Advanced Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

General

Program Description

Magnetic resonance (MR) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a procedure that uses pulses of radio wave energy along with a magnetic field to image a specific body area. Structure and function of the body are then presented as cross-sectional anatomy images. MR has greater soft tissue contrast than CT, thereby creating detailed images.

Technologists employed in magnetic resonance imaging may work in hospitals, imaging centers. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, technologists with certification in more than one diagnostic imaging area such as MR will be more marketable.

Admission Prerequisite

Admission to the MR Program follows the ARRT guidelines for post-primary certification. An applicant may be currently enrolled in an applicable imaging education program, such as radiology. However, the applicant must have attained registration status through ARRT in the applicable area prior to the start of the MR Program (mid-August). Another avenue for admission is to hold a current registration in radiography, radiation therapy, sonography or nuclear medicine. Sonography registration may be through either the ARRT or ARDMS. Nuclear medicine registration may be held with either the ARRT or NMTCB.

If you do not meet the prerequisite, completion of a radiologic technology (radiographer) program will be your first step.


How to apply for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program:

  1. Apply to and be accepted into Washburn University, not currently enrolled at Washburn University.
    • As part of the online application to Washburn University, students will have the opportunity to declare a major/degree. Applicants may declare the Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree with a major in Medical Imaging as well as a Certificate for the Magnetic Resonance program.
    • Apply for the semester you are intending to begin the program. (i.e. Fall 20__)
      Acceptance into Washburn University does not guarantee acceptance into the Magnetic Resonance Program.
  2. Apply to the MRI program by submitting the online MRI application, which will be sent to the MRI Program Coordinator.
    • Submit official transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions.
    • Send via regular mail or e-mail the supporting documents of national registration (ARRT, etc.) and current CPR card to:
      Jera Roberts
      Magnetic Resonance Program
      Washburn University
      1700 SW College Avenue
      Topeka, KS 66621


The core curriculum includes:

  • Sectional Anatomy
  • Clinical Practice and Patient Management
  • Physics (Instrumentation and Imaging Principles)
  • Imaging Procedures
  • Pathology

A graduate of the MR certificate program will possess an entry-level knowledge and clinical skill. The certificate in magnetic resonance (MR) requires the completion of a minimum of twenty-two credit hours, including clinical experience. All MR courses count towards the Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree.


Quality Indicators

The Magnetic Resonance (MR) program is administered by the Department of Allied Health which is located in the School of Applied Studies. The program curriculum at Washburn University is accredited by the North Central Association. The program may be completed either full-time or part-time and results in a certificate of completion. Upon successful conclusion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the post-primary exam with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.


Our Mission

The Magnetic Resonance program is focused on the development of qualified medical imaging technologists who provide optimum patient care.


Program Goal

  1. To graduate students with the theoretical knowledge to perform as competent entry-level MR technologists.
  2. To graduate students with professional expertise and behaviors.
  3. To graduate students with the ability to make independent decisions and think critically.
  4. To graduate students with the ability to skillfully care for their patients.


Gainful Employment

Job Placement Rate 2017 - 2018: 100%

This rate is based on 2017-2018 program completers who responded to our survey and who were employed within 180 days of completion.


Clinical Experience

As part of the requirements for the MRI program, 24 hours of magnetic resonance clinical education are done weekly during fall and spring semesters. These may be arranged as either three 8-hour days or two 12-hour days pending the preference of the MR clinical site.

You are responsible for finding an MR facility for clinical education since you know the healthcare facilities in your geographical area. Give the Affiliate Information Packet to any potential clinical sites. The sites should contact the Program Coordinator, Jera Roberts with further questions.

An affiliation agreement must be signed between the MR facility and Washburn University so that you are covered by liability insurance.


Clinical Education will include the following areas:

  • Imaging procedures in the categories of head and neck, spine, thorax, abdomen, and pelvis, musculoskeletal as well as special imaging procedures.
  • The ability to transfer knowledge to clinical application.
  • The development of competency in routine scans.
  • Special imaging procedures as available.
  • Quality control experience.
  • Patient safety, history, care, and assessment, as well as patient education information.
  • Opportunity to evaluate the resulting MR images.


Curriculum

You may pursue either the certificate on a part-time or full-time basis or a limited number of courses. The MR Program requires two semesters of clinical experience.


Full-Time Sequence for Registered Technologists

Fall Semester I

  • AL341 Sectional Anatomy and Imaging Applications – 4 credits
  • AL347 Magnetic Resonance Physics I – 3 credits
  • AL348 MR Imaging I – 3 credits
  • AL349 MR Clinical Experience I – 3 credits

Spring Semester I

  • AL350 Magnetic Resonance Physics II – 3 credits
  • AL351 MR Imaging II – 3 credits
  • AL352 MR Clinical Experience II – 3 credits


Part-Time Sequence for Registered Technologists

Fall Semester I

  • AL341 Sectional Anatomy and Imaging Applications – 4 credits
  • AL347 Magnetic Resonance Physics I – 3 credits

Spring Semester I

  • AL350 Magnetic Resonance Physics II – 3 credits

Fall Semester II

  • AL348 MR Imaging I – 3 credits
  • AL349 MR Clinical Experience I – 3 credits

Spring Semester II

  • AL351 MR Imaging II – 3 credits
  • AL352 MR Clinical Experience II – 3 credits


Out-of-State Admissions Application Disclaimer

The admission of students into a Washburn University degree or certificate program offered online or at sites outside of Kansas is contingent upon the University’s compliance with any applicable regulations or laws enacted by those states in which the students reside. The University is reviewing the regulations imposed by other states in which our current students reside to determine their applicability and the feasibility of complying with such regulations in the future.

Note: not all states allow an affiliation with Washburn University including, but not limited to, California, New York, and North Carolina.


Application Deadline

Priority applications must be received by February 1 for the next fall semester. Applications continue to be accepted through May 31st for part-time or full-time enrollment. Since clinical education is a component of this program, time must be allotted for the affiliation process with an MR facility for fall and spring semesters.

Acceptance from both the program and acceptance at a clinical site is required prior to a student beginning the program as a full-time student. Individuals will be notified by email of acceptance or non-acceptance by the Program Coordinator. Enrollment information will be sent in mid-April, along with an information packet containing the appropriate forms.

Last updated Nov 2018

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