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MRI Technology

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology

Train to become a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technician and enjoy a fulfilling, well paid career in health care.

MRI technician is identified as one of Michigan’s “hot 50” high-wage, high-demand jobs of the future. 

This program is offered partially online with clinicals in local health facilities through a partnership with the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA).

  • About the MRI Technology Degree

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology is a fast-growing field that needs workers who are capable of understanding human anatomy and magnetic imaging and performing MRI procedures with accuracy and care. This program will equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need to excel in the field and enjoy a steady career. 

    After completing pre-reqs and being accepted into the MRI program, you’ll begin with an introduction to the field, learning about the history and future of medical imaging, exploring human anatomy as seen from multiple planes and on MR and CT imaging, and preparing for clinical experiences. 

    After mastering these foundational principles, you’ll move on to studies of MRI physics, procedures, and pathophysiology, exploring such things as the properties of atoms and interactions within the magnetic field, pulse sequencing, scan parameters, imagining techniques of central nervous system and musculoskeletal system. You’ll also learn about the software used on the job; image data management and manipulation; patient records, safety, and regulations; quality control procedures; and image post-processing.

    Beginning in your second semester of the program, you’ll be placed in clinical sites where you will gain experience working in a real MRI center and applying the principles you’re learning in your courses. 

    You’ll cap off your program with a course designed to prepare you to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT)’s MRI certification exam.

  • How the Program Works

    This program is offered in conjunction with the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA)’s Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium. After completing pre-requisite courses at SMC, you can apply to the MRI program through which you’ll complete online courses specific to MRI technology. After completing all courses successfully, you will graduate with an Associate in Applied Science in MRI Technology from SMC and will be eligible to take the MRI certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT). 

    SMC courses may be offered during the day or in the evening. MCCA courses are fully online, with clinicals completed at local MRI centers.

    SMC courses are charged at SMC’s tuition rate. MCCA courses are charged at MCCA rate. For 2020-2021, the cost per credit is $160 for residents (those living within a Michigan community college’s district), $230 for non-residents (Michigan residents not living within a community college’s district), and $300 for out-of-state students. Other fees may apply. All courses are eligible for financial aid. 

  • Application Information

    Program Begins: Summer 2022 Semester
    Start your pre-requisite courses now so you'll be ready to start the program next summer.

    1. Apply for Admission to SMC
      Fill out the free application here. Select Health Services AA on the application.
    2. Complete Pre-Requisite Courses
    3. Contact the Program Advisor to Discuss Admission Requirements for the MRI Program
      Email Kwajalein Dodd at kdodd01@swmich.edu.
    4. Apply to the MRI Program

     

    Information for Prospective MRI Students

  • What You’ll Learn

    View the curriculum guide for the Associate in Applied Science in MRI Technology.

  • What Can I Do With a MRI Technology Degree?

    MRI and radiologic technicians perform MRIs, which use magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of the inside of the human body. These images are sent to doctors who use them to diagnose diseases and injuries. 

    In conducting an MRI, technicians may explain the procedure to patients, prepare and position them correctly while taking care to accommodate their affliction, operate the MRI machine, and record the images for physicians to interpret. They may work in hospitals, physicians offices, or imaging centers.

    Careers and Salaries
    Career OptionSalary
    Radiologic and MRI Technologists: $62,280

    2019 median pay. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Facilities

The Nursing and Health Education Building reopened in 2019 following a $9.6 million renovation. It is equipped with state-of-the-art skill and simulation labs to train students for real-world scenarios.

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