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2021-22 College Catalog 
2021-22 College Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program Information

Magnetic resonance technologists are medical professionals who perform magnetic resonance imaging procedures. They are educated in patient care, human anatomy, physiology, pathology, radiopharmacology, imaging procedures, MR physics, ethics and medical terminology. Magnetic resonance technologists must possess, utilize and maintain knowledge about magnetic protection and safety. They must recognize conditions essential for successful completion of the procedure and exercise independent professional and ethical judgment.

Offered on the Toledo-area campus, the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program offers students a combination of didactic instruction with practical application in clinical education affiliates.

Graduates must take and pass a national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Department of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology


Toledo Campus



Catherine Ford, Dean Health Technologies 121B (567) 661-7398
Suellen Barnum, Chair, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Bicentennial Hall 172 (567) 661-7311




Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program, AAS (Owens Code: MRIT) - Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), Accredited through January 2026. For more information concerning accreditation standards contact the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois, 60606-3182, phone number 312-704-5300, web address

Health Requirements

Documentation of the following must be in the medical imaging office by the deadline date provided.  This deadline is strictly enforced. Getting the necessary testing completed is not enough, students must also submit the documentation to the office to be in compliance.

The following are clinical health requirements for students enrolled in any medical imaging program:

A physical examination yearly – $50

Proof of immunity or exposure to the following communicable diseases:

Rubella, Rubeola (not required if born prior to 1957), and Varicella – $25

Hepatitis B Surface Antigen or Antibody – $40 each

Hepatitis B Surface Antigen, no more than three months prior to the beginning of the series, or during the series if the series has been started but not completed.
Hepatitis B Antibody if the series is complete upon entrance to the medical imaging department.


Tetanus/Diphtheria with a booster required every ten years, date required. – $24

Measles, Mumps, Rubella titre (MMR) – $25 each

Dates of two immunizations after the age of 1 year.  However, if rubella and rubeola titers are positive for immunity, 2 dates are not required.

Hepatitis B, series of 3 immunizations, dates required. –$150 total

Students are responsible to submit the date of each of the 3 immunizations as soon as each dose is administered and to ensure that the series is completed in the proper time frame. There should be no more or no less than 1 month between the first and second injection and no more or no less than 5 months between the second and third injection. Failure to adhere to the required time frame for each immunization may result in additional lab testing, and in some cases, restarting the entire immunization series.

Students who do not receive the series must sign a waiver form, have a Hepatitis Surface Antigen test yearly and submit the results to the medical imaging department.

Tuberculosis Skin Testing:

A Two-Step PPD (Mantoux Test) is required every three years. – $25

One-Step PPD is required each year, in the intervening years. – $15

Date test administered, date read, and result of each step must be submitted. Students are responsible for getting a One-Step PPD annually and submitting the results. A Chest X-Ray is required only if the Mantoux is positive. X-Rays must be done for three consecutive years after the positive test.

10-Panel Drug Screen yearly. – $40

CPR – $80

All students must be certified in CPR either through the American Heart Association (AHA) - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers or the American Red Cross - certification for Health Science Professionals.

Health Insurance – per our clinical affiliations students are required to provide proof of health insurance to a clinical site.

All costs are the responsibility of the student. Failure to comply will result in denied access to the clinical area.

Background Check Requirements

All students entering the program are required to have completed a background check through the Department of Public Safety at Owens Community College. Students will be required to have additional back ground checks throughout their enrollment in the program. Students will be notified when it is time to complete this requirement.  The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the student and is $26 for the BCI and $26 for the FBI.  This is a yearly requirement and the students will need to upload the document to the electronic documentation system.

Anytime a background check is returned with a conviction of a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and/or felony, or plea of solo contendere, withheld or deferred adjudication, suspended or stay of sentence or military court-martial, students will be required to submit a pre-application review to the American Association of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) within two weeks. Those students affected will be required to submit documentation from the ARRT to the Medical Imaging Department indicating that they have been cleared to take the certification exam upon graduation.

The medical imaging department administrator at the clinical affiliates will be contacted regarding a conviction. The clinical affiliate reserves the right to accept or refuse the student. Depending on the results, clinical placement may not be possible, even if the ARRT clears the student for credentialing purposes.

Technical Standards

Medical imaging is a practice discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. Based on those requirements, this list of technical standards has been developed. Each standard has examples of activities that students will be required to perform while enrolled in their medical imaging program. These standards are a part of a technologist’s professional role expectations.  These technical standards should be used to assist students in determining whether accommodations or modifications are necessary. Students who identify potential difficulties with meeting the standards must communicate their concerns to the college counseling/advising staff and department chair. Students have the obligation to identify and document their disabling condition and ask for appropriate adjustments.  Owens Community College makes no pre-admission inquiries concerning an applicant’s disabling condition. Information related to an applicant’s disabilities is not a part of the information reviewed by the admissions committee. For the purpose of the medical imaging programs, a qualified individual with a disability is one who, with or without reasonable accommodation or modification, meets the selective admissions requirements for their program of study.  Determination is made on an individual basis as to whether or not any accommodations or modifications can be reasonably made. Please contact the department chair with any questions.

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Clinical Experience

This program is offered in cooperation with many area Magnetic Resonance departments.  The use of multiple clinical sites provides equity in clinical education as students have the opportunity to utilize many types of Magnetic Resonance equipment and to participate in a wide variety of Magnetic Resonance procedures.

Students will be assigned to at least two clinical sites for MRI experiences. Students may request additional clinical assignments after completion of the mandatory clinical competencies.

Students may attend a week of orientation in their assigned clinical site the week prior to MRI 211  and MRI 214 .  Students will participate in clinical education on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday. Attendance requirements are in place and any missed time must be made up at the end of the semester over the break. Students will not be permitted to attend clinical education for more than 10 hours per day or schedule make up time on holidays. Students should note that there may be the need for travel up to, including and possibly more than 60 miles from the Owens State Community College Toledo-area campus for their clinical site rotations.

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Employment Opportunities

Magnetic resonance technologists are needed to fill positions in hospitals and clinics. Although most technologists are employed on a full-time basis, there are many part-time job opportunities available. The Magnetic Resonance program at Owens Community College provides students with the skills to successfully qualify for positions in:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private offices
  • Commercial sales
  • Mobile

Entry-level graduates, working full-time, can expect to earn $50,000 - $55,000 per year. Additional compensation can be earned if the technologist is scheduled to work weekends or shifts other than days.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Owens Community College maintains an Office of Student Financial Services on each campus. The Office of Student Financial Services is the place for you to ask questions related to scholarships and financial aid. Contact: 1-800-GO OWENS ext. 2387 or (567) 661-2387 Email:

Transfer Information

Any student wishing to have technical coursework considered for transfer into any medical imaging program sponsored by Owens Community College must provide the department chair with an official transcript and course syllabus.  Only course work in which the student has earned a “C” or better and has been completed within one calendar year will be considered.  

Graduates may pursue a bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University and Ohio University. Meet with an Advisor or the Department Chair for more information.