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.