FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS MRISF-AD MRI and Spectroscopy

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Overview

  • Eight and one-half month advanced diploma
  • August entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg 
  • Clinical education practicum
  • If you have one of the conditions listed on the Safety Checklist you may not be able to enter the clinical segment of the program or work in the MRI profession. 
  • If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete this program. If you are listed on a Child Abuse Registry or Adult Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete this program. See Program Progression Requirements for more info. 
  • International applicants contact RRC's International Education Office at intled@rrc.ca or 204-632-2143 for information on this program and space availability

Description
Magnetic resonance uses magnetism, radio waves and computers to acquire medical images. Although still a young technology, it has become firmly rooted in medical practice, particularly for:

  • Studying the cardiovascular system
  • Detecting tumours, especially in the brain and spinal column
  • Studying body chemistry and functions
  • Imaging soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons or arteries

The unique nature of this technology presents special imaging, patient care, and safety requirements. Since magnetic resonance does not involve the use of ionizing radiation, radiation protection is unnecessary.

Magnetic resonance scans require sliding patients into a body-length tunnel - the core of the magnetic field.  The image obtained from magnetic resonance scan generally appears on a computer monitor, or as a photograph or computer printouts.

As part of your professional duty as a magnetic resonance technologist, you will:

  • Explain the procedure to patients
  • Answer questions as fully as possible
  • Operate the scanner
  • Monitor patients during the scan
  • Comfort patients and provide emotional support
  • Ensure the safety of patients and staff around the magnetic field
  • Contribute to patient education

The above information is an excerpt from the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists' website at www.camrt.ca

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE DUE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF APPLYING (unless otherwise noted below).

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

You may be asked to participate in an interview with the department Chair and/or a Program Admissions Committee.

The College reserves the right to limit the number of students from any particular geographic location for each intake.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Safety Checklist
    • Submit a completed Safety Checklist
    • The conditions listed on the Safety Checklist may preclude you from entering the clinical segment of the program and working in the MRI profession. If any of the conditions listed on the Checklist apply to you, we strongly advise you discuss the condition with your physician before applying to this program. 
      and
  2. Relevant Diploma or Degree
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in the final year of a post-secondary diploma or degree from a recognized institute or college in:
      • Medical Radiologic Technology
      • Nuclear Medicine
      • Radiation Therapy
      • Ultrasound 
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • Post-secondary transcripts must have been issued within 6 months prior to your application date, and submitted in a sealed envelope directly from the post-secondary institution.
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
      and
  3. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
        or
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of successful completion of an approved English language assessment at the required levels. 
        or
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review.
        and
  4. Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Relevant Work Experience
    • You may qualify for entry into this program if you have:
      • An imaging background and clinical experience in radiology/magnetic resonance. Submit a resume.
        or
      • Magnetic resonance imaging work experience equivalent to a minimum of two years full-time within the last five years. Submit a resume, a letter of reference from the manager, and the qualifications of the manager
        and
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirements 1, 3 and 4

Program Progression Requirements
Program progression requirements are not due within 30 days of applying and should be submitted after you start classes.

  • Criminal Record and Adult and Child Abuse Checks
    • This program requires students to submit current original/official versions of one or more of the following checks:
      • Criminal Record Check (CRC)
      • Provincial Child Abuse Registry Check (CAR)
      • Adult Abuse Registry Check (AAR)
    • If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete the program
    • If you are listed on an Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete the program
    • For details on this program's requirements, when to obtain and submit the documents, review the Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
    • These documents have expiration dates and should not be obtained prior to timeline indicated on the Applicant Declaration for Check Documents form
    • For general information on why RRC requires these checks and for links to check providers such as the Winnipeg Police, visit our Criminal Record Checks webpage
    • Submit your check documents to the RRC program contact listed on the Contact Information section of your program
      and
  • First Aid Course
    • Submit proof of current certification in the appropriate First Aid course.  To confirm which course you need to complete for this program click here
      and
  • Immunizations and Testing
  • Clinical Sites Safety Requirements
    • You are responsible for ensuring completion of the safety requirements stipulated by clinical sites.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)
70707070
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
4.54.54.54.5
Communication for Health Professionals (RRC Pathway)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
8888
Communication for Internationally Educ Health Prof (RRC Pathway)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
8888
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
7.07.07.07.0
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
24232427

Who Should Enrol?

The MRI and Spectroscopy program at Red River College is offered as a second discipline program.  If you are considering a career in MRI you should have a strong background in physics, anatomy, and diagnostic imaging procedures with an emphasis on patient care. 

Below is an excerpt from the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists website www.camrt.ca

Introduced as a diagnostic medical imaging tool in the 1980's, magnetic resonance uses magnetism, radio waves, and computers to acquire medical images. Although still a young technology, it has become firmly rooted in medical practice, particularly for:

  • Studying the cardiovascular system
  • Detecting tumours, especially in the brain and spinal column
  • Studying body chemistry and functions
  • Imaging soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons, or arteries

The unique nature of this technology presents special imaging, patient care, and safety requirements. Since magnetic resonance does not involve the use of ionizing radiation, radiation protection is unnecessary. However, patients must remove any metal objects that could be drawn to the magnet. Patients with pacemakers, or other metallic implants, cannot undergo magnetic resonance scans because of the potential for damage to such devices.

Claustrophobia can be a problem for certain patients. Magnetic resonance scans require sliding the patient into a body-length tunnel - the core of the magnetic field.

As part of their professional duty, magnetic resonance technologists:

  • Explain the procedure to patients
  • Answer questions as fully as possible
  • Operate the scanner
  • Monitor patients during the scan
  • Comfort patients and provide emotional support
  • Ensure the safety of patients and staff around the magnetic field
  • Contribute to patient education

Some magnetic resonance procedures require the use of contrast agents. The image obtained from magnetic resonance scan generally appears on a computer monitor, or as a photograph or computer printout.

The CAMRT also provides information for internationally trained technologists at www.camrt.ca/certification/international/ and www.cfeep2p.com/

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Aug 31, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
$6,121.001
Books and Supplies
Year 1
$2,000.00
Program/Student Fees (Out of Province)
Year 1
$8,630.00
Other Fees
Year 1
$1,000.002
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
$16,857.00
1Out of province students pay additional fees of $2802.
2Uniforms and Shoes - $200.00; CAMRT Certification Exam Fee - approximately $800.00.

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Program Outline

The MRI program is 8 1/2 months in duration and consists of two terms. Term 1 is a full-time 16-week didactic term which is conducted at Red River College. Term 2 is an 18-week clinical practicum, which requires full-time attendance at a clinical site.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Year 1
Term 1Credit Hours
MRIS-1005Pathology
3
MRIS-1007MRI Physics
6
MRIS-9000MRIS Learn
0
Term 2Credit Hours
MRIS-1182MRI Practicum
9
MRIS-9000MRIS Learn
0
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
MRIS-1005Pathology
More Information

This course is designed to familiarize students with the processes and symptoms of various pathologies within the body. The student will also learn to identify the MR appearance of these pathologies on various imaging sequences and MRI protocols.

Prerequisites:
MRIS-1006MRI Applications and Procedures
More Information

(No description available at this time)

MRIS-1007MRI Physics
More Information

This course promotes knowledge in the areas of physical principles, equipment and instrumentation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Focus will be spent on exploring the basics and more complex methods and techniques in optimizing MR scanning parameters and sequences. Knowledge of physics principles for diagnostic image formation, reconstruction and manipulation will be explored. 

MRIS-1027Patient Care and MR Safety
More Information

This course is designed to prepare participants to acquire knowledge and skills in screening, preparing, assessing and assisting patients for MR examinations. After a brief review of human interactions, basic nursing skills, ethical and legal aspects of care, following content areas are covered at a level required of MRI technologist: clinical history taking, patient and public screening, contrast agents and sedative administration, physical and psychological preparation for MRI, MR safety regulations and procedures, and biological hazards associated with MRI. This course may be offered through Web CT.

MRIS-1088MRI Sectional Anatomy
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This course is designed to provide the student with a general overview of the gross and cellular anatomy of the various areas of the body with a heavy emphasis on cross-sectional anatomy of the various areas of the body.  The student will be able to identify anatomical structures in cross-section on sagittal, coronal and axial MR images.

MRIS-1182MRI Practicum
More Information

This course allows students to apply the knowledge that was obtained during the didactic term to the clinical environment.  Students will spend time in a hospital and/or research facility that has been approved by the College for training in Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Spectroscopy.

MRIS-2001Introduction to MRI Practice
More Information

This course focuses on implementation and application of the technical and clinical skills utilized by a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist in a supervised MRI setting.

MRIS-9000MRIS Learn
More Information

(No description available at this time)

MRIS-9000MRIS Learn
More Information

(No description available at this time)

CO-OP/Practicum Information

The MRI and Spectroscopy program includes 18 weeks of clinical education/practicum.

Red River College will help you obtain a clinical placement(s) for the completion of the MRI/S clinical education/practicum. You will have the opportunity to indicate your preferred clinical placement sites, and efforts will be made to consider these. However, the availability of clinical spots and the number of students in the class will determine assignment of clinical placements and you may not receive your preferred site(s).  Your clinical placement(s) will be assigned at the discretion of the program.

Due to the limited number of clinical placement sites it may be necessary for students to relocate either within Manitoba or to another province.  Requests for out-of-province clinical placement sites may be possible, however they cannot be guaranteed. 

Additionally, rotations to other clinical placement sites may be required to achieve all practical competencies. For example, Health Sciences Centre students need to go to St. Boniface General Hospital to see cardiac MR scans.

You are responsible for all additional expenses related to the clinical education/practicum, including relocation costs (travel, meals, accommodation) to clinical placement site(s).

The College reserves the right to make changes to clinical placements of students when deemed necessary.

The following hospitals currently participate as clinical placement sites:
 
Winnipeg hospitals:

  • Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg
  • St. Boniface General Hospital

Hospitals outside of Winnipeg:

  • Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon
  • Boundary Trails Health Centre, Morden/Winkler

Please contact Kathleen Scribner, Academic Coordinator, at kscribner@rrc.ca or 204-632-2961 for details on clinical placements.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Employer Testimonial

"Thank you for the many excellent technologist students you have sent our way. We continue to appreciate the excellent training and support you provide to the MRI community."

Dr. Mary Ann Johnson
University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton

"Your student is turning out to be exceptional. He is enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I am very pleased to have him with us. He may most likely be another RRC MRI/S Program prodigy in the making."

Leonard Tong
Radiology Manager
Vancouver General Hospital

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

For detailed program information, contact:

Kathleen Scribner
Academic Coordinator
Room A227C, Notre Dame Campus
204-632-2961
E-mail: kscribner@rrc.ca

Admitted students may submit their criminal record and abuse registry check documents to the above individual.

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.

www.rrc.ca/howtoapply

Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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