Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Do you enjoy working with people in a job that’s different every day? Are you already in a medical profession and looking to further your career with valued credentials?

Take a look at El Centro’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program — it’s a challenging, multifaceted program that trains you to be a highly qualified MRI technician.

What Does an MRI Technologist Do?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive imaging specialty within the field of radiologic technology. An MRI technologist takes detailed pictures of a patient’s internal structures with a sophisticated machine that uses magnetism and radio frequency energy to create a 3-D scan. Those scans are read by radiologists, who give the reports to patients’ physicians to help diagnose conditions that may not be possible with other imaging methods. MRI is a field with direct patient contact as well as research.

MRI At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following MRI jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

Why Is This a Good Career Bet?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy – nearly one-third of the total increase – through 2024. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs listed by CareerOneStop are in health care occupations.

For jobs requiring at least an associate degree, CareerOneStop lists MRI technologist as number 13 in its 39 fastest-growing occupations.

Adding MRI as an imaging specialty can improve job opportunities for all kinds of radiologic technologists.

See more about careers in MRI.

MRI at a Glance

Looking for a quick overview of the MRI program? Take a look at MRI at a Glance for a short summary of what an MRI technologist does.

Degrees or Certificates in MRI

El Centro College

The MRI program is offered exclusively at El Centro College among colleges of DCCCD.

El Centro’s program is the only MRI associate degree program in the DFW area and the only one in the upper third of Texas. Its program has a 100% pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technology registry exams, one of only seven community college programs in the U.S. and Canada with a perfect pass rate.

See all degree and certificate options.

HB 1508 Notice

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