Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, procedures play an important role in diagnosing diseases and injuries. An MRI uses magnetic field and radio waves to produce images of the inside of the human body. When a patient lies inside the MRI machine, which is like a large tube, radio waves produce faint signals that create sectional images that are ultimately used by physicians to diagnose medical problems.
MRI technologists are highly-trained and possess the expertise for competent practice. They are mostly employed by hospitals but increasingly, jobs are becoming available in physician offices and imaging centers. The main duties of the MRI technologist include explaining the procedure to the patient, preparing the patient and positioning them correctly, operating the equipment, and recording the images for the physician to interpret. The patient might be in pain or distress, or they might feel claustrophobic. The MRI technologist will provide support while talking patients through the procedure and letting them know what to expect.
When students complete this program, they will be able to:
The Associate in Applied Arts and Science degree in Magnetic Resonance Imaging is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182. (312) 704-5304.
This program provides a thorough foundation in procedures, pathophysiology, and physics critical to the field of MRI. It is designed not only to foster the skills and knowledge necessary for competent practice, but also places emphasis on professional attitudes, values and behaviors that encourage the professional growth of the individual student.
The MRI program is offered through a partnership with other Michigan Community Colleges in the Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium. Each college enrolls students in the program under their admission criteria and each awards the degree according to that college’s completion requirements.
Students in the program complete MRI courses delivered in an online environment by one of the MiRIS colleges through Michigan Colleges Online (micollegesonline.org). Clinical education courses are arranged through the MiRIS Consortium’s educational coordinator in collaboration with the MRI departments of affiliating hospitals, clinics or other MRI provider facilities. These experiences are developed to meet the established objectives and eligibility requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and prepare students to complete the MRI certification exam.
Monica Rowling, M.S., R.T. (R.) (M.)
|Amy Lee, MAET, RT (R)(MR)
MRI Program Director
450 North Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49015
For more information on the program and to read the student handbook visit the Michigan Community Colleges in the Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium website and this informational package.
Applicants must have completed the following courses or be enrolled in them by February 1 of the application year. All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better, except as noted below.
|BIO 271||Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
|MTH 110*||Intermediate Algebra|
|ENG 101||English Composition I|
|HE 102||Medical Terminology|
|PS 101||Introduction to Political Science|
|BIO 272||Human Anatomy and Physiology II|
|PHY 110*||Introduction to Physics|
|ENG 102||English Composition II|
|SOC 101||Principles of Sociology|
* Must be completed with a grade of 'B' or better.
Persons seeking admission to the MRI program must submit the following by February 1 to be considered for the program course sequencing beginning Summer-1 semester.
Applicants are admitted to the MRI program through a competitive points and ranking system. Criteria for ranking includes grade point average (GPA), courses completed prior to the program, written expression rubric, job shadow, and health care experience. A panel may interview final candidates.
Prior to applying to the program, students are required to observe at least two hours in an Imaging Department of a hospital. Preferably, this will be in the MRI area but because locations are limited, other Imaging Departments will be accepted.
To meet this application requirement:
Instructions for student
This Written Expression is part of the selective admission point scale, and therefore, does affect your prospects for admission into the MRI program. It is to be typed on a separate document and submitted with the program application, due February 1 annually, in order for your application to be considered complete. The Written Expression document should be a maximum of one page in length.
Please write a brief account of:
Written Expression Evaluation Rubric (maximum of 15 points possible): Use the following rubric as you compose your written expression. The admissions committee will use this when reviewing your Written Expression document.
|Rating Criteria||3 points||2 points||1 point||0 points|
|Significant experiences, activities and employment||Describes several pertinent life experiences, or describes a few pertinent life experiences in depth. Well thought out plans and aspirations for future||Briefly describes a few pertinent life experiences. Some thought given to plans and aspirations for the future.||Describes only one or two life experiences. Detail is sparse. Little thought given to plans and aspirations for the future.||No significant experiences, activities, and/or employment described.|
|Reasons for considering a career in MRI||Provides substantive reasons for considering a career in MRI.||Provides acceptable reasons for considering a career in MRI.||Provides few reasons for considering a career in MRI.||Provides no reasoning for considering a career in MRI.|
|Relating job shadowing experience to career decision||Provides ample evidence of relating job shadowing experience to career decision.||Provides acceptable evidence of relating job shadowing experience to career decision.||Provides little evidence of relating job shadowing experience to career decision.||Provides no evidence of relating job shadowing experience to career decision.|
|Writing mechanics||Excellent writing mechanics. 2 or less errors noted.||Acceptable writing mechanics. 3-4 errors noted.||Poor writing mechanics. 5-8 errors noted.||Unacceptable writing mechanics. More than 8 errors noted.|
|Expression of concepts||Concepts clearly expressed. Thorough but concise.||Concepts expressed in acceptable manner. Thoroughness and/or conciseness slightly lacking.||Concepts expressed poorly. Thoroughness and/or conciseness lacking.||Concepts expressed in unacceptable manner.|
Students formally accepted to the program are required to comply with clinical access requirements prior to and during clinical education placement in a hospital, outpatient clinic, or other clinical education provider. These requirements, according to MiRIS Consortium policies, include: