Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologists are highly skilled professionals who use specialized computerized equipment to produce cross sectional images that aid radiologists in diagnosing disease and disorders.  MR technologists must be knowledgeable of anatomy, physiology, patient care, communication skills, physics, equipment operation, procedure protocol and patient safety.

 The Casper College MRI Program spans approximately ten months of both academic and clinical education, at the completion of which the student is awarded a Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The program will prepare technologists to take the advanced credentialing ARRT primary if the student has an Associate’s Degree or post-primary exam if they do not have an Associate’s Degree.

 Casper College is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists as an MRI Primary Pathway Program

 The Casper College MRI Program is recognized by the ARRT as a primary pathway program.  This recognition allows us to significantly reduce the number of clinical exam requirements due to the formal education given in each of the specified exam content areas.  You must have an Associate’s Degree to pursue the primary pathway otherwise Casper College offers the post-primary pathway for student without an Associate’s Degree.

 **American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Structured Education Requirements

 Effective January 1, 2016 in order to take the MRI Certification Exam the ARRT will require documentation of structured education along with the required clinical experience requirements.  Structured education may be in the form of formal education coursework completed at a college or university or equivalent to 16 CE hours of structured education.  Candidates will need to document at least one CE credit or its equivalent of structured education at a college or university in each of the certification content categories. Both forms of structured education must meet the ARRT’s current CE guidelines. Casper College meets these requirements.

 The ten month Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate Program is designed to provide advanced technical skills to registered Radiologic Technologist (radiographer or radiation therapist): Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist (ARRT or NMTCB); registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (ARRT or ARDMS); or those registry eligible.  The program provides the advanced competency requirements needed to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). 

 Technologists can select to apply for the entire certificate program which includes clinical education or they can take individual on-line didactic courses only.  If you select taking only on-line non-clinical courses you do not need to apply to the program but must meet the educational and certification requirements listed in this guide. All courses will count toward the ARRT required Continuing Education Units (CEU) to maintain certification.

 This certificate program consists of hybrid (web-based) didactic courses as well as clinical education for the student.  The program is designed to accommodate working technologists and allows them to continue in their full time working positions while completing the course work. On campus lectures and testing will be held one weekend per month during the fall and spring semester.  The clinical component is designed to complete competency exams required to sit the ARRT MRI post-primary certification exam.  

 The program begins in July and continues through the following May with breaks according to the college calendar.  Please review the checklist for admissions to the program enclosed in this packet for more information on the application process.

 We are fortunate to have excellent clinical settings in Casper, Gillette, Sheridan, Douglas, Rawlins, and Lander for students to gain hands on experience.  Students can select locations in Casper or in one of the outside communities to complete the clinical portion of their radiography education. You may also apply to complete your clinical education at another location not listed above. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the required clinical objectives.

 Please review the information in the MRI Program Admissions Guide through the link provide on this page.  It will outline the necessary pre-requisites and application process for program eligibility.  If there is anything I might do to provide you more information or to answer any questions, please feel free to call me at 307-268-2587.  We also extend an invitation for you to visit our campus.  If you would like a tour, call the Admissions office at 1-800-442-2963 or 1-307-268-2491, and they will be happy to make arrangements. If you have the opportunity to visit our campus, please come by and see me.

Certificate info

For requirements and more information about this program, view its listing in the course catalog:

Frequently Asked Questions

What do radiographers do?

Radiographers play a vital role in the health care team. Using knowledge of physics, radiation protection, human anatomy & physiology and the latest high tech equipment, they create medical images of organs, tissues and bones. Radiography is often one of the first tools that doctors use to diagnose their clients' ailment. Radiographers also use their knowledge to provide quality patient education and care during imaging procedures.

Where do they work?

Graduates of our program work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private clinics, mobile imaging and research centers. In addition, there are many opportunities for further education in speciality areas such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, mammography, radiation therapy, education, and cardiovascular/interventional imaging.

What kind of opportunities and salary could I expect to earn as a rad tech?

According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic techologist is expected to increase by about 15% faster than the average for all occupations from 2006 to 2016. That means that radiography is a great career choice. Our graduates receive numerous job offers every year. The national mean salary is approximately $50,000 per year. Salaries will vary by location and job.

How do I obtain the Admission Guide to the radiology program?

Call Darian at 307-268-2235 and he will send you the admission guide.

How long is the Radiography program?

Once accepted into the program you will begin in April with Introduction to Radiologic Technology, which is an on-line course. Classes on campus begin in mid-May and span 24 months of continuous education (including summer semesters).

What are the prerequisites for the program?

ENGL 1010             English Composition I
MATH 1400             Pre-Calculus Algerbra
ZOO 2040/2041     Human Anatomy / Lab or 
ZOO 2110               Human Physiology
HLTK 0950             Basic Life Support
HLTK 1200             Medical Terminology

Students must have completed these courses or be enrolled at the time of application.  Midterm grades will be used in the application ranking process if the student has not completed the course by February 15th of the year applying.

What do I need to do to apply to the program?

Apply to Casper College as a degree seeking student.
Have taken or be enrolled in the courses listed above.
Have a cummulative GPA of 2.3 or better.
Have observed in a radiology department for a minimum of 8 hours and completed the program observation form and questions.
Must have a current CPR card for Healthcare Providers.
Complete and return the Radiography Program application for addmission along with the observation form and questions by Feb.15th.
Include two letters of recommendation with the letter of application.
Send transcripts from college coursework to the Program Director.

How many students are admitted into the program?

A maximum of 20 students are admitted each year.

Why is JRCERT accreditation important to students?

JRCERT educational standards are developed and accepted by professionals in the radiologic sciences.
JRCERT is the only organization recognized by the US Deparntment of Education to evaluate and accredit education programs in radiography and radiation therapy, which includes magnetic resonance and medical dosimetry.
JRCERT accreditation demonstrates that a program adheres to the national educational standards that will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and attributes through didactic and clinical education you need for entry into your chosen profession and to practice your profession anywhere in the United States.
Graduation from a JRCERT accredited program assures that you will be eligible to practice in all 50 states.
In some states, only graduates of JRCERT-accredited programs are eligible for licensure or certification.  Graduation from a JRCERT-accredited program assures that you will be eligible to practice in all 50 states.
Enrollment in a program accredited by the JRCERT can enhance your eligibility for scholarships and other funding from government and private agencies

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Contact

Academic Assistant, School of Health Science
Office: HS 202
307-268-2235
Program Director;
Radiography Program Director
Office: HS 104
307-268-2587
Dean, School of Health Science
Office: HS 202A
307-268-2495