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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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.

What are the features of Casper’s program?

The Casper College MRI certificate program spans approximately ten months of both academic and clinical education. The program will prepare technologists to take the advanced credentialing ARRT primary if the student has an associate degree or post-primary exam if they do not have an associate degree.

 Casper College is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists as an MRI 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.

The ten-month 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 online didactic courses only. If you select taking only online non-clinical courses you do not need to apply to the program but must meet the educational and certification requirements listed in the program 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.

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.

What can I do with this major?

Employment info

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 are the special admission requirements, if any?

A maximum of 20 students are admitted each year. Once accepted into the program you will begin in April with Introduction to Radiologic Technology, which is an online course. Classes on campus begin in mid-May and span 24 months of continuous education (including summer semesters).

In order to be eligible to apply to the program, a student must have the following completed:

  • Apply to Casper College as a degree seeking student.
  • Have taken or be enrolled in the following courses 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.
    • 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
  • 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.

Program admission requirement details

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

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.

What courses would I take?

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

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Contact Info

Lupe Kerr

Academic Assistant, School of Health Science

Jeff McCarty

Dean, School of Health Science