How to Become an MRI Technician in New Jersey
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, transmits magnetic and radio waves to produce diagnostic images of bodily systems. Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey was one of the first facilities to use MRI-guided breast biopsy, beginning in 2004. This can detect the presence of breast cancer must faster than traditional mammography. New Jersey is the fourth-highest paying state for Radiologic Technologists/Technicians, including MRI Technologists/Technicians, to work, paying its 6410 licensed technologists/technicians an average yearly salary of $62,000, about $9000 above the national average.
MRI Technician Training in New Jersey
New Jersey does not require licensing of MRI technicians/technologists. However, many employers will not hire you without certification in MRI. Therefore, it's a good idea to take the following steps and education suggestions to become a MRI technician in the state of New Jersey.
- You must be at least 18 years of age to become a licensed radiologist in New Jersey. You must also graduate from high school and be of good moral character.
- Find a radiologic technology training program at a school that's accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). This program will take an average of two years to complete.
- Find an MRI training program, also accredited by JRCERT. This program should be completed in about one year.
- Complete the Application for Examination or License in the State of New Jersey at www.state.nj.us/dep/rpp/tec/downloads/rtlp.pdf. It must be accompanied with an examination fee of $160 and license fee of $60. The examination, administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), is given at Pearson VUE computerized testing centers. Cities in New Jersey that offer this test include Trenton and Somerset. The test can also be taken in Horsham, PA and Staten Island, NY. A score of 75% on the exam is required to pass. The application and all supporting documentation (such as transcripts) should be sent to:
Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Radiological Health
PO Box 415
Trenton, NJ 08625-0415
- Take the specialty examination by the ARRT for MRI technicians. This is also given at Pearson VUE testing centers. You can apply at www.arrt.org to take this specialized examination.