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El Centro College The Center for Allied Health and Nursing MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING INFORMATION session Please turn on your speakers. In order to gain the most knowledge about our program, please download a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (“MRI”) information packet from the following website and review it thoroughly before viewing this online information session. This online presentation is about 45 minutes in length.

Helpful hints regarding our online information session. As you view our information session, you will see links to various webpages which will be of interest to you. You may click on those links which will open another window and then simply close that window to return to the information session. The presentation will resume at the point where you left initially. You may exit this online information session by pressing the Escape key, however, you are required to view the entire information session from the beginning and in its entirety to receive credit for your “attendance.” You may view this online information session as many times as you desire. Let’s begin!

Welcome … … to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program at El Centro College. I am Joan Becker, the MRI coordinator, and I am delighted that you are interested in this allied health career. This online information session will cover the important areas that you need to know about the profession, the application process, and the curriculum. I hope you enjoy this presentation. Joan A. Becker, MBA, BSRT-(R) (MR) MRI Program Coordinator

What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging? Magnetic Resonance Imaging, also known as “MRI”, is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure which uses extremely strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of organs and structures within the human body without radiation as used in x-rays. The MRI technologist prepares and positions the patient for the exam, operates the MRI equipment, and records the digital images for review by physicians and other healthcare professionals. Knee Abdomen Neck

Where are MRI Technologists employed? MRI Technologists are employed primarily in hospitals and diagnostic imaging centers. Employment opportunities may be full-time or part-time. Entry level salaries vary depending upon the facility and the individual’s experience. For salary ranges in the DFW area, see the link below for the Bureau of Labor Statistics: See these links for professional organizations and more information on the MRI profession:

A few facts about our “MRI” program: Seventy-one credit hour curriculum leading to an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences. Advanced Technical Certificate available for applicants with previous degrees in specific healthcare specialties. A class of eight (8) students is selected via a point ranking system. The program begins in May each year. Graduates of the Associate Degree and Certificate curricula are eligible to take the national registry examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) for the Registered Magnetic Resonance Technologist RT-(MR) (ARRT) professional credential.

As a student in the MRI program, what will I learn? MRI Physics MRI Instrumentation Imaging Procedures Advanced Anatomy & Physiology Pathology Patient Care Skills Clinical Applications Brain

When and where are the MRI lecture classes and hospital clinical rotations? Program lecture and usually clinical rotations are daytime hours during the week. Clinical locations are assigned and vary among health care facilities in the DFW area. LECTURE CLASS (Paramount Bldg): Lecture class–1-2 days per week HOSPITAL ROTATIONS: Clinical – 3-4 days per week “Open” MRI scan

What is the cost of the MRI program? The cost of the MRI program is primarily based upon your residency status for tuition purposes. Please see the tuition schedule in the El Centro College catalog at: The estimated cost of the MRI Associate Degree program below includes tuition for MRI Core courses and program courses, textbooks, uniforms, etc. Dallas County resident Out of County TX resident Out of State/Country resident $ 6, $9, $ 13,530.00 Please see the MRI information packet for cost estimates itemized per semester for the Associate Degree and the Advanced Technical Certificate.

How do I get started? First time college student? Apply for college admission either online or in person at the El Centro College Registrar’s Office or at one of the Registrar/Admissions Offices at any Dallas County Community college. Speak with an academic advisor in regard to any assessment testing needed for placement and registration into your basic courses such as English, algebra, anatomy, etc. or any developmental courses as needed to prepare you for college level coursework.

Are you new to El Centro but have coursework from colleges (other than Dallas County Community colleges)? Apply for college admission either online or in person at the El Centro College Registrar’s Office or at one of the Registrar/Admissions Offices at any Dallas County Community college. Submit all official transcripts to the El Centro College Registrar/Admissions Office or at another Dallas County Community college. Consult an academic advisor in regard to any assessment testing you may need for registration. Request an Educational Plan from the Health Occupations Admissions Office to evaluate your previous coursework for possible transfer toward a health occupations program.

What is an Educational Plan? The educational plan is an unofficial degree plan listing the courses you have completed (including transferred courses) toward the program. Educational plans are not necessary if you have attended only Dallas County Community colleges. The educational plan is usually processed within 2-3 weeks of submission; however, during peak times the process may take up to one month to complete. We suggest that you request an educational plan at least one semester prior to an application deadline. The Educational Plan Request form is found on the blue “Resources for Potential Applicants” link at:

MRI Core Curriculum – Associate Degree Applicants to the MRI program complete 42 credit hours of prerequisite courses referred to as the MRI Core Curriculum. The Core includes courses required for all Associate Degrees in addition to courses needed for a foundation in healthcare programs. A minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average on the Core is required to apply to the program. ENGL PSYC 2301 MATH 1314 or MATH HPRS 1204 * SCIT 1407 or BIOL 2401 * HPRS 2210 SCIT 1408 or BIOL 2402 * HPRS 2201 PHYS HPRS 2231 PHYS HPRS 2300 SPCH 1311 or Humanities elective * * Science courses (SCIT 1407 /BIOL 2401, SCIT 1408/BIOL 2402, PHYS 1401, and PHYS 1402) must be completed less than 5 years before the semester of anticipated program entry. BIOL 2401 has it’s own prerequisite which is BIOL HPRS must be completed less than 3 years before the semester of anticipated program entry. SCIT 1407 /BIOL is the prerequisite for HPRS and HPRS Select Humanities elective from the list of approved electives for a General Associate Degree. See the MRI information packet for details.

Advanced Technical Certificate – Required Courses To qualify as an applicant for the Advanced Technical Certificate, you must have earned an Associate or Bachelor Degree in one of these health care specialties and have a current registry or certification credential: Radiography (ARRT) Nuclear Medicine Radiation Therapy Diagnostic Medical Sonography Applicants to the Certificate program must have completed the following courses from the MRI Core Curriculum: ENGL 1301 * SPCH 1311 or 1321 * MATH 1314 or MATH 1414 Certificate applicants’ coursework must also show evidence of physics, human anatomy, and human physiology. * ENGL 1301 and SPCH 1311/1321 must have been completed at a U.S. college or university.

Regarding the Advanced Technical Certificate…. Although a Certificate applicant is not required to complete the entire MRI Core Curriculum, their degree will be evaluated against the Core for equivalent coursework to calculate a similar grade point average to that of an Associate Degree applicant for ranking purposes. However, if a Certificate applicant does not have a equivalent course to one of the MRI Core courses such as HPRS 2231 for example, it will not count against their GPA in the ranking process. Certificate applicants are in competition with Associate Degree applicants. Therefore, they may choose to enroll in or repeat MRI Core coursework to improve their overall GPA for final ranking. An educational plan is especially useful in advising the Certificate applicant of their coursework being considered alongside an Associate Degree applicant.

HESI A2 ASSESSMENT TEST The HESI A2 is a timed, computerized test which usually takes 3-4 hours to complete. In order to apply to the program, applicants must score 70% or higher on each of the required sections of the test: Reading Comprehension Grammar Vocabulary/General Knowledge Math Anatomy/Physiology The Personality Profile and Learning Styles sections of the HESI A2 are also required but are not scored. Applicants should take the HESI A2 after completing the MRI Core courses.

The HESI A2 can be taken at any testing site. Applicants are responsible for securing their own testing appointment and should schedule their test several weeks prior to the application deadline. There is no limit on the number of testing attempts for the HESI A2. However, ALL FIVE REQUIRED SECTIONS of the test must be taken in each testing attempt and the score sheet submitted with your application must indicate a minimum score of 70 on each section to be valid. (The Personality Profile and Learning Styles sections may be submitted from any previous testing attempt.) HESI A2 scores are valid for two (2) years from testing date to the date of anticipated program entry. A HESI A2 Study Guide is available at most bookstores. A HESI A2 Prep course is also offered by the El Centro College Continuing Education Division. Contact them at for more information.

How do I sign up for my HESI A2 test? Registration and payment for the HESI A2 varies among testing sites. To register to take the HESI A2 at the Paramount Computer Lab, see the blue “HESI A2” link at Detailed instructions are found at the above link to assist you in checking the calendar for testing dates, logging on to the Evolve website to set up your testing account, registering for a testing date, and paying for the HESI A2, all online. IMPORTANT NOTE: Testing sites other than the Paramount and Northlake College may not offer all the sections of the HESI A2 that are required by our programs. Before you register and pay for the test, be sure the HESI A2 at other testing sites has all the sections you need for program application!

What else will I need before I apply to the program? PHYSICAL EXAM All applicants must obtain a basic physical exam dated no more than one year before the program application deadline. The physical exam can be performed by their personal physician or at an immediate care clinic. The physical exam form is available for download and print at the blue “Resources for Potential Applicants” link on the following website:

What about immunizations? Applicants are required to present documentation of a current tuberculosis screening with their application materials. The date of the tuberculosis screening (“PPD” skin test) must be less than one year before the anticipated program entry date. A chest x-ray exam is required if: The TB screen shows a positive result The applicant has had a history of positive TB screens The applicant has received the BCG inoculation

In addition, the following immunizations are also required: Two doses of measles (rubeola) and one dose each of mumps and rubella (Two doses of the “MMR” measles/mumps/rubella combination received at least one month apart will also meet this requirement.) One dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (“Tdap”) within the last 10 years (NOTE: A T/d booster without Pertussis is NOT accepted.) Two doses of varicella (chickenpox) at least one month apart (NOTE: A statement of “disease history” of chickenpox is NOT accepted.) Three doses of Hepatitis B on this recommended schedule: 1st Dose 2nd Dose one month after the 1st dose 3rd Dose five months after the 2nd dose Detailed guidelines for immunization requirements and the Physical Exam form found on the blue “Resources for Potential Applicants” link at:

If your doctor is administering these immunizations, the date of the injection and the doctor’s signature must be indicated on that specific line on the immunization section of the physical exam form. IMPORTANT NOTE: A statement of immune by history of disease, dates of illness such as measles, chickenpox, mumps, etc., or a general statement of “immune” is not acceptable documentation for the immunizations required for application to the program.

You may have separate records for some of your immunizations on a printout from a clinic or a card with childhood immunizations. You may submit a photocopy of that documentation attached with your physical exam form. These documents do not necessarily need a signature. See examples below.

What if I can’t find any of my immunization records? We can accept documentation of a blood tests known as a “titers” in lieu of these immunizations: measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox) and Hepatitis B. Titer results are not accepted for Tdap. Titer documentation must show positive immunity and/or numeric lab values . IMPORTANT! If a titer result does not indicate immunity, you must complete that specific immunization as required before submitting your application packet. Therefore, titers should be ordered at least six weeks prior to an application filing deadline. This would allow you to receive two injections at least one month apart for MMR’s, or varicella’s, or the first two Hepatitis B injections prior to the application deadline.

Examples of titer reports indicating positive immunity/lab values are:

What CPR training do I need? CPR CERTIFICATION AT THE “HEALTHCARE PROVIDER” level (sometimes known as BLS-Healthcare Provider) is also required for our programs. This training includes a hands-on check off procedure for one-man and two-man CPR for adults, children, and infants in addition to choking and the AED (portable defibrillator). This training also includes a written test, either online or with the hands-on check off. CPR classes are available through the El Centro College Continuing Education Division. NOTE: Online CPR training is not accepted for health occupations programs. A photocopy of your current CPR card must be submitted with your application materials and must not expire before the first day of program classes.

What do I submit as my application packet? Compile these materials for your envelope: The completed MRI Application and signed Statement of Students’ Responsibility form HESI A2 score sheet with Personality Profile and Learning Styles The completed physical exam form and immunization documentation Photocopy of your Healthcare Provider level CPR card Documentation of current health care experience (if applicable) A Checklist to help you gather your materials in found in the information packet.

I have experience in healthcare. Is that considered? Applicants who have current health care related experience and hold a professional credential in that area may be awarded additional points toward the ranking process. This may include registered radiographers, sonographers, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists , and licensed or certified health care professionals in other areas. To have that experience considered, the following documentation is needed: A photocopy of a certificate of completion, registry certification (i.e. ARRT, RDMS), or other credential documentation of the training; and A letter on original official hospital/facility letterhead signed by your current supervisor indicating employment dates and specific details of your role and duties dealing with direct patient care at that facility. NOTE: Experience is not reviewed or confirmed prior to program application and the decision to award points for experience rests solely with the MRI Program Coordinator.

Remember…… All official transcripts from colleges other than El Centro College and Dallas County Community colleges must be on file at the Registrar’s Office before you submit your application materials!

When do I submit my application packet? The official application filing period for the May 2013 MRI class is: January 1 – March 15, 2013 Applications may be submitted at any time during the filing period. Late application filing (if necessary): March 25 – May 16, 2013

Where do I submit my application packet? You may submit your application packet in person or by mail: In person: By mail: MRI Admissions MRI Admissions Health Occupations Admissions Health Occupations Admissions Paramount Building, Room P-101 El Centro College/Paramount 301 North Market Street 801 Main Street Dallas, TX Dallas, TX BE SURE YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS ARE COMPLETE AND RECEIVED IN HEALTH OCCUPATIONS ADMISSIONS NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M. ON MARCH 15, 2013! INCOMPLETE APPLICATION MATERIALS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Late applications must be submitted to the Health Occupations Admissions Office in person no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 16, 2013.

How are points awarded for ranking applicants? Max Pts. HESI A2 Scores – 100 = 3 points (points for scores on each of required five sections) 80 – = 2 points 70 – = 1 point GPA on Science/Math courses from MRI Core – = 4 points SCIT 1407/BIOL 2401, SCIT 1408/BIOL – = 6 points PHYS 1401, PHYS 1402, MATH 1314/ = 8 points GPA on remaining MRI Core courses – = 1 point 3.00 – = 3 points = 5 points Current Health Care Experience Registered in Radiography, Sonography, = 10 points Nuclear Medicine, or Radiation Therapy Licensed/certified in other health care areas 5+ years = 5 points 1-4 years = 3 points less than 1 year = 1 point _____ MAXIMUM TOTAL POINTS

How are students notified of acceptance? All applicants to the May 2013 MRI program receive a notification on May 1, 2013 informing them of their status. Students who receive an acceptance to the program must respond to the within a specified timeframe to confirm their space in the class. Students who apply during the late application filing period, if selected, are notified via on May 17, 2013. Applicants who are not offered acceptance to the program may re-apply for the next year. There is no waiting list for our health occupations programs.

New MRI Student Registration/Orientation Prior to the start date of the MRI classes in May, newly accepted students to the program will meet for an orientation with the Program Coordinator at the Paramount Building. Health Occupations Admissions personnel will register the students for their MRI courses during the orientation. Health Occupations Admissions personnel will also formally assign the students to their MRI degree plans.

What will a sample class schedule look like? Semester I - May/Summer I MRIT 2340 MWF 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MRIT M 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Semester II - Fall MRIT 2330 T 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 MRIT 2334 T 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. MRIT MTWRF TBA per clinical schedule Semester III - Spring MRIT T 10:00 a.m. – 1200 p.m. MRIT 2374 T 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. MRIT MTWRF TBA per clinical schedule Semester IV – Summer I MRIT MTWRF TBA per clinical schedule

At what hospitals would I do my clinical rotations? Clinical rotations will vary among selected Metroplex area clinical affiliates. Students are assigned to their specific clinical rotations and wear their official program scrub uniforms only during their clinical rotations. You can expect to be at three different clinical sites during the program. It is important to have reliable transportation to your clinical site as most sites are not on the DART system.

Criminal Background Checks / Drug Screen After acceptance to the program and before their first clinical rotation, students will undergo a criminal background check and drug screen as required by our hospital affiliates for all health occupations programs. Students will be responsible for this charge (approximately $86.00). All results of these screenings will become the property of the Health and Legal Studies Division and will not be released to the student or another third party. NOTE: Should a student be prohibited from attending a clinical rotation due to the findings of these screenings, the student may be dismissed from the program. More information on the background check/drug screen requirement is available at the blue “Resources for Potential Students” link on our website at

Criminal Background Checks / Drug Screen IMPORTANT NOTE Students with a previous felony or misdemeanor are not prohibited from applying to a health occupations program. However, since the result of the background check and drug screen after acceptance may result in the student being dismissed from the program, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact ARRT prior to applying to the program to determine their eligibility to take the registry exam. More information is found at the following link on the ARRT website:

A Few Frequently Asked Questions…. I have a full-time job. Can I work while I’m in the MRI program? The MRI Core classes are offered day, evening, weekend and some online schedules; therefore, a potential applicant has the flexibility to work before they apply to the MRI program. After acceptance and starting the MRI courses themselves, many students do work part time and full time. The on-campus classes meet one day per week and the clinical rotations are a total of 20 hours per week, generally during the daytime hours and on weekdays. However, there may be evening or weekend clinical rotations available on a limited basis. The MRI program will endeavor to accommodate a student’s work schedule if at possible when assigning their clinical rotations. MRI students are not paid while doing their clinical rotations.

Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) I am going to apply for financial aid. May I use it for the MRI program? Yes! To apply for financial aid, please see the guidelines on the El Centro website at Students should apply for financial aid well in advance of program application. See the Health & Legal Studies Division Office in Room P-712 at the Paramount Building for available scholarship information.

Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) Are there career advancement opportunities after completing the El Centro College Magnetic Resonance Imaging program? Yes! Advancement opportunities are available for experienced MRI Technologists including: Specialty areas (mammography, bone density studies, etc.) Research MRI Education Administration and management

Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) I earned a “C” in my English course several years ago. I would like to repeat it to earn a higher grade. Which grade will be used for my grade point average and will repeating the course count against my application? You may certainly repeat a course; the last grade earned will be the grade of record. (“W’s” or withdrawals from the course do not count in grade point average calculation.) Please note, however, that if you earn a grade of “D” or “F” in your second attempt in the course, THAT will be the grade of record and we will not honor the “C” you earned in your first attempt. Repeating a course to earn a higher grade does not count against your application as long as you complete the course with a “C” or higher on your last attempt.

Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) How do I calculate my grade point average (GPA)? A grade point average is calculated by dividing the number of total grade points earned in a group of courses by the total number of credit hours those courses are worth. For example, a letter grade earns so many grade points per credit hour for that course: A = 4 grade points X the number of credit hours for the course B = 3 grade points X the number of credit hours for the course C = 2 grade points X the number of credit hours for the course

Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) Here’s a sample of courses, grades earned, and the grade points for each: ENGL – A A = 4 grade points X 3 credit hours for the course = 12 grade points MATH 1314 – B B = 3 grade points X 3 credit hours for the course = 9 grade points SCIT – C C = 2 grade points X 4 credit hours for the course = 8 grade points Add the grade points: = 29 grade points Add the number of credit hours: = 10 credit hours And finally, divide the number of grade points by the number of credit hours to calculate the cumulative grade point average on these three courses: 29 ÷ 10 = 2.90 GPA

Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) Where do I park at El Centro and the Paramount Building? Although El Centro College does not have reserved parking for students, staff, or visitors, parking is available at meters and various lots adjacent to the Paramount Building. The average cost of parking per day is $3 - $5. We are conveniently located near the West End DART Rail Station and the West Bus Transfer Center. Students who are enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours in Fall or Spring semesters, or 3 credit hours in Summer are eligible for a FREE DART PASS for that semester! The pass is valid on DART trains and buses. See the guidelines on the El Centro College website at DART schedules and route maps can be found at

Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) I don’t have a Social Security Number. Can I still apply to the MRI program? A Social Security Number (SSN) is not required to apply to the MRI program. However, many of our hospitals and clinical affiliates require students to have an SSN in order to perform their clinical assignments at that facility. Therefore, clinical opportunities may be limited for students without an SSN. IMPORTANT NOTE: Should a clinical opportunity not be available for a student who has no SSN, the student may not be eligible to continue in the MRI program. Although an SSN is not required to take the registry exam from ARRT, the application for licensure in the state of Texas through the Texas Department of Health Services does requires an SSN. Therefore, students who are accepted to the MRI program are strongly encouraged to contact the El Centro College International Center for information on obtaining an SSN well in advance of graduation from the program.

Frequently Asked Questions (cont.) Do I need healthcare insurance while I am in the MRI program? Proof of coverage is not required to apply to the MRI program. However, if you are currently covered by a personal health care insurance policy, we encourage you to include a photocopy of that documentation with your application materials. If you are accepted to the MRI program and did not include your insurance documentation with your application materials, you must submit proof of personal health insurance coverage prior to registration for your clinical rotations in your first fall semester of the program. Please note that personal healthcare insurance is not the same as the fee for student liability insurance coverage which is paid in conjunction with your tuition.

For additional assistance…. … and one-on-one advisement for El Centro College’s health occupations programs, you may wish to make an appointment with one or our academic advisors, Mr. Tolentino and Mr. Peschka. Their addresses and telephone numbers are found in the back of the General Information section of the MRI information packet. You may be interested in health care and would like more information on the different health care career opportunities. We suggest that you visit the Health Careers Resource Center. Their counselors will provide you with information on the variety of health care programs at El Centro College and other colleges in our area. The Health Careers Resource Center is located on the 7th floor of R Building. Telephone: Website:

Q & A Session We trust that this online session has answered most of your basic questions about our MRI program and application requirements. However, if you still need additional clarification about what we have already covered in this presentation, we will hold general Q & A sessions at the Paramount Building which will be open only to individuals who have previously viewed our online information sessions. IMPORTANT NOTE: The Q & A sessions are not intended to replace the online information sessions. For Q & A session dates and times, please us at and type Q&A (no spaces) in the subject line of your .

THANK YOU for viewing our online information session! We hope that it has been an enlightening and pleasant experience for you. You will now be asked to record your “attendance” by completing a brief questionnaire as verification. Once you have completed the questionnaire, you may expect to receive the MRI Application and Students’ Statement of Responsibility Forms via in 1-2 business days.

Please click on the link below to access, complete, and submit the questionnaire. You may then return to this slide and press the Escape key to exit the online information session. “Imagine possibilities…..” The Health Occupations Admissions Office The Center for Allied Health and Nursing El Centro College Educational opportunities are offered by El Centro College without regard to race, color, age, National origin, religion, sex, disability, or sexual orientation. Copyright 2013 Health Occupations Admissions Office El Centro College


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