Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | Casper College, Wyoming

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Photo of a patient in an MRI machine

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.

Admissions Requirements: Must be a registered Radiologic Technologist (radiographer or radiation therapist): Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist (ARRT or NMTCB); or be registry eligible

Certificate Requirements: Must be a registered Radiologic Technologist (radiographer or radiation therapist): Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist (ARRT or NMTCB); or be registry eligible.

Mission

The Associate of Science in Radiography Program at Casper College produces competent medical radiographers eligible for immediate employment or advanced education, by offering high quality educational and clinical experiences.

Purpose

The radiography program at Casper College provides quality learning opportunities for its students in order to accomplish its mission. It also encourages and supports life-long learning. By maintaining national accreditation, the radiography program will prepare students to meet the demands of the profession. This includes technical skills, as well as their ability to be intellectually adaptive and communicate well, to think analytically, to integrate knowledge, and to appreciate cultural and social diversity. Graduates will learn to exhibit and apply high ethical values and standards of practice in regard to patient care in the healthcare field.

Program goals

  1. Clinical Performance and Competence
    Students will produce high quality images by possessing the knowledge, clinical application, radiation safety practices and patient care skills needed to meet the needs of the radiography community as entry level radiographers.
  2. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
    Students will demonstrate sound problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively in the clinical setting.
  3. Communication
    Students will communicate effectively with patients, peers, and other members of the healthcare team. Through effective communication students will function as a productive member of the healthcare team.
  4. Professional Growth and Development
    Students will understand the purpose and importance of professional values, ethics, continuing education, and life-long learning.
  5. Program Effectiveness
    Graduates will fulfill the needs of the health care community. The program will provide the community with graduates who are able to function as an active member of the health care team.

Background check and drug/alcohol policy

Students enrolled in any of the health science programs will participate in clinical experiences in a variety of agencies. Prior to participating in the clinical experiences, students will be subject to that agency’s requirements for a background check, drug testing and/or drug abuse prevention policies. Students are then subject to the random drug testing policy of that agency.

Following graduation, several of the state and/or national licensing or certification (registry) boards, including the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), may refuse to allow a graduate to sit for the required exam or issue a license or certification to a person who has a prior felony conviction or proven history of drug or alcohol abuse. Applicants to whom this applies should consult the program director for further information.

Clinical accessibility policy

The radiology program uses a variety of health-care agencies in the community for clinical experience for the students. If you have been employed in one or more of the agencies and are not eligible for rehire as an employee, the agency may not permit you to participate in the essential clinical component of the program.

Please contact the human resources department of the affected agency and request documentation that states the agency position on your participation in the clinical component of the program. If you receive a negative response from the agency, you are automatically ineligible to apply. A response indicating you will be permitted to attend clinicals in the agency will be given to the program director prior to the selection process for admission to the program. If you are unable to fulfill clinical requirements due to a previous employer issue and have not complied with the above, you could be dismissed from the program.

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression

Critical thinking: Critical thinking ability to exercise non-clinical and clinical judgment in a timely manner.

Interpersonal: Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact professionally and therapeutically with peers, faculty, staff, administrators, patients/clients, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.

Communication: Communication skills sufficient for interaction with peers, faculty, staff, administrators, patients/clients, families, and groups in verbal, nonverbal and written form.

Mobility: Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, safely perform treatments/procedures, and assist patients/clients; lift and transfer patients/clients; manipulate equipment; walk and/or stand for extended periods of time.

Motor skills: Gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe and effective patient/client care.

Hearing: Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and safely assess health needs.

Visual: Visual ability with or without corrective lenses sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in safe patient/client care.

Tactile: Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment of patient/client care.

Professionalism: The ability to understand and demonstrate sufficient respect for others in non-verbal, verbal, and written communications in the classroom, laboratory, clinical settings, in the Casper College community, and in related public settings. The ability to demonstrate sufficient understanding of the cumulative effect that behavior, appearance, and communication has on the health science professional image.

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 specialty 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 technologist 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 Algebra
  • 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 cumulative 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 admission along with the observation form and questions by February 15.
  • 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 Department 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
Radiography Program Director
Office: HS 104
307-268-2587
Interim Dean, School of Health Science
Office: HS 202A
307-268-2495