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CNI College’s AOS Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist Program

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Why Choose CNI College’s AOS Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology Program?

The Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology Program is a 1746 clock hour comprehensive course of study, represented by 101 quarter credits. The structure of this course combines introduction to medical/patient care skills, physics, math, medical terminology, human anatomy, cross sectional anatomy, theory, laboratory, computer skills, and a clinical externship consisting of 1000 hours.

The student is taught Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology and learns to operate the MRI scanner to produce cross sectional images of the patient for diagnostic purposes. While technologists must be proficient in understanding the MRI system, compassion and strong patient care skills are emphasized as well as being a team member alongside the Radiologist and Physician, dedicated to providing excellence in patient treatment.

This curriculum is designed to provide qualified individuals an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, attitude and skills which will enable them to become safe and competent in MRI Technology and prepare the graduate for an entry-level position as a MRI Technologist.

Employment opportunities for the MRI Technologist are found in Medical Clinics and Imaging Centers under the supervision of a Physician and Radiologist not in Hospitals.

The candidate for an Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology Program must:

  • Complete all classes (credit units and hours) with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 70% (on a scale
    of 1-100 percent).
  • Meet all applicable clinical, clerical, classroom and laboratory skill proficiency standards.
  • Complete all clinical and externship requirements and hours, and receive satisfactory evaluations.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College prior to graduation and attend Graduate and Financial Aid
    Exit Interviews, as applicable.
  • The State of California does not require nor provide a MRI certification exam or licensure at the
    present time. However, it is customary that employers will expect a potential employee to have at
    least passed a MRI National Certification Exam. Therefore, the AOS MRI Technology program
    prepares students to sit for the National ARMRIT and/or ARRT exams by requiring
    satisfactory completion of a capstone course. CNI College encourages all AOS MRI students to sit
    for the National ARMRIT and/or ARRT exams.

Class Schedules and Breaks

Quarters 1 and 2 include required general education and online courses.

Quarter 1: COMP 101 Computer Applications meets Thursdays from 1:00pm - 5:00pm
ENG 101 and MTH 101 are online courses
Quarter 2: BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology meets Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Quarter 3, 4, & 5: Theory and Lab Schedules will vary slightly depending on requirements.
Theory Hours - Thursday & Friday 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – 9:30am – 1:30pm (alternating)
Lab Hours - Saturday – 8:30am – 5:00pm (alternating)
Quarter 6: Schedules will vary Monday through Sunday 8- 10 hours a day depending on site.
Externship Hours – Mandatory 40 hours per week

Breaks must be used appropriately. Students are expected to attend the full lecture time, and return from breaks in a punctual manner. Returning from breaks late or departing the classroom before being dismissed for a break will result in disciplinary action and time lost from attendance hours.

Each student is required to attend the scheduled session that they enrolled for and will not be allowed to attend a different session without prior written approval from the Director of MRI Technology. If a student needs to change to a different session, this change will be permanent.

Program Review

Title Course Number Theory Lab Clinical Total Hours Credit Hours
Quarter 1
Computer Applications COMP 101 40 0 0 40 4
Written Communication ENG 101 40 0 0 40 4
College Mathematics MTH 101 40 0 0 40 4
Quarter 2
Anatomy & Physiology BIO 201 120 0 0 120 12
Quarter 3
Fundamentals of Imaging Science & Healthcare MRIT 301 81 45 0 126 10
MRI Pathology MRIT 302 20 0 0 20 2
Quarter 4
Principles and Physics of MRIT MRIT 401 120 40 0 160 14
Quarter 5
MRIT Cross Sectional Anatomy MRIT 501 120 40 0 160 14
Quarter 6
MRIT Clinical Externship MRIT 601 0 0 1000 1000 33
Capstone REG 602 40 0 0 40 4
PROGRAM TOTALS 621 125 1000 1746 101
Total Hours 1746


Course Descriptions

COMP 101 - Computer Applications
This course is designed to introduce the student to the on-line learning environment and the use of technology (e.g. laptop computer, Microsoft programs, Canvas, computer based learning resources MyITlab, internet search, LIRN, academic honesty/plagiarism). Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate proficient computer application skills permitting academic success (online and in the classroom) through the use of electronic learning resources. This course consists of a total of 40 theory hours.

ENG 101 - Written Communications
This course reviews basic English concepts and introduces students to college level writing with an emphasis on basic grammar and composition. Students will apply their learning to a variety of writing activities emphasizing the development of paragraphs and essay.

MTH 101 - College Mathematics
This course presents the fundamental concepts of a pre-algebra course. Students will be introduced to the concepts of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, integers, order of operations, percent, signed numbers, measurements, geometry, statistics, probability, and basic algebra concepts.

BIO 201 - Anatomy & Physiology
This course is a study of the following topics and human systems: definition of anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, the cell, tissues, cellular metabolic, skin, muscle, bone, nervous system, eye and ear anatomy and function, endocrine system, blood components, circulatory system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system and reproductive system. The functions and interrelationships of these systems are studied. This course emphasizes the homeostatic nature of these systems with reference to human disease states.

MRIT 301 - Fundamentals of Imaging Science & Health Care
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of imaging science and health care in which concepts related to medical terminology, patient management, medical law and ethics, pharmacology, CPR, and professional development are addressed. This course provides an overview of the foundations in radiologic science and the Practitioner’s role in the health care delivery system. The principles, practices and policies of the health care organization(s) are examined and discussed. This course includes an introduction to medical terminology based on anatomy and physiology. Emphasis is placed on medical word roots, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes and body structure. Patient management for MRI is presented as a progression in competency levels through patient performance objectives and competency exams. Students can access the facilities, personnel, examinations and educational materials necessary to competently achieve content objectives. CPR will be taught. Critical thinking and communication skills are applied. The fundamental background of ethics will address the historical and philosophical bases of ethics and elements of ethical behavior are discussed. The student examines a variety of ethical issues and dilemmas found in clinical practice. Pharmacology concepts cover the theory and practice of basic techniques of venipuncture and administering diagnostic contrast agents and/or intravenous medications. The appropriate delivery of patient care during these procedures is emphasized. Professional development will assess personal strengths, career expectations, developing job search techniques and proper resume preparations with mock interview practicum.

MRIT 302 - MRI Pathology
This course familiarizes the student with the common pathologies found in magnetic resonance imaging and the appearance of these pathologies in various imaging protocols. The course content is inclusive of all commonly-imaged body systems and areas.

MRIT 401 - Principles & Physics of MRIT
This course provides the student with a comprehensive overview of MR imaging principles. The subjects are formatted in individual outlines and can be sequenced according to the Level of knowledge desired. Topics include the history of MR, nuclear MR signal production, health and safety regulations, tissue characteristics, pulse sequencing, imaging parameters/options and computer in imaging formation and medical informatics. The student will demonstrate advanced application of knowledge in imaging parameters and formations. (Theory credits: 12.0; Lab Credits 2.0)

MRIT 501 - MRIT Cross Sectional Anatomy
This course is a study of human anatomy as seen in multiple orthogonal planes. Bones, muscle, vascular structures, organs and soft tissue of the following anatomical regions are studied: central nervous system (brain and spine), other structures in the head, soft tissue neck, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, thorax, abdomen and pelvis. (Theory credits: 12.0; Lab Credits 2.0)

MRIT 601 - Clinical Externship
This course will allow the student the opportunity to practice skills necessary to obtain high quality MR images, to objectively alter protocols based on patient pathology or physical condition, and to identify image quality problems and make appropriate corrections. Clinical education is conducted at a clinical facility after or in conjunction with didactic instruction. Activities include demonstration and observation, after which the student assists in performing the activity. When a satisfactory degree of proficiency is apparent, the student will be allowed to perform the activity under direct supervision. When the instructor is satisfied with the student’s proficiency, the student will proceed with performing studies under indirect supervision to gain experience and expertise in MR imaging. This course is presented with a progression in competency levels in the form of clinical performance objectives and competency exams. The student will have access to the facilities, personnel, examinations and educational material to competently achieve the course objectives.

MRIT 602 - Capstone
This mandatory course provides the MRI-AOS Degree student with the needed continued preparation to complete the certification exam process. This course will reinforce their academic knowledge, professional accountability, independent decision making, and the critical nature of self–assessment. The completion of mock certification exam(s) is required. This capstone course will be held on Saturdays and prepares the student to sit for both of the National Certification Exams, the ARMRIT and the ARRT. Completion of this course is mandatory for the Program Director to sign off the student to apply for the exams.

Program Cost

Program Cost
Registration $75.00
Ebooks, Supplies & Uniforms $1,390.00
Technology Fee $1,600.00
License, Fees and Tests $500.00
Tuition $34,930.00
TOTAL: $38,495.00

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