Program Overview

California State University at Northridge offers a Certificate of Advanced Professional Development in Magnetic Resonance Imaging for students interested in careers in the utilization of MRI technology. Students will learn about the fundamental aspects of radiogenic physics that take part in imaging technology as they develop their understanding of the principles and procedures behind medical imaging. Through the program, they will have an opportunity to apply their education in a clinical setting where they will work for an approved MRI imaging center and learn through experience matters of patient positioning, manipulation of exposure factors, image analysis, and methods of patient care.

Students will study theoretical and practical applications of magnetic resonance imaging technology and learn techniques needed to perform cross-sectional analysis of areas of the body. The curriculum consists of 4 classes which translate to 44.5 clinical education units of classes which include cross-sectional anatomy, cross-sectional pathology, magnetic resonance imaging, and magnetic resonance imaging clinical education.

Students who successfully complete the certificate program will have proven their mastery of the concepts of cross-sectional anatomy scanning with the use of advanced imaging techniques, such as computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasonography, and to demonstrate understanding of the principles of cross-sectional pathology, specifically the recognition of disease processes in anatomy as well as identifying the radiographic appearance of specific diseases; specifically for the purpose of selecting proper modalities and determining the need for repeat imaging in different situations.

Lastly, students will be expected to demonstrate understanding of the applied physics and imaging techniques utilized in clinical magnetic resonance imaging as well as understanding of the instrumentation, mechanisms of contracts and image formation, sources of artifacts, and advanced imaging techniques.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Students must have a diploma or a degree from an accredited Radiologic Technology or Nuclear Medicine program.

    School Overview

    California State University, Northridge is a public university located in Los Angeles, California in the San Fernando Valley that was established in 1958. Formerly San Fernando Valley State College, this school originated as the first satellite campus of California State University. In 1972, the University changed its name to the current name, California State University, Northridge. CSUN has nine colleges, offering undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, several education degrees, and a DPT degree.


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