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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

 Student examines MRI machine

Program Mission

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

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging program with Computed Tomography certificate option was 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 while providing optimal patient care.

*Students applying to the MRI program must be cleared of possible contraindications to the MRI suite by a qualified MRI faculty member prior to acceptance into the program.

ARRT Structured Education Requirements – MRI

The MRI program offers courses designed to meet the ARRT Structured Education requirements.  For more information, please contact Cheryl DuBose at cdubose@astate.edu.



    The Radiation Therapy program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT awarded the program 8 year accreditation status in 2019, with the next scheduled review in 2027. Learn more about A-State’s accreditation information and program effectiveness data.


    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.

  • Admission & Graduation

    Admission to Arkansas State University

    University Grievance Procedure
    Graduation Requirements

    How to Apply to MRI Program

    All students must apply to Arkansas State University before acceptance to the MRI program.


    Cheryl DuBose
    Program Director
    Phone: 870-972-3073
    Email: cdubose@astate.edu

    Kendall Youngman
    Clinical Coordinator
    Phone: 870-972-3073
    Email: kyoungman@astate.edu


    Admission into the MRI emphasis is limited. Up to 10 students are selected each year depending on clinical site availability.

    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.


    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. 


    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 >>  


    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.
  • Additional Information


    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. 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, plus $200 for associated computer software packages. These texts are used throughout the program.
    3. 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. 
    4. CPR certification is required. Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. Students are required to pay $150/year for online clinical software program to be used for clinical courses.
    8. Reliable transportation to/from clinical sites for duration of the program.

    Immunization & Health Records

    Immunizations, including proof of flu and COVID-19 vaccinations, may occur as part of your professional education at A-State. While the faculty cannot realistically determine whether lack of vaccination will have any future impact on your ability to work in the profession, applicants should understand that lack of proof of vaccinations (including flu and COVID-19)  may create the following issues:

    1. Certain rotation sites could deny access for rotation.
    2. Hospitals or other health care institutions could refuse to allow access for a clinical experience.
    3. The above two issues could make it impossible to complete the clinical portion of education
      and therefore not graduate.
    4. As a licensed professional, certain health care institutions could refuse to grant privileges.
    5. There could be other, unforeseen, impacts of this incident on your ability to practice as a professional.

    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.


    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.


    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.

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    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

    Clinical Sites

    Classes for new MRI students begin in the Summer Semester (June) and run for 14 consecutive months. During the 14 month program, students participate in a structured rotation sequence through the MRI departments in the clinical affiliates.

    These include:
    ·       Arkansas Children’s Hospital
    ·       Arkansas Methodist Medical Center
    ·       Baptist Medical Center - Crittenden
    ·       Baptist Medical Center – East Memphis
    ·       NEA Baptist Medical Center
    ·       Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center
    ·       St. Bernard’s Imaging Center
    ·       St. Bernard's Medical Center
    ·       St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    ·       Unity Health Systems - Searcy
    ·       White River Medical Center

  • Curriculum

    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.


  • Program Effectiveness Data
    This program is accredited by:

    JRCERT Logo

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

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    The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. Click here (Accredited Program Details (jrcertaccreditation.org)) to go directly to the JRCERT webpage.

    Credentialing Examination: The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.


    Credentialing Examination Rate

    Number passed on 1st attempt divided by number attempt within 6 months of graduation



    Year 1 - 2017

    7 of 7 – 100%

    Year 2 - 2018

    6 of 6 – 100%

    Year 3 - 2019

    9 of 9 – 100%

    Year 4 - 2020

    6 of 6 – 100%

    Year 5 - 2021

    4 of 4 – 100%

    Program 5-year Average

    32 of 32 – 100% 


    Job Placement: The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%. 

    Job Placement Rate

    Number employed divided by number actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation



    Year 1 - 2017

    3 of 3 – 100%

    Year 2 - 2018

    7 of 8 – 88%

    Year 3 - 2019

    8 of 8 – 100%

    Year 4 - 2020

    5 of 5 – 100%

    Year 5 - 2021

    4 of 4 – 100%

    Program 5-year Average

     27 of 28 – 96%


    Program Completion: The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 80%. 

    Program Completion Rate

    Number graduated divided by number started the program

    Year 1 - 2021

    4 of 4

    Annual Completion Rate




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