Degrees and Certificates

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Program Requirements

The course-of-study through Washburn University integrates curriculum designed by the American Society of Radiologic Technologist (ASRT). The ASRT curriculum (2008 Edition) requires a base of existing knowledge involving computers, ethics and law, anatomy and physiology, patient assessment, patient care. The program also incorporates information as outlined in the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Certification handbook for magnetic resonance.

Core curriculum includes:

  • Sectional Anatomy
  • Clinical Practice and Patient Management
  • Physics (Instrumentation and Imaging Principles)
  • Imaging Procedures
  • Pathology

A graduate of the MR certificate program will possess entry-level knowledge and clinical skill. The certificate in magnetic resonance (MR) requires the completion of a minimum of twenty-two credit hours, including clinical experience. All MR courses count towards the Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree.

The BHS degree is not automatically awarded upon completion of the MRI program, as additional requirements exist. See the Allied Health home page for more information on the BHS degree.

Full-Time Sequence for Registered Technologists
Fall Semester I
AL341 Sectional Anatomy and Imaging Applications – 4 credits
AL347 Magnetic Resonance Physics I – 3 credits
AL348 MR Imaging I – 3 credits
AL349 MR Clinical Experience I – 3 credits

Spring Semester I
AL350 Magnetic Resonance Physics II – 3 credits
AL351 MR Imaging II – 3 credits
AL352 MR Clinical Experience II – 3 credits

Part-Time Sequence for Registered Technologists
Fall Semester I
AL341 Sectional Anatomy and Imaging Applications – 4 credits
AL347 Magnetic Resonance Physics I – 3 credits

Spring Semester I
AL350 Magnetic Resonance Physics II – 3 credits

Fall Semester II
AL348 MR Imaging I – 3 credits
AL349 MR Clinical Experience I – 3 credits

Spring Semester II
AL351 MR Imaging II – 3 credits
AL352 MR Clinical Experience II – 3 credits

Core Courses
AL341 Sectional Anatomy and Imaging Applications (4)
Prerequisite: ARRT certification or Second-year Radiographer Student

Description: Content begins with a review of gross anatomy of the entire body. Detailed study of gross anatomical structures will be conducted systematically for location, relationship to other structures and function. Gross anatomical structures are located and identified in axial (transverse), sagittal, coronal and orthogonal (oblique) planes. Illustrations and anatomy images will be compared with magnetic resonance (MR) and computed tomography (CT) images in the same imaging planes and at the same level when applicable. The characteristic appearance of each anatomical structure as it appears on CT and MR, when applicable, will be stressed.

AL347 Magnetic Resonance Physics I (3)
Prerequisite: ARRT Certification or Consent

Description: Content is intended to impart an understanding of theories of magnetic resonance properties. Additional concepts such as pulse sequencing, coils, gradient usage and signal production will be covered.

AL350 Magnetic Resonance Physics II (3)
Prerequisite: ARRT Certification or Consent

Description: A continuation of Physics I concepts including pulse sequencing application, coil selection relating to scans, calculation of scan times as well as scan parameters and image factors.

AL348 Magnetic Resonance Imaging I (3) 
Prerequisite: ARRT Certification or Consent

Description: Content is designed to provide a review of anatomy involving selected body regions with an understanding of MR tissue characteristics. Routine imaging of the abdomen, pelvis, thorax, musculoskeletal system and central nervous system will be discussed. Common pathology as demonstrated through MR imaging will be presented.

AL351 Magnetic Resonance Imaging II (3)
Prerequisite: ARRT Certification or Consent

Description: A continuation of imaging methods with a focus on non-routine or specialized protocols of the abdomen, pelvis, thorax, musculoskeletal system, central nervous system and vascular system.

AL349 MR Clinical Experience I (3)
Prerequisite: ARRT Certification or Consent

Description: Assignment to a MR facility (360 clock hours) for application of theory and development of competency in routine imaging. Establish eligibility for certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

AL352 MR Clinical Experience II (3)
Prerequisite: ARRT Certification or Consent

Description: Assignment to a MR facility (360 clock hours) for application of theory and development of competency in specialized imaging. Establish eligibility for certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

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