Academic Associate of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
The Magnetic Resonance Imaging AOS program is approved and
accredited by the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
Clock Hours: 2080 Quarter Credit Hours: 111.5
Credential Awarded: Academic Associate of Science Degree in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Graduates of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program will:
- Demonstrate a commitment to the field of Magnetic Resonance
- Effectively express oneself in written and oral
- Demonstrate problem-solving techniques in the basic concepts
and principles of physical science.
- Demonstrate entry level clinical knowledge, skills, and
attitudes in the care of patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging
- Demonstrate a commitment to ethics and professionalism.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary for an entry level position
as an MRI Technologist.
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSEWORK
Clock Hours: 300 Quarter Credit Hours: 30
2 quarters of enrollment consisting of the following courses:
Written Communication - WCOM101
This course is designed to empower students to write
effectively. Students will learn to evaluate their audience, choose topics and
organize their ideas and materials. They will practice writing a first draft,
editing and proof reading their work for errors. Additionally, students will
undertake a research project following a systematic process.
Oral Communication - OCOM101
This course is designed to empower students to speak
effectively in a public forum. Students
will learn public speaking contexts, topic selection, audience analysis and
ethical communication. Students will practice organizing and outlining ideas,
constructing introductions and conclusions, and utilizing presentational aids.
Students will deliver three speeches in this class; to include one
demonstration speech, one informative speech, and one persuasive speech.
Algebra - ALG103
Student interests are engaged with an overview of basic
algebra. This is a comprehensive review of math topics including linear
equations, exponents, quadratic equations and graphing of linear equations.
Anatomy and Physiology I - AP I 104
In this course, students will learn the chemical basis of
life, cellular metabolism, and the different types of tissues that comprise the
human body. The structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, and
muscular systems of the human body will be taught.
Anatomy and Physiology II - AP II 204
In this course, students will learn the structure and
function of the nervous, endocrine, blood, cardiovascular, Immune and lymphatic
systems of the human body. Electrical and chemical reactions, transport of
substances, and defense mechanisms of the human body will be studied.
General Physics - PHY301
In this course, students will discuss the concepts of
physics. Particular emphasis will be placed on measurements and standards in
length, mass, and time. Physics of motion in both one and two dimensions will
be covered. The laws of motion, energy, momentum and collisions are explained.
We will cover states of matter and thermodynamics, and will study waves
considering sound, reflection and refraction of light.
Anatomy and Physiology III - AP III 304
In this course, students will learn the structure and
function of the digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems of
the human body. Nutrition and metabolism, water, electrolyte, and acid base
balance will be discussed. Pregnancy, growth, and development will be studied.
Students will also be introduced to the study of genetics and genomics.
Clock hours: 780 Quarter Credit Hours: 48.5
3 quarters of enrollment consisting of the following
MFMI 101 - Fundamentals of Medical Imaging
Prerequisites: Successful completion of the applied general
This course is designed to familiarize students with the
basics of patient care and safety in the medical imaging field. Students will
discuss MRI safety concerns such as identifying metal foreign objects including
implants, surgical clips, pacemakers, and any other debris a patient may have
in their body. Students are introduced to a comprehensive patient intake
questionnaire that verifies safe practice. This course focuses on obtaining
patient history, transport techniques, positioning techniques, administering
contrast, infection control, and customer service. Students are trained in
HIPAA, OSHA, Sexual Harassment Prevention and First Aid. This course prepares
students to enter an MRI imaging center for their first week of on-site MRI lab
MFMI 102 - Fundamentals of Medical Imaging II:
This course focuses on ethics, professionalism and cultural
diversity. “The Power of Professionalism,” one of the assigned textbooks, is
discussed with a focus on the seven mind sets of professional behavior. The
course compares and contrasts fortune 500 companies’ cultures. Students will be
assigned both written and oral presentation that includes research of case
studies and assessments of why some companies are more effective than others.
These real world studies will be the basis for class discussions and problem
solving exercises. This assignment is part of a larger Learning Resource Center
MFMI 103 - Fundamentals of Medical Imaging III:
In this course, informatics is integrated into the
discussion and study of medical imaging. The focus is on using the electronic
archiving system of medical data specific to MRI. Students will discuss the
computer operating systems, IP addresses and networking. The different types of
DICOM/PACS systems are discussed and evaluated. Topics of discussion include
Digital Radiographic Image Acquisition and Processing, digitalized printing and
burning, archive query, archive server, contrast manipulation, post processing,
and quality control and management. This course includes instructions for
MFMI101L - MRI Fundamentals of Medical Imaging
Students get their first encounter with the MRI environment
to learn patient interviewing, screening, and history-taking, as well as
practicing patient handling and positioning techniques. The lab also gives the student initial
hands-on training in operating the MR system with regard to scanning, filming,
and digital imaging techniques.
MPHY101 - MRI Physics, Safety, Bio-effects Lecture
In this module, the Quantum mechanical concepts of MRI are
discussed and demonstrated with animations and required software. Image
quality, artifacts, trade-offs, and parameter optimizations are discussed in
detail. Safety concerns and bio-effects of magnetic fields, RF fields and
gradient fields are discussed and proper screening of patients is emphasized.
Pulse sequence selection and protocol designing as part of physics are reviewed
MPHY101L - MRI Physics Clinical/laboratory
Students will utilize and practice effects of TR, TE, TI, FA
on imaging techniques and will compare different settings with each other. All
practices will be performed on actual MRI systems with students, volunteers and
MPATH101 - MRI Pathophysiology 1
This course will help students understand the clinical
pathophysiology of disease processes by discussing those most frequently
diagnosed with medical imaging. It also
provides the essential pathology knowledge needed to produce high quality
images. It includes a general overview
of anatomy and physiology and covers body system disorders and injuries. Lectures also focus on the optimal imaging
modality namely, Radiography, Computed Tomography (CT), Ultrasound, Nuclear
Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography (PET), as well as Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (MRI), to see, diagnose, and treat various disorders.
MXAN201 - MRI Cross-Sectional Anatomy Lecture
This module comprises detailed discussions, demonstrations
and presentations of different body systems from a cross-sectional point of
view. It will present images in different contrasts and viewing planes,
including but not limited to the Sagittal, Coronal and Transverse.
MXAN201L - MRI Cross-Sectional Anatomy Clinical/laboratory
Under the supervision of the clinical/laboratory instructor, students will perform MRI studies based on the cross-sectional anatomy discussed in lectures, and instructors will help students with hands-on training to draw correlations between the didactic and practical sections of the anatomy module. All studies will be performed on students and volunteers.
MPATH201 - MRI Pathophysiology 2
This course is a continuation and expansion of
Pathophysiology 1. Lectures focus on
disease processes in more systems of the body, and their visualization and
diagnosis in the appropriate medical imaging modality, including Radiography,
Computed Tomography (CT), Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission
Tomography (PET), and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), is examined. Discussions also center on how each modality
works together to play a vital role in the health care process.
Clock hours: 1000 Quarter Credit Hours: 33
2 quarters of enrollment consisting of the following
Prerequisites: Successful completion and passing of all
didactic and clinical/laboratory coursework, including all protocol
EXT-M 201 - A/B Externship
In clinical settings, students will learn and perform a wide
variety of MRI studies under the supervision of a registered MRI technologist
during this module. The 1000 hour long
externship is divided into A and B sections. During the first 250 hours of Section A, students will develop the
skills necessary to effectively communicate with administrative staff members
and departments, such as scheduling departments, admissions office, billing
departments, medical records departments, and eventually the reading and
reporting staff, such as Radiologists and Radiology Assistants. The second part
of Section A will consist of highly supervised patient interviews, screening,
preparation, positioning, and scanning, along with table settings, parameter
selection, sequence optimization, protocol application. Beginning in Section B,
students will be able to start and complete full procedures, and toward the end
of their externship, students will utilize their remaining hours to take part
in different type of studies, such as abnormal cases, and will gain more
experience in neuroimaging, body imaging, and MSK imaging.
Upon the successful completion of their externship, students
will be able to perform and complete all general MRI exams without
assistance. They will also have gained
experience in patient care, critical thinking, front desk procedures, and other
soft skills throughout their clinical externship.
Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Monday – Thursday 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Saturday – Sunday 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
(not all schedules/programs available at all locations)
FEDERAL PROGRAM DISCLOSURES
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