|The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) curriculum prepares students to become MRI technologists and skilled health care professionals who know how to use magnetic energy fields to produce images of the human body. The diploma in MRI prepares graduates to become professionals and members of the health care team within the discipline of MRI.||
Diploma candidates must be registered or registry-eligible as Radiologic technologists, Nuclear Medicine technologists, Sonographers, or Radiation Therapists by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Nuclear Medicine technologist certified by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and Sonographers certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) are also eligible to apply. Registered MRI technologists certified by the American Registry of Resonance Imaging Technologist (ARMRIT) are eligible to apply with a current ARMRIT certification and a minimum of an associate degree.
Coursework includes imaging fundamentals, MRI physics, procedures, anatomy, pathology, patient care, and imaging ethics and law, in a medical environment. Students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in all functional areas related to magnetic resonance imaging. Graduates of accredited programs may be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national examination for certification and registration as MRI technologists. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices, government agencies, and research. It is essential that the MRI technologist understand ethical standards and the legal framework for MRI and be committed to professional development and the care of others.
Education is a dynamic, lifelong process of developing insights, acquiring knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and beliefs. As adult learners, students are involved in this process and responsible for their own learning; their active participation fosters caring, creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, and professionalism. Cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains are integrated throughout the educational process.