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About the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program

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How to Get Started

To get started in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program, complete the admissions process at El Centro College.

When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.

If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.

Admission and Program Structure

Acceptance to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program is by a competitive selection process based on a weighted points ranking system.

MRI courses in the associate degree program can be completed in two five-week summer semesters and two 16-week academic semesters in the fall and spring.

The program comprises lectures, skills labs and clinical experience and requires a full-time commitment from students. The schedule for classes and clinicals varies from semester to semester, but classes are typically held Monday through Friday during daytime hours.
The 16-week academic semesters in fall and spring involve class and clinical experience every week.

You should plan a minimum of two to three hours of studying and preparation time for each class or clinical experience.
The demands of the courses are such that most students are not able to work full time while enrolled in this program.

If you need to work or have significant family responsibilities, we encourage you to plan your schedule carefully to accommodate the time commitment that this program demands.
This is an intense program that pays off well with experience and credentials that will give you an edge in a competitive job market. 



Admission Requirements

  • Application and current admission to a Dallas County Community College District college
  • Attendance at an MRI program information session
  • Completion of the MRI Core Curriculum with a grade of “C” or higher in each course and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on those specific courses
  • Completion of designated sections of the HESI A2 Test with a minimum score of 70 percent on each section
  • Submission of a complete application packet to the Health Occupations Admissions Office during the designated filing period

Application and Selection

Acceptance to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program is via a competitive selection process based on a points ranking system on designated criteria.

The program accepts six to 10 students each summer semester. Program courses are offered primarily during daytime hours, and clinical training experience begins after you are formally accepted to the program.

Application Filing Period

Submit completed application packets to the El Centro College Health Occupations Admissions Office on or before the application deadline.

Note: Early submission of an application during a specific filing period does not influence ranking for admission.

Information Sessions

Attendance at an information session (held at El Centro College’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing) is required and will address program admission, application and acceptance policies in detail. No advance reservation is necessary to attend an information session.

Get the information session schedule:

Information Packet

Get complete information on program admission requirements and application instructions in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging information packet (PDF - 300KB).

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Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check

Students enrolled in Health Occupation programs at a college of DCCCD are required by Dallas/Ft. Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check after admission to the program but within 30 days before the start of clinical rotations.

Tuition

Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

 

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.​​

Courses Offered (Curriculum

Our catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for the following:

 

Accreditation and Affiliations

The colleges of Dallas County Community College District — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — are individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The official statement of accreditation for each college is published on the college’s accreditation Web page.

Related Programs

Not sure exactly what you want to study? Check out all of our health sciences programs. The catalog notes which of our seven colleges offer a particular degree or certificate.

 

Other Degree and Certificate Options

The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.​​

Specialized Imaging Health Programs

The MRI program is one of several specialized imaging health programs offered by the colleges of DCCCD.

Other specialized imaging programs include:

    Developing Skills for Success

    The MRI program is located in El Centro College’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing, in the Paramount Building at Market and Pacific streets, a block from the main campus. Opened in June of 2008 to house the college’s booming allied health programs, the center comprises 55 classrooms and labs that contain some of the most advanced equipment available to educate health-care students.

    The center’s equipment includes:

    • Teaching labs that simulate surgical and hospital settings for specific program applications
    • Microphones and cameras in each classroom to capture audio and video instruction
    • Three classrooms with videoconferencing for two-way viewing
    • Two simulation labs with computerized patient mannequins

    Faculty Profiles

    Our Magnetic Resonance Imaging faculty members not only have relevant degrees but also have real-world experience in the profession, which makes them able to relate to the challenges you face at work. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job.

    See profiles of some of our Magnetic Resonance Imaging faculty.

    Transfer Information

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging courses are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

    Links to Additional Information

    Note: Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute official endorsement by the colleges of DCCCD.

    • The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists awards the registered technologist in magnetic resonance credential, RT (MR)(ARRT) and promotes professional standards in medical imaging, interventional procedures and radiation therapy.
    • The American Society of Radiologic Technologists has as its mission the advancement of the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and enhancing the quality of patient care through education, advocacy and research.
    • The Association of College Educators in Radiologic Technology is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to improving the quality of education of radiologic technology at the collegiate level. ACERT was created in 1975 to meet the challenge of identifying and establishing uniform guidelines for collegiate radiologic technology programs.
    • The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine is an international nonprofit scientific association with multidisciplinary membership of more than 6,000, consisting of clinicians, physicists, engineers, biochemists and technologists. Its purpose is to promote communication, research, development and applications in the field of magnetic resonance and to develop and provide channels and facilities for continuing education in the field.
    • The North Texas Radiologic Technologist Society assists in establishing and maintaining high standards of education for radiologic technology professionals.
    • The Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists is one of 54 affiliates of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. The organization has activated interstate regional groups called affiliates (districts) within Texas that allow communication between technologists, ASRT and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, as well as with the state of Texas.

    Contact Us

    If you have questions about the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.