AS in MRI Program Description

Program Goals

  1. To train students who demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for employment as entry-level MRI technologists.
  2. To develop interpersonal skills in communicating with patients, medical and administrative individuals.
  3. To help students acquire the necessary skills to practice proper patient care.
  4. To provide students with the knowledge, clinical skills, problem solving abilities, and interpersonal skills to practice in the field of magnetic resonance imaging.
  5. To produce 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), American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), and the Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists (SMRT).
  6. To prepare students to take and pass the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT) examination and/or ARRT (MR) Examination.

Program Outline and Course Descriptions

Course Number

Title

Clock Hours

Quarter Credit Hours

GE 001

Biology Basics

45

4.5

This course is an introduction to major biological molecules, cell structure and function for both eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms, cell cycle, genetics, sexual and asexual reproduction, bioenergetics, cell communication and signaling.
This is a General Education Course.

GE 021

Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology

66

6.5

In both the lecture and the lab, the essential basics of structures and functions of the human body systems will be discussed. Topics on all individual major organ systems will be examined, while considering them in the state of health versus the state of disease, focusing mainly on structures. Various clinical implications and possible deviations from norm of each organ system will be brought up throughout the course.
This is a General Education Course.

GE 110

Critical Thinking 45 4.5

This course teaches students the skills they need in order to think for themselves—skills they will call upon in this course, in other college courses, and in the world that awaits. This course covers the core concepts with real-world examples and practice exercises. This is a General Education Course.

GE 112

Algebra I
45 4.5

This course is designed to give students the math skills that provide a foundation for more advanced courses. Students will explore writing and solving linear and nonlinear equations, powers and exponents, quadratic equations, polynomials and factoring, graphing and solving linear inequalities, and functions.
This is a General Education Course.

GE 201

Introduction to Sociology 45 4.5

This course includes the study of basic methods and concepts of sociology, which have broad academic relevance, and which can be applied to the study of sociology as well other academic disciplines.
This is a General Education Course.

MR 001

Introduction to MRI 120

12.0

This course is designed for use as the initial introduction for the MRI training program. The one hundred and twenty (120) hours of didactic instruction will prepare students for clinical which begins in the fourth week, insuring safety in the practice of MRI technology. This course will provide the student with an overview of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Safety. Program policies and student responsibilities will be outlined. The fundamental principles of MRI, equipment and terminology will be introduced. The role of the technologist in maintaining patient safety and comfort will be discussed as well as personal safety and safety of coworkers. A brief introduction about imaging parameters and the clinical application of MRI is included. The student will be introduced to the basic setup for most routine MRI procedures.

MR 101

Sectional Anatomy I

24

2.0

This is a study of human anatomy as seen in axial, sagittal and coronal planes. Other imaging planes are studied when relevant for demonstration of anatomy in specific regions. Correlation to MRI is practiced in this course. Bony, muscular, vascular, organs, and soft tissues of the following anatomical regions are studied: central nervous system (brain and spine), other structures in the head, soft tissue neck, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, thorax, abdomen, and pelvis.

MR 102

Medical Terminology I

18

1.5

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to medical and pathological terms related to specific body systems. Through lecture, discussion, demonstration, visual aids, and self-study the student will develop knowledge and understanding of the professional language so that they may function and communicate effectively with other members of the medical team.

MR 103L

Physical Principles of MRI

54

4.5

This unit provides the student with a comprehensive overview of MR imaging principles. The subjects are formatted in individual outlines and can be sequenced according to the level of knowledge desired. Topics include the history of MR, nuclear MR signal production, tissue characteristics, pulse sequencing, imaging parameters/options and image formation.

MR 104L

Patient Care

48

4.0

Content is designed to provide the basic concepts of patient care, including consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the patient and family. Routine and emergency patient care procedures will be described, as well as infection control procedures utilizing standard precautions. The role of the MRI technologist in patient education will be identified including ethics, communication, and age appropriate care.

MR 111

MRI Clinical I

252

8.0

This course will allow the student the opportunity to practice skills necessary to obtain high quality MR images, to objectively alter protocols based on patient pathology or physical condition, and to identify image quality problems and make appropriate corrections. The clinical is conducted at a clinical facility after or in conjunction with didactic instruction. Activities include demonstration and observation, after which the student assists in performing the activity. When a satisfactory degree of proficiency is apparent, the student will be allowed to perform the activity under direct supervision. When both the student and instructor are satisfied with the student’s proficiency, the student will proceed with performing studies under indirect supervision to gain experience and expertise in MR imaging. This course is presented with a progression in competency levels in the form of clinical performance objectives and competency exams. The student will have access to the facilities, personnel, examinations and educational materials to competently achieve the course objectives.

MR 201

Sectional Anatomy II

24

2.0

This is a study of human anatomy as seen in axial, sagittal and coronal planes. Other imaging planes are studied when relevant for demonstration of anatomy in specific regions. Correlation to MRI is practiced in this course. Bony, muscular, vascular, organs, and soft tissues of the following anatomical regions are studied: central nervous system (brain and spine), other structures in the head, soft tissue neck, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, thorax, abdomen, and pelvis.

MR 202

Medical Terminology II 18 1.5

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to medical and pathological terms related to specific body systems. Through lecture, discussion, demonstration, visual aids, and self-study the student will develop knowledge and understanding of the professional language so that they may function and communicate effectively with other members of the medical team.

MR 203L

MRI Protocols and Procedures I

42

3.0

This course will provide the student with imaging techniques related to the CNS, neck, thorax, musculoskeletal system, and abdominopelvic regions. Students will learn specific clinical application, coils that are available and their use, considerations in the scan sequences, specific choices in the protocols (i.e.; slice thickness, phase direction, flow compensation), and positioning criteria. Anatomical structures and the plane that best demonstrates anatomy will be discussed as well as signal characteristics of normal and abnormal structures. Pharmacology as it pertains to MRI will be discussed. Students will demonstrate the practices they have learned by applying their didactic knowledge during their laboratories.

MR 204

MRI Safety

36

3.5

This content introduces the basic principles of MR safety and covers the basic concepts of patient management. Educating patients and ancillary staff on magnet safety also is presented. Patient and magnet-related emergencies represent a unique situation to an MR technologist; recommended procedures and responsibilities of the technologist will be discussed for these situations. This content also covers MR contrast agents.

This introduction provides basic knowledge of MR safety, patient preparation and monitoring of patients in the MR suite. This information enables the student to better communicate with the health care team to ensure patients’ safety. Health effects and safety issues are important aspects of this diagnostic modality.

MR 211

MRI Clinical II 252

8.0

This course will allow the student the opportunity to practice skills necessary to obtain high quality MR images, to objectively alter protocols based on patient pathology or physical condition, and to identify image quality problems and make appropriate corrections. The clinical is conducted at a clinical facility after or in conjunction with didactic instruction. Activities include demonstration and observation, after which the student assists in performing the activity. When a satisfactory degree of proficiency is apparent, the student will be allowed to perform the activity under direct supervision. When both the student and instructor are satisfied with the student’s proficiency, the student will proceed with performing studies under indirect supervision to gain experience and expertise in MR imaging. This course is presented with a progression in competency levels in the form of clinical performance objectives and competency exams. The student will have access to the facilities, personnel, examinations and educational materials to competently achieve the course objectives.

MR 301

Sectional Anatomy III

24

2.0

This is a study of human anatomy as seen in axial, sagittal and coronal planes. Other imaging planes are studied when relevant for demonstration of anatomy in specific regions. Correlation to MRI is practiced in this course. Bony, muscular, vascular, organs, and soft tissues of the following anatomical regions are studied: central nervous system (brain and spine), other structures in the head, soft tissue neck, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, thorax, abdomen, and pelvis.

MR 302L

Physics I

31

2.5

This course is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive overview of MR imaging. Topics include instrumentation, magnetism, NMR signal production, tissue characteristics, spatial localization, pulse sequencing, imaging parameters/options, special applications, safety, and quality assurance. Advanced level training is included which provides activities related to physical principles in addition to quality assurance procedures.

MR 303L

MRI Protocols and Procedures II

42

3.0

This course will provide the student with imaging techniques related to the CNS, neck, thorax, musculoskeletal system, and abdominopelvic regions. Students will learn specific clinical application, coils that are available and their use, considerations in the scan sequences, specific choices in the protocols (i.e.; slice thickness, phase direction, flow compensation), and positioning criteria. Anatomical structures and the plane that best demonstrates anatomy will be discussed as well as signal characteristics of normal and abnormal structures. Pharmacology as it pertains to MRI will be discussed. Students will demonstrate the practices they have learned by applying their didactic knowledge during their laboratories.

MR 304

MRI Pathology in Diagnostic Imaging

36

3.5

This course will familiarize the student with the common pathologies found in magnetic resonance imaging and their appearances with various imaging protocols. The course content will be inclusive of all commonly imaged body systems and areas. Case studies and images of the pathologies will be used to reinforce the lectures by the student from cases that they have performed or observed during clinical. The student will research pathologies and present the research in class.

MR 311

MRI Clinical III

252

8.0

This course will allow the student the opportunity to practice skills necessary to obtain high quality MR images, to objectively alter protocols based on patient pathology or physical condition, and to identify image quality problems and make appropriate corrections. The clinical is conducted at a clinical facility after or in conjunction with didactic instruction. Activities include demonstration and observation, after which the student assists in performing the activity. When a satisfactory degree of proficiency is apparent, the student will be allowed to perform the activity under direct supervision. When both the student and instructor are satisfied with the student’s proficiency, the student will proceed with performing studies under indirect supervision to gain experience and expertise in MR imaging. This course is presented with a progression in competency levels in the form of clinical performance objectives and competency exams. The student will have access to the facilities, personnel, examinations and educational materials to competently achieve the course objectives.

MR 401

Medicolegal Considerations in Healthcare

24

2.0

Content is designed to provide a fundamental background in ethics and human diversity. The historical and philosophical basis of ethics, as well as the elements of ethical behavior, will be discussed. The student will examine a variety of ethical issues and dilemmas found in clinical practice. Course activities will include research and analysis on case studies germane to the field of medical imaging. An introduction to legal terminology, concepts and principles will also be presented. Topics include misconduct, malpractice, legal and the ASRT professional standards.

MR 402

MRI Registry Review

36

3.5

This course will prepare the student for and to pass the required registry board exams so that they are able to work as MRI Technologists. This course includes a review of the MRI program and the students will take a mock registry board exams. Students will learn effective ways to study and answer question from the registry.

MR 403L

Physics II

31

2.5

This course is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive overview of MR imaging. Topics include instrumentation, magnetism, NMR signal production, tissue characteristics, spatial localization, pulse sequencing, imaging parameters/options, special applications, safety, and quality assurance. Advanced level training is included which provides activities related to physical principles in addition to quality assurance procedures.

MR 404

Computers in Imaging and PACS

24

2.0

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the components, principles and operation of digital imaging systems found in radiology. The student will learn the principles of digital imaging systems, factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving, and retrieval of MR images.

MR 411

MRI Clinical IV

252

8.0

This course will allow the student the opportunity to practice skills necessary to obtain high quality MR images, to objectively alter protocols based on patient pathology or physical condition, and to identify image quality problems and make appropriate corrections. The clinical is conducted at a clinical facility after or in conjunction with didactic instruction. Activities include demonstration and observation, after which the student assists in performing the activity. When a satisfactory degree of proficiency is apparent, the student will be allowed to perform the activity under direct supervision. When both the student and instructor are satisfied with the student’s proficiency, the student will proceed with performing studies under indirect supervision to gain experience and expertise in MR imaging. This course is presented with a progression in competency levels in the form of clinical performance objectives and competency exams. The student will have access to the facilities, personnel, examinations and educational materials to competently achieve the course objectives.

Total

1886

111.5

 *General Education Courses are identified in Italic.

Program Information, Length and Schedule

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts MRI Technology Program provides a library and classrooms equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, textbooks and journals, and anatomical charts and models.

Instructor to Student ratio is 1:20 in lecture and 1:1 during internship.

The MRI program is a full-time course of study and takes place over seventy-two (72) weeks. The program is offered once per calendar year. The curriculum encompasses all principles of magnetic resonance imaging technology which includes two hundred fifty six (256) hours of general education instruction, six hundred and thirty-two (632) hours of technical didactic instruction and labs and one thousand and eight (1008) hours of supervised internship experience. The program is based on the parameters suggested by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), the Association of Educators in Radiological Sciences (AERS), and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). In addition, MRI program integrates general education component to complement technical courses.

The program consists of six (6) - 12 weeks modules. During 1st module (12 weeks) of the program, students will be taking General Education courses up to 24 hours per week via online delivery. During 2nd module (12 weeks), students will continue to take General Education courses online up to 24 hours per week for the first 8 weeks. The last 4 weeks of the 2nd module, students workload consists of on campus didactic sessions which include five days per week of six (6) hours per day didactic instruction. During modules 3 through 6, didactic courses take place twice per week on for the duration of the program.

Throughout the modules 3 through 6 students are generally expected to be present on campus twice per week for minimum of four (4) hours and up to a maximum of six (6) hours per day for didactic instructions. For Clinical Rotations starting from 3rd module, students will attend their internship at an assigned MRI facility for a period of forty-eight (48) weeks 3 days per week. During all modules students will attend their internship at a minimum of twenty-one (21) hours per week. Labs are scheduled on an individual basis during regular clinical setting business hours and Saturdays and Sundays throughout the program.

Normal completion time for this program is seventy-two (72) weeks excluding any holidays and vacation times. The curriculum provides our students with the general education, technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this challenging field. Upon completion of the program, an Associate of Science Degree is awarded. In order to ensure program completion is on-time and the required program hours are fulfilled, class times can and may be rescheduled on an alternate day of the week (Sunday through Saturday).