Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate Program
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an advanced level medical imaging procedure. MRI uses the interaction of magnetic fields and radio waves with tissues to produce cross-sectional images of the body parts being scanned. MRI continues to advance in its science and provide useful information in medical research and medicine. This modality, unlike Radiology and Computed Tomography, is used to provide anatomic and physiologic information without the use of ionizing radiation.
The program is designed to include both online and clinical applications to prepare students to produce images for diagnostic purposes. The certificate courses are sequenced so the registered radiographer can take the thirty-one credit hour courses and obtain knowledge of basic magnetic resonance imaging and clinical applications. Upon completion of the program, the student will be prepared to sit for the ARRT advanced, post- primary registry in magnetic resonance imaging.
The program courses will be taught online. Students are responsible for gaining approval from a clinical site in their area for the competency-based clinical applications course. The MRI program is a two-semester program that begins in the fall semester. Students will be required to submit copies of the following as part of the admissions process: valid SC Driver’s License (if a resident of SC) or Birth Certificate, current ARRT/ARDMS/NMTCB card and SCRQSA card (if SC resident). A Criminal Background Check, current 10 panel Drug Screening, proof of current CPR certification, 2 step TB (PPD) test, Chickenpox vaccination/titer, MMR vaccinations, Hepatitis B vaccinations, Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TDAP) vaccinations, a recent Physical and Health Form, provided by the college, are required before entering the MRI clinical education centers.
Applicants must be registered and in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) for Ultrasound or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) for Nuclear Medicine. New registry eligible applicant acceptance is contingent upon passing the ARRT/ARDMS/NMTCB exam within one month of graduation.
Contact Program Coordinator: Amy Westbury, BHS RT (R)(M)(MR) by email or 803.535.1348
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Name of Program: Certificate, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
• Demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking abilities needed to function in the changing healthcare environment.
• Demonstrate clinical competence as an entry-level MRI technologist.
• Employ effective communication in a health care environment.
• Demonstrate professionalism.