How long does it take to become a MRI technician?

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How long does it take to become a MRI technician?

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It can take approximately two an a half years, two years to earn an associate's degree, fourteen weeks to complete an MRI educational program, and four weeks to receive certification after passing a certification exam.

For certification, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) requires an associate's degree or higher, as well as meeting ethical standards (the application for certification will include questions regarding criminal background and whether a certification board or disciplinary board has placed sanctions on you). It also requires completing an ARRT-approved educational program in the sought discipline, then passing an exam. An example of an ARRT-approved educational program is Arkansas State University's Magnetif Resonance Imaging program, which lasts fourteen months. After completing the program, and meeting the ethical requirements, you are eligible to take the ARRT's certification exam. After successfully completing the ARRT's certification exam, you should receive your score and certification within four weeks.

For more information about becoming an MRI technologist, check out this article: Become an MRI Technician: Education and Career Roadmap

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