Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologists use non-ionizing radio frequency electromagnetic waves (low-energy electromagnetic waves in conjunction with a magnetic field) to generate image contrast and create a 3-dimensional image of a part of the body. MRI technologists operate MRI and related auxiliary equipment, perform venipuncture and communicate with radiologists, members of the health care team, patients and their families.
MRI technologists work directly with healthy and critically ill inpatients and outpatients of all ages. They must be able to move and lift patients from exam tables to and from MRI scanning rooms, sit at computer consoles in a small, low-lit room and adhere to safety policies working in or near a magnetic field.
To perform/assist with MRI procedures on patients, students must initially undergo the same screening procedures as patients in order to enter the scan room. The MRI scan room contains a region of intense magnetic field. Objects that display any form of ferromagnetism are therefore of particular concern for MRI. Contraindications for entering the MRI scan room include:
- Certain biomedical implants, materials, and devices (e.g., aneurysm clips, brain clips)
- Certain electrically, magnetically and mechanically activated implants and devices (e.g., cardiac pacemakers, cochlear implants)
- Certain metallic foreign objects (e.g., shrapnel, bullets, metal in eyes)
The Mission of the MRI Program is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice in radiologic and imaging sciences as competent, caring members of the health care team, cultivating professionalism and life-long learning.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Concentration
within Your Degree
Students may complete this concentration as part of any of our Department Bachelor Programs. Dual-Concentration students can choose Magnetic Resonance Imaging in either their first or second year.
Students must consult an admissions counselor or a Radiologic Sciences faculty member when choosing concentrations, to help make sure that the combination you choose is the best option for your future career.
Clinical Performance & Clinical Competence
MRI Program students will be clinically competent and able to demonstrate appropriate patient care techniques and appropriate equipment skills techniques.
Problem Solving Skills & Critical Thinking
MRI Program students will apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in making decisions about MRI exams, and demonstrate appropriate image evaluation techniques and optimization techniques.
MRI Program students will master the communication skills necessary to interact successfully with patients and other members of the healthcare team, demonstrating appropriate oral and written communication techniques.
Professional Development & Growth
MRI Program students will demonstrate potential for professional development and growth.
Students will do this by:
- Developing effective work habits and professional values
- Functioning as professionals in the healthcare setting
Upon successful completion of the MRI Program, graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) MRI certification examination. Students who pass this examination receive national certification. Dual-Concentration students may not be able to take board exams until they receive their BS.
Program Completion Rates*
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Credentialing Examination Pass Rates*
Pass rates are on FIRST attempt ONLY within SIX MONTHS post graduation.
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Job Placement Results*
Job Placement rates are within ONE year post graduation.
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*Data from Program Director (updated annually). Data collected September 20, 2017.
The JRCERT has defined “not actively seeking employment” as:
1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts OR
2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation OR
3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours OR
4) graduate is on active military duty OR
5) graduate is continuing education.
The MRI Program is accredited by the:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
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