2014-15 Catalog

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Advanced Certificate

http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/magnetic-resonance-imaging

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 the HOBET 5 Test.
    Reading- 73% or higher 
    Math- 60% or higher
    Science- 39% or higher
    English- 50% or higher
    Total Adjusted Score- 54% or higher
  6. Complete an application for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program. Program application is available through the imaging advisor.

Technologists employed in MRI may seek enrollment in the online classroom-only portions of the program, if desired.
For more information, contact the Program Coordinator, Jan Hipple, 309-341-5311

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: Blackhawk, 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. 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.

Licensure

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.

Accreditation
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.

Department of Career, Technical & Health Education

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

 

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.

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

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Courses

MRI.250 MRI Physics & Instrumentaton44

This course introduces the student to the principles of nuclear magnetic resonance and the equipment used to produce the MR image. Emphasis is placed on understanding the relationships between the various imaging sequences/parameters and how their selection affects diagnostic quality. MR safety considerations and quality assurance techniques are also presented. Admission to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MRI.252 MR Imaging Procedures33

This course introduces the student to magnetic resonance imaging procedures. Patient screening and scanning protocols for examination of the head, neck, spine, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, musculoskeletal, and vascular systems will be addressed. The MRI technologist's role in identifying disease processes and trauma conditions will also be emphasized as it relates to the selection of MR imaging planes, sequences, and parameters. Admission to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MRI.255 MRI Practicum1256

This practicum course involves three days per week of clinical experience in affiliate hospitals and/or imaging centers. Assignments are made to enable students to achieve competency in performing magnetic resonance imaging procedures and in evaluating equipment operation. Course includes clinical seminars. Admission to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable