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
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
About the Profession
A magnetic resonance imaging technologist uses 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.
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.
Magnetic Resonance ImagingAdmission Requirements:
- Graduate from an accredited Radiography program. Students in their final months of study are eligible to apply.
- Current certification by the ARRT.
- Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- Radiography program GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Complete a shadow experience with a MRI Program Representative. (Email to schedule a shadow experience.)
MRI Admissions Policies are in the CAHP Handbook.
Enrollment in each program is limited and competitive. The admissions committee of each program, composed of program faculty and administration, evaluates the qualifications of each applicant and makes the final selections for admission.
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.
- Electives (8 semester hours) – suggested elective courses: anatomy & physiology II, science, mathematics, humanities/social sciences, computer science.
- Grades lower than a "C-" will not transfer to UNMC for credit. [Exceptions to this policy due to COVID-19]
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.
All required didactic and clinical courses must be completed with a minimum letter grade of C- or better to meet requirements for graduation from the program.
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.
All applicants, regardless of application completion or acceptance status, are encouraged to submit their FAFSA data to UNMC prior to April 1st to ensure consideration for all aid options. Please refer to the financial aid process page: Apply for Financial Aid.
- Accepted students are guaranteed timely and appropriate clinical placement.
- Accepted students will be required to complete a background check and substance abuse testing prior to matriculation into the program. Depending on clinical site, additional requirements may need to be met or updated.
- During the program, students will be assigned to periodic evening/weekend rotations which will not comprise more than 25% of the total clinical clock hours.
Accepted students will be assigned to a campus location. Once a campus location is assigned, the student will be expected to remain at their assigned campus location for the duration of the program. Students are asked for their campus location preference during the application process; however, there is no guarantee as to what campus location will be offered. Campus location options: Omaha or Kearney. See the Campus Locations page for more information and housing options.
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.
|MITS 410R |
or MITS 610R
|SECTIONAL ANATOMY & PATHOLOGY I |
or SECTIONAL ANATOMY & PATHOLOGY I
|MITS 419R |
or MITS 619R
|MRI PHYSICS & SYSTEMS I |
or MRI PHYSICS & SYSTEMS I
|MITS 425R |
or MITS 625R
|MRI POSITION & PROTOCOL I |
or MRI POSITION & PROTOCOL I
|MITS 451R||MRI SAFETY||1|
|MITS 465R |
or MITS 665R
|MRI CLINICAL EDUCATION I |
or MRI CLINICAL EDUCATION I
|MITS 411R |
or MITS 611R
|SECTIONAL ANATOMY & PATHOLOGY II |
or SECTIONAL ANATOMY & PATHOLOGY II
|MITS 419S||PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS I||1|
|MITS 420R |
or MITS 620R
|MRI PHYSICS & SYSTEMS II |
or MRI PHYSICS & SYSTEMS II
|MITS 441R |
or MITS 641R
|MRI POSITIONING & PROTOCOLS II |
or MRI POSITIONING & PROTOCOLS II
|MITS 466R |
or MITS 666R
|MRI CLINICAL EDUCATION II |
or MRI CLINICAL EDUCATION II
|MITS 450R |
or MITS 650R
|MRI CAPSTONE |
or MRI CAPSTONE
|Total Credit Hours||32|
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.