MRI professionals use radio and magnetic frequencies to create images of internal organs in order to assist physicians with diagnosing illnesses and/or medical conditions. Programs are available at the certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree levels.
Schools with Magnetic Resonance Imaging Programs
The following schools offer magnetic resonance imaging programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Casa Loma College - Van Nuys||Van Nuys, California||2-year, Private||Associate's||$35,772|
|Casper College||Casper, Wyoming||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $3,072 In-state
|Lake Michigan College||Benton Harbor, Michigan||4-year, Public|| Certificate
| $4,500 In-district
$6,345 In-state and Out-of-state
|St. Luke's College||Sioux City, Iowa||4-year, Private||Associate's||$20,440|
|Southern Crescent Technical College||Griffin, Georgia||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $2,842 In-state
|Grand Rapids Community College||Grand Rapids, Michigan||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $3,051 In-district
|MCPHS University||Boston, Massachusetts||4-year, Private|| Certificate
|Galveston College||Galveston, Texas||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $2,050 In-district
|Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College||Orangeburg, South Carolina||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $4,466 In-district
Source: *NCES College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
MRI technology programs generally require students to first acquire certification in the radiology field, which can include nuclear medicine, radiation therapy or radiography. Besides deciding on the type of degree to pursue and ensuring that they meet previous education requirements, aspiring MRI students will want to consider the following:
- In some states, MRI professionals must be licensed or certified, so students should seek accredited programs that prepare them for their state or American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) credentialing exam.
- The admission process for MRI programs is highly selective and usually favors those with previous experience or relevant education. Students with fewer credentials may want to look at less selective schools.
- Students should weigh the length of time it will take to complete a program with the instruction it provides. Some certificate programs may be completed in less than a year if taken full time; associate's and bachelor's programs take two and four years to complete, respectively, and include more opportunities for practical experience.
Certificate programs can take 26-52 weeks complete, with clinical hours ranging from 312-1,000. All certificate programs require students to be previously certified by the ARRT.
Associate's Degree Programs
Though some associate's degree programs accept students right out of high school, many require students to have obtained ARRT certification. Students should research a program's prerequisites before applying. Typically, these programs are two years in length and are highly selective. Some programs only admit 8-10 students per year.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Many Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science (B.S.R.S.) in Magnetic Resonance Imaging degree programs require students to have an associate's degree and to be registered with the ARRT to be admitted. A bachelor's degree program in MRI technology may also be a postbaccalaureate program, requiring students to have a bachelor's degree for admittance. These programs usually require students to complete a clinical practicum to supplement their didactic courses.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) programs are commonly available at the certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree levels. These programs emphasize principles such as imaging procedures, sectional anatomy, physics and radiation safety.