GCC 2018-19 Catalog - Page 51



MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING TECHNOLOGIST (MRI)
Associate of Applied Science Degree – 2 years
Pending approval of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
A Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist is the medical personnel who perform MRI examinations. They are educated in anatomy,
patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, magnet safety, and basic patient care.
The MRI Associate Degree program is a collaboration between GCC and the Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science Consortium
(MiRIS). General Education Classes are completed at Gogebic Community College. MiRIS core classes are completed online
through Michigan Colleges Online. Clinical Practicum experiences are completed regional MRI facilities.
https://www.micollegesonline.org/mriprogram.html.
MRI technologists are highly trained individuals who possess the advanced skills and knowledge necessary for competent practice.
The MRI Technologist program at Gogebic Community College prepares the student to think critically and communicate effectively,
which is paramount to the success of an MRI Technologist. Students will learn how to synthesize information and apply rational
judgement in determining appropriate protocols that affect image quality and diagnostic outcomes. Students will discover the balance
between equipment capabilities and patient conditions to arrive at the highest quality images for interpretation by the physician. The
program prepares students for the unique patient care and safety issues that require an exceptional attention to detail. The MRI program
gives students a sound base of clinical practice in conjunction with course work in the related sciences and general education. The
program consists of rigorous classroom, lab, and clinical education experiences. This prepares the student for success on the national
certification
exam
administered
by
the
American
Registry
of
Radiologic
Technologists
(ARRT)
https://www.arrt.org/Certification/Magnetic-Resonance-Imaging. Successful completion of the program also provides the student with
an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
Upon completion, students will:
1. Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning, and MRI sequence parameters to accurately demonstrate anatomical
structures.
2. Determine imaging parameters to achieve optimum imaging.
3. Evaluate images for appropriate positioning, coil selection, and image quality.
4. Apply principles of ferromagnetic safety and contrast application for the protection of the patient, technologist, and others.
5. Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate life-saving first aid and basic life support procedures.
6. Evaluate the performance of MRI systems, know the safe limits of equipment operation and report malfunctions to the proper
authority.
7. Participate in MRI quality assurance programs.
8. Provide care and comfort in regard to the holistic health of the patient, technologist, and others.
9. Provide patient education related to MRI procedures.
Students must complete each MRI course with a minimum C or higher in order to progress to the next semester and meet graduation
requirements. MRI courses form the previous semester serve as pre-requisite courses.
Gogebic Community College
MiRIS Consortium MRI Program
General Education Coursework
BIO 250 Human Anatomy ........................................... 4
BIO 251 Human Physiology ........................................ 4
ENG 101 English Composition .................................... 3
SPE 105 Interpersonal Communications or
ENG 102 English Composition II ................................ 3
Math 110 College Algebra ........................................... 4
Humanities ................................................................... 3
HED 105 Medical Terminology................................... 2
PSY 101 General Psychology ...................................... 4
PHY121 Tech. Physics: Energy and Electromagnetism 4
ORI 110 College Experience ...................................... 1
Total 32 credits
50

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