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Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomography

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomography specialization option is offered during the fourth year in our Radiologic Sciences bachelor's degree program.

This specialization emphasizes the physics, technology, instrumentation, sectional anatomy, and pathologies common in MRI and CT. Upon completion of the program students are prepared to challenge the national registry examinations offered by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Technologists employed in these specialty areas will be supervised by a board certified radiologist, but will be afforded a greater amount of responsibility and independence in the performance of their duties.

Program of study

The program of study during the first year includes basic sciences, general core courses and health related electives. The second and third years are composed of courses for the basic radiography program and general core courses. Program structure allows for the simultaneous completion of the lecture and clinical course requirements. Clinical experiences during the second and third years are served in area and regional hospitals away from the University campus. The student is expected to assume financial responsibility, securing housing and transportation for clinical rotations.

Upon successful completion of their third year in the Program, the student will:

  • be awarded an associate of applied science degree (AAS) in Radiography;
  • complete the application process to sit for the national ARRT Radiography certification exam

In the fourth year (Fall semester), the students will begin Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Computed Tomography (MRI/CT) courses.

For current or graduate Radiography students

The MRI/CT program offers those who are current students or graduate from another radiography program the opportunity to complete their bachelor's degree. If you are interested, please contact the academic advisor for transcript evaluation and additional requirements needed.  

Program Mission

The mission of the MRI/CT Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is to provide a quality program integrating education, research and service in order to meet the needs of the profession and improve health care of the people and communities we serve.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal: Prepare the student to practice as a competent entry-level professional MRI/CT technologist by offering a balanced curriculum and quality didactic and clinical instruction.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be clinically competent upon graduation.
  • Graduates will pass ARRT MRI and/or CT certification exams on first attempt.
  • Graduates indicate overall satisfaction with education from the program.
  • Clinical Supervisors indicate graduate demonstrates essential skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively with other health care practitioners.

Goal: Provide didactic and clinical experiences that lead to research in educational, professional, or health care issues relating to MRI and CT.

Student Learning Outcome:

  • Students demonstrate essential skills to plan and execute research on various topics.

Goal: Provide avenues to students for professional development and growth within the profession.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Graduates will become members of professional organizations.
  • Graduates will maintain their CE activities to grow with the profession.

Goal: Provide avenues for students to develop and apply skills in effective communication necessary for successful MRI and CT practice.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students demonstrate effective verbal communication skills.
  • Students demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Goal: Provide avenues for students to develop and apply skills in critical thinking and in problem solving necessary for successful MRI and CT practice.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Graduates demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Goal: Provide a clinical and didactic environment that leads to the development of clinical skills and competence appropriate to an entry-level MRI/CT technologist.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be clinically competent upon graduation.
  • Students demonstrate continual improvement of skills as they progress through the program.
  • Students demonstrate professional development and growth as a result of didactic and clinical experiences.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

For more information about admission policies, tuition and fees, refund policies, academic calendars, clinical obligations, grading system, graduation requirements, and the criteria for transfer credit please click here.

All applicants should be aware that there are clinical requirements during 2 semesters for this specialization.  Clinic sites are within a six hour radius of Carbondale and it is possible that students could receive appointments outside the local area during these semesters while in the program.  Students are responsible for any additional costs associated with travel or housing during these semesters.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a very strong magnetic field and a radio frequency (RF) signal which may be hazardous to individuals entering the MR environment if they have certain metallic, electronic, magnetic, or mechanical implants, devices, or objects.  If you have any questions or concerns about participating in the MRI/CT Program, please contact Dr. Michael Grey to discuss further.

Accreditation

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging program at SIU is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Click here to see the JRCERT Standards for an Accredited Program in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
312-704-5300
mail@jrcert.org 
www.jrcert.org