Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program

A magnetic resonance imaging technologist is a highly-skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis. MRI technologists have extensive, direct patient contact and may inject the patient with a contrast agent that assists in visualizing various anatomic structures. They must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to critically ill. Technologists employed in these specialty areas will be supervised by board certified radiologists, but will be afforded a greater amount of responsibility and independence in the performance of their duties.

The MRI Program at South Suburban College is a four (4) semester program starting with the summer semester and ending the following summer semester. The program provides didactic classroom and clinical instruction. The clinical portion of the program consists of an orientation to the clinical aspects of MRI, demonstration of the use of the equipment, and an opportunity to participate under close supervision in actual MRI procedures. Although the program is offered as an evening option, the clinical rotation will be scheduled during the day at most of the clinical sites.

Program Goals

With faith in both faculty and the Advisory Committee, we set forth the following goals for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program:

  • To prepare MRI Program students to be clinically competent and able to demonstrate appropriate patient care techniques and appropriate equipment skills techniques.
  • To enhance MRI Program students ability to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in making decisions about MRI exams, and demonstrate appropriate image evaluation techniques and optimization techniques.
  • To prepare MRI Program students to develop effective work habits and professional values.
    To prepare MRI Program students to function as professionals in the healthcare setting.
  • To prepare MRI Program students for National Credentialing Exam.

 Admission to the Program

Students applying to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program must be registered as a RT(R) in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) and must possess either an AAS or BA/BS degree in Radiologic Technology. Graduates of AMA approved hospital-based radiologic technology programs will be evaluated on an individual basis. Candidates pursuing certification in Magnetic Resonance Imaging must be registered with the ARRT in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology (registration through NMTCB is also accepted), Radiation Therapy, or Sonography (registration through ARDMS is also accepted). No students will be considered for admission to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program unless they possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 (where A=4.0).

PLEASE NOTE: You must have worked as a Radiology Technologist for at least one, preferably two years.

Registered radiographers who possess the ARRT certification for at least one year and who meet the clinical requirements in MRI set forth by the ARRT are eligible to sit for the American Registry for Radiologic Technologist Board-Advanced Level Examination in Medical Resonance Imaging. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the program.

Successful candidates are certified as RT(R)MR.Admission Process

  1. Submit an SSC application and forward all official high school or HSE transcripts as well as other college transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions no later than January 15.
  2. Submit the completed MRI Admission Application form to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program by mail or in person (Room 4457) no later than January 15.
  3. All students must be certified in CPR and hold a current card throughout the entire internship portion of the program.
  4. Applicants will be notified in writing of their admission status no later than April 30.
  5. A photocopy of the student’s current health care insurance must be submitted to each respective program coordinator in order to participate at any clinical education site. Failure to maintain comprehensive health care insurance will result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the clinical site and thereby receiving a failing grade in the clinical education class. Furthermore, the student will be financially responsible to pay all medical bills and co-payments as a result of injuries or health issues that arise from participation of clinical education programs.

Admissions to the MRI Program will be determined by the following criteria:

  1. Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better on program prerequisites
  2. Consideration will be given for individuals with college degrees in other areas as well as military and/or related work experience
  3. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the program.