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MRI Science Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

A number of options for training exist in magnetic resonance (MRI) imaging science. Students can pursue training through standalone, post-associate's certificate programs or as a concentration in radiologic technology bachelor's degree programs at colleges and universities.

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology is used in hospitals and clinics to map and produce images of the body. Images are then viewed by a physician for diagnosis. Check out the following information before making a decision about where to go to college or whether you would like to attend a two- or four-year program, or earn a certificate.

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Schools with MRI Science Programs

This chart lists a number of schools with degree programs offering MRI education as part of a broader radiology program, or certificate programs specific to MRI science.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Tuition and fees (2015-2016)**
California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,569 in-state, $17,729 out-of-state
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 4-year, Public Certificate $7,632 in-state, $21,432 out-of-state
University of Iowa Iowa City, IO 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,104 in-state, $27,890 out-of-state
University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,071 in-state, $21,302 out-of-state
Weber State University Ogden, UT 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's $5,321 in-state, $14,235 out-of-state
Boise State University Boise, ID 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,876 in-state, $20,926 out-of-state
Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC 2-year, Public Associate's $2,025 in-state, $6,631 out-of-state
Washburn University Topeka, KS 4-year, Public Associate's $6,350 in-state, $14,222 out-of-state

Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

Here are some points to consider when looking for MRI science schools:

  • It's important that the school has industry-standard equipment, such as a high resolution scanning electron microscope (HRSEM).
  • Students should ensure that the MRI science program he or she enters is approved by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
  • Students wishing to advance in the occupation can look for a college that also provides training in mammography, computed tomography scanning or bone densitometry.
  • Associate's and bachelor's-level degree programs set you up for different types of careers and advancement opportunities. Try to consider your career goals when choosing a program type.

To recap, MRI science is often a part of a radiology degree program, which exist at the associate's, bachelor's and master's levels. You might also choose to obtain a certificate in MRI science in particular. There are schools offering MRI science programs across the country, all of which will prepare you to use medical imaging technology to assist a physician in diagnosis.

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