours of continuing education prior to sitting for the exam. The Advanced Health Education Center (AHEC) offers CT exam prep as a live event and live webinar Ė both of which meet the CE requirement. Additionally, there are home study materials available.

The following categories of exam topics are covered in the AHEC CT prep and exam review study materials:

Patient Care: There are 22 questions included in the exam about patient interactions and management. The AHEC covers patient care on the second day of the live event, as well as offers additional live webinars that dive deeper into these topics.

Safety: There are 20 questions included in the exam about radiation safety and dosages. This topic is covered during the second day of the live event, and there are also additional live webinars focused on ethics and dosages.

Image Production: There are a total of 55 questions included in the exam about image production, including 30 about image formation and 25 about image evaluation and archiving. AHEC dedicates the entire first day of the comprehensive live event to these topics, as well as offers more focused study sessions to help candidates prepare for this section.

Procedures: There are a total of 68 questions included on the exam about procedures, including 24 on head, spine, and musculoskeletal; 20 on neck and chest; and 24 on abdomen and pelvis procedures. These topics are covered during the second day of the comprehensive live event and are covered in more focused events as well.

Please note, the study materials and events outlined here are not an exhaustive list. For a comprehensive list of CE opportunities, please view the catalog or contact AHEC.

Why Choose Advanced Health Education Center?

CT exam review with AHEC has many benefits, including:

  • Courses that are taught by experienced faculty with relevant clinical experience.
  • Study resources that count toward continuing education credits.
  • Review and training that are available in a variety of formats, including online and in-person.
  • Tailoring education by choosing the topics that are most relevant to individual needs.

Contact Us

Find out more about CT exam preparation at AHEC by viewing course descriptions. Alternatively, you can contact us online, in person, or over the phone at (800) 239-1361 for more details.