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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science (B.S.R.S.)


College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences

Junior Year

Radiography:  Provides students with the skills necessary to administer radiation for imaging various body systems.

Senior Year

Magnetic Resonance Imaging:  Provides students with the skills necessary to operate MRI Scanners and produce quality sectional images through computer enhancement. 

Computed Tomography:  Provides students with the skills necessary to operate CT Scanners and produce quality sectional images through computer enhancement.

All areas of study include both classroom instruction and experiences in a clinical setting in an area health care institution. This provides students with opportunities for direct patient care involving those who are sick and injured, as well as those for whom radiologic diagnosis or treatment is indicated.  For those choosing informatics or management, clinical internships provide opportunities for learning the necessary skills in those arenas. 

All students, prior to formal admission, will be advised by the Departmental Advisor when planning their schedule.

ARRT Structured Education Requirements – CT and MRI

These courses were developed to satisfy ARRT Structured Education requirements.  Candidates wishing to complete post-primary certifications must complete 16 hours of structured education.  These 1 credit hour courses have been approved for 16 continuing education hours for the ARRT and are available online through Arkansas State University - Jonesboro.  For more information, please contact Cheryl DuBose at cdubose@astate.edu.

  • Mission, Goals & Outcomes

    DEPARTMENTAL MISSION

    The mission of the Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences is to provide a comprehensive, multi-skilled education preparing students for entry-level practice into the medical imaging and radiation therapy professions.  They will be competent in at least two emphasis areas.

    PROGRAM MISSION GOALS & OUTCOMES/RADIOGRAPHY

    The Radiography Program at Arkansas State University exists to produce competent entry-level radiologic technologists for the practice of radiologic technology.

     1. Students will be clinically competent: 

    • Outcomes

      a. Students will provide appropriate patient care
      b. Students will be able to perform practice proper radiation safety
      c. Students will be able to produce and critique radiographs for quality
      d. Students will express satisfaction with educational experience
      e. Employers will express satisfaction with graduates

     2. Students will demonstrate acceptable problem solving skills. 

    • Outcomes

      a. Students will be able to identify a medical emergency
      b. Students will be able to adapt standard radiographic practices to varying clinical situations
      c. Students will be able to recommend corrective action for sub-optimal radiographs

     3. Students will communicate effectively with peers, medical staff, and patients. 

    • Outcomes

      a. Students will be able to explain radiologic procedures
      b. Students will be able to obtain accurate patient history or assessment
      c. Students will be able to prepare written critiques of radiographs

     4. Students will demonstrate professional behavior and attitudes.

    • Outcomes

      a. Students will demonstrate professional appearance and conduct
      b. Students will demonstrate assumed clinical duties and assignments
      c. Students will be able to write a summary plan of professional continuing education
      d. Students will demonstrate appropriate punctuality and reliability in clinical attendance

    PROGRAM MISSION & GOALS/MRI/CT

    The Magnetic Resonance Imaging / Computed Tomography Programs were established to provide education and training opportunities for individuals seeking entry or advancement as registered MRI/CT technologists. Our program is based on the concept that education is a continuing process whereby the learner determines goals, clarifies values, and develops such discipline and understanding as best meets individual needs for self-actualization. It is our goal to educate students for a professional career in which they can be successful.

    MRI PROGRAM MISSION, GOALS, STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Mission

    The mission of the magnetic resonance program is to prepare competent, entry-level magnetic resonance technologists able to function within the healthcare community.

    Goal:  Students will be clinically competent.       
    Student Learning Outcomes: Students will apply positioning skills.
                                                   Students will select image parameters.
                                                   Students will utilize magnetic field safety measures.

    Goal:  Students will demonstrate communication skills.
    Student Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
                                                   Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.

    Goal:  Students will develop critical thinking skills.
    Student Learning Outcomes: Students will adapt imaging parameters for non-routine patients.
                                                   Students will critique images for diagnostic quality.

    Goal:  Students will model professionalism.
    Student Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate work ethics.
                                                   Students will summarize the value of life-long learning.

    CT PROGRAM MISSION, GOALS, STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Goal:  Students will be clinically competent.       
    Student Learning Outcomes: Students will provide appropriate patient care. 
                                                   Students will be able to perform practice proper radiation safety.
                                                   Students will follow protocol.

    Goal:  Students will demonstrate acceptable critical thinking skills.
    Student Learning Outcomes: Students will adapt standard protocols to varying clinical situations.
                                                   Students will be able to recommend corrective action for sub-optimal radiographs.

    Goal:  Students will communicate effectively.
    Student Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate positive communication skills.
                                                   Students will obtain accurate patient history.
                                                   Students will utilize written communication.

    Goal:  Students will demonstrate professionalism.
    Student Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate professional appearance and conduct.
                                                   Students will demonstrate assumed clinical duties and assignments.
                                                   Students will explain a summary plan of professional continuing education.
                                                   Students will demonstrate punctuality and reliability in clinical attendance.

  • Selective Admission Process - Initial

    Program Admission

     Thank you for your interest in A-State’s radiography program. Please be sure that you have completed every step below before submitting your application. Students applying to the radiography program must also apply for admission to Arkansas State University. If your support course GPA is below 2.5, you are not eligible for admission at this time. You must have completed (or currently be enrolled in) all radiography prerequisite courses with a minimum of a C, to be eligible for admission at this time. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older by the first day of spring semester 2018.  

    1. Apply for admission to Arkansas State University-Jonesboro Campus
    2. Print or request transcript(s) from each institution attended since high school. You must include transcripts from all colleges, universities, schools, or other institutions attended including A-State Jonesboro and other A-State campuses.  Do not send transcripts separately to the department.
    3. Print mid-term grades of any prerequisite Radiography courses that you are currently enrolled in.
    4. Complete & sign, the application and criminal background check acknowledgement.
    5. Submit as one packet: application checklist, the application, criminal background check, ACT Test scores, all transcripts, and mid-term grades and shadowing form if applicable.

    All required materials (see application) must be electronically received in the Department Office by 5:00 p.m. October 31.

    Applicants to the BSRS Program are selected by the Admissions Committee using the following criteria weighted by percentages:

    • Academic Profile Score (40%)
    • ACT / Reading Comprehension Test Scores (30%)
    • Interview (30%)

    The first category listed is translated to a scaled system of points. Once scaled, students are ranked accordingly.  Top candidates are then ranked by their ACT test scores. In the event that you have not taken the ACT, or if you are unhappy with your current ACT score, you may choose to substitute your ACT score with a reading comprehension test. Students must make a pre-determined minimum score on the ACT / reading comprehension test. The standardized exam score is then translated to a scaled system of points.  Once scaled, students are ranked accordingly.  The top 50 candidates will be asked for an interview.

    Note: Students completing general education courses and required support courses on the A-State-Jonesboro campus will be awarded extra points toward the final score. Students who prove proficiency in Spanish receive additional points toward the final score (see web-site for proof process). Students with a previous BS or BA will also be awarded extra points toward the final score. 10 bonus points will be awarded to past MIRS graduates.

    English Proficiency Requirements

    The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs and professions require 
    a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and 
    clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure.

    All foreign born students - learn more about the English Proficiency Requirements >>  

    Technical Standards

    In order to ensure patient safety and welfare, the student must demonstrate "with or without accommodations" in order to successfully complete the program:

    1. Sufficient eyesight to observe teaching methods and patients, manipulate equipment and accessories, and evaluate radiographs for quality.
    2. Sufficient hearing to communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team and patients and hear various patient, equipment and background sounds.
    3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to manipulate equipment and accessories, lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, and respond promptly to patient's needs.
    4. Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment in the performance of assigned responsibilities in stressful situations.
    5. Satisfactory verbal, written, and reading skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English.
    6. The ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate ethical behaviors with all members of the healthcare team.
    7. The ability to safely enter the MRI suite to perform patient exams.  Candidates with implants, devices, or other items that may be contraindicated for MRI scans must inform program faculty prior to admission.

    Criminal Background Checks

    Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs if the screening is required by an affiliate requirement. This is to ensure compliance with agreements between the College and Clinical Facilities.

    Verified Credentials

    Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100. Applicants who fail to submit a background check will not be eligible to participate in the clinical experience.

    Please follow the directions in the link below for submitting your application to Verified Credentials:

    Start your background check >>

    Background Check Results

    Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:

    Red: Convictions or Discrepancy found
    Yellow: Possible Discrepancy found
    Green: No Convictions or Discrepancies found

    Appealing Your Results

    If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the Program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials.

    The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience base on their criteria.

  • Selective Admission Process - Magnetic Resonance Imaging / Computed Tomography

    Acceptance Policy for Senior Year Tracks

    The Department does not guarantee acceptance into the program of choice for students entering the second year of the multi-competency BSRS program.  Acceptance for Radiation Therapy, Sonography, CT, MRI, Mammography and Cardiovascular-Interventional students may require all or some of the following:

    • Select course GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Letters of recommendation/reference
    • Interview by program director
    • Testing

    Students work with their individual advisor to prepare for admission.

    Selective Admission

    Admission into the MRI CT emphasis is very limited. Only 5-8 students are selected each year depending on clinical site availability.

    Admission Requirements

    General Education Requirements

    Students who need more than 10 hours of general education requirements are encouraged not to apply to the program. Preference will be given to those who have less than 10 hours to complete. Interviews will not be granted for those lacking more than 10 hours of general education requirements. The only exception will be if there are not enough applicants to fill the class.

    Additional Requirements

    Candidates for admission must also meet the following requirements:

    • Completion of an accredited radiography program.
    • Cumulative Grade Point Average - minimum of 2.5
    • Completion of A&P I and II with labs (8 hours).

    Points will be given during application process according to GPA.

    Cumulative GPA less than 2.5 will not be considered for admission.

    How to Apply

    • Apply to Arkansas State University and have all transfer coursework evaluated for credit.
    • Determine whether you meet the Admission Requirements for the MRI CT program.
    • Download MRI CT application.
    • Download MRI CT modality clinic evaluation form for transfer students.
    • Download MRI CT check sheet and follow the directions.
    • Submit completed application by April 1st.

    Application packet must be in the department office by 5 p.m. on April 1. After evaluation of all completed applications, interviews with qualified applicants will be conducted.

    Selection Criteria

    Applicants to the MRI CT Program are selected by the Admissions Committee using the following criteria:

    Criteria:
    Points Possible
    Cumulative GPA
    20
    Selected Course Grades
    20
    Interview
    30
    A-State Jonesboro Student
    4
    Specific Modality Evaluation
    33
    Total Points Possible:
    107

    For more information contact:

    Cheryl O. DuBose, Ed.D, RT(R)(MR)(CT)(QM)
    Arkansas State University
    Radiologic Science Program
    P.O. Box 910
    State University, AR 72467

    English Proficiency Requirements

    The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs and professions require 
    a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and 
    clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure.

    All foreign born students - learn more about the English Proficiency Requirements >>  

    Technical Standards

    In order to ensure patient safety and welfare, the student must demonstrate "with or without accommodations" in order to successfully complete the program:

    1. Sufficient eyesight to observe teaching methods and patients, manipulate equipment and accessories, and evaluate radiographs for quality.
    2. Sufficient hearing to communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team and patients and hear various patient, equipment and background sounds.
    3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to manipulate equipment and accessories, lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, and respond promptly to patient's needs.
    4. Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment in the performance of assigned responsibilities in stressful situations.
    5. Satisfactory verbal, written, and reading skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English.
    6. The ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate ethical behaviors with all members of the healthcare team.
    7. The ability to safely enter the MRI suite to perform patient exams.  Candidates with implants, devices, or other items that may be contraindicated for MRI scans must inform program faculty prior to admission.

    Criminal Background Checks

    Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs if the screening is required by an affiliate requirement. This is to ensure compliance with agreements between the College and Clinical Facilities.

    Verified Credentials

    Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100. Applicants who fail to submit a background check will not be eligible to participate in the clinical experience.

    Please follow the directions in the link below for submitting your application to Verified Credentials:

    Start your background check >>

    Background Check Results

    Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:

    Red: Convictions or Discrepancy found
    Yellow: Possible Discrepancy found
    Green: No Convictions or Discrepancies found

    Appealing Your Results

    If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the Program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials.

    The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience base on their criteria.

  • Additional Information

    Expenses

    In addition to tuition and immunization costs, Radiologic Technology students will incur the following expenses:

    1. All students in the College of Nursing & Health Professions must purchase malpractice insurance prior to rotating through clinical sites. The annual cost of this insurance is approximately $40.
    2. Students are assessed a fee of $100 per academic year to cover the cost of radiation exposure monitoring devices.
    3. The cost of textbooks will vary each semester, with a majority of the total cost occurring in the first semester of the professional program. Textbook costs for the first semester may be as much as $700. These texts are used throughout the program.
    4. Students will be required to purchase uniforms through the A-State Bookstore. Approximately $250 should be estimated for uniforms in the first year of the program.
    5. Students are required to purchase name badges and personalized radiographic markers.  This is a one-time fee of around $50.
    6. CPR certification is required. Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
    7. TB mask fittings are required. The fitting is available at A-State within the first few weeks of the fall semester. This is a one-time fee of approximately $25.
    8. Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.
    9. Students are required to pay $150 for online clinical software program to be used for clinical courses. 

    Immunization & Health Records

    Once accepted into the program students must provide documented evidence of vaccination for hepatitis-B.  Vaccination consists of three separate doses of the vaccine, given at time zero, 1 month, and 6 months.  Optimal protection is not conferred until after the third dose.  The student must start this series immediately after acceptance to the professional program. Proof of other vaccinations include: MMR, varicella, tetanus, and a current TB skin test.

    Additionally, students are required to provide documentation of a physical examination once accepted into the professional program.

    Drug Testing

    Some of the clinical sites used by the BSRS programs require drug testing prior to placement for assigned practicums. Information for obtaining the drug testing is provided by the program. Costs are to be borne by the student.

    Transportation

    Students are required to provide their own transportation when assigned to all clinical practicums.   When determining educational costs, consid­eration should be given to this additional expense.

    Student Employment

    The BSRS degree requires an unusual amount of the students’ time, and students should pay particular attention to the section on “Student Academic Load” in the Academic Regulations section in this Bulletin. Outside employment may need to be adjusted to course and clinical requirements scheduling.

    Probation, Retention and Readmission

    Refer to Probation, Retention and Readmission Policies in the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

    Curriculum

    Note that the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences reserves the right to make curriculum changes at any time and all students must comply with such changes.

    Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.

    Visit the bulletins page >>
  • Clinical Education - Junior Year

    Clinical Education

    Students accepted into the Program will complete their professional education in two areas: the class room and the clinical setting. Class room work will occur on the A-State-Jonesboro campus, while clinical education will occur in area hospitals and clinics.  Current clinical sites are in the Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri area.
    Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical affiliates. When determining educational costs consideration should be given to this additional expense.

  • Clinical Education - Magnetic Resonance Imaging / Computed Tomography

    During the program, the student is required to complete a structured rotation through the MRI/CR departments of the chosen clinical affiliates. Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical sites. When determining cost, consideration should be given to this additional expense. Upon completion of clinical rotation and requirements students will be prepared to sit for the ARRT advanced certifications in MRI and CT.

    Clinical Affiliates

    The following organizations are MRI clinical affiliates:

    Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center
    P.O. Box 88
    Poplar Bluff, MO 63902-0088
    Website >>
    St. Bernard's Imaging Center
    1144 E. Matthews
    Jonesboro, AR 72401
    Website >>

    White River Medical Center
    1710 Harrison St.
    Batesville, AR 72503
    Website >>
    St. Jude Research Hospital
    262 Danny Thomas Place
    Memphis, TN 38105
    Website >>

    St. Bernard's Medical Ctr.
    223 E. Jackson
    Jonesboro, AR 72401
    Website >>
    Arkansas Methodist Hospital
    900 W. Kingshighway
    Paragould, AR 72450
    Website >>

    NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital
    4800 East Johnson
    Jonesboro, AR 72404
    Website >>
  • Program Effectiveness Data
    This program is accredited by:

    JRCERT LogoThe Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
    Chicago, IL 60606-3182
    (312) 704-5300

    Visit their website >>

    ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
    MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING PROGRAM
    PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS DATA

    Program mission, goals, student learning outcomes and philosophy:

    Mission

    The mission of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program is to produce quality, competent, entry-level MRI technologists for the practice of magnetic resonance imaging.

    Goal:  Students will be clinically competent

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students will provide appropriate patient care.
    • Students will practice proper MR safety.
    • Students will follow protocol.

    Goal:  Students will demonstrate acceptable critical thinking skills.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students will adapt standard protocols to varying clinical situations.
    • Students will recommend corrective action for suboptimal images.

    Goal:  Students will communicate effectively.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students will demonstrate positive communication skills.
    • Students will obtain accurate patient history.
    • Students will utilize written communication skills.

    Goal:  Students will demonstrate professionalism.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students will demonstrate professional appearance and conduct.
    • Students will demonstrate assumed clinical duties and assignments.
    • Students will demonstrate punctuality and reliability in clinical attendance.
    • Students will demonstrate understanding of MR organizations.

    Accreditation Information:

    The Arkansas State University Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).  The program was granted initial 5-year accreditation with the next review date in 2016.  Arkansas State University is regionally accredited through The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Effectiveness data for the program will be available on the JRCERT and Arkansas State University websites.  Contact information for the JRCERT is:

    JRCERT

    20 N. Wacker Drive, St 2850
    Chicago, IL 60606-3182
    Phone             312-704-5300
    Fax                  312-704-5304
    Website          www.jrcert.org
    E-mail              mail@jrcert.org

    DATA

    Five year average credentialing examination (ARRT MRI Certification Exam) pass rate of not less than 75% at first attempt within 6 months of graduation.

     

    Year
    Percent passing on 1st attempt
    Number of students
    2014 100 5 of 5 passed on 1st attempt
    2015 88 7 of 8 passed on 1st attempt
    2016 100 5 of 5 passed on 1st attempt
    2017 100 7 of 7 passed on 1st attempt
    2018 100 6 of 6 passed on 1st attempt
    5 year avg
    97.6

      

    Five year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within 12 months of graduation.

    Year
    Percent job placement
    Number of students
    2014 100 5 of 5 seeking employment found employment
    2015 88 7 of 8 seeking employment found employment
    2016 100 5 of 5 seeking employment found employment
    2017 100 7 of 7 seeking employment found employment
    2018 100 8 of 8 seeking employment found employment
    5 year avg
    97.6

     

     

    Program Completion Rate – number of graduates divided by initial number in cohort.

     

    Year
    Percent completion
    Number of Students
    2014 83 5 of 6 students completed program
    2015 100 8 of 8 students completed program
    2016 83 5 of 6 students completed program
    2017 88 7 of 8 students completed program
    2018 89 8 of 9 Students completed program
    5 year avg
    89.2% (33/37)

     

     

    For more information regarding program effectiveness data visit the JRCERT website at  www.jrcert.org

     

     


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