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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technician Careers and Degrees


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Have you ever considered becoming an MRI technician? Now is a great time to get into this career—find out more here at UltrasoundTechnicianSchools.com, and let us help you get started!

MRI Technician Training in Georgia

MRI technicians play an important role in the medical industry, which is why you need a comprehensive education in medical imaging before you can start your career. There are many school-based and hospital-based certificate programs; these programs can typically be completed in one year of full-time study. However, many community and technical schools also have Associate's degree programs in MRI technology or radiologic imaging. An Associate's degree in this field can usually be completed in two years.

A large part of your time in school will likely be spent learning about human anatomy and how different medical imaging techniques work. Before you learn how MRIs work, you may take courses like Anatomy & Physiology and Radiobiology. Once you have a good understanding of the human body, you can take courses like Radiographic Equipment, Basic Radiographic Procedures, and Radiation Physics Protection.

Many MRI technician classes include a practical skills portion. During this part of your education, you work with real MRI equipment to get a feel for how it works. However, the majority of your practical education is gained during your clinical hours at the end of your degree.

MRI Technician Licensing/Certifications in Georgia

While many states require MRI technicians and radiologic technologists to become licensed through the state, Georgia is one of the states that does not have any licensure or certification requirements for MRI technicians. Since employers cannot look at a state licensure database to determine your skill set, you must prove your competency in other ways.

Many Georgia MRI technicians decide to become registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians to validate their skills for prospective employers. This group requires you to pass the AART exam to get your license. To keep your license valid, you must renew it every other year by your birthday. In every two-year period, you must earn 24 continuing education credits.

Career and Employment Information for MRI Techs in Georgia

After completing your education, you may wonder what kind of salary and job outlook you can look forward to as an MRI technician in Georgia. O*Net reports good news—most MRI technicians in Georgia earn between $47,700 and $80,500 per year, with an average salary of $64,600 per year. The job demand is expected to increase by 33% between 2010 and 2020, creating an average of 300 new jobs every year! Perhaps the greater job outlook is due to new breakthroughs in MRI imaging; Imaging Resource reports that Georgia Tech has recently developed a new medical imaging device.

As you look for MRI technician job listings, you may find jobs at hospitals or standalone medical imaging clinics. Hospital jobs may require you to work evening, weekend, or overnight hours. Medical imaging clinics tend to have more conventional daytime shifts during the week. Some of the largest MRI technician employers in Georgia include St. Francis Hospital, Trinity Hospital of Augusta, and Kindred Healthcare.

If you want to begin networking with peers and potential employers, consider joining the Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists. This group offers educational opportunities, networking events, and annual recognition events. You may even be able to find your next MRI tech job with their job bank!


Featured Online Schools:

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Traditional On Campus Programs:

Georgia

Armstrong State University (Savannah, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences
Athens Technical College (Athens, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate Degree in Radiography

Columbus Technical College (Columbus, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

Darton College (Albany, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Georgia Northwestern Technical College (Rome, GA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma Program
Radiology Diploma Program

Georgia Regents University (Augusta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science with a major in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Grady Health System Professional Schools (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate Program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Certificate Program in Radiologic Technology

Miller-Motte Technical College (Augusta, GA / Online, GA)
Programs Offered:
Medical Assisting - Associates
Medical Billing and Coding - Certificate - Online

Ogeechee Technical College (Statesboro, GA)
Programs Offered:
Computed Tomography Specialist Certificate
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma
Echocardiography Diploma
Imaging Informatics Clinical Specialist Certificate
Imaging Science Services Assistant Certificate
Radiologic Technology Diploma
Radiology PACS Specialist Diploma
Vascular Technology Specialist Certificate


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