How to Become an MRI Technician in North Carolina

The state of North Carolina does not require its radiologists or MRI technicians to be licensed or certified. However, in order to get a job in North Carolina, you need training in both radiology and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The majority of employers in the state will not hire MRI technologists who do not have certification in both radiology and MRI. Training in both of these areas makes you a much more versatile medical professional.

MRI Technician Training in North Carolina

  1. If you're still in high school and think a career as an MRI technician might be for you, try to concentrate classes in science, physics, biology, chemistry, and algebra. Make sure to graduate with your high school diploma.
  2. Find an accredited radiology training program. A typical radiology training program will take two years, and you will graduate with either a certificate or degree, depending upon the school you attend.
  3. Find an accredited online or campus based North Carolina MRI technician training program. Again, ARRT lists schools it approves at the above link. The MRI training program is an additional year and you will graduate with a certificate in MRI.
  4. Take a test to become nationally certified in radiology. The ARRT is the most popular certifying body, although others do exist. The test is given at Pearson VUE testing centers, which are located in Raleigh, Winston, Charlotte, Grenville, and Wilmington. The application to take the test is at www.arrt.org/index.html?content=certification/appprocess.htm.
  5. Take the specialized examination to become MRI certified, also through ARRT. This exam is also given at Pearson Vue centers. You can apply at www.arrt.org.

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