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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Advanced Technical Certificate

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves with computerized equipment to generate sectional images of patient anatomy.  MR technologists use problem solving and critical skills to adapt procedural requirements to the patient and specific area of study.  An MR technologist must be able to perform magnetic resonance procedures without constant supervision to technical detail.  It is important that the technologist have a thorough knowledge of anatomy in every dimension.  Judgments about the MRI pulsing sequence, gradient magnetic fields and anatomic section orientation must be made independently and with regard to patient care and safety.  Knowledge of the characteristics of magnetic fields, electromagnets and atomic structure is useful in this type of imaging.  This advanced technology uses highly specialized equipment and requires specialized education and training.

Increasingly, it is being required that imaging professionals be credentialed in any modality that they may be performing diagnostic procedures.  This Advanced Technical Certificate Program is designed for individuals who are currently certified in Radiography (ARRT), Radiation Therapy (ARRT), Nuclear Medicine Technology (ARRT)/(NMTCB) or Sonography (ARRT)/(ARDMS).  Program content follows the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) curriculum to prepare program completers to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  Completion of the program does not ensure permission to take the credentialing examination. With the exception of clinical education, program courses are offered online.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a selective admission, limited enrollment program.  Admission to Valencia does not imply acceptance to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program.  Students must submit an application and be accepted to the program. 

The Admission Guide, application and application deadline may be found at http://valenciacollege.edu/west/health.