To apply for the MRI program:
- Learn about the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program
- MiRIS Associate’s degree Curriculum Guide and Application Packet
- MiRIS Certification of Achievement Curriculum Guide and Application Packet
(for Registered Technologists)
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 (micollegesonline.org). 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.
Amy Lee, EdD, RT (R) (MR)
MRI Program Director
222 N. Chestnut Street
Lansing, MI 48933
Mission and Goals
The mission and purpose of the MiRIS MRI Program is to provide for both the personal and professional career development of each MRI student. The general goals of the program are:
- The students will demonstrate entry level
knowledge and competency in the practice of MRI.
- The students will demonstrate professional
attitude values and behaviors necessary for
- Students that will demonstrate critical
thinking and communication skills as responsible
members of the health care team.
- Graduates will be employable and meet the
needs of the health care community.
- Graduates of the program will be well prepared to successfully complete the ARRT certification examination.
When students complete this program, they will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology,
positioning, and MRI Sequence parameters to
accurately demonstrate anatomical structures.
- Determine imaging parameters to achieve
- Evaluate images for appropriate positioning,
coil selection, and image quality.
- Apply the principles of ferromagnetic safety
and contrast application for the protection of
the patient, technologist, and others.
- Recognize emergency patient conditions and
initiate life-saving first aid and basic
- Evaluate the performance of MRI systems,
know the safe limits of equipment operation, and
report malfunctions to the proper authority.
- Participate in MRI quality assurance
- Provide care and comfort in regard to
holistic health of the patient and others.
- Provide patient education related to MRI procedures.
For more information on the MRI program, see:
- The Student Handbook
- The Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium website
- The MRI Program's Program Effectiveness Data on the Michigan Colleges Online website
- The MRI Program's Safety Statement on the Michigan College's Online website