Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program which is accredited by the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Technologists (ARMRIT) is designed to prepare the students to perform clinical MRI examinations of the patient’s body with special consideration to image production, quality control, balanced signal to noise ratio, and basic pulse sequences.

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist is a medical professional who uses specialized MRI equipment to create images of structures inside the human body. MRI Technologists must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to critically ill. The MRI Technologist Student will be supervised by registered and licensed radiologic technologists and MRI Technologists but will be provided responsibility and independence in the performance of their duties.

The program is eighteen (18) months in duration and includes didactic classes, a virtual scanning lab, and clinical training in the discipline of MRI. The curriculum encompasses all principles of magnetic resonance imaging technology which includes twelve (12) technical didactic instructional courses (34 credits), five (5) general education courses (20 credits), and one thousand (1000) hours of supervised clinical externship.

All didactic and general education courses will be completed online through Canvas LMS. Students will be assigned to an MRI facility where they will be able to complete the 1000 clinical hour externship. Upon completion of the program, an Associate of Science Degree is awarded.

MISSION STATEMENT

Pulse Radiology Institute (“PRI”) provides quality hybrid education and training to aspiring non-allied health professionals and those currently employed as allied health professionals in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Our program provides a comprehensive curriculum that is enhanced through onsite clinical training in private imaging and hospital networks in Florida and across the United States. The Pulse Radiology Institute administrative staff and faculty are committed to providing high-level education, training and guidance so each student can earn an Associate’s degree and gain employment in the radiology field.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Students will demonstrate entry level readiness by applying critical thinking skills and exhibiting MRI safety knowledge.
  • Students will demonstrate professional and ethical behavior.
  • Students will successfully demonstrate the technical skills required to be an entry level MRI technologist.
  • Students will demonstrate entry level communication readiness to be able to communicate with patients and others within a healthcare setting.

THE CURRICULUM

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

MRI100 Patient Care in Imaging Technology 3
MRI102 Medical Terminology 3
MRI103 Anatomy & Physiology 3
MRI200 Fundamentals of MRI Physics 3
MRI201 Sectional Anatomy 3
MRI203 Pulse Sequence Design & Parameters 3
MRI300 MRI Procedures 3
MRI301 MR Equipment & Image Acquisition 3
MRI400 Comprehensive MRI Pathology 3
LAB100 MRI Scanning Lab 1
MRI401 Troubleshooting MRI Artifacts 3
MRI402 Medical Ethics & Law 3
MRI500 Clinical Externship 22
COM100 Introduction to Communications 4
CUL100 Cultural Diversity 4
ENV100 Environmental Science 4
MAT100 College Algebra 4
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology 4
  TOTAL 76

VIRTUAL MRI SCANNING LAB

Pulse Radiology Institute will utilize the ScanLabMR™ software to satisfy a robust MRI Scanning Lab requirements.  The ScanLabMR™ software allows instructors to educate students on best practices pertaining to slice alignment, parameter adjustments in contrast and resolution and overall understanding of the MRI console.

Instructors will host real-time via Zoom meetings in conjunction with simulated scanning with all students present to participate in the MRI Scanning Lab.  During this lab requirement, instructors will lecture about proper MRI scanning techniques, anatomical landmarks, how to use the ScanLabMR™ software, describe differences between pulse sequence parameters and demonstrate how these parameters result in a variety of different contrast outcomes.  To complete the lab requirement, instructors will schedule one-on-one sessions with individual students to gauge competency through a pass or fail grading system.  This will allow our students to understand foundational practices and to develop confidence before entering their clinical externship.

CLINICAL TRAINING

Currently, Pulse Radiology Institute holds educational agreements with over 450 clinical locations across the United States.  These partnerships will allow Florida students and any other student across the United States to access top tier clinical training locations.

Our students will be placed within a 50-mile radius to the closest site which offers an array of clinical MRI examinations with onsite registered and licensed MRI technologists to teach practical technical skills.  While onsite, students will be assigned a clinical leader that will act as a direct supervisor to ensure proper policies and procedures, attendance, and general guidance.  At the end of each clinical session, the clinical leader will provide a clinical report that outlines performance onsite during the externship.  These clinical reports will be used, in conjunction, with clinical coordination reports to provide an overall clinical externship grade.

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