Lake Michigan College's Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program prepares students for entry-level MRI technologist positions. You will learn concepts in the classroom and the opportunity to practice those concepts in clinical settings.
New MRI students begin their course sequence in May. Because of the sequence of courses and clinical requirements, students must commit to a full-time schedule of coursework which lasts for 17 consecutive months.
While there is a brief introduction to advanced specialty areas, if you wish to specialize additional training will be required.
According to Kerry Mohney, LMC Radiologic Technology program director and instructor, you may register for general requirement courses before entering the MRI program. Once you are in the program, you must complete coursework in the MRI sequence.
Expectations and Skills Taught
MRI program students must be serious about their education. According to Kerry, students are expected to attend class regularly. Attendance policies are in place for classroom work as well as for clinical rotations in the various healthcare facilities with which LMC partners.
Students need to devote adequate time outside of class to study. According to Mohney, for every hour in class, students should plan on an additional two to three hours for assigned reading and homework.
Students will learn MRI physics, MRI procedures, MRI image analysis, anatomy, and positioning. In addition to technical aspects of patient care, bedside manners, and how to work effectively with superiors and co-workers are also skills that are developed. Students can expect to build teamwork skills by working in groups on projects and to develop their communication skills through oral presentations.
General education requirements in areas such as English, math, healthful living, psychology, political science and history provide students with well-rounded curriculum to give them skills to live in a technical and global society.
Technology in the Classroom
A variety of technologies are used in conjunction with traditional lecture and hands-on activities.
Thanks to a partnership between Lakeland Foundation, South Haven Health System, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth and the Michigan Department of Community Health an entire new Medical Imaging Career Center was built during the spring and summer of 2009. MRI students utilize the lab's Picture Archiving Communication System and the equipment designed for patient care skill check offs. Extensive MRI scanning experience is provided for the students through the program's various clinical affiliates.
In addition, PowerPoint presentations, the Internet, and materials available on Canvas - the College's instructional Intranet - play an important role in the learning process.
Additional Program Costs
In addition to standard tuition, fees and books, students pay for uniforms, shoes, name tags, patches, and lead markers. These additional costs are roughly $650 per year.
To make an appointment, or for additional information about the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program, contact:
Gina Reitz, Health Science Secretary