Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Certificate Program

Minimum graduation requirements — 15 semester hours

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate Program offers advanced training for radiologic technologists. Upon completion of the certificate, graduates will be prepared to take the national ARRT certification exam.

Program Notes:

    • This is a selective admissions program — applicants must be ARRT certified in Radiologic Technology.  Contact Tammy Cox at for more information regarding admission, progression, and graduation.
    • Clinical sites must be approved before enrolling into XMR 217. Clinical sites must be Joint Commission accredited and the clinical mentor must be an ARRT certified technologist in MRI.
    • XCT 212 and XCT 214 qualify for both CT and MRI certificates. Students taking those courses for the MRI certificate who then pursue the CT certificate within five years will not need to repeat the courses.
    • Students are required to keep a 2.0 minimum GPA and a C or higher in all XMR and XCT courses.
    • XMR 211, XCT 212, and XCT 214 are 8-week accelerated online courses.

Suggested Sequence

Summer-1st semester: XMR 211
Fall-2nd semester: XMR 217
Spring-3rd semester: XCT 212 (first 8 weeks), XCT 214 (second 8 weeks)

Required Program Courses (credit hours)    

XMR 211    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3)
XCT  212    Sectional Pathology (3)
XCT  214    Patient Care (3)
XMR 217    MRI Clinical (6)
Total Semester Credit Hours (15)

Course Descriptions

XMR 211 Magnetic Resonance Imaging 3-0-3

MRI imaging history, physics, and system operational components. Image acquisition, display, reconstruction, and quality control. Online course. Prerequisite: ARRT primary certification.  Su

XMR 217 MRI Clinical 0-40-6

Students will perform MRI imaging procedures based on previous coursework and clinical objectives. Prerequisite: ARRT primary certification.  S

XCT 212 Sectional Pathology 3-0-3

Sectional imaging procedures and pathology commonly found in CT and MRI. Online course. Prerequisites: ARRT primary certification and XCT 210.  F, S

XCT 214 Patient Care 3-0-3

Patient care for CT and MRI imaging, pharmacological classification, documentation, and administration of contrast agents and related drug administration. Online course. Prerequisites: ARRT primary certification, XCT 210 or XMR 211, and XCT 212. F