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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 (ARMRIT).

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 Imaging
  • Effectively express oneself in written and oral communication.
  • 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 procedures.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ethics and professionalism.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for an entry level position as an MRI Technologist.


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.

Introduction to 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 courses:

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the applied general education coursework. 

MFMI 101 - Fundamentals of Medical Imaging

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 training.

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 assignment.

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 performing EKGs.

MFMI101L - MRI Fundamentals of Medical Imaging Clinical/laboratory

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 and performed.

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 subjects.

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 courses:

Prerequisites: Successful completion and passing of all didactic and clinical/laboratory coursework, including all protocol competencies.  

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. 


Morning Schedule
Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Evening Schedule
Monday – Thursday 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Weekend Schedule
Saturday – Sunday 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM

(not all schedules/programs available at all locations)


Lecture: 35:1
Laboratory: 7:1

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