Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program

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The MRI Program at South Suburban College is a four-semester program starting with the summer semester and ending the following summer semester. The program combines in-person didactic instruction, clinical education, and the flexibility of online learning. 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.

This program is approved by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).


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

  • MRI Program students will become clinically competent and able to perform appropriate patient care practices and employ equipment skill techniques.
  • MRI Program students will have the ability to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in decision making processes related to MRI examinations. Students will demonstrate appropriate image evaluation and protocol optimization techniques.
  • MRI Program students will demonstrate effective work habits and professional values.
  • MRI Program students will develop the skills necessary to function as a professional in the healthcare setting.
  • Successful MRI Program students will be prepared for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Magnetic Resonance (MR) national credentialing exam.

Students applying to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program must be registered as an 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).

  1. Submit an SSC Application Form and high school and college transcripts directly to the SSC Admissions Office no later than April 1.
  2. Submit a completed online MRI Program Admission Application to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program.

  3. Admission will be given to the most qualified candidates as determined by their cumulative grade point average (GPA) ranking and other admission criteria.
  4. Applicants will be notified in writing of their admission status no later than April 30.

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. Preference will be given for individuals with B.S. or M.S. college degrees in radiologic technology or other areas, military, completion of MRI 210 and 211, and/or related work experience.
  3. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the program.


Certificate Program

The MRI Program at South Suburban College is a four-semester certificate program starting with the summer semester and ending the following summer semester.

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What is an MRI Tech?

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.


Equipment We Use

South Suburban College partners with Corsmed MRI Simulators to offer students cloud-based simulated MRI scanning. Students have instructor led virtual patient MR examination guidance and unlimited MRI training on simulated MR patients. This program provides access to the Corsmed Educational Platform and MRI simulator. With Corsmed, students can get hands-on MRI practice and training at any time in a safe setting.  www.corsmed.com

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If you have questions about the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program at SSC that weren’t answered above, call Kimberly Marks, MRI Program Coordinator, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2261. To make an appointment concerning Allied Health Careers, contact the College & Career Success Center at (708) 210-5724.