Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an exciting and emerging medical imaging technology that shows great promise for continued innovative growth and career opportunity for highly trained technologists. Unlike radiography, computed tomography (CT) and other diagnostic imaging modalities requiring radiation, MRI uses powerful magnetic fields, radio waves and computers to create digital images, making this high-tech modality a non-invasive imaging method of the structure and function of the human body.
Technologists practicing in the field of MRI must have strong knowledge and skill competency and be excellent communicators with the ability to think critically and respond effectively to circumstances affecting patient care and diagnosis. Physicians responsible for reviewing and interpreting MR images rely heavily on the MRI technologist to acquire images of the highest quality and relevance so that a timely and accurate diagnosis can be made. This requires MRI technologists to apply concepts of human anatomy, physiology, MR physics and patient care to the protocols determined for imaging quality and accuracy.
Kellogg Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Students interested in applying for KCC’s MRI Program must first complete the general education and occupational program preparation courses listed in the table below, or have completed an associate degree in radiography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine or sonography through an accredited institution. The sequence of MRI classes recommended for full-time students seeking KCC’s MRI degree also follows.
For more information about KCC’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program, see:
- The Magnetic Resonance Imaging section of KCC’s Academic Catalog
- The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) course descriptions page
- Information about magnetic resonance imaging careers
- Information about why you should study magnetic resonance imaging at KCC
MRI Program Prerequisites
|Required General Ed Courses||Required Occupational Program
|COMM 101: Foundations of
|BIOL 201: Human Anatomy**|
|Creativity Elective*||BIOL 202: Human Physiology**|
|ENGL 151: Freshman Composition**||MATH 125: College Algebra**|
|PSYC 201: Intro to Psychology**||PHYS 109: Intro to MRI Physics|
|SOC 201: Intro to Sociology**||OIT 227: Medical Terminology|
*For class options that fulfill the elective requirements indicated here, see the Degree and Certificate Requirements section of KCC’s Academic Catalog.
**Courses indicated with an asterisk fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit www.kellogg.edu/macrao.
Associate in Applied Science: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
|Summer I||Fall||Spring||Summer II|
|MRI 200: Professional Prospectus||MRI 201: Computer Applications in Medical Imaging||MRI 222: MR Physics 2||MRI 263: Clinical Practice 3|
|MRI 260: Pre-Clinical Preparation||MRI 220: MR Physics 1||MRI 232: MR Procedures and Pathophysiology 2||MRI 295: MRI Certification Exam Preparation|
|MRI 241: Applied Sectional Anatomy||MRI 230: MR Procedures and Pathophysiology 1||MRI 240: MR Image Analysis|
|MRI 261: Clinical Practice 1||MRI 262: Clinical Practice 2|
KCC’s MRI Program is not designed as a transfer program, but the inclusion of Grand Valley State University in the Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium provides baccalaureate-bound students a transfer pathway to the GVSU Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences. Students interested in this transfer opportunity should contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.
Click here to view additional Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Careers
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, KCC’s MRI Program students will be eligible to take the MRI certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), through which they can earn nationally recognized professional credentials. These credentials will allow successful graduates to work in the MRI departments of inpatient and outpatient health-care facilities as registered MRI technologists.
Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info
For the latest employment and wage estimates for MRI careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.
Why Study Magnetic Resonance Imaging at KCC?
KCC’s MRI Program is undergoing accreditation through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
MiRIS Consortium Partnerships
KCC joins Lansing Community College, Mid Michigan Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan College and Grand Valley State University as part of the Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium to offer an associate degree in MRI. Each of the colleges enrolls students in the program under their individual admission criteria and each awards the degree or certificate according to the specific college’s completion requirements.
Online Learning & Clinical Experience
KCC’s traditional MRI coursework is offered in an online format, while clinical education is provided in one of 32 MRI departments in Michigan. This program structure is unique to most imaging sciences programs across the state and country. Students complete the MRI didactic courses offered online by one of the MiRIS colleges through Michigan Colleges Online (formerly the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative). 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.
Program effectiveness data
The following data shows completion and credentialing exam pass rates for recent KCC MRI Program graduates.
Completion Rate: January 1 through December 2013 (Graduates of 2013)
The total number of students enrolled in the cohort was 24. The total number that completed the program was 22. The program’s annual completion rate for 2013 was 92 percent (22/24 = 92 percent).
Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (2013)
This number reflects the number of students who passed our national certification examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists on the first attempt. Eighteen of the 21 students setting for the examination passed. This gives us a pass rate of 80 percent.
(Note: The ARRT’s yearly reported data does not include students that waited until after Dec. 31, 2013, to take the examination).
|Grad Year||Job Placement||Results|
|2013||100%||Eighteen of 18 graduates reported being employed within six months of graduation.|