Magnetic resonance imaging technologists are highly skilled professionals who use powerful magnets to obtain detailed images of the various structures in the human body. MRI technologists must have the ability to interact effectively with physicians and compassionately towards patients
Students enrolled in the MRI program will complete the Introduction to MRI / CT, Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology and MRI Physics courses. In addition, the student will complete 500 clinical hours to be done at two approved sites. Upon completion of coursework, clinical hours and required competencies, the student will be awarded a certificate of completion and will be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) MRI certification exam.
MRI 101 - Introduction to CT / MRI
Provides the student with information necessary to enter into the computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging clinical setting. Topics to include: history, screening procedures, safety precautions, contrast agents used, contraindications, equipment operated, processing of images, routine examinations and protocols utilized, image artifacts and compensation. Students will also receive an introduction to the physics associated with each modality. This course serves as a prerequisite to the clinical course and Physics, unless permission is granted from the instructor. (2 Semester Credits)
This course has been divided into two parts, one specific to CT and one specific to MRI. Please follow this link to view a sample schedule:
Introduction to CT MRI Schedule.pdf
MRI 102 – Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology
Presents the radiologic technologist with fundamental anatomy and pathology associated with computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The anatomical structures will be demonstrated in the axial, sagittal and coronal imaging planes. Anatomy covered includes the head, neck, face, spine, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, upper and lower extremities. (3 Semester Credits)
MRI 103 – MRI Physics
Provides the student with the principles of MRI scanning and the physics related to obtaining an MRI signal. Topics will include: Image weighting and contrast, spatial encoding and image formation, parameters and trade-offs, pulse sequences, flow phenomena, artifacts and their compensation, vascular and cardiac imaging, contrast agents, functional imaging techniques, instrumentation and equipment.
Prerequisite: MRI 101 – Introduction to CT / MRI or permission from instructor (3 Semester Credits)
The clinical component of the MRI Program is 500 hours. Clinical hours must be completed at two different approved sites. Students are assigned to clinical sites during the first semester of the program based on site availability and student needs. Supervised sessions emphase development of MRI skills. Emphasis on enhanced student knowledge of MRI parameters, anatomy and pathology demonstration and image quality. Practical application of safety screening, contrast administration, positioning and image acquisition.
Prerequisite: MRI 101 – Introduction to CT / MRI or permission from instructor
Students are responsible for completing specified competencies and fulfilling ARRT requirements.
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and Family Health Centers
South Pointe Hospital
Ashtabula County Medical Center
MetroHealth Medical Center
Akron Children's Hospital
Ramic Medical Imaging
Summa Health System
Credits may not transfer to institutions of higher learning
Introduction to MRI/CT
May 20 - August 5, 2014
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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May 22 - August 7, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cross Sectional Anatomy and Pathology
May 21 - August 6, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
- or -
May 23 - August 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
August 28 - December 18, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- or -
January 8 - April 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
TUITION AND FEES: Beginning May 2014
Introduction to CT/MRI: $340
Cross Sectional Anatomy And Pathology: $510
MRI Physics: $510
MRI Clinical Course: $1020
Course Fee: $25
Clinical Fee: $25
Corporate Health Fee: $30
Application Fee (non-refundable): $20
Total Program Cost - Tuition & Fees: $2,530
*The tuition and fees are subject to change upon due notice to the students.
Individuals applying to the School of Diagnostic Imaging shall:
- Be a registered technologist in radiography, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy, or a student in the final year of one of the aforementioned programs.
- Technologists are required to provide a copy of ARRT or equivalent license.
- Students without ARRT or equivalent registration, must provide school transcripts and receive approval from CT/MRI program coordinator.
- Have good eyesight either naturally or through correction. They must be able to see the printed words in a radiographic textbook and be able to read and accurately interpret the numbers on a chart.
- Possess the ability to hear instructions and respond to verbal requests by patient/customers.
- Be able to lift a minimum of thirty (30) pounds and possess the ability to support up to 175 pounds. Must assist, support and move patients from wheelchairs and carts onto radiographic examination tables which requires the use of their backs and muscles.
- Be able to move around and stand with hands free for long periods of time as radiographers work while standing, sometimes for hours at a time.
- Possess good verbal and nonverbal communication skills as evidenced by the application and interview process. Must verbally instruct patients and be able to express concern and empathy for patients.
- Must perform data entry with dexterity and accuracy.
- Students must be physically and mentally capable of fulfilling the objectives of the radiography program. The school will make reasonable accommodations to assist a student with a disability to advance through the program. Students must have sensory function adequate for patient assessment and care. They must possess the physical status needed to provide all apsects of care in a safe manner. (Please see Special Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Policy in Student Policy and Procedure Manual)
- Cleveland Clinic does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities, on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ethnicity, ancestry, vetran status, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Cleveland Clinic administers all programs and services without regard to disability, and provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled individuals.
- Transfer Credits: Students may transfer up to 3 semester hours into the program upon approval from the program coordinator. The student is required to provide a transcript from the previous institution and may be required to provide a course syllabus. Students may not transfer the Introduction to Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging course. This course must be completed at the School of Diagnostic Imaging.
- Venipuncture: Required of all students prior to clinical experience. Offered by the Nursing Education Department through the School of Diagnostic Imaging.
Applications will be accepted until maximum capacity is reached, upon which students will be put on a waitlist or offered admission for the following year. Application forms can be downloaded from the website or may be obtained from the School of Diagnostic Imaging, Cleveland Clinic Health System by calling 216-692-7523. Submit your completed form to the Program Coordinator with a non-refundable $20 application fee. Upon acceptance, there is a $100.00 acceptance fee/tuition deposit which is applicable toward first semester tuition. Fifty percent of the acceptance fee/tuition deposit will be refunded if the school is notified at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the class. Check or money order should be made payable to the School of Diagnostic Imaging, Cleveland Clinic. All applicants must provide a current e-mail address with their application. Students must access the program learning management system via e-mail and no application will be processed without a valid and current e-mail.
Please send the application, application fee, and a copy of your ARRT or equivalent license or your radiology school transcripts (students only) to:
School of Diagnostic Imaging
Cleveland Clinic Health System
18901 Lake Shore Blvd.
Euclid, Ohio 44119
**The 2014 CT / MRI Program is FULL. All applicants will be put on a waitlist or deferred to 2015**
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