The Magnetic Resonance Imaging undergraduate certificate program provides coursework in anatomy, patient management, procedures, and image production. Students observe magnetic resonance imaging procedures, perform procedures under direct supervision by registered technologists, and complete required clinical competencies toward the national certification exam for magnetic resonance imaging or to be applied toward continuing education requirements as deemed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are ordered on orthopedic, neurological, cardiovascular, cancer, and non-trauma patients and are extremely beneficial for examining soft tissue structures. An MRI technologist works in hospitals or outpatient healthcare facilities using an MRI scanner that uses a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in the body. The images are assembled and reconstructed digitally to create a series of diagnostic images that physicians use to interpret for a patient diagnosis.
The Magnetic Resonance Imaging certificate offers a seamless transfer pathway into the Bachelor of Radiologic Imaging Sciences Technology (B.R.I.T.) degree. Students are able to complete the certificate, sit for the national certification exam, begin working in the profession and then enroll in the B.R.I.T. degree and complete the remaining requirements to earn the bachelor’s degree.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Apply knowledge to the practice of magnetic resonance imaging.
- Effectively utilize critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills in the practice of magnetic resonance imaging.
- Effectively communicate in oral and written form with patients, customers, and all members of the health care team.
- Successfully perform magnetic resonance imaging procedures and attain results of high diagnostic value while providing patient care.
- Exhibit personal and professional attributes and values relevant to the practice of magnetic resonance imaging.
This program is designed to be completed in 2 semesters.
- 18 minimum total credits
- 9 courses, 2 credit hours each
Students are encouraged to register for the following courses during the summer term: RIS 44066 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques is a review course for the national certification exam. RIS 44073 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical Education III allows students to gain added experience in MRI and to complete required clinical competencies for the ARRT exam. The courses are not required to graduate with the certificate.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State’s website for professional licensure disclosure.