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Magnetic Resonance Imaging Associate in Applied Science

Working in MRI

The mission and purpose of the MiRIS MRI Program is to provide for both the personal and professional career development of each MRI student. The general goals of the program are:

  • The students will demonstrate entry-level knowledge and competency in the practice of MRI.
  • The students will demonstrate professional attitude values and behaviors necessary for professional success.
  • Students that will demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills as responsible members of the health care team.
  • Graduates will be employable and meet the needs of the health care community.
  • Graduates of the program will be well prepared to successfully complete the ARRT certification examination.

When students complete this program, they will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning, and MRI Sequence parameters to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures.
  • Determine imaging parameters to achieve optimum imaging.
  • Evaluate images for appropriate positioning, coil selection, and image quality.
  • Apply the principles of ferromagnetic safety and contrast application for the protection of the patient, technologist, and others.
  • Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate life-saving first aid and basic life-support procedures.
  • Evaluate the performance of MRI systems, know the safe limits of equipment operation, and report malfunctions to the proper authority.
  • Participate in MRI quality assurance programs.
  • Provide care and comfort in regard to holistic health of the patient and others.
  • Provide patient education related to MRI procedures.

Program Effective Outcomes and Safety Statement     

The Associate in Applied Arts and Science degree in Magnetic Resonance Imaging is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182. 312-704-5304.

This program provides a thorough foundation in procedures, pathophysiology, and physics critical to the field of MRI. It is designed not only to foster the skills and knowledge necessary for competent practice, but also places emphasis on professional attitudes, values and behaviors that encourage the professional growth of the individual student.

The MRI program is offered through a partnership with other Michigan Community Colleges in the Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium. Each college enrolls students in the program under their admission criteria and each awards the degree according to that college’s completion requirements.

Students in the program complete MRI courses delivered in an online environment by one of the MiRIS colleges through Michigan Colleges Online ( Clinical education courses are arranged through the MiRIS Consortium Director in collaboration with the MRI departments of affiliating hospitals, clinics or other MRI provider facilities. These experiences are developed to meet the established objectives and eligibility requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and prepare students to complete the MRI certification exam.

Ildiko Widman, M.S., (RT)(R)(CT)
Faculty/Academic Advisor
Health Sciences Office: 269-927-8768
Fax: 269-927-8186 

Amy Lee, EdD, RT (R)(MR)
MRI Program Director
222 N. Chestnut Street
Lansing, MI 48933
Fax: 269-565-2055

For more information on the program and to read the student handbook visit the Michigan Community Colleges in the Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium website.

Application deadline for summer 2019 is February 1, 2019. Download important program documents using the links below:

Degree Requirements Credit Hours
Biology 101, Biological Science, or Biology 110, Human Anatomy & Physiology, or Biology 111, Principles of Biology I, or Biology 112, Principles of Biology II 4
English 101, English Composition 3
English 102, English Composition, or English 103, Technical Writing, or Communication 101, Introduction to Public Speaking 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Mathematics 122, Intermediate Algebra, or Mathematics 123, Quantitative Reasoning 4
Psychology 201, Introduction to Psychology 3


Major Requirements Credit Hours
Biology 205, Human Anatomy 4
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 100, Preclinical Preparation 3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 101, Professional Prospectus 1
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 102, MRI Procedures and Pathophysiology I 3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 103, MRI Physics I 3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 105, Clinical Experience I 3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 106, MRI Procedures and Pathophysiology II 3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 107, MRI Physics II 3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 108, Image Analysis 3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 109, Clinical Experience II 3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 111, Clinical Experience III 3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 113, Registry Review (Certificate Program Elective) 3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 114, Applied Sectional Anatomy 3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 115, Computer Applications in Medical Imaging 3
Physical Science 101, Physical Science: Chemistry and Physics 4
Reading 110, Medical Terminology Vocabulary, or Health 103, Medical Terminology 1



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