December 21, 2011
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Lake Michigan College, several community colleges, and one university have formed a consortium agreement to offer a hybrid magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) program that includes online learning and hands-on instruction. The consortium operates under the title of Michigan Radiologic Imaging Sciences (MiRIS) and was recently approved by the Higher Learning Commission.
Colleges joining LMC in the consortium include Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kellogg Community College, Lansing Community College, and Mid-Michigan Community College.
“It’s a collaborative effort in on-line lecture courses and clinical experiences in hospitals and imaging centers,” stated LMC program director of radiologic technology and MRI programs, Kerry Mohney. “It gives students the convenience of taking lecture courses on-line and allows schools and instructors to share responsibilities and resources.”
For the first few cohorts, the LMC consortium format will be available to qualified and registered imaging technologists or those who are employed as MRI technologist assistants. According to Mohney, when an MRI procedure is not done in a student’s home college clinical facility the consortium gives the student the opportunity to attend another clinical site to achieve clinical competencies. Due to the high cost of the medical equipment, not every medical facility has the same machines or conducts the same procedures.
The consortium MiRIS MRI program is a 16-month program and will have limited enrollment, with May 14, 2012, as the next start date. The smaller enrollment numbers respect the employment market for those imaging modalities that do not require programs with high student enrollment.
The MiRIS MRI program is being offered in addition to the traditional MRI program LMC has had since 2008. The traditional program is for both registered imaging professionals as well as those who do not hold certification or have imaging experience.
The employment outlook for radiologic technologists is growing 14-19% annually according to the U.S. Department of Labor. An MRI technologist earns a mean salary of $58,607 in Michigan, and $62,884 nationally according to the American Society of Radiologic Technology.
For information regarding the MRI consortium at LMC and the eligibility requirements, contact Mohney at (269) 927-8100 ext. 5093 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.