The professional practice of Magnetic Resonance Imaging requires specific knowledge and skill sets generally not obtained in basic education programs in Medical Imaging. The core content section of the Harris Health System graduate program in Magnetic Resonance Imaging represents curriculum contents that are considered essential in educating qualified medical imaging professionals in the didactic and clinical components of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The graduate fellowship program is designed to develop well rounded didactic and clinical experiences in MRI procedures, MRI protocols, MRI patient care and safety management (inpatients, outpatients, emergency room patients, trauma patients, etc.), medication reconciliation, and other duties and responsibilities assigned to the MRI Technologist.
The Graduate Fellowship Program in Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a one year two semesters program. In order to qualify each candidate must meet one of the following minimum requirements:
- The candidate for post primary certification must be registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists - ARRT (except where noted) in the appropriate categories as indicated below. Supporting category of Nuclear Medicine may be through ARRT or Nuclear Medicine Technologists Certification Board - NMTCB or Sonography through ARRT or American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography:
b) Nuclear Medicine
c) Radiation Therapy
- Be a candidate with less than 1 year or no experience in performing MRI examinations/procedures. The MRI experiences are counted after post certification in one or more of the above disciplines.
- Be a candidate with more than one year of experiences in performing MRI examinations/procedures. The MRI experiences are counted after post certification in one or more of the above disciplines.
- All candidates for the certification in Magnetic Resonance Imaging are required to perform certain clinical procedures to establish eligibility for certification. Each candidate must meet the requirements for clinical experiences before his/her application is signed for submittal to the ARRT for examination. Each candidate is responsible for contacting the ARRT for the certification handbook and application materials which details the qualifications and application for examination in MRI.
Goals of the Graduate Fellowship Program in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- To provide the theoretical concept in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
- To provide the clinical education necessary for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
- To provide the Medical Imaging Professional who meets the qualifications for the program with a cognitive base of entry level education in the practice of magnetic resonance imaging.
- To provide the educational core curriculum for graduates of Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy and Sonography who seek to become American Registry Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) registered MRI Radiographers.
Curriculum for the Graduate Fellowship Program in Magnetic Resonance Imaging for the qualified Medical Imaging Professional:
The foundations of the curriculum represent an inventory of pre-existing knowledge and skills gained through entry level medical imaging educational experience and reinforced through professional practice. The foundations include:
- Basics Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Clinical Practice in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Ethics and Law in the Radiologic Sciences
- Human Structures and Functions to include basic anatomy and cross sectional anatomy
- Patient Care in Radiologic Science
- Pharmacology and Drug Administration
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging Safety practices
Applications are accepted January 1 through June 1 each year.
Classes start September 1.