Mammography Rotations

The radiography program sponsored by Columbus Regional Hospital has revised its policy regarding the placement of students in clinical mammography rotations to observe and/or perform breast imaging.

The JRCERT Standards requires programs to “provide equitable learning opportunities for all students.” A mammography rotation has been and continues to be an optional rotation for all students.

All students, male and female, are offered the opportunity to participate in clinical mammography rotations. The program will make every effort to place a male student in a clinical mammography rotation, if requested; however, the program is not in a position to override clinical setting policies that may restrict clinical experiences in mammography to female students.

Male students are advised that placement in a mammography rotation is not guaranteed and is subject to the availability of a clinical setting that allows males to participate in mammographic imaging procedures. The program will not deny female students the opportunity to participate in mammography rotations if clinical settings are not available to provide the same opportunity to male students.

The change in the program’s policy regarding student clinical rotations in mammography is based on the sound rationale presented in a position statement on student clinical mammography rotations adopted by the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) at its April 2016 meeting. The JRCERT position statement is available on the JRCERT Web site,, Programs & Faculty, Program Resources.