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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a post-associate three-semester degree Certificate Program offered by Galveston College either on-campus (starts in the fall semester only) or online (starts in the fall and in the spring semester). Our program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and recognized by the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologist).

The Role of the MRI Technologist

The MRI Technologist performs various diagnostic procedures under the supervision of a licensed physician and works closely with patients to provide instruction and quality care while performing diagnostic procedures. These procedures are quite varied and provide images of virtually all parts of the anatomy.

MRI is unique in the field of diagnostic imaging because of the manner in which images are obtained. The patient is positioned within a powerful magnetic field and radio frequency signals are utilized to create images of the patient’s internal structures. This is accomplished without the use of ionizing radiation.

Depending on a number of factors, including geographic location, duties of employment and their own personal qualities, graduates can reasonably expect entry level salaries ranging from $50,000 to $60,000 per year.

Mission

It is the mission of the Galveston College Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology Program to provide our students with an affordable, practical and realistic education that equips them with the skills necessary to enter the workforce successfully and to excel in their professional and educational endeavors.

Career Opportunities

Seventeen of the 30 fastest growing occupations for 2008-2018 are in health care of medical research, according to new employment projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). A related analysis in the U.S. News and World Report (De. 28) placed radiologic technologist, veterinarian, and medical laboratory technician as the top three in the list of the best health care careers.

 

Certificates
  • Certificate – Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Admissions Criteria
  • All prospective candidates who wish to be admitted to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology program should contact Hong Mai 409-944-1497 or hmai@gc.edu.
  • Application to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology program requires the filing of a degree plan with Allied Health Advisor which shows evidence of the following:

Applicants must:

  • Apply to the College and complete the requirements for admission to the College. Admissions Office: 1-409-944-1230 / 232 fax: 409-944-1501, E-mail adm@gc.edu
  • Bacterial Meningitis vaccination for all campus and hybrid course offerings (under the age of 22).
  • Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the program.

Requirements to the College include:

  1. TSI scores for TSI-eligible students or placement scores for TSI-exempt students which permit enrollment in college level courses. Official TSI scores must appear on a transcript to be sent directly to Galveston College from the test company on an official test score report form.
  2. All applicants must show proof of the following:
    • An overall G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher from an accredited Radiologic Health Science Program.
    • Be a graduate of a two year accredited Radiologic Health Science Program in Radiography, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine or Sonography.
    • Be a registered technologist (ARRT or NMTCB or ARDMS) by the start of the program.
    • Have current Texas Department of Health certification and ARRT or NMTCB or ARDMS certificate.
    • Have the TSI requirements satisfied.
  3. Submit Program Application to the Liz Iles via fax at 409-944-1511. The online instruction starts twice a year (fall and spring) and the campus hybrid instruction has a once a year start (fall).
  4. Submit a current copy of current Texas Department of Health certification and ARRT, NMTCB or ARDMS certificate (c/o Liz Iles via fax at 409-944-1511) and maintain certification throughout their course of study of study.
  5. Submit a current copy of an American Heart Health Care Provider level CPR certificate (c/o Liz Iles via fax at 409-944-1511) and maintain certification throughout their course of study.
  6. Complete and submit the mandatory Application for Graduation Form (c/o Liz Iles via fax at 409-944-1511). Please note that the application for graduation form is necessary for the College to issue your Certificate even if you decide not to walk for graduation and that you will receive a Certificate only if you successfully complete all the didactic and clinical courses included in the MRI Program (you will not receive a Certificate if you will do your clinical training independently from Galveston College).
  7. Once registered with the College and received the letter from the College containing your student ID number, complete and submit the mandatory Change of Program form (c/o Liz Iles via fax 409-944-1511).

Only if conditionally accepted with Clinical done through Galveston College, please complete also the following steps (the following steps are not required if you will complete your clinical training independently from Galveston College):

  1. Complete Hepatitis B immunization series including titer or show proof of illness by the start of the program. (This process takes approximately seven months to complete.)
  2. Show proof of Varicella immunization (Chicken Pox) or show proof of illness by the start of the program.
  3. Complete and submit the UTMB Student Wellness Form to UTMB Student Wellness (The form will be emailed to you after acceptance).
  4. Complete a background check through the College with Precheck at student’s cost only upon conditional acceptance to the program (you will be instructed how to complete it).
  5. Complete a clear drug screening test through the College with Precheck at students cost only upon conditional acceptance to the program (you will be instructed how to complete it).
  6. Attend mandatory orientation if doing clinical in the Houston/Galveston area.

Program Application deadlines are:

  • June 30th of each year for the Fall semester (On-campus hybrid or Online).
  • October 30th of each year for the Spring semester (Online only)

Applications that are submitted after the deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the program coordinator. Due to limited enrollment, we cannot accept every applicant. Applicants not admitted to the program must re-apply each year. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail of acceptance to the program.

See the most recent college catalog for additional information and course descriptions.

Transfer Policy

Course work from another program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Program Coordinator. A grade of “C” or better is required on all transferred prerequisite, general education and program specific courses. Transfer students from another program will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Transfer students must:

  1. Complete admission requirements to Galveston College as well as the Program admission criteria.
  2. Submit course syllabi for review, if requested by program coordinator.
  3. Agree to a complete a disclosure of information form.

Course Substitution:

Any student choosing to substitute the RADR 2340; Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Professionals must submit the Course Substitution Form /images/gc/AH/CT/CT-Course Substitution.pdf at the start of the Program along with a course description of the course where previously taken. It is highly recommended that although taken previously, you consider taking this course with the Program. It is a very detailed course and it can improve your chances of passing the national registry or serve as a refresher course for the national registry.

Course work from another program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Program Director. A grade of “C” or better is required on all transferred prerequisite, general education and program specific courses. Transfer students from another program will be admitted on a space-available basis. Prospective transfer students will not be allowed to take clinics only.

See the most recent college catalog for additional information and course descriptions.

 

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Contact Info

Hong Mai

Phone

409-944-1497

Fax

409-944-1511

Email

hmai@gc.edu