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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technician Careers and Degrees

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A medical team needs professionals in many different areas of expertise to provide patients with the level of care that they deserve. If you've ever wanted to work in the field of medical imaging, becoming an MRI technician may allow you to work with some of the most advanced technology in the health care industry.

Whether you're a student or a professional in the MRI field, you may benefit from membership in one of North Dakota's professional organizations. The North Dakota Society of Radiologic Technologists is an excellent resource for those who want to work in medical imaging throughout the state. You may find local employers, attend networking and educational events, and take part in major events like Radiologic Technology Week.

Your skills as an MRI technician may continue to grow throughout the course of your career, since the technology in this field is always being used for new and innovative purposes. According to Product Design and Development, researchers have created an MRI machine with a very high resolution. It is stronger than any technology previously on the market. It's even being used in ways that you'd never expect MRI technology to be used; in fact, experts have used MRI machines to detect problems with articulation in speech disorders.

MRI Technology Education in North Dakota

Before you start a career as an MRI technician, you have to get the proper education and training. In North Dakota, that typically means attending a community college or technical school for one year or two years. One year is typically required for diploma or certificate programs, while two years may be required for an Associate's degree program. You may have to meet program prerequisites before you get accepted to an MRI curriculum. This may involve taking science courses, maintaining a high GPA in general education classes, and demonstrating your interest in the field through an essay.

Many of the classes you take will focus specifically on MRI equipment and how to use it safely. For example, you may take classes like MRI Procedures & Pathophysiology, MRI Image Analysis, and MRI Applications of Medical Imaging. These courses help you get familiar with MRI technology and develop a set of skills that allow you to use the machines with patients.

Other courses you take may focus on the human body and patient interaction. In fact, some of the classes you'll likely have to pass include Anatomy & Physiology, Human Anatomy in Medical Imaging, and Patient Communication. Most of the courses you take have some degree of clinical work required as well.

MRI Careers in North Dakota

Once you have completed your education at a state-approved school, you can begin the process of applying for your license. You have to take the MRI exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Once you pass this exam, you can apply for your two-year license via the North Dakota Department of Health and Radiation Control. You must also maintain certification with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

You may be able to look forward to excellent job growth in North Dakota. From 2012 to 2022, O*Net predicts a 21 percent increase in MRI jobs in North Dakota. This job growth is in line with the national average (O*Net, 2012).

Salaries in North Dakota tend to be slightly lower than the national average. O*Net reports an average annual salary of $59,400 for MRI techs in ND.

North Dakota is home to many large medical imaging employers. Depending on your interests and availability, you may work in settings like a medical imaging clinic or hospital, using your skills to help healthcare providers diagnose and treat patients. Significant employers in North Dakota include Blue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota, Noridian Healthcare Solutions, and Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services.

If a career in MRI technology sounds like the perfect path for you, get started by contacting MRI technician schools in North Dakota directly from our page.


Featured Online Schools:

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Traditional On Campus Programs:

North Dakota

Jamestown College (Jamestown, ND)
Programs Offered:
Bachelors in Medical Radiologic Technology / Science - Radiation Therapist
Minot State University (Minot, ND)
Programs Offered:
Bachelors in Medical Radiologic Technology / Science - Radiation Therapist
North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND)
Programs Offered:
Bachelors in Radiologic Technology / Science - Radiographer
University of Mary (Bismarck, ND)
Programs Offered:
Bachelors in Medical Radiologic Technology / Science - Radiation Therapist

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