MRI Tech Schools in New Jersey
MRI technicians, also called MRI technologists, use magnetic resonance imaging equipment to provide doctors and physicians with diagnostic images of their patients. Oftentimes, MRI technicians inject patients with a harmless contrast dye to produce better images. MRI technicians work directly with patients by positioning them in front of imagining equipment and draping shielding over their bodies to protect exposed areas.
MRI technician schools in New Jersey
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), the majority of students who are looking to become an MRI technician complete an associate degree program in imaging sciences or similar field of study. However, there are many trade and technical colleges in the state that also provide training for MRI technicians. These programs typically last about a year and culminate in a diploma or certificate.
Educational requirements vary by program, but MRI technician schools in New Jersey typically focus on study in these areas:
- Medical terminology
- Anatomy and physiology
- MRI physics
- MRI procedures
- Patient care and safety
MRI technician schools in New Jersey are a blend of classroom instruction and clinic internship where patients gain real-world hands-on experience. Students who choose associate-level programs also can expect to study composition and interpersonal communications, which play a key role in success in the field, the BLS notes.
New Jersey MRI technician licensing requirements
MRI technician schools in New Jersey and elsewhere are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the BLS reports. Completion of an accredited program is a requirement to earn licensure through the American Registry for Radiologic Technology. The State of New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners requires a passing score of 75 percent or better on the exam.
Salary and job outlook for New Jersey MRI technicians
The BLS reports that there were 910 MRI technologists employed in New Jersey in May of 2013 at median annual wages of $37.57 -- much higher than the national median average hourly wage of $31.75. The top 10 percent of MRI technicians in the state earned more than $93,000 annually, the BLS notes, while the bottom 10 percent took home $63.430.
Job growth in the field in New Jersey, expected to be driven by increased access to medical care by the elderly and increased use of outpatient imaging centers, is expected to be 18 percent from 2012 through 2022, the reports jobs statistics website Projection Central. Nationally, the field is expected to grow 24 percent, or 7,100 jobs, in that same time, the BLS says.
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May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates New Jersey, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2013/may/oes_nj.htm
MRI Technologist, American Institute of Medical Sciences and Education (AIMS), Accessed November 17, 2014, https://www.aimseducation.edu/mri-technologist
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Radiologic Technology, Atlantic Cape Community College, Accessed November 17, 2014, www.atlantic.edu/program/degrees/RadiologicTech.htm