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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at a Glance

What does an MRI technologist do?

  • Performs noninvasive patient examinations using magnetism and radio frequency energy to visualize a wide variety of internal body structures, helping doctors to diagnose conditions that may not be possible with other imaging methods
  • Follows physicians’ orders precisely, operates sophisticated machinery, explains procedures to patients and may keep records, prepare work schedules or manage a department
  • Has extensive direct contact with medical staff and patients, but within a medical context performs only the noninvasive MRI procedure

What is the career outlook?

  • Adding MRI as an imaging specialty can improve job opportunities for all kinds of radiologic technologists
  • 40-hour week is typical, and may include evening, weekend or on-call hours
  • Work is available in hospitals, medical centers, diagnostic imaging centers or physicians’ offices
  • In Texas: projected job growth of 30 percent through 2018, with median salaries of $25.79 per hour or $53,600 annually* 
  • In Dallas County: median salaries $29.01 per hour or $60,300 annually*

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be obtained at college information sessions.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program

Awards and coursework El Centro Credit hours Continuing Education contact hours
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Associate in Applied Sciences DegreeX60 
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Advanced Technical CertificateX31 
For more information, visit the American Society of Radiologic Technologists website.

Measures of effectiveness El Centro

Licensure exam pass rates for students**

Licensure/Certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Employment rates for graduates***96.51%

What are the program prerequisites?

Here are the links to the current course catalog listing all of the prerequisites, courses included, and the length of the programs.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging AAS and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Advanced Technical Certificate.

Other helpful links:

Who can help me decide which health science career is right for me?

Contact the Health Careers Resource Center.

What more do I need to know?

  • Acceptance to the MRI associate degree program is by a competitive selection process based on a weighted point system. The Advanced Technical Certificate is for students who have earned at least an associate degree in a designated allied health field or a bachelor’s degree with a major in a science discipline and who have current registry in radiography, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy or sonography.
  • Learn more about Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

*America’s Career Infonet 2011 data for magnetic resonance imaging technologist 
**Licensure Data Reporting System from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 2012-2013
***Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Perkins 2009-2010