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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

Admission Requirements 
Program Cost & Ethics

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Fall 
MRI 101 - Introduction to MRI

1 Class Hours
0 Lab Hours
1 Credit Hours
This course covers patient screening, safety and biological considerations, MRI terminology, and elementary imaging principles. Prerequisite: Admission to the MRI Program.

 

MRI 111 - MRI Physics
5 Class Hours
0  Lab Hours
5 Credit Hours
This course is an introduction and exploration of MRI physics, instrumentation and application. Prerequisite: Admission to the MRI Program.

 

MRI 135 - MRI Procedures of the Head & Neck
3 Class Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Credit Hours
This course provides an introduction of the MRI head and neck procedures to include patient positioning, cross sectional anatomy, pathology, protocols and pulse sequences.

 

MRI 136 - MRI Procedures of the Musculoskeletal System
3 Class Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Credit Hours
This course provides an introduction of the MRI musculoskeletal procedures to include patient positioning, cross sectional anatomy, pathology, protocols and pulse sequences.

 

MRI 152 - MRI Clinical Practicum I
0 Class Hours
18 Lab Hours
6 Credit Hours
This course is an introduction to the MRI department to include screening, safety, and performance of routine procedures. Prerequisite: Admission to the MRI Program.

SPRING 
MRI 120 - Advanced MRI Imaging
2 Class Hours
0 Lab Hours
2 Credit Hours
This course explores more complex imaging methods and new technologies in MRI. Prerequisites: MRI 101, MRI 111, MRI 130, MRI 131, MRI 152

 

MRI 137 - MRI Procedures of the Abdomen & Pelvis
3 Class Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Credit Hours
This course provides an introduction of the MRI abdominal and pelvis procedures to include patient positioning, cross sectional anatomy, pathology, protocols and pulse sequences.

 

MRI 138 - MRI Procedures of the Thorax
3 Class Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Credit Hours
This course provides an introduction of the MRI thoracic procedures to include patient positioning, cross sectional anatomy, pathology, protocols and pulse sequences.

 

MRI 162 - MRI Clinical Practicum II
0 Class Hours
15 Lab Hours
5 Credit Hours
This course is an extensive clinical experience to include advanced imaging. Prerequisites: MRI 101, MRI 111, MRI 130, MRI 131, MRI 152

 

Total Semester Credit Hours: 31.0