ARRT-approved MRI Education Program
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) recognizes Midwestern Career College’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist program as an approved educational program for ARRT’s magnetic resonance imaging certification and registration. Graduates of our program who also complete the associate degree requirements 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 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist program prepares 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 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist 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:
- Demonstrate knowledge and clinical competency to perform the duties of an entry-level MRI Technologist
- Communicate effectively and professionally as a member of the healthcare team
- Demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct
MRI technology is a great career choice, because MRI technologists are in demand, with 10% job growth expected over the next decade.
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 from the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians (ARRT) (with associate degree or higher)
- Certified MRI Technologist from 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 diploma program includes a required externship of 1000 hours.
MCC’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist 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)
Our program consists of courses such as:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- MRI Positioning and Procedures I, II and III
- Medical Imaging Pathology
- Patient Care and Safety
- Consumer Information
- Gainful Employment
- U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), Illinois Virtual Labor Market Information System
- The Occupational Information Network (O*NET)
- Tuition and Fees