Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology is used in hospitals and clinics to map and produce images of the body. Images are then viewed by a physician for diagnosis. Check out the following information before making a decision about where to go to college or whether you would like to attend a two- or four-year program, or earn a certificate.
Schools with MRI Science Programs
This chart lists a number of schools with degree programs offering MRI education as part of a broader radiology program, or certificate programs specific to MRI science.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Tuition and fees (2015-2016)**|
|California State University - Northridge||Northridge, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,569 in-state, $17,729 out-of-state|
|West Virginia University||Morgantown, WV||4-year, Public||Certificate||$7,632 in-state, $21,432 out-of-state|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IO||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$8,104 in-state, $27,890 out-of-state|
|University of New Mexico - Main Campus||Albuquerque, NM||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$7,071 in-state, $21,302 out-of-state|
|Weber State University||Ogden, UT||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's||$5,321 in-state, $14,235 out-of-state|
|Boise State University||Boise, ID||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,876 in-state, $20,926 out-of-state|
|Forsyth Technical Community College||Winston-Salem, NC||2-year, Public||Associate's||$2,025 in-state, $6,631 out-of-state|
|Washburn University||Topeka, KS||4-year, Public||Associate's||$6,350 in-state, $14,222 out-of-state|
Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics
College Selection Criteria
Here are some points to consider when looking for MRI science schools:
- It's important that the school has industry-standard equipment, such as a high resolution scanning electron microscope (HRSEM).
- Students should ensure that the MRI science program he or she enters is approved by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
- Students wishing to advance in the occupation can look for a college that also provides training in mammography, computed tomography scanning or bone densitometry.
- Associate's and bachelor's-level degree programs set you up for different types of careers and advancement opportunities. Try to consider your career goals when choosing a program type.
To recap, MRI science is often a part of a radiology degree program, which exist at the associate's, bachelor's and master's levels. You might also choose to obtain a certificate in MRI science in particular. There are schools offering MRI science programs across the country, all of which will prepare you to use medical imaging technology to assist a physician in diagnosis.