Advanced Medical Imaging Technology : Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Professional/Technical Cert

Why study Advanced Medical Imaging Technology : Magnetic Resonance Imaging?

The College of Allied Health Sciences offers a professional certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  The ideal certificate student will be one who has already earned a Bachelor degree or higher in the sciences from an accredited institution and wishes to acquire additional skills and knowledge. 

In addition to the Bachelor Degree, an additional prerequisites includes one year of anatomy and physiology, one semester of college level chemistry, one semester of college level physics and one year college level course in algebra and trigonometry.  A single college level mathematics course in a more advanced mathematics (e.g. calculus, statistics) will satisfy the mathematics requirement. If these courses were not taken as part of the Bachelor degree, they must be obtained before entering the certificate program. 

Alternate eligibility may be offered to health care professionals.  These individuals must hold at least an Associate Degree from an accredited institution and have at least three years or its equivalent, of full-time experience in their health care specialty.  One course of college level chemistry, college level physics, algebra and trigonometry (or one higher level college mathematics course), and two semesters of Anatomy & Physiology  are required.  If these courses were not taken , they must be obtained before entering the certificate program.  

The program is 12 consecutive months in duration.  Through a combination of classroom, online learning, and clinical instruction, students will be taught the specific skills needed for entry-level positions in their chosen modality.

Admission Requirements

Certificate students apply directly to the program during the months of November and December for the cohort beginning the following August.  The application is located on the program's webpage.

Students seeking entry to the certificate program are strongly encouraged to work as either an employee or a volunteer in a medical environment -- preferably a hospital or imaging center. Should this not be possible, students are expected to arrange shadowing experiences with medical imaging professionals. Journals should kept demonstrating the times, dates and locations of these experiences.

Students contemplating this program should have a better than average aptitude for math and science courses. Grades of A and B in these courses are expected. All diagnostic medical imaging modalities involve direct patient care, so the ability to interact with others and to express a sincere concern for their welfare is a common characteristic of successful graduates.

Most full-time Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologists work about 40 hours a week. They may, however, have evening, weekend or on-call hours. Opportunities for part-time and shift work also are available.

Physical stamina is important, because Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologists are on their feet for long periods and need to assist incapacitated patients. Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologists work with stationary diagnostic imaging devices but their duties may include performing some services at the patient's bedside. Some technologists travel to patients' locations, using large vans and trucks equipped with sophisticated diagnostic equipment.

Although some diagnostic medical imaging professionals use radiation as part of their occupation, radiation hazards are minimized by the use of shielding and the application of radiation safety practices. All individuals working with radiation are monitored continuously for radiation exposure.

Transfer students from other accredited colleges or universities may apply for admission. Only courses in which the applicant earned a C- or better and which were completed within 10 years of the date of application will be considered for transfer credit. Student transfers must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA to be admitted to the AMIT program. Transfer students must still complete all program requirements and go through the admissions process described above.
Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outlined for certificate program students. Transfer students must still complete all program requirements and go through the admissions process described above.
International transcripts must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.

Application Deadlines

Certificate applicants are required to submit a secondary application by the first day of Spring semester in order to be considered for the professional education cohort beginning the following August (fall semester).
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Advanced Medical Imaging Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee of Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Contact Information

Whitney Bowen
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-3515
whitney.bowen@uc.edu

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Program Code: 35CRT-AMIT-PTC-AMIT-MRI