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Radiologic Sciences

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science


Description

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging major is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary to become a competent, entry-level MRI technologist. Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students are prepared to sit for the ARRT examination in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

What is a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologists perform scans using radiofrequencies within a magnetic field to produce images of bones, organs, and soft tissue.

  • Program Information

    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.

    PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

    The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program was established to provide education and training opportunities for individuals seeking entry or advancement as registered MRI 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.

    PROGRAM GOALS

    The goals of the program include personal and professional development. The curriculum is designed to develop excellence in all aspects of magnetic resonance imaging and to promote an awareness of the patient and his/her unique needs.

    1. Students will be clinically competent.
    2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
    3. Students will communicate effectively.
    4. Students will demonstrate professionalism.
    5. Students will successfully complete the program.

    PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Graduates of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program should exhibit the following:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of magnetic resonance imaging principles.
    2. Produce diagnostic MRI exams.
    3. Provide patient care essential to magnetic resonance imaging procedures.
    4. Demonstrate magnetic resonance imaging safety principles in the clinical setting.
    5. Apply basic computer skills in the clinical setting.
  • Prerequisites

    Admission Requirements

    Choose an Available Track

    There are three options for students to become eligible to apply for admission to the MRI program. All ASU general education and MRI prerequisites must be completed before a student will be eligible for admission. Cumulative GPA less than 2.5 will not be considered for admission.

    Non-Healthcare Track
    A-State General Education Requirements - 35 Hrs.
    HP 2013, Medical Terminology (3)
    Anatomical Sciences: 8 hrs
    BIO 2203, Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3)
    BIO 2201, Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1)
    BIO 2223, Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3)
    BIO 2221, Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1)
    Sciences: 4 hrs
    Choose one of the following:
    CHEM 1013, General Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 1011, General Chemistry I Lab (1)
    PHYS 2054 General Physics (4)
    Electives: 26 hrs
    120 credit hours (minimum) are required for a BSRS degree

    Prior Healthcare Education
    1 or 2 Years of Healthcare Education
    HP 2013, Medical Terminology (3)
    Anatomical Sciences: 8 hrs
    BIO 2203, Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3)
    BIO 2201, Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1)
    BIO 2223, Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3)
    BIO 2221, Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1)
    Sciences: 4 hrs
    Choose one of the following:
    CHEM 1013, General Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 1011, General Chemistry I Lab (1)
    PHYS 2054 General Physics (4)
    Electives: 26 hrs

    Receive Credit by Articulation
    Registered radiologic technologists may receive 50 radiologic technology credit hours by providing documentation of the following requirements.
    a. graduation from an accredited school of Radiologic Technology.
    b. a passing score on the certification examination

    *MRI courses needed are determined by the MRI program coordinator and the RS program director.

    When both requirements have been met, the Chair of the Department of Radiologic Sciences will formally notify the Office of Admissions & Records and credit will be recorded on the student's transcript for 50 hours of ASU MRI courses. Students must complete the mandatory Gen. Ed. courses required by the university.

    RT's may be eligible to take the online MRI courses. Please call Cheryl DuBose, Program Director to discuss eligibility @ 972-3073.


    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 >>  

    IMMUNIZATION & HEALTH RECORDS

    Once accepted into a 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.

    MRI students are also required to provide documentation of immunization to varicella (chicken pox). A vaccine is available for those students without immunity.

    Students will be required to provide documentation of a physical examination once accepted into the professional program. In addition, pregnancy is of special concern because students are in a clinical radiation environment with the exception of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 

    TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR MRI

    Physical and Mental Performance Requirements Because of the nature of the work required in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program offered at ASU, the applicant must be:

    • Able to reach, manipulate, and operate equipment necessary for exam procedures.
    • Able to move, manipulate, and observe a patient or client as necessary for the profession.
    • Able to visually assess patients, medical test results and the working environment to correctly decide the appropriate action to take for the benefit to the patient/client.
    • Able to clearly communicate, both verbally and in writing, with the patient, client, family members, medical personnel and others.
    • Able to disseminate information relevant to patient care and work duties, and also hear clearly enough to gather information relevant to patient care and work duties.
    • Able to make appropriate judgment decisions in an emergency or where a situation is not clearly governed by specific guidelines.
    • Able to demonstrate emotional stability and psychological health in day-to-day interactions with patients/clients, staff, family members, and others in routine and non-routine decision-making processes, and on the daily execution of didactic and clinical assignments.
    • Able to maintain professional demeanor and conduct under extremely stressful circumstances.
    • Able to lift at least 50 pounds.
    • Able to safely work in the MRI suite – Magnetic Resonance Imaging students should wear no implants or have devices surgically implanted that are deemed non-MRI compatible.

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap/disability, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students.

  • Additional Information

    CREDIT FOR CURRENT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

    Students holding current ARRT Advanced Level Certification in Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology, Mammography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Quality Management, ARRT registration in Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine, NMTCB registration in Nuclear Medicine, or ARDMS registration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography may request credit for work experience, independent study options, and waiver of clinical education course work in their area of expertise.

    These requests will be evaluated on an individual basis but will require completion of at least one course in the specialty from ASU in order to complete the requirements for a minor toward the BSRS degree and at least two courses in the specialty from ASU to complete the requirements for a major toward the BSRS degree.

    In addition, students must complete the general education requirements, Radiologic Sciences Core requirements, and meet all residency requirements of the university.

    CREDIT FOR WORK EXPERIENCE

    Technologists who have successfully passed an appropriate national professional examination and have worked 1,000 hours in that specialty over the past two years are eligible to receive credit for work experience. Individuals should contact their advisor for further information.

    EXPENSES

    In addition to tuition costs, Radiologic Science students will incur the following expenses:

    • 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 about $40. Information regarding purchase of malpractice insurance may be obtained through the Program Director.
    • 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 $500. These texts are used throughout the program.
    • Students will be required to purchase uniforms. Approximately $200 should be estimated for uniforms in the first year of the program.
    • CPR certification is required. Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
    • 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.
    • TB mask fittings are required. The fitting is available at ASU within the first few weeks of the fall semester. This is a one time fee of approximately $25.
    • A physical exam and proof of immunizations are also required prior to starting clinical rotations.
  • Clinical Education

    Clinical Rotation

    During the program, the student is required to complete a structured rotation through 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.

    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.

    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 >>

    Crittenden Memorial Hospital
    200 Tyler Ave.
    West Memphis, AR 72301
    Website >>
     
  • Curriculum

    Program Curriculum

    Classes for new MRI students begin in the 1st Summer Semester and run for 15 consecutive months. The total professional curriculum is 52 hours.

    1st Summer
    RSMR 4702, Intro to MRI
    RSMR 4703, MRI Instrumentation
    RS 3133, Sectional Anatomy

    Fall
    RSMR 3853, Adv MR Pathophysiology I
    RS 4463, Statistics for Medical Imaging
    RS 3122, Legal and Regulatory Environment
    RSMR 4723, MRI Procedures I
    RSMR 4803, MRI Physical Principles I
    RSMR 4753, Clinical Education I

    Spring
    RSMR 3863, Adv MR Pathophysiology II
    RSMR 4763, Clinical Education II
    RSMR 4712, Imaging Information Management
    RSMR 4823, Data Acquisition & Processing
    RSMR 4733, MRI Procedures II
    RSMR 4813, MRI Physical Principles II

    2nd Summer
    RSMR 4773, Clinical Education III
    RSMR 4783, Clinical Education IV
    RSMR 4812, MRI Pharmacology
    RSMR 4832, Adv MR Imaging
  • Professional Organizations
  • 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.

    Philosophy

    The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program was established to provide education and training opportunities for individuals seeking entry or advancement as registered MRI 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.

    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 1
    Number of students
    2008-2009
    80%
    8 out of 10 students
    2009-2010
    75%
    3 out of 4 students
    2010-2011
    75%
    6 out of 8 students
    2011-2012
    86%
    6 out of 7 students
    2012-2013
    100%
    5 out of 5 students
    5 year avg
    82%
     

     

     

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

     

    Year
    Percent job placement
    Number of students
    2008-2009
    85%
    6 our of 7 students
    2009-2010
    100%
    4 out of 4 students
    2010-2011
    83%
    5 out of 6 students
    2011-2012
    100%
    6 out of 6 students
    2012-2013
    100%
    5 out of 5 students
    5 year avg
    94%
     

     

     

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

     

    Year
    Percent completion
    Number of Students
    2008-2009
    100%
    10 out of 10 students
    2009-2010
    75%
    6 out of 8 students
    2010-2011
    100%
    8 out of 8 students
    2011-2012
    86%
    6 out of 7 students
    2012-2013
    63%
    5out of  8 students
    5 year avg
    85%
     

     

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

     

     


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 >>