MRI Tech School in Georgia
MRI Schools/Education in Georgia
Even though the state of Georgia does not license and/or certify its MRI technicians, you must still finish required schooling in both radiology and MRI in order to be able to obtain a job in the state as an MRI technician. Most radiologic technology training programs last from one to two years. Many students choose the two-year (approximately 140 credit hour) option, as it allows them to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree. In order to be admitted to an Associate degree program in applied science, students usually must fulfill the following prerequisites: English composition, psychology, college-level algebra, anatomy, physiology, and introduction to health care.
After completing your two-year program in Radiology, you should become certified in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This is usually a one-year (approximately 36 credit hour) program through online or campus based Georgia MRI technician schools, which leads to a certificate in MRI. It includes both classroom courses and practical, lab-based courses. The prerequisite for this program usually is that one must be a registered Radiologic Technologist, Radiation Therapist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, or Sonographer.
A list of schools for both Radiology and MRI training that are recommended by the Georgia Society of Radiologists is at www.gsrt.org/programs.htm#Radiography.
Once you have completed the trainings in radiology and MRI, you will need to sit for national certification examinations in both specialties. To maintain ARRT certification as a Radiologic Technologist, you must take 24 continuing education credits every two years. ARMRIT certification for MRI technicians requires 12 hours of continuing education every two years.