Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Admissions Packet

Thank you for your interest in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology program. This packet provides important information regarding the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology program. 

For additional questions or more information on the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology program at College of DuPage, please do not hesitate to contact:

  • Office of Admissions & Outreach - (630) 942-2626 or admissions@cod.edu
    Application & General Program Information
  • Health Sciences Program Advisors - (630) 942-2259 or healthcareadvising@cod.edu
    Course Selection Assistance
  • Health and Sciences Division - (630) 942-8331
    Health Requirements Information
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology program Coordinator - Jeffrey Papp, Ph.D. at (630) 942-2074 or pappje@cod.edu
     

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Fall 2018 Application Deadline: July 10, 2018  

 

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Career

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist administers image scans on patients to produce quality images of designated areas of the body. They operate an MRI scanner, which takes several cross-sectional scans and combines them into one to form a three-dimensional image that assists doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. This position involves direct contact with patients, including introductory interviews, positioning the patient on the examining table and explaining the scanning process. Some MRI technologists give patients intravenous injections of gadolinium, a contrast agent that increases the visibility of internal body areas.

MRI technologists typically work in a hospital setting with physicians and nurses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately 59% of all radiologic technician jobs were in hospitals in 2012; other options include medical and diagnostic labs, physicians' offices, federal government and outpatient care facilities (www.bls.gov). MRI technologists may choose to receive voluntary certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Certified MRI technologists must maintain annual registration of their certification. This requires compliance with the AART rules, regulations and ethics standards, as well as the necessary completion of 24 hours of continuing education courses every two years.

The BLS reported that as of May 2013, the median salary for MRI technologists was $66,050. The highest average salary, an average wage of $82,400 per year, was offered by the scientific research and development industry. However, please be aware that this industry employs a small number of radiological technicians compared to other industries. Physicians' offices offered a much lower mean wage at $67,960 per year. The BLS also projected job growth for radiologic technologists, including MRI technologists, to increase by approximately 21% from 2015-2022.

According to the Radiologic Technologist Wage and Salary Survey – 2013, conducted by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, full-time salaries nationwide for Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologists averaged $68,384, with a range reported of between $55,414 and $92,488. In Illinois, the full-time salary averaged $71,226.
As with most other professions, the length of time in the profession increased the salary that was paid.

If you want further information on the profession, consult one of the following websites:

Program Profile

The mission of the program is to educate MRI students with the knowledge, skills and attitude to become qualified practitioners who provide quality service and care to the community, as well as to prepare students for the changing needs of the profession. College of DuPage prepares students for responsible citizenship, broadens intellectual perspectives and fosters ethical and humanitarian values in responding to diverse populations.

The primary goal of the program is to educate competent, efficient and effective Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists, capable of functioning in any environment, within 12 months. In addition, other goals include;

    1. Provide a complete, up-to-date, competency-based curriculum.
    2. Educate the student to properly perform the procedures associated with entry-level Magnetic Resonance Technologist employment responsibilities.
    3. Support the development of a diverse set of skills necessary to participate in both current and emerging technologies in magnetic resonance imaging.
    4. Promote the enhancement of written and verbal communication skills through the use of critical thinking and integrative technology practices.
    5. Prepare the student to achieve a satisfactory result on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) credentialing examination for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. College of DuPage and/or its faculty and staff do not guarantee the candidate's successful performance on the ARRT Certification exam as a condition of the completion of the MRI program.
    6. Provide accurate student advising to aid in student retention, course completion, program completion and possible future job placement.
    7. Provide opportunities for continuing education for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists.


Applicants are also advised that the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology program follows a rigorous curriculum that requires serious student memorization, practical application of theory and coursework.

Taking personal time off (i.e. vacations) outside scheduled breaks is strongly discouraged and may affect his/her continuation in the program, as well as the ability to complete the program as scheduled.

Classes

Fall Semester

  • MRIT 2101 - MRI Instrumentation (3 credit hours)
  • MRIT 2102 - MRI Sectional Anatomy (3 credit hours)
  • MRIT 2103 - MRI Principles & Procedures I (3 credit hours)
  • MRIT 2104 - MRI Clinical I (3 credit hours)

Spring Semester

  • MRIT 2105 - MRI Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)
  • MRIT 2106 - MRI Imaging Applications (3 credit hours)
  • MRIT 2107 - MRI Principles & Procedures II (3 credit hours)
  • MRIT 2108 - MRI Clinical II (3 credit hours)

Summer Semester

  • MRIT 2109 - MRI Clinical III (3 credit hours)

 

Clinical Education

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
3815 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
C.I.: Patti Holvey
(630) 275-3747
Patrice.holvey@advocatehealth.com

Edward Hospital
801 S. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
C.I.: Mary Massengill
(630) 527-3434
MMassengill@edward.org

Elmhurst Hospital
155 E. Brush Hill Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126
C.I.: Melissa Lavin
mlavin@emhc.org

Homer Glen Open MRI
14833 Founders Crossing
Homer Glen, IL 60491
CI: Naseem Khalil
homerglenopenmri@yahoo.com
(708) 323-0444

Rush-Copley Medical Center
2000 Ogden Avenue
Aurora, IL 60504
C.I.: Richard Shakespeare
(630) 978-6801
rshakespeare@rushcopley.com

St. Alexius Medical Center
Ankit Gandhi
Ankit.Gandhi@alexian.net

 

* As of the writing of this packet, these clinical sites have expressed an interest in hosting students but the contracts have yet to be finalized. In addition, we are currently soliciting new sites that are not yet on this list. Please contact the program director for the most recent list of sites.

Progress on General Education Requirements

The following cost estimates are for a student that has met all program prerequisites. If prerequisite courses must be taken prior to admission, costs will be higher.

  • Non-Refundable Application Processing Fee - $50.00
  • Non-Refundable Admission/Recording Fee for first-time student applicants to College of DuPage - $20.00
  • Background Check (through CastleBranch.com) - $46.00

    In-District Residents (#502) and students with charge-back
  • * 27 semester credit hours for degree completion ($140.00/credit hour) - $3,780
  • * Associated Lab Fees - $200.00
  • * Books & Materials (program Only) - $350.00
  • * Uniforms (depends on clinical site) - $100.00
  • * Malpractice Insurance - $52.00
  • * Mandatory Drug Test (see Health Requirements) - $32
  • * Health Requirements (price will vary; see Health Requirements) - $301.00 (est.)

    TOTAL ESTIMATED COSTS - $4,941

    * Indicates prices subject to change


Estimate does not include provisions for travel to and from school and clinical education site, nor for textbooks and fees related to general education requirement courses or for the cost of the required health requirements.

Financial Aid is available. Visit the Financial Aid Office in SSC 2220, call (630) 942-2251, (630) 942-2252 or e-mail financialaid@cod.edu.

 

Technical Standards of Acceptance

To participate in the clinical education portion of the program, the applicant must possess additional non-academic skills. These technical standards are consistent with the duties of the entry-level technologist in a professional position. The applicant should have:

1. Technical Skills:

    • The ability to operate the MRI scanner, coils and equipment to perform diagnostic procedures in a manner consistent with MRI safe practices and maximum image quality
    • The ability to evaluate and interpret requests for MRI procedures and determine the best method of achieving optimal image results

2. Physical Requirements:

A. Sufficient strength and fine motor coordination to:

        • Lift 25 pounds for short distances
        • Pull and push heavy objects
        • Assist in moving patient from stretcher, wheelchair, or bed to and from MRI table
        • Manipulate MRI coils/table and accessory equipment
        • Reach equipment at heights greater than 6 feet

B. Adequate eyesight to:

        • Observe the patient's condition
        • Read MRI computer screen/imaging equipment
        • Evaluate MRI images for appropriate image quality

C. Sufficient hearing to:

        • Respond to patient's verbal inquiries
        • Communicate with other personnel involved in the care of the patient
        • Initiate timely response to audible alarms and signals

3. Interpersonal Skills:

    • Work in a professional manner with patients of all ages, races, creeds and physical conditions while maintaining and respecting patient confidentiality
    • Work with newborns, children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics in a safe and helpful manner
    • Communicate and receive written and verbal instructions and carry them out using proper channels of communication
    • Use accurate verbal and written communications in English to:
      • Interpret clinical data
      • Obtain and document relevant clinical information
      • Comprehend and carry out physician requests
      • Provide patient/public education related to MRI procedures and safety

4. Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability to:

    • Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of MRI procedure
    • Perform mathematical problems quickly and accurately
    • Work efficiently in stressful situations
    • Complete program requirements
    • Pass the National Registry Examination in MRI


Some of these questions may be asked of you during your Formal Visit or Group Advising Sessions

    1. Tell me about yourself.
    2. Which of your characteristics would you most like to change?
    3. What are your most valuable characteristics?
    4. What high school or college classes did you like the most? The least? Why?
    5. What experience have you had in dealing with the public?
    6. Working in a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Department and in a hospital requires a team effort. Do you consider yourself a team player?
    7. How did you become interested in Magnetic Resonance Imaging?
    8. Who influenced you most in your career choice? How? Why?
    9. Who do you feel is the most important person in a hospital and why?
    10. What qualities do you think a good health professional should possess?
    11. Give an example of a recent high stress situation that you were in? How did you react?
    12. What types of medical situations have you been exposed to?
    13. What will you do to learn how to cope with medical emergencies?
    14. What type of patient contact would you like in your job?
    15. What are your long-term career goals? Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
    16. What will you do if you are unable to enter the program this year?

 

Rubric / Rank Score

See Merit Evaluation on right hand side.

Determination of Acceptance

Both the total merit evaluation points earned and the applicant's interpersonal skills determine acceptance. Please Note: Courses under 1100 or 100 level will not be counted in the merit evaluation. Applicants with the highest point totals are those accepted according to rank.

Priority for Admission:

    1. In-district applicants
    2. Out-of-District applicants working full-time in-district (proof of in-district employment will be required each semester)
    3. Out-of-District applicants

The Admissions Committee meets in mid-July and approximately 4-6 weeks from the deadline date, the acceptance letters are mailed. These include the student's hospital assignment and an accept-or-reject letter. The accept-or-reject letter must be returned by a specific date. If not, we will place students from the alternate list into the program and will continue to place students up until the program start date, or until the list is exhausted.

Requests for admission are not automatically carried over to the following cycle. Applicants who were not accepted for the cycle in which they originally applied are asked to pay the $50 non-refundable Health Science application fee and submit any/all supporting documents as listed on the Admissions Checklist of the Application Packet requirements (if applicable). Transcripts of any additional coursework must also be submitted to the Records Office. Students who have applied previously are not given preference for readmission. NOTE: Students re-applying are advised to schedule a meeting with the Program Coordinator to discuss ways in which to improve his/her Merit Evaluation score.

Requirements after Acceptance

The student must complete these steps and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the program. Once accepted into the MRI program, the student will be required to complete health requirements, drug test, criminal background check and a CPR course prior to the start of the program (beginning with Fall semester). Please do not begin these requirements until instructed to do so. Students must read and complete the forms in the Health Requirements Packet once they have been accepted into the program. (The CPR course must be offered through the American Heart Association (AHA) for healthcare providers. Other CPR courses will NOT be accepted). All requirements are completed at the students' expense.

If applicants do not submit the necessary paperwork, do not obtain the required examinations and vaccinations, and/or are unable to obtain clearance to participate in all the program's clinical activities, without restrictions and/or precautions, they may be considered ineligible for the program and can be withdrawn from the program courses in which they are registered.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have been found guilty of a felony, you may have difficulty obtaining a license and/or becoming registered to practice in this profession.

Licensure / Credentialing

College of DuPage Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology program provides a complete scholastic and clinical education for a career in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The program is a 12 month post-radiography or nuclear medicine certificate program. Matriculating students must be graduates of an accredited radiography or nuclear medicine program. Students enrolled in the program attend full-time beginning with the Fall semester with clinical experience on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (full eight-hour days) and didactic class work at the College of DuPage main campus on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Students attend classes at the main campus of College, or at off-campus educational center and receive clinical experience at an affiliated medical facility. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the College and to their assigned clinical site. Clinical hours vary, but most students are done by 4:30 p.m. Please check with the clinical site of your choice for specific times. Students who are working should not take jobs that will interfere with these clinical hours.

Students applying to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program must be registered as a RT(R) in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) and must possess either an AAS or BA/BS degree in Radiologic Technology. Graduates of AMA approved hospital-based radiologic technology programs will be evaluated on an individual basis. No students will be considered for admission to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program unless they possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (where A = 4.0).

Registered radiographers who possess the ARRT certification for at least one year and who meet the clinical requirements in MRI set forth by the ARRT are eligible to sit for the American Registry for Radiologic Technologist Board-Advanced Level Examination in Medical Resonance Imaging. Successful candidates are certified as RT(R)(MRI).

The program curriculum incorporates the national Magnetic Resonance Imaging curriculum established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). The curriculum includes all didactic and clinical competencies required for eligibility for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification examination. Before a student enrolled in the College of DuPage Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology program can be deemed eligible to apply for ARRT certification, he or she must fulfill the following requirements:

    • The student must have successfully completed the academic requirements of the program
    • The student must have all fees and other program charges paid in full
    • The student must return all College of DuPage and clinical site property in their possession, or else remit payment(s) for lost, stolen or damaged property

Upon passing the examination, the student will be certified in all 50 states.

Admission Requirements

The program can admit only a limited number of students. A selection progress has been established to admit the most qualified students. Each step in the process is outlined here in detail. All steps must be completed if applicable to be considered for admission to the program by the program deadline date.

NOTE: Admission Committees for all Health Science programs have the right to deny admission to any applicant they feel is unable to fulfill these essential functions as described.

Along with the above requirements, applicants must follow and complete all admission requirements that is provided in the information packet to be considered for acceptance and have acceptable interpersonal skills for the profession.

You are reminded that the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology program has a limited enrollment (approximately 12 - 20 students based on clinical site availability) and an early admission deadline – July 10, 2018.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all steps have been completed and that all information has been received. Students with incomplete information will not be considered for placement.

  1. Attend a highly recommended individual advising session with program coordinator, Jeffrey Papp. Schedule advising session by e-mailing pappje@cod.edu.

  2. Complete the College of DuPage General Admissions Application online. There is a non-refundable $20 general admission fee due upon submission. If you have previously submitted the General Admission Application or attended College of DuPage, you can omit this step. This application is for general admissions to College of DuPage only; it is not an application to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology program.

  3. To ensure all of your eligible credits are evaluated in alignment with the admission requirements turn in all official Transcripts from any schools that you have attended. Please follow the steps listed below:
    Submit your official transcript(s). If College of DuPage is the only institution you have attended you do not need to request official transcripts. Contact your previous institution(s) to order an official copy of your transcript to be sent to the College of DuPage, Office of Student Records, 425 Fawell Blvd, SRC 2150, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599.
    Verify receipt of your transcript(s). Login to your myACCESS account, click on 'myACCESS for Students', then select 'My Profile'. The receipt status of your transcript will be listed under 'Transcript Institutions'.
    NOTE: If you have an international transcript from high school or college, it must be evaluated by EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIAL EVALUATORS, Inc. Forms may be obtained from www.ece.org

  4. Please have your 7-digit Student ID # ready and complete the online Health Sciences Application. Select Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology when asked "which Health Sciences program are you applying to?" and Fall 2018 as your "anticipated entry term".

    NOTE:
    You can only submit the application online and must pay a $50 non-refundable application fee by credit card. If you do not have a credit card, you can purchase a prepaid credit card from your local retailer. Be sure you have selected the correct entry term and program. Once your term is selected and application submitted, you may not change this without submitting a new application and paying another $50 non-refundable application fee. If you previously applied to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology program, you will need to complete this step again and pay another $50 non-refundable fee to be considered for this admissions cycle.

  5. Complete the College of DuPage Residency Verification Form by providing 2 proofs of residency to the Office of Student Registration Services, Student Services Center (SSC) Room 2221 by the program application deadline date. Note: If 2 proofs of residency have not been submitted to Registration by the program application deadline date the applicant will not be considered for admission.

    Please note: Separate Residency Verification Forms must be submitted for each program application. 
  6. Contact a Clinical Instructor (see Clinical Education) and arrange a Formal Visit at a clinical site that would be your preference for placement.

    All MRI students are to undergo an MRI screening process as part of their interview process to ensure their safety in the MRI environment. For their own protection and for the protection of the non-MRI personnel under their supervision, all MRI students must immediately report to the MRI medical director any trauma, procedure, or surgery they experience or undergo in which a ferromagnetic metallic object or device may have become introduced within or on them. This will permit appropriate screening to be performed on the student to determine the safety of permitting that student into Zone III (control room of MRI unit). Please complete the MRI screening form in this packet and bring it to your clinical interview. (See MRI Supporting Documents)

  7. Submit transcripts to the Office of Student Records showing proof graduation from an accredited Radiography or Nuclear Medicine program and awarding of an AAS degree or higher. Please reference transcript submission process in Step 3 above.

  8. Successful completion of Anatomy & Physiology (A&P 1500 or 1551or 1571) or equivalent prior to admission.

  9. Successful completion of the following General Education courses: Math 1116 or higher level, CIS 1100 or higher level, English 1101 and 1102, Speech 1100, 1120, or 1150, Social/Behavioral Science (at least 3 credit hours), Humanities (at least 3 credit hours) and HLTHS 1110 or equivalent (biomedical terminology) prior to admission.

  10. Receive a minimum of 40 points on the Merit Evaluation (See MRI Merit Evaluation). Note: 40 points does not guarantee admission into the program.

  11. Possibly meet with the program Admission Committee.


"All application documents delivered to the College of DuPage pertaining to a health sciences admissions file become the property of the College of DuPage and will not be returned to applicants. This includes but is not limited to transcripts, letters of recommendation, clinical evaluation forms or outside test reports."

 

 

Contact Information


If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

    1. Attend an advising session
                   and/or
    2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
    3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to healthcareadvising@cod.edu. (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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