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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) is an advanced imaging specialized field in radiologic technology.   A concentration in Magnetic Resonance will be offered. The MR courses may be taken individually or as guided electives leading to the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences emphasis in Medical Imaging.
The advanced imaging program requires practicum experience. Each student will be evaluated on classroom and practicum experiences. Students may be qualified for employment in their chosen modality (MR) but not fully qualified for ARRT advanced imaging certifications.
Students will enter the program as graduates of either an associate degree or certificate program in radiologic technology recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to sit for the registry examination.   Successful completion of the ARRT primary examination in radiography must be achieved before the MR course work begins.    ARRT registry eligible candidates will be considered on a case by case option.
Program Goals:
Upon completion of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program the students will:
  • Demonstrate professional, compassionate care for their patients, families, and other health care professionals.
  • Be technically competent in their area of imaging,
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills,
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication.
Applicants will meet the following criteria:
  • provide evidence of graduation from an accredited radiologic sciences program or equivalent with at least a 2.50 GPA
  • provide evidence of ARRT certification on or before the start of the first Magnetic Resonance course
Bachelor of Science Degree in Advanced Medical Imaging
  Course Work for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program
AMI 400 – Cross-sectional Anatomy for Medical Imaging – 4 credit hours
A study of cross-section anatomy to analyze and identify structures for location, relationship to other structures and function as imaged by Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.   Pre-requisite: Acceptance into Computed Tomography and/or Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program.
AMI 415 – MR Procedures – 4 credit hours
A study of imaging procedures utilized in magnetic resonance imaging, and corresponding pathology. Specific clinical application, coils, scan sequences, protocols and positioning criteria will be covered. Pre-requisites:   Acceptance into Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program.
AMI 435 –MR Physics and Instrumentation – 3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive overview of magnetic resonance. Topics include instrumentation, magnetism, MR signal production, tissue characteristics, spatial localization, pulse sequencing, imaging parameters/options, special applications, safety and quality assurance.    Pre-requisites:    Acceptance into Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program
AMI 445 – MR Clinical Education – 2 credit hours
Study of imaging procedures and protocols utilized in Magnetic Resonance Imaging examinations. Emphasis will be placed on protocol selection for image application; pathology of areas such as the head/neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, musculoskeletal system; and interventional/special procedures will be discussed.   Pre-requisites:   Acceptance into the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program
AMI 450 – MR Seminar – 3 credit hours
This is designed to assess the student’s knowledge and application of magnetic resonance imaging. Based on the assessment results, the faculty will provide review and learning experiences to assist the student in meeting identified learning needs.   Pre-requisites:   Acceptance into the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program.
HSC 301 – Advanced Patient Care, Mgt, and Assessment – 3 credit hours
Development of advanced patient care and management knowledge including cardiac, critical care, trauma, and special services. ACLS education included. Pre-requisites: Prior completion of a basic patient care or nursing fundamentals course.
The total number of credit in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging concentrations is 19 credit hours.
For more information contact:
Ellis Blanton
Assistant Professor of Radiography,
Coordinator of the BS in Advanced Medical Imaging Degree Program
Office: Hamilton - Room 027
Ext. 1339

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Program Mission Statement

St. Catharine College Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program is an advanced imaging program. The program curriculum is comprehensive in nature and is dedicated to the education of advanced imaging specialists committed to superior patient care, life long learning, procedural and professional competence