Technical Certificate of Credit
The Magnetic Resonance Imaging program, designed to meet the professional needs of radiologic technologists for formal specialized education in MRI, is a one-semester course offered in two course-credit formats. The curriculum includes the following topics: MRI physics, cross-sectional anatomy, patient safety, site development, MR imaging techniques applicable to all MR imaging systems, patient care and management, pathology, and quality control.
MRI 200 is taught Fall semester only, in six Saturday instructional settings and twenty-four observational hours in clinic. The optional clinical component, MRI 230, is offered Fall and Spring and involves 225 hours of clinical education at a Chattanooga State approved MRI facility in the student’s geographic area. Both courses must be completed to receive the Technical Certificate. Arrangements for the required clinical component are made by the student. Students must purchase liability insurance or show evidence of self-coverage of $1,000,000 or more. Insurance is available through Chattanooga State and is payable at the time of registration.
In addition to completing the application process for admission to Chattanooga State, students seeking admission to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program must also submit a MRI Application Form to the Division of Nursing/Allied Health. Applicants must be graduates of a CAHEA/JRCERT accredited Radiologic Technology program and eligible for certification or certified and registered by the ARRT.
Selection into the program is on a first-applied, most-qualified basis. Qualified applications received after the class is full will be accepted for the following class and placed on a reserve list to fill the space of any withdrawals.
Radiologic technologists certified and registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists may receive advanced standing for the clinical component if they have independently performed whole-body magnetic resonance imaging an equivalent of one year, full time within the past 3 years. In addition, competence in the performance of magnetic resonance imaging of the head, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis and musculoskeletal system must be demonstrated.
Applications for Fall semester must be submitted by June 15 for priority consideration.