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Graduation Requirements

Students who satisfactorily complete all the requirements will be awarded the Master of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MSMRI) from the University of Mississippi and will be eligible to take the examination for certification offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Candidates for graduation must have an overall grade point average (GPA) in University of Mississippi Medical Center coursework of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. States may require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the ARRT certification examinations. Be advised that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the ARRT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Magnetic resonance imaging technologists are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to perform magnetic resonance imaging procedures. To that end and for the safety and well-being of patients and the community in general, it is the policy of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to assure that all graduates entering the profession of magnetic resonance imaging have met the rigorous requirements for graduation, thus enabling their eligibility to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination.

To be eligible for graduation, the following technical requirements/objectives must be met:

  1. Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and positioning to competently and accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on a magnetic resonance image
  2. Evaluate magnetic resonance images for overall image quality
  3. Apply principles of magnet safety to protect patients, self, and others
  4. Provide basic patient care and comfort to patients across the age continuum
  5. Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate first aid and basic life support procedures
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and proper use of medical terminology
  7. Understand the use of magnetic resonance imaging equipment and instrumentation, and report equipment malfunctions to the proper authority
  8. Participate in magnetic resonance imaging quality control programs
  9. Demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal, and written medical communication in providing patient care and maintaining professional relationships with other members of the health care team
  10. Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of imaging procedures
  11. Apply problem solving and critical thinking skills in the academic and clinical settings
  12. Support the profession’s Code of Ethics and comply with the professional Scope of Practice
  13. Demonstrate ARRT certification examination readiness
  14. Complete all attendance and punctuality requirements as defined by the Attendance Policy
  15. Pass all academic and clinical courses
  16. Complete all required clinical competencies
  17. Complete 20 hours of community service
  18. Complete the exit interview