Application Process


Magnetic Resonance Imaging Application Process

Before you proceed with the application process, we encourage you to read the Magnetic Resonance Imaging FAQ. If you need additional help, please contact us.

Applicants must be enrolled in Austin Community College. Click here for more information. Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to a Health Sciences program.

To be eligible for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Advanced Technical Certificate program, the student must meet the Technical Standards required by the program as well as one of the following criteria:

  1. Must carry a primary current certification in one of these areas:
    • Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT)
    • Nuclear Medicine R.T. (N) (ARRT or NMTCB)
    • Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT)
    • Sonography (RDMS)
    • Applicants with non-ARRT credentials, such as RDMS or NMTCB need to personally contact the ARRT for eligibility verification. The ARRT will determine if your primary license and school program meets the eligibility requirements for post-primary certification in MRI.
  2. Must be a diagnostic medical imaging student in the final semester of an accredited Radiologic Technology, Sonography, Nuclear Medicine, or Radiation Therapy program.
    • Candidates must submit a letter from their Program Director with their application and pass their primary registry on the first attempt or be withdrawn.
    • If you are currently enrolled in a diagnostic medical imaging program at ACC or another college or university, it is possible to apply to the ACC Magnetic Resonance Imaging program before you graduate. For more info, see the “Special Notes” section at the bottom of this page.
  3. Must be a recent graduate from an accredited Radiologic Technology, Sonography, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy program.
    • Candidates must submit a letter from their Program Director with their application and pass their primary registry on the first attempt or be withdrawn from the program. See the “Special Notes” section below for letter content instructions.

New students are accepted into the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program in the Fall. If the deadline ends on a weekend or holiday, the due date will end on the next business day.

The application deadline for Fall admission is June 15 at 5 p.m..

MRI courses can be taken for credit or through Continuing Education. Click here to view the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Advanced Technical Certificate Plan.

ALL Applicants:

  1. Must meet requirements outlined in the “Eligibility” section above.
  2. Obtain official transcripts for coursework taken at any schools other than ACC.
  3. Create or update resume.

For DECLARED Applicants

A declared applicant is a radiologic technologist who is not currently employed in MRI and needs both the didactic and clinical education components arranged by ACC to complete their ARRT post primary application.

  1. Get a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR Certification.
  2. View the MRI Program Information Session. Print and save the confirmation email when you reach the end of the session.
  3. Go to the CastleBranch website and click the link “Place Order.”
  4. Enter UL64im in the “Package Code” field. After entering your personal information, the system will prompt you to upload your 1-page immunization form for each of the four required immunizations. The cost to set up the account is $30.
  5. Next input code UL67im in the “Package Code” field. The system will prompt you to upload the following:
    • Information Session confirmation email, signed
    • Completed MRI Declared Major form
    • MRI Declared Student Patient Care Experience form
    • Copy of current ARRT certification card with registry in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, or Sonography, or letter from Program Director stating that you are in good standing or a recent graduate eligible to take the registry exam
    • Copy of current Texas Medical Board license (if applicable to discipline)
    • Updated Resume
    • Front and back copy of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS CPR certification)

Documents are approved when you receive a green check next to the requirement. All items must be approved in CastleBranch before an application will be accepted.

For UNDECLARED Applicants

An undeclared applicant is a radiologic technologist that may already be employed in the MRI field, or have made personal arrangements for clinical training. Undeclared means that only the didactic coursework is required.

  1. Undeclared applicants do not create a CastleBranch account.
  2. Complete the Undeclared Major form.
  3. Have employer complete the Undeclared Student MRI Experience Verification form.

ALL Applicants:

  1. Print and fill out the MRI program application.
  2. Submit your application to the Health Sciences Admissions Office by the deadline (or by the end of the next business day if it falls on a weekend or holiday):
    • Eastview Campus: 3401 Webberville Rd, Bldg. 8000, Rm 8356, Austin TX 78702
    • Round Rock Campus: 4400 College Park Dr., Bldg 3000, Rm 3105, Round Rock TX 78665

For DECLARED Applicants

  • You must get clearance from CastleBranch (green checks = clearance) before submitting your application.
  • Submit any official transcripts other than ACC, if applicable, with your paper application. No other supporting documents are required to be turned in with paper application.

Incomplete packets will not be processed and will be returned.

For UNDECLARED Applicants

Submit the following documents with your paper application. All items must be included with your application to be considered.

Incomplete packets will not be processed, and will be returned.

The MRI program has a limited number of program seats based on clinical site availability. In the event that the number of applicants exceeds the number of program seats an admissions ranking process will be initiated. A sample admission ranking process/formula can be found here.

  • Final ranking scores are arranged from the highest score to the lowest score and the top 10 applicants are offered a position in the program.
  • In the event someone declines a position or does not respond by the stated deadline, the program will offer the position to the applicant next in line in the ranking.

Offers of admission are emailed to the applicant immediately upon conclusion of the application review and (if applicable) the ranking process.

 

Provisional Admission Information for Declared Students

Admission to the MRI program for declared students is provisional until the following clinical requirements are met. Do not take action on these items until instructed by the department:

If you have concerns about events in your background, you may contact the Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator Lisa Enloe at (512) 223-5867 or lenloe@austincc.edu.

  • You are encouraged to visit the Magnetic Resonance Imaging FAQ page for more information on the program, eligibility, admission ranking process, clinical hours, etc.
  • Students interested in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program are advised to be diligent and proactive in routinely reviewing this website for updates to the application process and/or the degree plan and for department announcements.
  • Post primary credentialing information from the ARRT can be found here.
  • College credits can be applied to CEUs for the ARRT continuing education requirement.

Early Application for Current Diagnostic Imaging Students

If you are currently enrolled in a diagnostic medical imaging program at ACC or another college or university, it is possible to apply to the ACC Magnetic Resonance Imaging program before you graduate.

Instead of providing your TMB-GMRT (Texas Medical Board General Medical Radiologic Technologist) card and ARRT registry card, you will need a signed letter from the department chair of your program. The letter should indicate the following:

  • Student’s name
  • College or University name
  • Expected date of graduation
  • Contact information for the current educational program
  • State that you are in good standing and likely to graduate with your class
  • State that you are not currently on academic probation
  • State that you are not currently involved in any progressive disciplinary actions

ACC students can contact Sherry Niven at sherry.niven@austincc.edu for the letter.

Recent Graduates: Letter from Program Director Instructions

If a recent graduate from an accredited Radiologic Technology, Sonography, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy program, you must submit in lieu of your license/registry a letter from your Program Director on school letterhead with the following information:

  • Student’s name
  • Program name and degree earned
  • Date of graduation
  • Eligible to take registry exam

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