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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

A magnetic resonance imaging technologist is a highly-skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis. MRI technologists have extensive, direct patient contact and may inject the patient with a contrast agent that assists in visualizing various anatomic structures. They must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to critically ill. Technologists employed in these specialty areas will be supervised by board certified radiologists, but will be afforded a greater amount of responsibility and independence in the performance of their duties.

SSC's MRI Program

The MRI Program at South Suburban College is a four-semester program starting with the summer semester and ending the following summer semester. The program provides didactic classroom and clinical instruction. The clinical portion of the program consists of an orientation to the clinical aspects of MRI, demonstration of the use of the equipment, and an opportunity to participate under close supervision in actual MRI procedures. Although the program is offered as an evening option, the clinical rotation will be scheduled during the day at most of the clinical sites.


Students applying to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program must be registered as a RT(R) in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) and must possess either an AAS or BA/BS degree in Radiologic Technology. Graduates of AMA approved hospital-based radiologic technology programs will be evaluated on an individual basis. Candidates pursuing certification in Magnetic Resonance Imaging must be registered with the ARRT in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology (registration through NMTCB is also accepted), Radiation Therapy, or Sonography (registration through ARDMS is also accepted). No students will be considered for admission to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program unless they possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 (where A=4.0).

Please note: You must have worked as a Radiology Technologist for at least one, preferably two years.

Registered radiographers who possess the ARRT certification for at least one year and who meet the clinical requirements in MRI set forth by the ARRT are eligible to sit for the American Registry for Radiologic Technologist Board-Advanced Level Examination in Medical Resonance Imaging.

Successful candidates are certified as RT(R)MR.

Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the program.

Admission Process

1. Submit an SSC Application Form and high school and college transcripts directly to the SSC Admissions Office no later than January 15.

2. Submit the completed MRI Admission Application Form to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program by mail or in person (Room 4457) no later than January 15.

3. Admission will be given to the most qualified candidates as determined by their cumulative grade point average (GPA) ranking.

4. Applicants will be notified in writing of their admission status no later than April 30.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program Links

General Education Links

For More Information

Download the MRI Program Brochure

Melynie Durham, MRI Program Coordinator

Shari McGovern, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at (708) 596-2000 ext. 2634

To make an appointment with the Health Professions Career Advisor, Katherine Melin-Eberhardt, please contact the Counseling Department at ext. 2306.

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