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About the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at El Centro College.

Application and Admission to the Program 

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.

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.

Acceptance to allied health programs at El Centro College is by a competitive selection process. 

To apply to specified El Centro College allied health programs, including this one, you must meet the conditions of one of the following three eligibility categories before the application deadline. (Note: this is a general summary only; see complete eligibility guidelines.): 

  1. Completion of the six Health Professions Readiness courses: three courses each in the Health Professions Readiness I Skills Achievement Award and Health Professions Readiness II Skills Achievement Award.  

    Health Professions Readiness courses are listed under HPRS in the online catalog.  

    For complete information, see the Health Professions Readiness Awards (HPRA) information packet

  2. Documentation of a minimum of two years employment within the last five years as a health care worker in specified health care professions with direct patient care experience. 

  3. Documentation of a current credential in specified health care professions. 

See information packets for all allied health programs at El Centro College. Specific information on the selection and application process for individual programs is included in each packet.

Information Packet

Get complete information on program admission requirements and application instructions in the MRI information packet.

Information Sessions

El Centro College's health occupation information sessions are offered online. Please download a program information packet before viewing the online information session.

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)

The catalog provides detailed information about the courses required for degree and certificate options in MRI.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

Related Programs

Find out more about degree and certificates in Nursing and Health Care programs.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

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, at Market and Pacific streets, a block from the main campus. 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

Magnetic Resonance Imaging faculty members have relevant degrees and field experience in the profession, so they can relate to the challenges you face at work. 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

See links to MRI-related professional organizations and more.

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.