Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Advanced Certificate is an one-semester program that prepares radiographers to perform MRI procedures in hospitals and imaging centers.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a specialized imaging modality that utilizes computer technology in conjunction with magnetic fields and radio frequency signals to obtain sectional images in any body plane. MRI's ability to distinguish differences in tissue composition has made it the modality of choice in imaging the central nervous system and a variety of soft tissue structures.

Why you should attend Carl Sandburg College's Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program:

  • The curriculum covers all subject areas listed in the ARRT Content Specifications to prepare for the Post Primary Examination in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
  • The MRI program is offered every Spring Semester.
  • The MRI courses are offered online with a hands-on practicum component to gain the required MRI competencies.
  • Technologists already employed in MRI may seek enrollment in the online classroom-only portion of the program, if desired.

Working Conditions

MRI technologists may work in a variety of health care facilities, although most are employed in hospitals or imaging centers. Technologists typically work 40-hour weeks that may include evening, weekend, or "on-call" hours dependent upon their employment setting. Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of a MRI technologist to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.

Employment

As the cost of equipment declines and smaller units become available, MRI and other radiologic procedures are increasingly being used in physicians' offices and walk-in clinics, which increases the demand for technologists to operate the machinery. With the life expectancy increasing, the demands of an aging population increases the need for health care providers. It is expected that employment of Radiologic and MRI technologists will increase by about 28% from 2012-2020, faster than the average for all occupations. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Accreditation/Approval

Carl Sandburg College is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – The Higher Learning Commission, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL. 60602-2504.

Licensure

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Post Primary Examination in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This certification is nationally recognized and enables the student to pursue employment throughout the United States.

Admission to the Program: Selective

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program. Students must apply and be formally accepted into the program prior to enrolling in any Magnetic Resonance Imaging courses. Applicants need to refer to the Eligibility & Admission Requirements for this program to determine eligibility criteria and selection process. Students can apply online to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program June 1 - October 1. The application deadline date is October 1 for Spring enrollment. We will notify applicants approximately two weeks after application deadline date whether or not accepted into the program. Applicants accepted into the MRI program must attend the required program orientation session.

Accepted students that will be taking MRI 255 MRI Practicum will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Student is responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may void conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites. Technologists employed in MRI may seek enrollment in the online classroom-only portions of the program, if desired.

Note:

This is an advanced certificate program and applicants must be a graduate of an approved radiography program with a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale and have active registration with the A.R.R.T. or registry eligible status to be considered for admission.

 

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2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309.341.5299

 

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center

Phone: 309.345.3500

welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

 

Eligibility & Admission Requirements - MRI

Eligibility & Admission Requirements

Students must apply online and be formally accepted into the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program.

Application Dates

Submit Online Application from June 1 - October 1. Application deadline date is October 1 for Spring enrollment. We will notify applicants approximately two weeks after application deadline date whether or not accepted into the program. 

Application Process

All applicants interested in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College Radiologic Technology/MRI Advisor prior to applying to the program. Be sure to make an appointment early in the process. Complete Steps 1-3 prior to making an appointment with program advisor.

  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College Steps-to-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any post-secondary educational institutions transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Provide evidence of active registration with the A.R.R.T or registry eligible status.
  4. Schedule an appointment and meet with a program advisor prior to applying.
  5. Complete Steps 1-4 prior to completing the magnetic resonance imaging program's online application. Complete the ONLINE program application and submit June 1 - October 1.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the following admission criteria for the magnetic resonance imaging program for selection review:

  1. Completed and signed Program Application Checklist on file by application deadline date.
  2. Graduate from an A. R. R. T approved radiography program with a 2.5 or higher cumulative G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Provide evidence of active registration with the A.R.R.T or registry eligible status.
  4. Completed the online application for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program by application deadline date. 

Program admission is competitive and fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Class size is limited, and determined by the number of available clinical sites within each community-college district. Participating community college districts (in addition to Carl Sandburg College) includes Black Hawk, Heartland, Illinois Central, Illinois Valley, John Wood, Lincoln Land, Parkland, Richland, Sauk Valley, Scott (IA), Southeastern (IA), and Spoon River.

Admission Process

We will consider for selection review only those applicants who submit the online program application by deadline date and have met all admission requirements. If more qualified applicants’ apply than number of available seats, we will select according to application submission date. If applicants submitted applications on the same date, we will use the applicant's GPA to determine selection order.

Applicant admission status will be one of the following: conditionally admitted, placed on the alternate list, or denied admission based on eligibility of admission criteria. We will notify the applicant approximately two weeks of application deadline date whether they are accepted or not into the MRI program. We notify all applicants by mail on admission status into the program. Applicants conditionally admitted or placed on the alternate list will have 10 calendar days to return the program acceptance letter in the postage paid return envelope.

Conditionally admitted applicants and those on the alternate list must attend the mandatory admission orientation session. The admission status letter we mail provides information regarding registration for the mandatory admission orientation session. We will provide at the orientation program information and appropriate documents to complete all the necessary MRI program requirements for full admission status. 

Those conditionally admitted who do not register for and attend the mandatory admission orientation session will forfeit their conditional admission and we will then offer your seat to an alternate. Alternates who do not register for or attend the mandatory admission orientation session will forfeit their alternate position.

Accepted students that will be taking MRI 255 MRI Practicum will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Student is responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may void conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites. Technologists employed in MRI may seek enrollment in the online classroom-only portions of the program, if desired.

We will provide full admission status after the conditionally admitted applicant attends the mandatory admission orientation session and appropriately completes all program requirements and submits all required admission documents by the designated deadline.

Applicants not admitted to the program, including applicants placed on the alternate list and no spaces became available, we will not carry over application files to the next year. Each applicant would need to complete the application/admission process again for the next admission year.

Online Application - MRI
Apply here to the Magnetic Imaging Program - Online Application