Online Classes: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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Start your career as a MRI technology expert in the medical imaging field

The online Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) credit certificate program offers students a plan of study that provides fundamental didactic training on the essentials of magnetic resonance imaging.

Program Overview

Course goals and objectives are based on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) MR post-primary certification exam content specifications. The program goal is to provide students with focused instruction to expand their technical knowledge in MR, with a supporting objective of preparing students for the ARRT post-primary certification exam in MR*.

*Clinical repetitions are required to apply for ARRT MR certification. The MR Credit Certificate does NOT incorporate a clinical practicum. However, for those with experience in MR, the credit certificate fulfills all ARRT Structured Education requirements.

Program At A Glance

Spring Start (January)

part-time option only

14% career growth

expected from 2016 to 2026


estimated salary for MRI Technologist


A student that completes the MR Credit Certificate program will be able to:

  • Indicate anatomy in various sectional imaging planes.
  • Explain the physical principles, system components, and the image formation process for MR.
  • Describe MR imaging protocols.
  • Identify safety concerns associated with MRI.

Pathway 1

A student must have the following:

  • Certification in Radiography or Radiation Therapy by the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT); or Certification in Nuclear Medicine Technology by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB); or Certification in Sonography by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS); AND
  • Associate’s degree in related field.

Pathway 2

A student must be currently enrolled in Mercy College of Ohio’s Radiologic Technology Program.

  • A student will be eligible to enroll in his/her third semester of the Radiologic Technology Program
  • A student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher at Mercy College of Ohio.
  • Note: Certificate will not be conferred until after graduating from the Radiologic Technology Program.

To qualify for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate students must complete all of the following program requirements:

Required Courses Credit Hours

Complete All of the Following Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
IMG 310 Sectional Anatomy for Medical Imaging 3
IMG 430 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 3
IMG 440 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Applications 3
IMG 445 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Safety 3

Sample program of study for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate.

Curriculum effective Fall 2021. For students enrolled prior to Fall 2021, please reference the Mercy College catalog.

Career Outlook

Employment Growth

According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Overall employment of MRI technologists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions that require imaging as a diagnostic tool.

Hospitals will be a primary employer for radiologic technologists, however, employment is predicted to grow rapidly in diagnostic imaging centers, clinics and physician offices by 2020.

Salary Range

Estimated salary for MRI Technologist: $74,690

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