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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technician Careers and Degrees


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How would you like to start a career in the medical field in just one year? At UltrasoundTechnicianSchools.com, you can learn all about MRI technician programs and find schools near you.

MRI Technician Training in Illinois

As you start your search for an MRI technician program, you may be wondering what kind of school will give you the education you need. Many technical colleges, community colleges, and hospitals have MRI technician programs. You may be able to attend a certificate program; this is the more popular choice, since it can be completed in one year. You may also earn an Associate's degree, which takes about two years of full-time work.

Before you dig into your intensive MRI technician courses, your school may require you to take a bevy of science courses. Classes that you may take include Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Chemistry. In addition, you may have to start your program with a radiation safety course; although MRI technology does not use radiation, other types of medical imaging do.

Once you have completed your prerequisites, you can move onto your MRI courses. Most schools require courses like Radiographic Equipment, Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging, and Radiographic Methods. These courses prepare you for your clinical hours, which come at the end of your program. You may complete more than 500 hours by the time you graduate.

MRI Technician Licensing/Certifications in Illinois

Illinois is one of many states that has rigorous licensing requirements for MRI technicians. All licensing goes through the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Once you graduate from your program of choice, you must meet the Agency's exam requirement. You can either take a state-administered exam or an exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. These exams are designed to ensure that you can safely and effectively use medical imaging equipment.

After you pass the required exam, you can receive your MRI technician license. This license has a two-year term, so you must renew it biennially. Medical imaging is constantly undergoing technology updates and new research, so you have to keep up on these changes with continuing education courses. In each two-year period, you must complete 24 hours of continuing education.

Career and Employment Information for MRI Techs in Illinois

As a new MRI technician, you can really benefit from membership in the Illinois State Society of Radiologic Technologists. Finding your first job can be intimidating, but it may be easier with the career resources offered by this group. Additionally, you can enjoy exclusive continuing education opportunities, networking events, and legislative advocacy.

Your job search may turn up results at hospitals, doctor's offices, and medical imaging clinics. Hospitals may require night, weekend, or on-call hours, since their medical imaging departments are typically staffed 24 hours per day. This can be a plus for many people, however—some hospitals offer bonus pay for overnight and on-call shifts! Doctor's office and standalone medical imaging are more likely to have conventional work hours. Some of the largest MRI technician employers in Illinois are Galesburg Cottage Hospital, Norwegian American Hospital, and Carle Foundation Hospital. Many of these jobs allow you to experience the newest developments in MRI technology. Chicago Business reports on new 3D printing technology that utilizes MRI scans.

MRI technicians in Illinois can earn very lucrative salaries; while you may start out on the low end of the salary range, your earning potential can increase as you gain experience and seniority. O*Net indicates that most MRI techs earn between $46,100 and $89,500 per year. The average salary is $68,100 per year (O*Net, 2012). They predict a 14% increase in job openings between 2010 and 2020, leading to 250 new jobs each year (O*Net, 2012).


Featured Online Schools:

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Traditional On Campus Programs:

Illinois

American Intercontinental University Online (Schaumburg, IL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Healthcare Management - Gerontology
Bachelor of Healthcare Management - HSA Mgt

Baker College Online (Warrenville, IL)
Programs Offered:
Health Services Administration - Bachelor
Carl Sandburg College (Galesburg, IL)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Certificate in Computed Tomography
Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography
Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Advanced Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonography
Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Imaging Vascular Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Imaging Radiography

College of Lake County (Grayslake, IL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Imaging
Danville Area Community College (Danville, IL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Harper College (Palatine, IL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

John A Logan College (Carterville, IL)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Certificate in Cardiac Medical Sonography
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography

Kaskaskia College (Centralia, IL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Lewis University (Romeoville, IL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelors of Science in Vascular Ultrasound Technology
Lincoln Technical Institute (Melrose Park, IL)
Programs Offered:
Surgical Technology - Diploma (Orlando)
X-Ray Technician - Diploma (Orlando)

Rasmussen College (Aurora, IL)
Programs Offered:
Accelerated Health and Wellness Bachelor Degree-Completion Program
Accelerated Healthcare Management Bachelor Degree-Completion Program
Health Information Management Bachelor

South Suburban College (South Holland, IL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Echocardiography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate

Triton College (River Grove, IL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate

Vatterott College (Fairview Heights, IL / Quincy, IL)
Programs Offered:
Dental Assistant - Diploma
Medical Assistant - Associate
Medical Assistant - Diploma
Medical Assistant with Office Management - Associate


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