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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technician Careers and Degrees


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If you would like to start an exciting career in the medical field, perhaps you should consider becoming an MRI technician! At UltrasoundTechnicianSchools.com, we have all the information you need to find out if this career is for you. Get started today!

MRI Technician Training in Texas

In order to work as an MRI technician, you need to have a strong knowledge of the human body and modern medical imaging techniques. There are two main educational paths you can pursue: a certificate, which takes about one year, or an Associate's degree, which takes two years.

Before you get to work with real MRI equipment, your school will require you to take a variety of courses in human anatomy, imaging techniques, and radiography safety. Some of the classes you may be required to take include Radiographic Equipment, Radiobiology, Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging, and Anatomy & Physiology. Taking such a thorough range of classes prepares you for MRI imaging in a variety of settings and specialties.

Practical experience is an essential part of succeeding in this field, just like in any other medical career! All schools require some practical hours, with many MRI technician schools requiring over 500 hours of radiologic technology clinical hours. This part of your education may take you to local hospitals or diagnostic clinics.

MRI Technician Licensing/Certifications in Texas

Many states require MRI technicians to become licensed or certified before officially working in the medical imaging field. In Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services oversees the licensing of MRI technicians. To become licensed, you must first pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists licensure exam. Once you pass the ARRT exam, you can apply for your license. When your license is approved, it is good for two years. You must renew your license every two years to keep it valid. During each two-year period, you must complete 24 hours of continuing education at a Department-approved facility.

Since you have to take the ARRT exam for licensure, you can register with the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians. Being part of this organization can make it easier to find jobs, locate continuing education centers, and stay on top of state licensing requirements.

Career and Employment Information for MRI Techs in Texas

As you prepare to begin your career as an MRI technician in Texas, you may find that there are many places you may be able to work. Many MRI techs work in the medical imaging departments of Texas hospitals—these jobs may require you to work evening, overnight, or weekend hours on a regular basis. There are also many standalone medical imaging clinics that hire MRI technicians. These clinics are more likely to have traditional Monday-Friday hours. Some of the largest employers in Texas are Preferred Imaging, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, and Methodist Charlton Medical Center.

There are many benefits of working in Texas, not the least of which are the great job outlook and high salary range. O*Net reports that the average salary for an MRI technician in Texas is $64,900 per year. They anticipate a 36% increase in demand between 2010 and 2020, leading to almost 800 new jobs every year. You may enjoy a greater job demand if you work well with children. Recent research out of Texas Children's Hospital reports that MRI is an effective way of treating pediatric appendicitis, according to DiagnosticImaging.com.

You may want to increase your career prospects by joining the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists. As a member in this group, you can take advantage of continuing education opportunities, job listings, and networking events.


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Traditional On Campus Programs:

Texas

Alvin Community College (Alvin, TX)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography - Echocardiography
Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography - Vascular Technology
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography - Echocardiography
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography - Vascular Technology

Austin Community College District (Austin, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (Echocardiography)
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiology
Enhanced Skills Certificate in Vascular Technology
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions (San Antonio, TX)
Programs Offered:
Accredited Program in Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Accredited Program in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Accredited Program in Radiologic Technologist

Brightwood College (Fort Worth, TX / San Antonio, TX)
Programs Offered:
Dental Assistant
Dental Assistant - Diploma
Medical Assistant
Medical Assistant - AS
Medical Assistant - Diploma
Medical Office Specialist - Diploma
Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technician - Diploma
Phlebotomy/EKG Technician - Diploma

Career Education Corporation (Houston, TX)
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Certificate Program in Cardiovascular Technology

Dallas County Community College District (Dallas, TX)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Advanced Training Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Associate of Applied Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

Del Mar College (Corpus Christi, TX)
Programs Offered:
Accredited Program in Radiologic Technology
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Echocardiography
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography - General

El Paso Community College (El Paso, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

Everest College (Arlington (Mid Cities), TX / Ft. Worth South, TX)
Programs Offered:
Dental Assistant Diploma
Medical Assistant Diploma
Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Diploma
Pharmacy Technician Diploma

Everest Institute (Austin, TX / Bissonet, TX / Hobby, TX / San Antonio, TX)
Programs Offered:
Dental Assistant (Diploma)
Dental Assistant Diploma
Medical Administrative Assistant Diploma
Medical Assistant Diploma
Medical General Diploma
Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Diploma

Fortis College (Grand Prairie, TX / Houston South, TX)
Programs Offered:
Medical Assistant - Diploma
Medical Assisting - Diploma
Radiologic Technology - Diploma (Grand Prairie, TX)
Sterile Processing Technician - Diploma
Surgical Technology - Diploma (Grand Prairie, TX)
Surgical Technology - Diploma (Houston South, TX)

Houston Community College (Houston, TX)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Applied Science in Radiography

Lamar Institute of Technology (Beaumont, TX)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography
Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

Lone Star College System - Cyfair (Cypress, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Echocardiography
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiologic Technology
Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate
Sonography Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Enhanced Skills Certificate

Lone Star College System - Kingwood (Kingwood, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Echocardiography
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiologic Technology
Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate
Sonography Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Enhanced Skills Certificate

Lone Star College System - Montgomery (Conroe, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Echocardiography
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiologic Technology
Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate
Sonography Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Enhanced Skills Certificate

Lone Star College System - North Harris (Houston, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Echocardiography
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiologic Technology
Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate
Sonography Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Enhanced Skills Certificate

Lone Star College System - Tomball (Tomball, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Echocardiography
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiologic Technology
Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate
Sonography Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Enhanced Skills Certificate

Midland College (Midland, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiography
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Remington College (Fort Worth, TX / Garland, TX / Houston Southeast (Webster), TX / North Houston (Greenspoint), TX)
Programs Offered:
Dental Assisting- Diploma
Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope)- Diploma
Medical Assisting- Diploma
Medical Billing and Coding- Diploma
Pharmacy Technician- Diploma

Southern Careers Institute (San Antonio (South), TX)
Programs Offered:
Pharmacy Technician
St Philips College (San Antonio, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Science in Radiography Technology

The College of Health Care Professions (Houston, TX)
Programs Offered:
Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound - AAS Degree
Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist Program

(Brownsville, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

Tyler Junior College (Tyler, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology


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