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Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging & Therapeutic Sciences
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Length of Program

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Allied Health Professions, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program is 9-months of didactic and clinical experience for graduates of an accredited radiography program. Students who complete the program will be eligible to sit for the MRI Registry exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). During the two semester curriculum students will gain knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:

  • Operating state of the art MRI scanners
  • Cross sectional anatomy and pathology
  • MRI pharmacology and venipuncture
  • Radiation and MRI safety
  • MRI instrumentation and physics
  • Patient care, safety, ethics, and law in the MRI profession
  • MRI procedures and protocols

Students will gain over 900 clinical hours caring for patients, operating MRI equipment, and working with registered staff MRI technologists, radiologists, and allied health professionals. Students will document 49 MRI clinical competencies as per the requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Clinical competencies include patient care activities, MRI safety, MRI procedures, and quality control.

Degree Requirements

Students must successfully complete each course of the 2-semester, 9-month curriculum, requiring an average of 70% or above on all didactic and clinical courses unless specified otherwise in the syllabus. A minimum total of 120 semester credit hours is required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Imaging & Therapeutic Sciences. Students must transfer in a minimum of 88 semester credit hours, 32 semester credit hours of which come from specific prerequisite coursework and a maximum of 60 semester credit hours for their radiography curriculum.  Additionally, students will complete 32 semester credit hours in the MRI Program.  Students must also successfully complete each course within the MRI curriculum in order to be considered for the Post-Baccalaureate Professional Certificate.

Admission to the Program

Admissions Requirements

Enrollment in each program is limited and competitive. Evaluation of the qualifications of each applicant and the final selections for admission are made by the admissions committee of each program, which comprises program faculty and administration.

For admittance into the program, the technologist must have completed an accredited radiography program and be certified in their profession (ARRT).

Admission to the MRI Program requires the applicant to successfully complete the following prior to matriculation:

University / College Required Prerequisites

Successful completion of 32 semester hours at an accredited college or university. The required semester hours must include the following:

  • Language / Social Sciences (12 semester hours)
    • Course work meeting these requirements may include, but is not limited to, literature, composition, communication, speech, foreign language, philosophy, psychology, sociology, art, history, or religion.
  • Mathematics (3 semester hours)
    • College Algebra, Statistics, or higher mathematics
  • Natural Sciences (9 semester hours)
    • Course work meeting this requirement may include, but is not limited to, anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science.

Advanced Placement

A maximum of 6 College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Advanced Placement (AP) semester hours will be accepted for transfer. CLEP semester hours in math and science will not be accepted & no more than 3 CLEP or AP hours of English Composition will be accepted.

All science courses must be basic science courses for science majors.

College prerequisites, course requirements, and program requirements are subject to change.

Applicants should review the Technical Standards and MRI Safety Information prior to applying for admission. Accepted students will be screened for MRI safety prior to matriculation.

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to the Clinical Perfusion Program, visit the "How to Apply" website. For information on application deadlines and interview dates, visit the "Application Deadline" website.

ARRT Primary Disciplines of Certification

The ARRT provides certification in three primary disciplines of radiologic technology; Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Sonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Radiation Therapy.

Certification

Upon completion of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program at UNMC, graduates are eligible to apply for the national examination for certification offered by the ARRT.

For more information about the ARRT and requirements for certification and registration please contact: 
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
Phone: 651.687.0048

Licensure

Depending on the state in which you decide to practice, you may also be required to become licensed as a radiologic technologist. Each state has their own laws in regard to licensure. Individual states hold the authority to administer the license and grant individuals permission to practice radiologic technology within their state.

For more information on licensure in Nebraska, please click here.

About the Profession

If you were a Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologist, your job would be to use a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create images of the human body.

The magnetic field causes atoms inside the body to become aligned. After alignment, a radio wave is issued to "excite" the atoms. Once the radio signal is turned off, the atoms give off a small characteristic signal. Those signals are then measured with a sensitive antenna called a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) coil. This process is repeated many times until enough measurements are detected to create a series of detailed images. MRI does not use any ionizing radiation, and can create images of almost any body part oriented in any direction.

MRI technologists use these innovative technologies to create diagnostic images by determining and setting technical parameters, and positioning the patient to create images that accurately display anatomy and pathology. In addition to technical expertise and computer literacy, excellent communication skills are essential for MRI technologists who are responsible for patient education, instruction, and safety.

Career Outlook

The career outlook for MRI technologists is good. New technologies and the increased use of diagnostic procedures have created many opportunities in this field. The US Department of Labor projects that the employment of MRI technologists is expected to increase by 9% from 2014-2024.

Employment of radiologic MRI technologists is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2018, as the population grows and ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging.

Career opportunities available to MRI technologists include: clinics, hospitals, research institutes, educational facilities, or equipment application and sales.

Salaries vary depending on years of experience, number of certifications, and geographic location. According to a salary report released by the ASRT in 2013, the mean salary for an MRI technologist is $68,384. This includes hourly salary, overtime, and on-call pay.

Curriculum

The program consists of lecture, demonstration, and clinical instruction. The 400 level courses are designated for students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree while the 600 level courses are designated for students pursuing the Post-Baccalaureate Professional Certificate.

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
MITS 410R
SECTIONAL ANATOMY & PATHOLOGY I
or SECTIONAL ANATOMY & PATHOLOGY I
4
MITS 419R
MRI PHYSICS & SYSTEMS I
or MRI PHYSICS & SYSTEMS I
2
MITS 425R
MRI POSITIONING & PROTOCOLS I
or MRI POSITION & PROTOCOL II
2
MITS 465R
MRI CLINICAL EDUCATION I
or MRI CLINICAL EDUCATION I
6
MITS 467R
SPECIAL PROJECTS I
or SPECIAL PROJECTS I
1
 Credit Hours15
Spring
MITS 411R
SECTIONAL ANATOMY & PATHOLOGY II
or SECTIONAL ANATOMY & PATHOLOGY II
4
MITS 420R
MRI PHYSICS & SYSTEMS II
or MRI PHYSICS & SYSTEMS II
2
MITS 441R
MRI POSITIONING & PROTOCOLS II
or MRI POSITIONING & PROTOCOLS II
2
MITS 466R
MRI CLINICAL EDUCATION II
or MRI CLINICAL EDUCATION II
6
MITS 450R
MRI CAPSTONE
or MRI CAPSTONE
2
MITS 468R
SPECIAL PROJECTS II
or SPECIAL PROJECTS II
1
 Credit Hours17
 Total Credit Hours32

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is the credentialing organization that recognizes individuals qualified in the use of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation to promote high standards of patient care in diagnostic medical imaging, interventional procedures and therapeutic treatment. The ARRT tests and certifies technologists and administers continuing education and ethics requirements for their annual registration.