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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology Program

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program at College of DuPage provides students with educational experiences and practical skills required to function as a successful MRI technologist. 

Students will take MRI courses in physical principles and instrumentation, anatomy and pathology. Classes are held at the COD campus in Glen Ellyn. Hands-on experience will be completed at an affiliated medical facility.

The program is just under 12-months long, beginning in fall of each year. As part of the program, students will be prepared to become qualified practitioners who can provide quality care to the community as well as be prepared to meet the changing requirements of the profession. 

Applying to the Program

The MRI program can admit only a limited number of students. Students applying to the MRI program must be:

  • Registered as a Radiographer or Nuclear Medicine Technologist and
  • In good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB).

Applicants must also possess either an Associate in Applied Science or Bachelor of Arts of Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology.

First Step to Apply - Attend an Advising Session

Determine Your Path

MRI technologists typically work in a hospital setting with physicians and supportive care personnel. They are responsible for operating the MRI scanner to develop an image that assists doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Whether you are changing fields or continuing your education in the MRI program, COD offers: 

  • Dedicated instructors with years of experience and certification.
  • Instruction in top-notch facilities and on cutting-edge equipment.
  • Affordable programs that get you on the fast track to success without breaking the bank.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate program at the College of DuPage is a three semester advanced certificate program designed for graduates of a two-year radiography program. 

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.

  • Provide a complete, up-to-date, competency-based curriculum.
  • Educate the student to properly perform the procedures associated with entry-level Magnetic Resonance Technologist employment responsibilities.
  • Support the development of a diverse set of skills necessary to participate in both current and emerging technologies in magnetic resonance imaging.
  • To promote development of integrative, critical thinking, and written, verbal and computer-based communication skills.
  • 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 successful candidate performance on the ARRT Certification exam, as a condition of successful Program completion.
  • Provide accurate student advisement to aid in student retention, course completion, program completion and possible future job placement.
  • Provide opportunities for continuing education for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists.

Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in the MRI program is to read the MRI Admissions Packet. The packet contains an admission checklist that you will need to follow in order to be eligible for admission.

Program Costs

Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology Program graduates will:

  • 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.

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