• Overview - 2019/2020

    As a professional currently practising Medical Radiation Technologist in the Nuclear Medicine, Radiography or Radiation Therapy or Ultrasound disciplines, you probably already have command of an impressive skill-set. Your skills are valuable, in demand, and relied upon for accurate diagnosing. Lives are at stake, and the powerful tools used in the diagnostic field require highly-skilled and highly trained specialists. If you're intrigued by taking your already dynamic skill-set to a higher level, expand your career potenial with Fanshawe's Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program.

    The most alluring aspect of this program is its flexibility. We understand you're busy. That's why the MRI program is a hybrid face-to-face/online format, so you'll be able to maintain your employment while expanding your career potential as a future MRI technologist. You'll combine in-class meetings one day per week with online learning activities, and following completion of two 16-week semesters, you'll participate in a 16-week clinical practicum at an affiliated hospital site.

    Plus, if you're already employed or being sponsored by a site, you might be eligible for first priority to do your clinical practicum placement there. Along the way, you'll prepare to write the MRI National Certification Examinations as set by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT). The MRI program is also fully accredited by the Canadian Medical Association and recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

     

    Program Coordinator:

    Liz Lorusso, MRT(R), MRT (MR), B Appl Sc.
    Phone: (519) 452-4430 ext. 2042

  • Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

    An Ontario College Diploma or Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Medical Radiation Technology with a focus in one of the following disciplines:
         - General Radiography
         - Radiation Therapy
         - Nuclear Medicine
         - General Sonography
    OR
    A Canadian University Degree with a focus in one of the following disciplines:
         - General Radiography
         - Radiation Therapy
         - Nuclear Medicine
         - General Sonography
    OR
    An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College*
    AND
    48 weeks clinical experience within the last 5 years in one of the disciplines stated above
    AND
    Pass a Pre-Admission Assessment Evaluation**

    Note:
    • *Applicants with equivalent international qualifications greater than five years old must be evaluated by the International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES)
    • **Pre-Admission Assessment Evaluation takes place online during the first week of March

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of  577 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 91 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 70 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 80 in listening, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169 and a score of 176 in listening, with test results within the last two years
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 81 with at least a 3+ on the oral interview

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
    4. Achievement in a Pre-Admission Assessment Evaluation with at least a minimum of 60%

    Post-Admission Requirements

    The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

    • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) in accordance with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Canadian Guidelines for CPR
    • Evidence of Good Health
    • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
    • Placement Agreement
    • Completion of an MR Screening Form
      • In some specific cases, there are absolute contraindications (e.g., some cardiac pacemakers, cochlear implant) to the field of MRI that would prevent a person from practising in this area.  If you find yourself in this situation you need to be aware of this restriction - you will be ineligible to attend the clinical practicum of the MRI program and therefore will not be eligible to graduate from the MRI program.
      • Certain implants, devices or objects may be hazardous to you in the MRI environment. If you answer yes to any of the contraindications on the MR Screening form checklist, please contact the MRI Program Coordinator, before enrolling in the program.
  • Courses

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging-2019/2020

    Level 1Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    SFTY-6004Patient Care & Safety in MRI5
    This course focuses on patient care and safety relating to the MRI environment for patients, staff and visitors. An overview of the bio-effects and potential hazards of both static and gradient magnetic fields as well as radio frequencies will be presented. Quality Control (QC) procedures and Quality Assurance (QA) standards will be identified. Students acquire the knowledge and skills required in screening, preparing, assessing and assisting patients for MR examinations. Professional ethics, patient education, pre and post care, importance of documentation, lifts, transfers and transports, vitals monitoring and response to any changes in patient condition will be discussed. Venipuncture, IV maintenance and best infection control practices will be reviewed. Pharmacological agents commonly used in MR will be presented and recognizing and responding to reactions will be emphasized. Interprofessional collaborative education and practice will be promoted.
    PHYS-6001Physics of MRI5
    This course focuses on the physical principles, equipment and instrumentation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The application of the advantages and limitations of various MR scanning parameters and protocols and the impact on image contrast will be emphasized. Knowledge of physics principles for image formation, reconstruction and manipulation will be presented. Advanced techniques such as Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS), Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA/MRV), and Echo planar Imaging (EPI) will be studied.

    Level 2Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    ANAT-6008Cross-Sectional Anatomy2
    This course focuses on the study of human anatomy as seen in axial, sagittal, long and short axis as well as coronal planes for the neurologic, abdominal and pelvic, musculoskeletal and vascular systems. Application of anatomical knowledge will be applied to MR images and other clinical imaging modalities.
    MRIP-6002Applied Science of MRI5
    This course focuses on imaging methodologies dealing with pulse sequences, scanning parameters, imaging options and tradeoffs with consideration to the effect on image contrast weighting, time and quality. Recognizing image artifacts and strategies to resolve them will be presented. Students will be provided with hands on training on proper patient and coil positioning techniques and image manipulations, as well as the application of various protocols used in MR imaging. We will have the opportunity to visit the London Regional Cancer Centre and Lawson Health Research Institute to observe Hybrid Imaging and Interprofessional collaborations in practice.
    MRIP-6005Pathology3
    This course will focus on an introduction to the mechanisms of disease and to the morphology and clinical characteristics of a broad spectrum of disease entities. The course will be divided into two aspects including basic pathology and systemic pathology.In Basic Pathology, we will begin an introduction to many pathological processes. This part of the course will include: the units of introduction/causes of diseases, cell adaptation, injury and death, congenital and genetic diseases, immunity disorders, inflammation, infectious diseases, cell damage and repair, hemodynamic, and bleeding disorders and neoplasia.In systemic Pathology, we will discuss diseases of specific organ systems. In this section we will include: the units of CNS, Musculoskeletal, Neck/Thorax, respiratory, male and female reproductive tract and Abnormal Pathology. Common pathologies from each of these body sections will be discussed. Learning will be enhanced by textbook readings, in-class discussions and PowerPoint presentations.We will focus on the pathophysiology of the diseases.

    Level 3Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    MRIP-6003Clinical Practicum30
    The purpose of this course is to allow the student to apply the theoretical knowledge obtained during the didactic portion of the program to the clinical environment. The student will spend this time at an affiliated clinical hospital under the supervision of a clinical co-coordinator or staff technologist.
    MRIP-6001Consolidation & Review1
    Consolidation and ReviewThe purpose of this course is to review the material previously presented in the theory courses as well as the knowledge attained in the clinical practicum of the program to help prepare the student for the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) national MRI certification exam.

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 13 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2019/2020

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates may find employment in: hospitals, medical clinics, research facilities and private industry.
  • More Information - 2019/2020

    A One-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program
    Program Code:  MRI1
    Campus Code:  LC (LC - London)
    September Admission
    16 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Contact

    School of Health Sciences: 519-452-4207


    Program Description

    This graduate certificate program is designed for the practising Medical Radiation Technologist in the Nuclear Medicine, Radiography or Radiation Therapy or Ultrasound disciplines, who wishes to expand his/her career to include Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).  Graduates of this program will be prepared to write the MRI National Certification Examination as set by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT).

    The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist is a valuable member of the health care team who utilizes strong magnetic fields and radio frequency pulses to produce high quality images to support the diagnoses of disease and injury.  Through their knowledge of cross-sectional Anatomy, MR equipment, scanning protocols, patient screening, and other MRI safety concerns, the MRI Technologist produces these high quality images of the patient in a variety of different planes.  Exceptional patient care and communication skills are required to work in this environment.

    The format of the program is designed to meet the needs of the practising professional by combining face-to-face contact one day per week with online learning activities.  The didactic component of the program will be comprised of two 16 week levels. Following completion of the first two didactic levels, the student will commence an 18 week clinical practicum at an affiliated hospital site.  The clinical practicum will be concluded with an intensive consolidation and review on campus, to prepare the student for their certification exams. 

    By delivering this MRI program in a hybrid face-to-face/online format, students will be able to maintain their employment where they are providing key diagnostic services, while enhancing their ability to serve their community's needs with expanded career potential as future MRI Technologists.

    Other Information

    • Most professions have practice and licensing requirements that are determined by their respective provincial governing bodies. Graduates of this program will require Regulatory Body registration. To ensure these requirements are fulfilled, please check the appropriate provincial agency guidelines. In Ontario, contact the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario at 416-975-4353 or 1-800-563-5847 or online at www.cmrto.org 
    • Assigned online activity is required for the three levels. The student will be expected to commit to rigorous independent study, assigned readings, collaborative group work, online discussions and assignment submissions comprising a significant component of the educational experience.
    • Clinical placements are assigned in a variety of ways in the MRI program. Students who are sponsored by an agency will be guaranteed a clinical placement at the sponsoring agency.
    • Those who enroll in the MRI program without sponsorship will use the Clinical Site Selection form.  This form is issued during orientation at which time students will rank their clinical practicum site preferences.  All efforts will be made to place a student in their first choice; however, if there are two people interested in the same clinical placement, a lottery system will be used to finalize the selections. 
    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to :

    1. Perform, in accordance with current standards, various magnetic resonance imaging procedures involving the head and neck, spine, chest, abdomen and pelvis, as well as the musculoskeletal and vascular systems.

    2. Apply the theoretical concepts of physics to the work required in the delivery of MRI services.

    3. Ensure the safety of clients and staff when delivering MRI services.

    4. Interact effectively with the clients and their families.

    5. Prepare and position the client according to the established protocol, in order to optimize image quality.

    6. Use the MRI equipment, accessories and software efficiently.

    7. Assess the client's condition during the diagnostic test and/or the procedure and intervene effectively, if necessary.

    8. Apply the theoretical concepts of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to the work required in the delivery of MRI services.

    9. Efficiently transfer and store images, using the various media available (PACS, film, CDs, hard drive).

    10. Work with the various members of the health care team: radiologists and other physicians, physicists, nursing staff and other health professionals.

    11. Perform duties professionally and as a member of a health care team.

    12 Evaluate MRI system performance, using quality control procedures.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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