Lansing Community College


The MRI program is offered through a partnership with other Community Colleges as part of the Michigan Educational Program in Collaboration (Mi-EPiC) consortium. The program begins every May and is 16 consecutive months long. The consortium offers two options for completing the MRI Program:

  • Traditional associate degree track: The Associate Degree program is designed for those with no healthcare experience. Applicants to this track must complete 7 prerequisite courses to be eligible for the program.
  • Fast-track certificate of achievement: This track is designed for those who are already ARRT certified.
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While the MRI degree and certificate are awarded by LCC, the program is run through Michigan Colleges Online (MCO). For more information on this curriculum and career, visit the MCO program website.

To apply for the MRI program:

Admission into the MRI program is on a competitive basis and does have program-specific entrance requirements. Admission is determined using a point system. The applicants with the highest points each year are admitted. LCC typically receives about 10 applicants each year for the 5 seats available.

Check out the MRI Advising Guide for detailed information on the admission requirements, application process, point system used to determine admission, program layout, cost, and more. Applications are due February 1st. Course admission requirements for the Traditional track must be completed by December 31st to be eligible.

To get started, follow the application process found on page 2 of the MRI Advising guide.

Working in MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, procedures play an important role in diagnosing diseases and injuries. An MRI uses magnetic field and radio waves to produce images of the inside of the human body. When a patient lies inside the MRI machine, which is like a large tube, radio waves produce faint signals that create sectional images that are ultimately used by physicians to diagnose medical problems.

MRI technologists are highly-trained and possess the expertise for competent practice. They are mostly employed by hospitals but increasingly, jobs are becoming available in physician offices and imaging centers. The main duties of the MRI technologist include explaining the procedure to the patient, preparing the patient and positioning them correctly, operating the equipment, and recording the images for the physician to interpret. The patient might be in pain or distress, or they might feel claustrophobic. The MRI technologist will provide support while talking patients through the procedure and letting them know what to expect.

How the MRI program works

The MRI program is offered through a partnership with other Michigan Community Colleges in the Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium. Each college enrolls students in the program under their admission criteria and each awards the degree according to that college’s completion requirements.

Students in the program complete MRI courses delivered in an online environment by one of the MiRIS colleges through Michigan Colleges Online ( Clinical education courses are arranged through the MiRIS Consortium’s MiRIS Director in collaboration with the MRI departments of affiliating hospitals, clinics or other MRI provider facilities. These experiences are developed to meet the established objectives and eligibility requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and prepare students to complete the MRI certification exam.

Contact Information

Amy Lee
MRI Program Director
Michigan Colleges Online (MCO) / Michigan Community
College Association (MCCA)

Jamia Dunckel
Medical Imaging Program Director
Lansing Community College (LCC)


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Radiologic Technology/MRI Program

Health and Human Services Division Office

HHS Building, 108
517-483-1508 fax

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