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MRI Assistant Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) assistants, also referred to as MRI or radiologic technologists, run diagnostic tests on patients using x-rays and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. Read on to find out about the education needed for this job.

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Programs in radiologic technology confer associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees or undergraduate certificates. They are offered at two-year colleges and four-year universities.

Schools with MRI Assistant Programs

This list of colleges and universities identifies some schools offering MRI assistant programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Houston Community College Houston, TX 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $1,632; In-state $3,360; Out-of-state $3,756
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $5,138; Out-of-state $11,055
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $1,320; In-state $2,064; Out-of-state $4,920
Austin Community College District Austin, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $2,500; In-state $9,210; Out-of-state $11,340
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $1,598; Out-of-state $7,554
Pima Community College Tucson, AZ 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $1,974; Out-of-state $8,610
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's In-state $12,772; Out-of-state $31,464
Indiana University -Purdue University Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 4-year, Public Associate's In-state $9,056; Out-of-state $29,774
Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $1,348; Out-of-state $7,960
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 4-year, Public Bachelor's In-state $8,104; Out-of-state $27,890

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites

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School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for MRI assistant schools:

  • Prospective MRI assistants should make sure to pick a program that's accredited by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
  • Students may want to find information about the school's laboratory facilities in order to make sure that they will gain experience with industry-standard MRI equipment and computer programs.
  • Aspiring MRI assistants may want to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on the certification exams offered by the ARRT and the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists.
  • Students should make sure that they meet the program's admissions requirements; for instance, most bachelor's degree programs require students to have an associate's degree and ARRT registration.

Associate's Degree Programs

In Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Associate of Science (AS) programs in radiologic technology, students take basic biomedical science courses, as well as more career-focused classes in patient care, diagnostic testing procedures and radiation safety. They also fulfill general education requirements. In total, these programs take two years of full-time study to complete, and graduates have the education they need for licensure or certification, which is required in some states.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (BS) programs in radiologic technology are available as degree completion programs for registered technologists who already hold an associate's degree in the field. By providing more advanced radiology coursework, experienced MRI assistants can boost their careers by earning this degree. Often, these programs are available in online formats.

Certificate Programs

In undergraduate certificate programs in radiologic technology, students take the biomedical courses as those in associate's degree programs. However, students do not have to fulfill general education requirements, so programs can be completed in one year or less. There are also schools that offer specialized certificates in MRI technology that take less than one year to complete.

Aspiring and experienced MRI assistants can find relevant education through associate's degree, bachelor's degree and undergraduate certificate programs. It is important to find an ARRT-accredited program with top-notch lab facilities.

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