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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Overview

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologists use non-ionizing radio frequency electromagnetic waves to generate image contrast and create a 3-dimensional image of a part of the body.

Tasks

  • operate MRI and related auxiliary equipment
  • communicate with radiologists, members of the heath care team, patients and their families
  • perform venipuncture

Technology

  • low-energy electromagnetic waves in conjunction with a magnetic field

Patient Interaction

  • direct patient contact
  • healthy and critically ill inpatients and outpatients
  • all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics

Work Conditions

  • move and lift patients from MR table to and from MRI scanning room
  • sit at computer console in a small, low-lit room
  • adhere to safety policies working in or near a magnetic field

Mission

The Mission of the MRI Program and the Department of Radiologic Sciences is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice into magnetic resonance imaging and the radiologic and imaging sciences, as competent, caring professionals, cultivating professionalism, interprofessional practice and life-long learning. Through innovative pedagogy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills are developed and enhanced.

Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

MRI Program students will be clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1-A. MRI Program students will demonstrate appropriate patient care techniques.

1-B. MRI Program students will demonstrate appropriate equipment skills techniques.

MRI Program students will apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in making decisions about MRI exams.

Student Learning Outcomes:

2-A. MRI Program students will demonstrate appropriate image evaluation techniques.

2-B. MRI Program students will demonstrate appropriate optimization techniques.

MRI Program students will master the communication skills necessary to interact successfully with patients and other members of the healthcare team. 

Student Learning Outcomes:

3-A. MRI Program students will demonstrate appropriate oral communication techniques.

3-B. MRI Program students will demonstrate appropriate written communication techniques.

MRI Program students will demonstrate potential for professional development and growth.

Student Learning Outcomes:

4-A. MRI Program students will develop effective work habits and professional values.

4-B. MRI Program students will function as a professional in the healthcare setting.

Program Effectiveness Data

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average(2008-2012)
Number Pass Rates
Took Passed JSHP National
MRI 90 80 89% 75%

Taken from 2013 Thomas Jefferson University Annual Report with anecdotal update from Program Directors in January 2014.

Click here to view data for class of 2010-2012

 

Job Placement Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average (2008- 2012)
Number of Students Job Placement Rate
Seeking Job Employed in 6 months JSHP
MRI 68 65 96%

Taken from 2013 Thomas Jefferson University Annual Report with anecdotal update from Program Directors in January 2014.

Click here to view data for class of 2010-2012

 

Program Completion Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average
(2008 - 2012)
Number of Students Program Completion Rate
Entered Grad. JSHP
MRI 115 101 88%

Data from Program Directors (updated annually). Data collected August 19, 2013

Click here to view data for class of 2010-2012

 

Accreditation

The MRI program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). JRCERT can be contacted at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, (312) 704-5304 (fax) or mail@jrcert.org. Visit jrcert.org for more information.

Certification Exams

Upon successful completion of the MRI program, graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) MRI certification examination. Multicompetency students are not able to take the board exam until the degree is awarded at the completion of the 2-year program. Students who pass this examination receive national certification.

Visit the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) website for more information.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 28% increase in the number of jobs for MRI technologists by 2020.

If you ...   then consider...
are in High School   2+2 PACE program
or 3+1 Advanced Placement BS/BS with
Immaculata University
have 50 prerequisite credits   2-year Multicompetency BS*option
or 2+1 BS/MS*
have a baccalaureate degree
and 50 prerequisite credits
  1-year Advanced Placement BS option
or 1+1 BS/MS
or 2-year Multicompetency BS* or 2+1 BS/MS*
have certification in or graduated from an accredited program* in
Radiologic Sciences or allied health and have 50 prerequisite credits 
  1-year Advanced Placement BS option
or 1+1 BS/MS
or 2-year Multicompetency BS* or 2+1 BS/MS*
First Year Second Year
Radiography Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Nuclear Medicine Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Nuclear Medicine
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Radiation Therapy

(Other modality combinations are possible. Students must consult an admissions counselor or a Radiologic Sciences faculty member when choosing modalities.)

First Year Second Year
Radiography Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Nuclear Medicine Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Nuclear Medicine
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Radiation Therapy

(Other modality combinations are possible. Students must consult an admissions counselor or a Radiologic Sciences faculty member when choosing modalities.)