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 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 by the Michigan Workforce Training and Education Collaborative (MWTEC). For more information on this curriculum and career, visit the consortium program's 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 consortium program is run by the Michigan Workforce Training and Education Collaborative (MWTEC) as part of the Michigan Educational Program in Collaboration (Mi-EPiC) consortium. Since this is a collaborative program with other Michigan Colleges, the schedule will not follow LCC’s Academic Calendar.

The program layout is the same for both tracks. Those admitted start the program in May. MRI is 16 consecutive months long. Lecture content is entirely online. The first semester of the program contains 1-2 in-person labs that occur at Mid-Michigan College (or another partnering school’s campus).  

Upon program completion, traditional track students earn a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology Associate of Applied Science degree; Fast-Track students earn a Certificate of Achievement in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology. Both are awarded by LCC. Graduates qualify for examination by the ARRT in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. A passing score allows them to practice as a registered MRI Technologist (R.T. (MR))

Contact Information

Amy Lee
MRI Program Director
Michigan Colleges Online (MCO) / Michigan Workforce Training and Education Collaborative (MWTEC)

Kara Swanson
HHS Business Relations Coordinator
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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