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RCBC Launches NJ's First Magnetic Resonance Credit-Based Certificate Program in Fall

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This fall, Rowan College at Burlington County is starting the first magnetic resonance (MR) credit-based program in New Jersey for technologists who are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and want to advance their career by becoming trained in MR.

“As the medical field advances, there is a greater and greater demand for MRI scans and professionals who are credentialed to administer them,” said Rowan College at Burlington County President Paul Drayton. “Rowan College at Burlington County’s new Health Sciences division already includes some of the most successful healthcare programs in the state and we continue to add relevant training in this critically important field.”

To help meet the workforce demands of an evolving healthcare industry, Rowan College at Burlington County created the new magnetic resonance certificate program in its radiography department and is elevating the former Allied Health programs to a new division called Health Sciences, which will be led by Dean Dr. Sandra Quinn.

“Magnetic resonance imaging is extremely important in the medical world as it is an accurate and noninvasive method to examine the inside of the human body,” said Dr. Quinn.

Health care professionals use MRI scans to diagnose a variety of conditions, from torn ligaments to tumors and cysts. Magnetic resonance imaging technologists perform the scans using radiofrequencies within a magnetic field to produce images of bones, organs, and soft tissue. They also prepare and administer contrast agents to obtain some images.

“The MR certificate program is geared toward working technologists who want the academic, clinical and professional knowledge they need to pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists magnetic resonance examination and become certified in magnetic resonance,” said Elizabeth Price, RCBC Director of Radiologic Sciences. “Our program is ahead of the curve because this training will soon be required for certification in magnetic resonance.”

The MR certificate program is offered in the evenings in a hybrid format, meaning both face-to-face instruction and online courses. Twenty-eight weeks of program courses will be coupled with 135 hours of hands-on clinical education.

Applications for the fall semester are being accepted through Tuesday, Aug. 25. For more information or to apply, please visit www.bcc.edu/magnetic-resonance. Students must hold the credentials of ARRT RT(R) and submit a completed application with a recommendation from their supervisor or current program director.