MRI

Advanced Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program

Program Overview

Do you have an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university? Are you currently working in an imaging modality and are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)? If you are looking to pursue a post-primary pathway certification and advance your career, then the Advanced Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a good fit for you.

This 12-month, part-time program is offered entirely online for working technologists who wish to become more marketable by having instruction in an additional modality. This program is also intended for technologists working in MRI who are seeking post-primary certification.

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The Advanced Certificate in MRI program offers courses pertaining to MRI safety, physics, image production and pathology. Cross sectional anatomy is offered during the fall semester for those students who have not previously been enrolled in the course.

Clinical Rotations

Students seeking to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification exam may choose an optional clinical rotation offered in the fall semester. Students living in New England may either choose to enroll at an MCPHS University coordinated site in New England or may find a site locally to complete the required ARRT competencies. Those students living outside of New England will be responsible for securing their own clinical placement; the program coordinator will work with students as needed to meet any requirements set by the sponsoring clinical rotations.

Students placed into an MCPHS University coordinated site will be charged 8 credit hours of tuition in the 2nd fall semester (or alternate semester) in which they enroll in the clinical placement experience. Students finding their own placement without any oversight by MCPHS University will not be charged additional tuition.

Careers

Upon completion of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) clinical experience requirements, graduates of this certificate program will be prepared to sit for the MRI Post-primary Certification Exam. Graduates who are certified and registered through the ARRT may seek employment in a hospital or diagnostic imaging center.

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Prerequisites

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • An associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Current ARRT, NMTCB or ARDMS certification
  • Current CPR certification

Curriculum

Summer

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
MRI 401 Physical Principals of MRI
3
MRI 405 MRI Safety and Applications
3
Total
6

Fall**

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
MRI 410 MRI Procedures
3
MRI 310* Cross Sectional Anatomy
3
Total
6

* RSC 310 is offered during the fall semester for students who have not taken Cross Sectional Anatomy.

**The option to enroll in an MRI clinical rotation at an MCPHS University affiliated hospital will be offered to students in the New England region during the fall semester. Students outside of New England, or those in New England who do not wish to be placed by MCPHS University, are responsible for finding their own clinical site placement to complete the required ARRT Clinical Experience Requirements. Students who are placed by MCPHS University and/or assisted by MCPHS University in securing clinical placements will pay tuition equal to 8 credits in the fall (eight additional credits are charged for the MCPHS University clinical placement).

Spring

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
MRI 415 MRI Image Production and Quality
3
MRI 430 MRI Pathology
3
Total
6

Total Semester Credit Hours: 18

Total Semester Credit Hours (if placed in MCPHS University clinical site): 26

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in the Advanced Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at MCPHS Online during the 2014–2015 academic year will pay $375/credit hour.

There are no fees in addition to the cost of tuition for MCPHS Online students in the 2014–2015 academic year, so students can estimate that a three-credit course in this program will cost $1125. Books are not included in the cost of tuition and must be factored in separately. The cost of books will vary by course.

Students placed into an MCPHS University coordinated site will be charged 8 credit hours of tuition in the fall semester. Students finding their own placement without any oversight by MCPHS University will not be charged additional tuition.

Financial Aid

An education is an investment. And we don’t think you’ll find a better return on your investment than by earning your degree from MCPHS University. Our Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is available to guide students through the process of securing funding to cover education costs. A dedicated staff member will help you apply for financial aid, review all sources of funding available to you and assist you with completing the paperwork necessary for disbursement.

For more information about how to fund your MCPHS University education, contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729. Certificate students are not eligible to receive federal aid.

Admission

Once your application is received, the Admission Office will notify you of any missing items that we require for your application to be considered complete. We review all files on a "rolling basis" and will make a decision once all application materials are received.

Priority Filing Date


The priority filing date for this program is February 1 each year for a summer (May) start. We continue to review applications until all seats in the program have been filled.

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Information for MCPHS University Alumni

If you are a graduate of MCPHS University and need to request your transcripts for admission to an MCPHS Online program, please click here to learn how to request your official transcript.

Questions?

Feel free to call 617.879.5022 or e-mail us with any questions you have about the application process.

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Technical, Non-Academic Standards

In conjunction with the applicable academic and accreditation standards, the faculty in each of the programs at MCPHS University has established certain abilities and characteristics defined as technical standards. Candidates for enrollment in programs at MCPHS University must meet these technical standards, which may include but are not limited to observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination and function, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. These standards may be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Please carefully review the technical standards for the program to which you have applied. The standards can be found in the MCPHS University College Catalog on the MCPHS University website. If you have questions regarding technical standards, please contact the Office of Admission immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

   

Once I earn the Advanced Certificate in MRI will I find employment as an MRI technologist?

Many hospitals and imaging facilities require that MRI technologists are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

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Will the content covered in this online program prepare me to sit for the ARRT exam?

Yes, the content of this program follows the curriculum outlined in the MRI Curriculum produced by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences (AEIRS) and the Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists (SMRT) of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM).

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How will I complete the mandatory clinical competencies to be eligible to sit for the ARRT registry exam?

A minimum of 125 repetitions of at least 25 different exams must be completed within 24 months from the date of the first repetition.

  1. Student Technologists who are employed in an MRI facility may have the requirements documented while under the supervision of an ARRT (MR) Registered Technologist.
  2. If you are not currently working in an MRI department it will be necessary to find a clinical site who will allow you to perform these studies under the supervision of an ARRT (MR) registered technologist.
  3. If you live in the New England Area you may have the opportunity to enroll in a clinical course through the program (at an additional cost equal to 8 credit hours) and attend an affiliated clinical site during the fall semester only. This will provide enough time to complete many if not all of the 125 repetitions required to apply for the ARRT registry exam.

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If clinical competencies are required to sit for the ARRT registry exam, why do you call the clinical optional?

The clinical rotation is optional because you do not need to complete the clinical competencies in order to receive the Advanced Certificate from MCPHS Online. However, in order to be eligible to sit for the registry exam, proof of successful completion of the competencies will need to be provided. MCPHS University will place New England-based students in affiliated locations for an additional cost of 8 credit hours.

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