Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI students listen to an instructor inside a mobile MRI unit.

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:

MRI Program Prerequisites

Required General Ed Courses Required Occupational Program
Preparation Courses
COMM 101: Foundations of
Interpersonal Communication**
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

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

Transfer Opportunities

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 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

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 CollegeMid Michigan Community CollegeGrand Rapids Community CollegeLake 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 MiRIS MRI Program graduates.

Completion Rate: Jan. 1 through December 2015 (Graduates of 2015)

The total number of students enrolled in the cohort was 30. The total number that completed the program was 28. The program’s annual completion rate for 2015 was 93 percent (28/30 = 93 percent).

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (2013-15)

This number reflects the number of students who passed our national certification examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists on the first attempt. Sixty-two of the 75 students setting for the examination passed. This gives us a pass rate of 83 percent.

Grad Year Job Placement Results
2013 100% 18 of 18 graduates reported being employed within six months of graduation.
2014 100% 20 of 20 graduates reported being employed within 12 months of graduation.
2015 100% 20 of 20 graduates reported being employed within 12 months of graduation.
Average 100%

For more information about KCC’s MRI Program, contact Allied Health Director Chris VandenBerg via the contact information below or contact Director of Collaborative Programs/MiRis Director Amy Lee at