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MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING
The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools; is approved by The Commission on Accreditation of the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT); and recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) for our graduates to pursue primary pathway certification and registration in Magnetic Resonance Imaging https://www.arrt.org/.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an exciting imaging modality that has changed the ability to see within the human body without invasive procedures (surgery). Clinically MRI has been used for 30+ years and still evolving at a rapid pace.
As an MR technologist, you will be challenged to integrate your knowledge of the fundamental principles of MRI into the field of medicine. In order to stay current a successful technologist must be proficient in MR Physics & Instrumentation, MR Imaging & Procedures, Anatomy & Physiology, MR common pathology and clinical applications, and techniques for multiple procedures. MRI provides the ability to view cross-sectional images of anatomical regions in any arbitrary plane; students must learn to adapt and recognize anatomy and common pathology in cross section.
MRI scans are non-invasive procedures that use extremely strong magnetic fields and radio waves. There is no radiation involved. The patient is securely placed on an MR imaging table within a large MRI scanner. Powerful magnetic fields are administered to align the Proton nuclei in the body. Radio frequency pulses are applied causing the release of some of their energy; known as MR echos or signals. The computer detects, collects, and analyzes the signals. Through a mathematical process, the computer maps these signals out generating a detailed view of both anatomic & pathologic structures within the human body.
Casa Loma College’s -Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program offers an Associate of Science Degree specialized in MRI. This program is accredited by Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT).
The degree is designed to offer both academic and clinical education in the Art and Science of Magnetic Resonance Imaging for the candidate that is intrigued and motivated to pursue an education in this specialty.
The program is 96 weeks in total, running 6 semesters. Students complete the associate’s degree in the traditional two-year duration including: core and general education courses, in addition to all clinical externship.
The MRI Program is set up to support second career students and those students working and/or raising a family. Making the decision to return to school is not easy, but it is one you will never regret. MRI students are obligated to attending core curriculum courses on campus for Saturday lectures throughout semesters 1-4. During these semesters the entire week and Sundays are open for life’s obligations (family and work); students do weekly course work for the general education courses online. Students must be available to meet the clinical externship requirements during semesters 5 and 6; the weekly clinical obligation is 32-40 hours.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student is qualified to sit for the certifying examination offered by the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists Certification and eligible to sit for the primary pathway certification exam in Magnetic Resonance Imaging with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
The American College of Radiology (ACR) MRI Accreditation Committee has recognized ARMRIT as an autonomous certifying body meeting the ACR accreditation requirements of MRI Technologists, as of July 17, 2008. http://acr.org
All MRI Technologist must receive credentialing to be successful in the MRI profession as a technologist.
The exploration into a new profession for future career opportunities can be extremely exciting, even if the process of exploring education opportunities can be a little unnerving. Here in the MRI Program we make this an easy and pleasant experience.
A graduate entering the field of Radiology, specialized in MRI, with an Associates degree stimulates the progression of further professional endeavors. MRI technologist can work clinically in hospitals and medical imaging centers; each site has the right to set its individual hiring specifications. Over time, MRI technologists with degrees venture into management, clinical applications, and/or education. These career opportunities take a few years of professional specialization and today commonly require a baccalaureate degree. A student entering the field with the credentialing exam through the ARMRIT and Associates in Science – specialized in MRI, can give them a heads start for future advancement or opportunity.
All MRI Program applicants are welcome to set up a time to come into the college and meet with the MRI Director/Clinical Coordinator to discuss the MRI Program. Time will be allowed for the applicant or interested candidate to review the program policies & procedures prior to application and/or acceptance. Time can be allowed to discuss both questions, and concerns.