Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Program description

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program at the WVU Center for Advanced Imaging is a 12-month certificate program offering comprehensive didactic and clinical education in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Successful completion qualifies graduates as eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) primary certification exam in MRI pending ARRT review and approval of the applicant. In addition, the program fulfills the educational requirements for all U.S. states requiring state licensure or certification (See Professional Certification and Licensure Disclosure under Program Documents.) The program is sponsored by WVU Hospitals.

Accreditation

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL   60606-3182    Phone: (312)704-5300   email:mail@jrcert.org     www.jrcert.org

The program was reviewed in 2014 and was awarded accreditation for a period of eight years, ending in 2022. 

Facilities

The WVU Center for Advance Imaging is an ACR-accredited, clinical and research facility with locations in the WVU Health Sciences Center (HSC), Physician Office Center (POC), and University Town Centre outpatient clinic (UTC). The department is staffed by 26 technologists who provide MRI services to approximately 19,000 patients per year, which includes studies in Neuro, Body, MSK, Breast, Cardiac, MR Angiography, Spectroscopy, Functional (fMRI), and Pediatric MR Imaging. The state-of-the-art center operates five MRI units to include: one Siemens Verio 3T and one Siemens Aera 1.5T in the HSC; one Siemens Aera 1.5T in the POC; one Siemens Aera at UTC; and one Siemens Avanto 1.5T Mobile Unit. The Siemens Aera 1.5T at UTC and the Siemens Aera 1.5T in the POC were recently upgraded in 2015 and 2016, respectively, while the Mobile Unit was added in 2017 due to the increase in patient load.

Tuition and fees

Tuition is $2000 per semester ($4,000 for the 12-month program.) Additional costs include books, uniforms, graduation fees, certification exam fees, and conference registration and travel expense. Students are informed of required textbook and uniform purchases upon admission to the program. Upon acceptance into the program, students are assessed a non-refundable $50 admissions fee. All tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

The Trajecsys Report System™ has been implemented into our MRI program for the purpose of clinical tracking. This electronic record has taken the place of the traditional paper clinical handbook that contained all of the student evaluations, including but not limited to the evaluations and competency examinations. Each enrolled student will be required to pay a one-time fee of $100 for usage of this system during the 12-month program. Fees are subject to change without notice.   

Financial aid

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging program is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in federal student financial assistance programs, including the Pell grants and Direct Loan programs. In addition, the program is approved for Montgomery GI Bill benefits for eligible enrolled veterans. Student financial aid eligibility is determined upon admission into the program. Additional information can be obtained by selecting the Financial Aid link in the navigation bar at the top of this page.

Links

Joint Review Committee on Education In Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT)

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

American Society of Radiologic Technologists  (ASRT)

West Virginia Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners

American College of Radiology: Guidance Document on MR Safe Practices

Contact 

Charles “Brad” Holben, MSHA RT (R)(MR)

Education Program Coordinator

WVU Hospitals

Radiologic Technology Education Programs – MRI

Box 8062, Morgantown, WV 26506

Phone: (304) 598-4169

E-mail: cholben@hsc.wvu.edu