Magnetic Resonance Imaging

SC4 is no longer accepting applications for this program. Current students will be able to complete the program, but no new students will be admitted to the MRI program.

Working in MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, procedures play an important role in diagnosing diseases and injuries. An MRI uses magnetic field and radio waves to produce images of the inside of the human body. When a patient lies inside the MRI machine, which is like a large tube, radio waves produce faint signals that create sectional images that are ultimately used by physicians to diagnose medical problems.

MRI technologists are highly-trained and possess the expertise for competent practice. They are mostly employed by hospitals but increasingly, jobs are becoming available in physician offices and imaging centers. The main duties of the MRI technologist include explaining the procedure to the patient, preparing the patient and positioning them correctly, operating the equipment, and recording the images for the physician to interpret. The patient might be in pain or distress, or they might feel claustrophobic. The MRI technologist will provide support while talking patients through the procedure and letting them know what to expect.

How the MRI program works

MRI scan of the left side of a patient's head.
MRI scan of the left side of a patient’s head.

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 (micollegesonline.org). Clinical education courses are arranged through the MiRIS Consortium’s educational coordinator 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.

Program, tuition and clinical site information

You can find information about the MRI program at the Michigan Community College Association webpage.

You can find more information about tuition rates for the MRI program by visiting the Michigan Colleges Online courses web page and clicking on “MCO Tuition.”

Detailed information about clinical sites is available through Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS).

Informational package

Program mission statement and goals

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:

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

Program outcomes/objectives

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

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

Program accreditation

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.

Program effective outcomes and safety statement

For academic programs leading to professional licensure

SC4 Health Sciences Programs prepare students for State and National exams leading to professional licensure. Please be aware that additional steps (background checks, applications, fees, etc.) may be required to apply for licensing in the state of Michigan or other states. It is recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state if you are considering an academic program leading to a professional license. It is your responsibility to understand the requirements in your state of residence.

Contact information

Monica Rowling, M.S., R.T. (R.) (M.)
Program Director
SC4 Radiologic Technology Program
SC4 MRI Program
msrowling@sc4.edu
810-989-5688
Fax: 810-989-5777

Amy Lee, Ed.D., RT (R)(MR)
Director of Collaborative Programs / MiRIS Director
222 N. Chestnut St.
Lansing, MI 48933
269-830-7662
alee@mcca.org