Certificate in Advanced Medical Imaging Technology - Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Students and faculty member n front of MRI

The Advanced Medical Imaging Technology (AMIT) certificate program provides an avenue for post-baccalaureate students who were unwilling or unable to pursue a second baccalaureate or an advanced degree.

The AMIT program was originally developed in 1964 as a Nuclear Medicine Technology program and offered both an associate and baccalaureate degree.  In 1996, the program became a baccalaureate only, multi-credential, diagnostic medical imaging program. The AMIT certificate was developed in 2003.

Applicants to our AMIT certificate program must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution prior to program matriculation. It is highly recommended that the degree be in allied health, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, physics, nursing, or other medical related fields. If the applicant has not completed such a degree, it will be highly recommended that the applicant complete a set of courses or their equivalents with a C- or better in addition to their baccalaureate degree.

Upon acceptance to the advanced medical imaging technology professional education curriculum, you will combine classroom and clinical training to become competent in one medical imaging specialties. The imaging modalities available to study are: magnetic resonance imaging and/or nuclear medicine technology.

Upon completion of the professional curriculum, certificate students are eligible to sit for national board exams, a necessity in nearly all healthcare fields.  While passage of these examinations are up to ​you and therefore cannot be guaranteed by our program, it is our goal to supply you with the necessary level of training and experience to adequately prepare for these examinations.

Program Vision

The Advanced Medical Imaging Technology program wishes to combine the needs of students, healthcare providers, the public and the University to cultivate a program for preparing competent, credentialed diagnostic medical imaging professionals. To bring the vision of this program to the greatest number of individuals, multiple points of entry, multiple means of departure, pathways for continuing one’s education, and pathways for meeting changing educational requirements of the profession need be established.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body.  These techniques are used to diagnosis disease and analyze human anatomy.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Mission Statement

Magnetic resonance imaging is the medical specialty that utilizes magnetic fields and their properties in the diagnosis of disease and the analysis of human anatomy. Training in magnetic resonance imaging is twelve consecutive months in duration and will be delivered through a combination of classroom lectures, labs, and clinical site placements. Students successfully completing the curriculum will have fulfilled requirements to sit for the nationally administered board examination.

Student Learning Outcomes

Goal #1: The students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills. 

  • The student can analyze the need to modify standard procedures and technical factors to accommodate patient conditions and other variables. 
  • The student can employ parameter modifications (matrix, FOV, S/N, scan time) to produce quality images. 

Goal #2: The students will communicate effectively in a variety of professional settings.

  • The student will communicate effectively with patients and health care professionals.
  • The student will demonstrate oral and written communication skills. 

Goal #3: The students will exhibit a high level of clinical performance and competence.

  • The student will competently perform diagnostic imaging procedures. 
  • The student will demonstrate the knowledge of screening and safety for the patient, themselves, and other health care professionals. 

Goal #4: The students will exhibit professional growth and development.

  • The student will demonstrate high standards of social responsibility by engaging in ethical professional practice. 
  • The student will synthesize professional knowledge and evaluate varying viewpoints. 

Program Effectiveness Outcomes

  • The program will enroll and graduate students who will benefit from the program of study. 
  • Student will enroll into the MRI program. Students will complete the program. 
  • Graduates will pass their ARRT on their first attempt. 
  • Graduates will obtain employment within 12 months of graduation. 
  • Graduates will be satisfied with their program of study. 
  • Graduates are prepared for entry-level work in MRI.

Program Information

Advanced Medical Imaging Technology program graduates are employed in hospitals, medical centers, outpatient clinics, and research facilities. Advancement in this field may involve promotion to supervisory and administrative positions, equipment and pharmaceutical sales, product support, and teaching.

Click on the following links for information regarding career paths.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Please click on the following link for Gainful Employment disclosure information: Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

The Advanced Medical Imaging Technology program has established clinical affiliation agreements throughout the Cincinnati Region.

Approved Clinical Sites for MRI:
Christ Hospital
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Dearborn County Hospital
Fort Hamilton Hospital
Mercy Health Partners |Anderson|Clermont|Fairfield
ProScan Imaging |Eastgate|Mason|Midtown|Paul Brown Stadium|Tri-County|Troy|Tylersville|Westside
St. Elizabeth Medical Center |Florence|Fort Thomas
Tri-Health |Bethesda Arrow Springs|Bethesda North|Good Samaritan|Good Samaritan Outpatient Glenway Avenue|TriHealth Anderson
University of Cincinnati Medical Center |UCMC| 3T Imaging Center
West Chester Hospital

 *This is a listing of the current clinical affiliates of the Advanced Medical Imaging Technology Program - MRI certificate program. Students will not rotate to every clinical site. The amount of time spent at each rotation may vary between individual sites. Site start times may vary between individual sites. 

 

Applicants to the AMIT certificate program must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution prior to program matriculation.  This is a competitive process. Not all students will be accepted into the professional curriculum.

Program faculty consider the quality of the application, overall GPA, math and science GPA and an interview/project in the selection process.

You are not required to complete prerequisite work before applying to the professional education curriculum but all prerequisite work must be completed before beginning the professional education curriculum.

Students wishing to apply must have a 2.8 overall GPA or higher. No grades below C- in a math or science course are accepted.

Review the secondary admission application for additional information.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The University of Cincinnati does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities. 

You can also visit the Notice of Non-Discrimination page for more information and contacts.

Upon acceptance to the advanced medical imaging technology professional education curriculum, you will combine classroom and clinical training to become competent in one medical imaging specialties. 

Due to the standards set forth by national accrediting agencies, professional curriculum students attend classes for 12 consecutive months (i.e., Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters).  Upon acceptance into the professional curriculum students will study one of the following imaging modalities; MRI or Nuclear Medicine.  Certificate students may also choose to study the second modality for an additional 12 month curriculum certificate if they so choose.

Acceptance into the professional education curriculum is competitive. (See secondary admissions below under the admissions information section.)

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

It is common for accrediting agencies to require programs to publish their graduation outcomes as a means of informing potential students and other stakeholders of a program's accomplishments.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Outcomes

The number of graduates employed may differ from the number of program graduates due to the JRCERT definition of "not actively seeking employment."  

The JRCERT has defined “not actively seeking employment” as:

1) Graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts OR

2) Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, OR

3) Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, OR

4) Graduate is on active military duty, OR

5) Graduate is continuing education. 

Documents

MRI Program Guide (PDF)
MRI Screening Form (PDF)

  • MRI Technologists work around powerful, high-field magnets, and thus in order to work in this environment, MRI Technologists and potential AMIT/MRI students cannot have certain implants or medical devices, such as pacemakers, brain aneurysm clips, and cardiac defibrillators. Many other metallic implants are OK for working in an MR environment, however, such as hip/knee replacements, braces, dental fillings, and orthopedic screws. 
  • Prior to applying to the AMIT program, it is advised that you look over and complete the screening form/questionnaire. If you have any questions about certain implants you have, please contact the AMIT program.

Accreditation

Logo for the JRCERT

MRI Program Accreditation

The Joint Review Committee on Education Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) monitors performance measures of programs and makes this information available to the public. Successful completion of a JRCERT-accredited program assures you that you will be provided with the knowledge, skills, and professional values required for career success.

The AMIT MRI program is currently accredited by the JRCERT, the next program review is scheduled for 2020.