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Magnetic resonance imaging uses a non-invasive magnetic field and radio frequencies to visualize internal structures of the body. MRIs are used in diagnosing and treating cancer and identifying neurological, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal ailments.
Online MRI training programs are often reserved for certified imaging professionals, which may include AART Registered Radiologic Technologists or Registered Sonographers. Though online programs are available, they typically combine online coursework with on-site clinical requirements. Existing professionals in the field can frequently complete related clinical requirements on the job.
Coursework can cover safety, patient care, image formation and data acquisition, procedures and cross-sectional anatomy. Students use an online course management system to login to virtual classes, access and submit assignments and communicate with instructors and peers. Below are more details about where to find online training and what types of programs are available.
Hospital networks offer online MRI training that can be completed within one year. This type of program qualifies graduates to take the Advanced Certification Registry examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
College and Technical School
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) identifies community colleges as one of the most common sources for MRI training. Online MRI training programs certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART) vary from 9-month certificate programs to 2-year associate degrees. Some college MRI training programs offered online are available on a selective, limited enrollment basis; requirements may include a minimum GPA and prerequisite courses.
Hundreds of online continuing education programs for working professionals are available on the ASRT website. ASRT and the Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists (SMRT), a separate organization advancing the careers and education of MRI technicians internationally, have developed a model preparatory curriculum in conjunction with the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences.
The SMRT website has a list of approved MRI training programs (www.ismrm.org). SMRT, ASRT and affiliated organizations develop relationships with educational organizations and actively promote approved continuing education programs.
Aspiring MRI specialists and those already working in the field of imaging technology may find educational opportunities offered online. Different credentials are offered for individuals with different levels of experience; hybrid programs can prepare students who are just entering the field, while completing online programs can lead to advanced certifications for experienced professionals.