ARRT-approved MRI Education Program
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) recognizes Midwestern Career College’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology program as an approved educational program for ARRT’s magnetic resonance imaging certification and registration. Graduates of our MRI program are eligible to sit for ARRT’s MRI certification exam. You can find MCC’s listing on the ARRT website here.
About Our Program
Midwestern Career College’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Diploma Programs in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology prepare students with the general education, applied knowledge, technical skills, and work habits required for entry-level positions in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology field.
MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed.
MRI has become a vital tool in medical imaging today. These detailed images allow physicians to better evaluate parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging methods, such as x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography.
The objectives of MCC’s MRI Technology program are to provide education and training to students so they possess the knowledge and skills required for employment as entry-level MRI technologists, including:
- Producing graduates who will be competent in entry level positions as an MRI technologist and who display appropriate behaviors as set forth by the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT) specifications and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Curriculum Guide
- Preparing students to take and pass the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT) and American Registry of Radiologic Techologists (ARRT) examinations.
- Developing interpersonal skills for communicating with patients and medical professionals
- Developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills
- Acquiring skills that enable proper patient care
- Learning clinical skills and problem-solving abilities to practice in the MRI field
- Demonstrating professional and ethical conduct
- Displaying knowledge of professional development, growth, and continued life-long learning
MRI technology is a great career choice, because MRI technologists are in demand and command a great salary. Over the next decade, jobs are expected to grow by 10%.
The evolution of MRI applications continues to grow as the medical community finds new uses for this imaging tool. MRI exam volumes are continuously increasing, expanding career opportunities in hospital-based MRI departments and in a growing number of private MRI facilities.
Learn more about career outlook, salary expectations and job growth for MRI technologists. Check out job listings in the Chicagoland area for MRI technologists on Indeed, Career Builder and Monster.com.
Graduates of our program are eligible for national certifications:
- Registered MRI Technologist by the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians (ARRT)
- Certified MRI Technologist by the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT)
- National phlebotomist certifications from the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) and American Medical Technologists (AMT) (The AMT certification requires additional draws.)
Graduates also receive a Certificate of Completion from MCC.
This degree also includes a required externship of 1000 hours.
MCC’s MRI Technology program follows the curriculum recommendations and guidelines of:
- American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT)
- American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)
- American College of Radiology (ACR)
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- Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), Illinois Virtual Labor Market Information System
- The Occupational Information Network (O*NET)