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, 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.
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The MiRIS Consortium
Kellogg Community College joins Lansing Community College, Mid Michigan Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan College and Grand Valley State University in the establishment 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 college completion requirements.
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 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) department of affiliating hospitals, clinics, or other MRI provider facilities.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, Kellogg Community College students will be awarded an associate degree of applied science in MRI and will be eligible to take the MRI certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) earning nationally recognized professional credentials.
Though KCC’s MRI Program is not designed as a transfer program, the inclusion of Grand Valley State University in the MiRIS Consortium provides baccalaureate-bound students a transfer pathway to the GVSU Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences. Students interested should meet with an academic advisor.