Why Pursue an MR Certificate?

Find out what's going on inside the human body by earning a certificate in Magnetic Resonance (MR) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Magnetic Resonance is a procedure that uses pulses of radio wave energy along with a magnetic field to image a specific body area. Structure and function of the body are then presented as cross-sectional anatomy images. Technologists in this field may work in hospitals, imaging centers and mobile units. Take classes online and complete your clinical requirements at a facility near you - all in less than a year! It is a short-term commitment that leads to long-term career benefits.

Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $65,000online
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Focus on Washburn

Graduate from the MR certificate program with entry-level knowledge and clinical skills that are needed in the fast-growing healthcare field. Our core curriculum covers sectional anatomy, clinical practice and patient management, physics, imaging procedures and pathology. The 22-credit-hour certificate program includes hands-on clinical experience and all courses count toward the Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree. Among the benefits offered by Washburn:

  • 100% placement rate in MR or a related imaging field
  • 90% of our students complete the program in one year
  • Small class sizes with no more than 20 students accepted each fall
  • All faculty members have direct MR experience
  • Graduates are prepared to earn the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification
  • Take all courses online
  • Fulfill clinical requirements in a facility near you

The prerequisite for admission to the MR Program follows the ARRT guidelines for post-primary certification. You can be currently enrolled in an applicable imaging education program, such as radiology, and have registration status through ARRT. Or, you may apply if you hold a current registration in radiography, radiation therapy, sonography or nuclear medicine.

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Application Process

  • Prerequisite requirements vary depending on the prior learning and experiences of the candidate. Learn more and complete an online application.
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Essential Functions

  • Students must meet MRI essential requirements to ensure success in both their clinical coursework and later in the workforce.
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Clinical Experience

  • Students are required to perform 24 hours of MR clinical education each week during fall and spring semesters.

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FAQs

  • Learn more about this program by exploring the answers to a list of frequently asked questions.

Take a Closer Look

The online format of Washburn's MR program allows you to complete coursework without mandatory classroom attendance, either within Kansas or out-of-state. Technologists currently working in MR may take selected courses or utilize the credit-by-exam option for clinical courses in order to complete the certificate.

You may pursue either the certificate on a part-time or full-time basis, or a limited number of courses. The MR Program requires two semesters of clinical experience.

Full-Time Sequence for Registered Technologists

Fall Semester I
AL341 Sectional Anatomy and Imaging Applications – 4 credits
AL347 Magnetic Resonance Physics I – 3 credits
AL348 MR Imaging I – 3 credits
AL349 MR Clinical Experience I – 3 credits

Spring Semester I
AL350 Magnetic Resonance Physics II – 3 credits
AL351 MR Imaging II – 3 credits
AL352 MR Clinical Experience II – 3 credits

Part-Time Sequence for Registered Technologists

Fall Semester I
AL341 Sectional Anatomy and Imaging Applications – 4 credits
AL347 Magnetic Resonance Physics I – 3 credits

Spring Semester I
AL350 Magnetic Resonance Physics II – 3 credits

Fall Semester II
AL348 MR Imaging I – 3 credits
AL349 MR Clinical Experience I – 3 credits

Spring Semester II
AL351 MR Imaging II – 3 credits
AL352 MR Clinical Experience II – 3 credits

The following must be completed in order to receive college credit at Washburn University in lieu of the clinical courses AL349 and AL352.
1. Credit-by-exam Procedure
  • The process of credit-by-exam will be done to convert on-the-job experience into six (6) college credit hours at Washburn University. The process of credit-by-exam is explained in the appropriate University catalog at www.washburn.edu  (search for “University Catalog” and then academic year such as 2014-2015).
  • The stated fee for credit-by-exam is one-third of the current resident tuition (not online course tuition). For information, see www.washburn.edu and search for “Tuition and fees” of the applicable academic year.
  • The items listed below must be submitted to the MR Program Coordinator in order for credit to be awarded.
  • With successful completion of listed didactic courses, the student will receive the MR Certificate. Certificate courses include: AL341 Cross-sectional Anatomy, AL347 MR Physics I, AL348 Imaging Procedures I, AL350 MR Physics II and AL351 Imaging Procedures II.
2. Clinical Experience credit will be awarded based on ARRT clinical competency requirements for the given calendar year.
  • Send a completed list of exams from the ARRT clinical record report sheet (www.arrt.org) to the program coordinator via email.
  • All stated ARRT criteria must be done prior to finishing MR online didactic (lecture) courses and must be verified by the program coordinator.
  • Verification letter from the MR supervisor stating completion of a minimum of 6 months of full-time employment (or equivalent to 1,000 hours if part-time or prn status).

For questions, contact Jera Roberts (jera.roberts@washburn.edu or 785-670-2173). 

Jera Roberts, RT(R), EdS, Program Coordinator

785-670-2173, jera.roberts@washburn.edu 

Ron Horton, AS, RT(R)(MR)

  • Adjunct Instructor for MR Physics I and II

Charlotte Ferrill, AS, RT(R)(MR)

  • Adjunct Instructor for MR Imaging I and II

Jared Kooser, BHS, RT(R)(MR)

  • Adjunct Instructor for MR Clinical Experience I and II

Jonathan McIntire, AS

  • Adjunct Instructor for Sectional Anatomy

Learn about the program's mission, goals and student successes.

Jobs & Opportunities

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook states that technologists with certification in more than one diagnostic imaging area such as MR will be more marketable. In addition, technologists who graduate from accredited programs have the best job prospects.

Median Salary

$74,690
(national average - BLS)

 

Projected Job Growth

+4.2%
(through 2028 - KSDOL)

Placement Rate

100%

Apply Now

Candidates, holding a current national imaging registration, may submit an online application through May 31 with a fall semester start. A candidate may also be currently enrolled in an imaging education program such as radiology. However, the applicant must attain registration status through ARRT, ARDMS or NMTCB prior to the start of the MR program in August.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Allied Health

Allied Health
Benton Hall, Room 107
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.2170
Or: 785.670.2176
allied-health@washburn.edu

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