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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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Do you enjoy working with people in a job that’s different every day? Are you already in a medical profession and looking to further your career with valued credentials?

Take a look at El Centro’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program — it’s a challenging, multifaceted course of study designed to produce well-trained, highly qualified medical professionals.

What Does an MRI Technologist Do?

MRI technologists perform examinations using magnetism and radio frequency energy to visualize a wide variety of internal structures, such as the brain, spine, abdominal organs and the heart. MRI may also be used to visualize joints such as the knee and shoulder and to image the body’s vascular system.

As a technologist, you will be challenged to apply fundamental principles of MRI to medicine. A successful technologist is proficient in MR physics and instrumentation, imaging and procedures, anatomy and physiology, common pathology and clinical applications.

Why Is This a Good Career Bet?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy – nearly one-third of the total increase – through 2022. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs listed by America’s Career Infonet are in health care occupations. Job growth in the health care industry reflects the medical needs of a larger older population and more insured people in the U.S. stemming from health care reform.

Diagnostic imaging specialists are listed as a targeted occupation in Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ top local job openings, showing 530 job openings this year at an average salary of $32.40 an hour, with radiological technicians projected to have 2,320 openings at an average of $27.74 per hour.

For jobs requiring at least an associate degree, America’s Career Infonet lists MRI technologist as number nine in its 39 fastest-growing occupations.

See more about careers in MRI.

MRI at a Glance

Looking for a quick overview of the MRI program? Take a look at MRI at a Glance for a short summary of what an MRI technologist does.

Degrees or Certificates in MRI

El Centro College

The MRI program is offered exclusively at El Centro College among colleges of DCCCD.

See all degree and certificate options.