What to Expect
The program provides courses through a mixture of face-to-face scheduled classes and on- and off-site lab sessions, clinical practicum training and online study using Moodle.
The learning outcomes and program goals are aligned with the 2014 CAMRT Competency Profile. Upon successful completion of the MRI program the graduate is eligible to challenge the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) entry-to-practice certification examination to become a certified Magnetic Resonance technologist. In order to practice as a Medical Radiologic Technologist in the discipline of MRI in the province of Alberta, technologists are required to be registered with the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) to obtain a license to practice.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend on average:
- 25 hours per week in class
- 10 - 20 hours per week studying (Study time increases during mid-term and final examinations)
Students in NAIT's Diagnostic Imaging programs train on industry-standard equipment – in many cases using the same technology they will use in their practicums. Simulation exercises further prepare our students for the field. Visit the photo gallery to see more.
The Magnetic Resonance program lab includes a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) simulator that lets students practice positioning and simulate an MRI exam from patient screening to image acquisition and analysis. Another 3 simulation computers can be programmed to display both normal and abnormal cases for study.
The program also has phantoms, full-body mannequins, and other equipment, such as IV arms, that allow students to practice their skills.
Simulation is a learning tool that recreates real-life experiences in a controlled, safe environment. A common example is flight simulation for pilots-in-training.
Hands-on simulation exercises have been a key part of School of Health and Life Sciences programs for a number of years. Now, a renewed focus on simulation means current and future students will benefit from even more immersive environments in which to practise their skills.
Simulation exercises may be held in a classroom or lab, or in an actual work environment (called in situ simulation). They often include a debriefing session that allows students to ask questions and get immediate feedback on their performance.
Overall Program Goals
These program goals are aligned with CAMRT 2014 National Occupational Competency Profile.
1. Practice in accordance with legislation, regulation, professional expectations, and ethical guidelines of the ACMDTT and CAMRT
2. Practice safety protocols and guidelines
3. Operate current MRI equipment and follow quality control protocols
4. Utilize current and appropriate MRI scanning techniques
5. Acquire and evaluate MRI Images for diagnostic purposes
6. Administer compassionate, safe and quality healthcare to a diverse population
7. Practice effective communication & critical thinking skills
James originally planned a career in engineering, but was persuaded that Magnetic Resonance was a better fit for his personality and interests in physics. Read his story.
Is This Program For You?
A genuine interest in people and their well-being is essential since the technologist is invariably involved with people in various states of illness or injury. Considerate, tolerant and courteous patient care is as important a quality as technical proficiency.
To be successful, magnetic resonance technologists need
- a sense of responsibility and a high degree of integrity
- patience and adaptability
- sensitivity to the needs of ill and injured people
- the ability to put people at ease
- an interest in science and technology
- the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in their duties
- good organizational skills
- good problem solving and critical thinking skills
- effective communication skills
- the ability to work well in a team environment
- ability to handle stressful situations.
They should enjoy using equipment to perform tasks requiring precision, having procedures and standards for their work, and compiling information for research data and statistics.
As a student in the School of Health and Life Sciences, see how it prepares you for a successful career.
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Skills you will acquire
- professional health-care practice
- demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving strategies
- demonstrate respect and sensitivity with both patient and professional interactions
- implement infection control practices
- perform venipuncture in a safe and accurate manner
- general MRI procedures
- screen patients to ensure that they can safely enter the MRI environment
- evaluate the performance of scanner and ancillary equipment and institute quality control measures
- operate MRI scanner in a safe and effective manner
- interpret MRI images and optimize image quality
- identify pathologies and implement a scanning protocol to optimize image
- total quality management
- participate in a quality and customer-focused work environment
- demonstrate the team approach within the organization