Earn a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) certificate
This online e-Learning program is a convenient way for professionals to expand their skills to perform Magnetic Resonance Imaging. EFSC's Advanced Technical Certificate curriculum is offered to candidates currently certified by the:
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in the fields of Radiography, Sonography or Nuclear Medicine Technology, -OR-
- American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in Sonography, -OR-
- Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) in the field of Nuclear Medicine Technology, -OR-
- Radiography graduates who are eligible for certification.
EFSC Radiography Technology Program Exception: Current EFSC Radiography students, who are expected to graduate Spring Term (May), are eligible to submit an application to the CT and MRI programs by the application deadline. Program acceptance for current Radiography students is “contingent”, based on seats available AND proof of ARRT certification and state licensure received by August 1. All applicants with current certification and licensure by the application deadline will be given priority acceptance.
Because it's online, the program is available to eligible students throughout Florida and around the nation in keeping with EFSC's participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Out-of-State students should contact an advisor and reference the out-of-state student section of our eLearning website for additional details. This program is eligible for financial aid.
The MRI certificate curriculum can also be part of a Bachelor of Applied Science - Medical Imaging Specialization program.
MRI Certificate Details
This program does not need programmatic accreditation. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the curriculum has been approved by the Florida Department of Education.
Students are required to complete a total of 24 clinical education hours per week during both semesters. Students have two options available to achieve this goal.
1. Students who need clinical placement can utilize one of our clinical affiliates located throughout Brevard County. It will be the responsibility of each student to travel to his or her assigned site.
A clinical requirement of 24 hours per week is mandatory for the duration of the MRI program, totaling 768 hours. Standard clinical hours are three, eight hour first shifts, usually scheduled Monday through Friday. You must be able to attend clinical during these hours as “special/custom/unique” shifts are not guaranteed.
2. Students who are already working or cross-training in MRI have the option of using their current employment as clinical hours. You may use your current employment within the modality as your clinical hours by providing written assestation from your supervisor that you currently work at least 24 hours per week in the advanced modality in which you are enrolling into.
Whether clinical placement is needed or not, the Clinical Placement Request Form is a mandatory part of each student’s application.
Mission, Goals, and Outcomes
In keeping with the College's Mission and Philosophy, the mission of the MRI Program
is to meet the needs of the students by offering quality online instruction which
will enable the student to succeed as an advanced modality technologist.
Goal 1: Work cooperatively
- The students work cooperatively with fellow employees.
- The students work cooperatively with fellow technologists/students/and other healthcare professionals.
Goal 2: Think critically and solve problems
- The student accurately prescribe protocols to achieve the high quality diagnostic images.
- The student demonstrates the critical thinking abilities to adapt to a variety of patient situations.
- The student properly interprets the requisition/prescription and ultimately performs the appropriate exam for the patient.
- The student assesses the patient’s preparedness for contrast studies prior to start of examination.
Goal 3: Process information
- The student is able to apply knowledge gained through didactic coursework to the clinical setting.
Goal 4: Professionalism, Model ethical and civic responsibility
- The student values diversity and cultural competence.
- The student performs all procedures with utmost safety and proper radiation protection for self, patient and others.
Goal 5: Communicate effectively
- The student communicates effectively with the patient and all levels of staff.
- The students, when dealing with patients, demonstrate empathy and provides appropriate comfort.
Goal 6: Clinical competence in procedures
- The student will log all examinations online through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
- The student will demonstrate the ability to adapt to a variety of patient situations.
- The student produces quality examinations.
Goal 7: Patient safety
- The student in performing the examination will demonstrate appropriate patient care and management.
- The student in performing the examination will demonstrate proper safety and radiation protection for patient, self, and others.
The MRI program begins once each academic year starting in the fall and continuing through the spring. Each student will complete two full semesters of concurrent clinical and didactic coursework. Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded a college level Advanced Technical Certificate. Upon completion of all required clinical competences set forth by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), graduates will be eligible to take post primary certification registries in the modality in which their examination log reflects (MRI).
This certificate's curriculum can also be part of a Bachelor of Applied Science - Medical Imaging Specialization program.