The mission of the Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program is to provide undergraduate students with academic and clinical foundations to competently perform as entry-level MRI technologists.
Role of the MRI Technologist
MRI technologists specialize in magnetic resonance imaging. The MRI scanners use magnetic fields in combination with contrast agents to produce images that a physician can use to diagnose medical conditions.
Students successfully completing the Certificate in MRI are eligible to apply for admission to write the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Successful completion provides certification to practice as a registered MRI technologist.
Overview of the MRI Certificate Program
The Certificate in MRI program requires satisfactory completion of 24 total quarter credit hours and is designed to be delivered in two consecutive quarters over a period of 6 months. The curriculum will be offered using a blended-model with the didactic courses being offered in an online format and the clinical courses being completed onground at South College affiliated health facilities. The major curriculum represents elements that are essential in educating technologists in the practice of MRI. Clinical practice experience is designed to prepare students to competently apply basic protocols, recognize when and how to appropriately alter the standard protocol, recognize equipment and patient considerations that affect image quality, and maintain a safe MRI environment.
Learning Outcomes of the Certificate in MRI Program
Graduates completing this program of study will:
- Competently perform MRI procedures to obtain diagnostic images.
- Provide appropriate patient care to MRI patients.
- Demonstrate ALARA principles to ensure radiation safety.
- Communicate professionally with patients and members of the healthcare team.
- Perform and monitor quality assurance tests.
Applicants to the South College Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program must:
- Meet all South College admission requirements; AND
- Be a Registered Radiologic Technologist, Radiation Therapist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, or Ultrasound Technologist (ARRT, ARDMS and/or NMTCB) in good standing; OR *Be a graduate of an accredited Radiography, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine or Ultrasound program and eligible to sit for the ARRT or appropriate certification examination; AND
- Successfully complete program admission requirements.
*The program reserves the right to offer conditional admittance on a case-by-case basis. Students admitted on a conditional basis must obtain appropriate primary certification within 1 quarter of being accepted into the program.
The Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging program is currently offered at the Knoxville, Asheville, Atlanta, and Nashville campuses. Didactic courses are offered in an online format and clinical requirements completed at assigned sites.