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Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program
Additional Requirements

Important Notice

The MRI Certification Program will be accepting applications from June 15, 2014 until July 15, 2014.  Applications will be accepted until all clinical assignments are filled.

Effective Fall 2012 for all Health Occupations Programs, Math placement scores on Compass, ASSET, Accuplacer, and THEA will be valid for three (3) years.

Admission Requirement

General Information

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIT) program is a 12-month post-associate degree program that provides didactic and clinical instruction to currently certified American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB)  and state licensed (as applicable) Radiation Therapy  Technologists.  

Students currently enrolled in a JRCERT accredited school may apply however at a minimum the associate’s degree must be awarded prior to admission and the ARRT primary certification registry examination must be passed within 6 weeks of enrollment or the student may be administratively withdrawn from the program. A student will not but eligible for clinical placement if the registry examination has not been passed. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a related science field may be considered for admission on a case by case basis subject to approval from the Dean. Limited-MRTs, LVNs, LPNs, Medical Assistant and similar Para-professional credentials are not eligible to apply for this program.

Magnetic resonance technologists use the resonant frequency properties of atoms within a magnetic field to image anatomic and/or physiologic conditions of the body to assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. MRI is an imaging modality that produces exceptionally detailed images of the tissues and organs of the body in a variety of imaging planes. This course of study focuses on the underlying scientific theory, sectional anatomy, pathology and clinical protocols. Emphasis is placed patient care and safety, principles of magnetism and the physical and chemical interactions of living matter within magnetic fields.

This certification will prepare students to make an application to sit for the post-primary certification examination in Magnetic Resonance Imaging administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) pending review and approval by ARRT.

The application opens on June 15 (or the first business day thereafter) and remains open until July 15 at 4 p.m., OR UNTIL ALL CLINICAL SLOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED.  The program begins in the fall semester. There is no spring or summer admittance. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to this program and enrollment is limited by the number of clinical slots available for placement.

Students must be able to commit to participate in a minimum of 16 hours [two- eight hour shifts] of clinical training scheduled on two consecutive week days during the spring and summer semesters. Students are advised that clinical training scheduled in the Greater Houston Service Area which may require driving as much as 1 ½ hours to the assigned clinical site. Clinical sites may be as far North as Conroe or College Station and as far south as Sugar Land or Galveston.  Special arrangements for clinical placement in areas outside of the local Greater Houston Service Area may possibly be arranged and may entail additional fees to cover travel expenses for the supervising clinical instructor.

Application Process

  1. Apply for admission to the LSC-System and submit official transcripts from all colleges and allied health programs previously attended.
  2. Fill out, print and sign your application.  
  3. Submit the following materials to the LSC-CyFair campus Rad Tech office (HSC- 204) before the end of the application period.  The application packet will be dated and time stamped when received by the staff assistant:
    1. Printed and signed application Copy of qualifying certification (ARRT, AART(T) or NMTCB) credentials.
    2. Copy of state license to practice as applicable. In states that do not have MRT licensure ARRT certification is sufficient. 
    3. Copy of program degree-plan declaring a major in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology (MRIT). 
    4. Two professional letters of reference.  One should be from a former Program Director, Clinical Coordinator or college educator and one from a current or former employment supervisor.

The Joint Commission (JCAHO) requires verification of the competency of all individuals who have direct contact with patients or employees; this includes students doing clinical rotations in the facility. Competency extends beyond technical skills to an individual’s criminal history. Successful completion of a criminal background check is required after admission to the MRI program.

Thus, Final acceptance is contingent upon a clear Background Check by an approved LSCS system vendor. 

  1. Applicants not admitted to the program must re-apply each year.  Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail of aceptance to the program.
  2. Students accepted into the program are required to submit proof of required immunizations, current TB test, seasonal flu shot and proof of current CPR certification “CPR for the Health Care Provider” (American Heart Association). All expenses related to these items are the responsibility of each student. 
  3. A mandatory orientation for admitted students will be held in mid-July for all entering Allied Health Science and nursing  students.
    Thirty days prior to placement in a clinical facility a drug screening may be required at the student’s expense depending upon the requirements of the clinical site. Clinical facilities may also require proof of medical insurance. Students accepted to the program may request a pre-enrollment ARRT review:
    • If an individual cannot present a clear background check, she/he may pursue a declaratory order process with the ARRT or appropriate credentialing board. If the ARRT approves the individual to take the credentialing exam, the individual may participate in the clinical rotation.

Disclaimers

  • Successful completion of a criminal background check does not ensure eligibility for licensure or future employment.
  • Clinical agencies can establish more stringent standards, if they so desire, to meet regulatory requirements for their facility.
  • Clinical agencies can conduct additional background checks and drug screening at their discretion.
  • If a student is found to be ineligible for clinical placement any time during the program, the student is unable to meet clinical learning objectives and will be administratively withdrawn.
  • Students who are asked to leave the program for violation(s) of the LSCS’s or the program’s code of conduct, ethical standards, academic honesty, civil rights, or harassment policies are not eligible for readmission.

Legal Information

Lone Star College System Policy is consistent with Texas law as to requirements and admission of any resident or non-resident student.  For admission and tuition purposes, residency is defined within Texas Education Code §54.052.

In addition, LSCS will notify students prior to, but not as a condition or requirement of admission, that  health care facilities will require students to have a Social Security number or a Visa as a condition of being assigned to a clinical facility. Students who are unable to complete the LSCS health program clinical skills requirement will not be able to complete the program due to a lack of clinical placement. 

Additionally, LSCS will notify students that a Social Security number or a Visa may be required for a background check, and may also be required for taking the licensing examination upon completion of program requirements.

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