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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

The deadline for application for the 2019 MRI program has passed.  Applications for the 2020 MRI program are now available. 

MiRIS Consortium Associate Degree Application
MiRIS Consortium Certificate Program Application

For more information on the MRI program, see:

To apply for the MRI program:
Learn about the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program
• MiRIS Associate’s degree Curriculum Guide and Application Packet
• MiRIS Certification of Achievement Curriculum Guide and Application Packet
 (for Registered Technologists)

Working in MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, procedures play an important role in diagnosing diseases and injuries. An MRI uses magnetic field and radio waves to produce images of the inside of the human body. When a patient lies inside the MRI machine, which is like a large tube, radio waves produce faint signals that create sectional images that are ultimately used by physicians to diagnose medical problems.

MRI technologists are highly-trained and possess the expertise for competent practice. They are mostly employed by hospitals but increasingly, jobs are becoming available in physician offices and imaging centers. The main duties of the MRI technologist include explaining the procedure to the patient, preparing the patient and positioning them correctly, operating the equipment, and recording the images for the physician to interpret. The patient might be in pain or distress, or they might feel claustrophobic. The MRI technologist will provide support while talking patients through the procedure and letting them know what to expect.

How the MRI program works

The MRI program is offered through a partnership with other Michigan Community Colleges in the Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science (MiRIS) Consortium. Each college enrolls students in the program under their admission criteria and each awards the degree according to that college’s completion requirements.

Students in the program complete MRI courses delivered in an online environment by one of the MiRIS colleges through Michigan Colleges Online ( Clinical education courses are arranged through the MiRIS Consortium’s MiRIS Director in collaboration with the MRI departments of affiliating hospitals, clinics or other MRI provider facilities. These experiences are developed to meet the established objectives and eligibility requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and prepare students to complete the MRI certification exam.

Contact Information

Katrina Steinsultz, RT (R) (M) M.Adm Amy Lee, EdD, RT (R) (MR)
LCC MRI Program Director MRI Program Director
515 N. Washington Sq. 222 N. Chestnut Street
Lansing, MI  48933 Lansing, MI  48933
Email: Email:
Phone: 517-483-1434 Phone: 269-830-7662
Fax: (517) 483-1508 Fax: (269) 565-2055


For more information on the MRI program, see:

Attend a Pre-MRI Information Seminar to learn more about the field and admission requirements. 

Enrollment is limited so please register to attend.

Program Mission and Goals

The mission and purpose of the MiRIS MRI Program is to provide for both the personal and professional career development of each MRI student. The general goals of the program are:

  1. The students will demonstrate entry level knowledge and competency in the practice of MRI.
  2. The students will demonstrate professional attitude values and behaviors necessary for professional success.
  3. Students that will demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills as responsible members of the health care team.
  4. Graduates will be employable and meet the needs of the health care community.
  5. Graduates of the program will be well prepared to successfully complete the ARRT certification examination.

Program Outcomes/Objectives

When students complete this program, they will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning, and MRI Sequence parameters to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures.
  2. Determine imaging parameters to achieve optimum imaging.
  3. Evaluate images for appropriate positioning, coil selection, and image quality.
  4. Apply the principles of ferromagnetic safety and contrast application for the protection of the patient, technologist, and others.
  5. Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate life-saving first aid and basic life-support procedures.
  6. Evaluate the performance of MRI systems, know the safe limits of equipment operation, and report malfunctions to the proper authority.
  7. Participate in MRI quality assurance programs.
  8. Provide care and comfort in regard to holistic health of the patient and others.
  9. Provide patient education related to MRI procedures.

Program Accreditation

The Associate in Applied Arts and Science degree in Magnetic Resonance Imaging is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

20 N. Wacker Drive,
Suite 2850,
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5304

This program provides a thorough foundation in procedures, pathophysiology, and physics critical to the field of MRI. It is designed not only to foster the skills and knowledge necessary for competent practice, but also places emphasis on professional attitudes, values and behaviors that encourage the professional growth of the individual student.

Radiology Technology Program at Lansing Community College

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 108
Phone: (517) 483-1410
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