2016-17 Catalog

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Advanced Certificate


Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a specialized imaging modality that utilizes computer technology in conjunction with magnetic fields and radio frequency signals to obtain sectional images in any body plane. MRI's ability to distinguish differences in tissue composition has made it the modality of choice in imaging the central nervous system and a variety of soft tissue structures. This one-semester program prepares radiographers to perform MRI procedures in hospitals and imaging centers.  The curriculum covers all subject areas listed in the ARRT Content Specifications for the Post Primary Examination in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Admission to these Programs: Selective

Admission Requirements:

  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete a general application for admission to the College - http://www.sandburg.edu/admissions/steps-enroll
  2. Submit official transcripts from high school and all post-secondary educational institutions.
  3. Graduate from an A. R. R. T. approved radiography program with a 2.5 or higher cumulative G. P. A. on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Provide evidence of active registration with the A. R. R. T. or registry-eligible status.
  5. Complete an application for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program. Program application is available online.
  6. MRI 255 practicum requires immunizations with titers, TB skin test, current Healthcare Provider CPR certification, 10 panel drug screen, background check and physical.  Student is responsible for all fees incurred.
  7. All students must attend orientation session.

Technologists employed in MRI may seek enrollment in the online classroom-only portions of the program, if desired.

Program admission is competitive and fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission. Class size is limited and is determined by the number of available clinical sites within each community-college district. Participating community college districts (in addition to Carl Sandburg College) include: Black Hawk, Heartland, Illinois Central, Illinois Valley, John Wood, Lincoln Land, Parkland, Richland, Sauk Valley, Scott (IA), Southeastern (IA), and Spoon River.

Applications will be accepted from June 1 through October 1 for a January semester start. If necessary, additional review dates may be scheduled. Applicants will be notified by letter by mid-November whether or not they have been accepted in the program.


Graduates are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Post-Examination in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This certification is nationally recognized.


Carl Sandburg College is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – The Higher Learning Commission, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL. 60602-2504.

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Advanced Certificate

Program Curriculum

RDT.262Sectional Anatomy for Diagnostic Imaging3
MRI.250MRI Physics & Instrumentaton4
MRI.252MR Imaging Procedures3
MRI.255MRI Practicum6
Total Program Requirement16

NOTE: In order to graduate, each student must complete all required courses with a grade of "C" or better.

NOTE: RDT.262, MRI.250 and MRI.252 are online courses.