Program Code: AASMI
ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCE DEGREE
This program provides a thorough foundation in procedures, pathophysiology, and physics critical to the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The MRI program is designed not only to foster the skills and knowledge necessary for competent practice, but also places emphasis on professional attitudes, values and behaviors that encourage the professional growth of the individual student.
Learning in MRI occurs in supportive college course work delivered in an online environment and clinical learning experiences are provided by affiliating hospitals, clinics and other MRI provider facilities. Both are equally important to the development of the competent MRI technologist. These experiences are developed to meet established objectives and eligibility requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and prepare students to complete the MRI certification exam.
Pre-requisite and general education courses are taken at or transferred to St. Clair County Community College. MRI courses are taken through the MCO consortium.
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 optimum imaging.
- 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 life-support procedures.
- 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 programs.
- provide care and comfort in regard to the holistic health of the patient, technologist, and others.
- provide patient education related to MRI procedures.