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Academic Associate of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Enroll Now! Start July 2024

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Diagnostic medical imaging has emerged as a vital tool for preventing, diagnosing, and treating medical conditions and diseases.

The advent of diagnostic medical imaging has given us an important tool when it comes to preventing, diagnosing, and treating medical conditions and diseases. It’s given us a way to look inside patients’ bodies and monitor their health without the need for invasive procedures like exploratory surgery. You can be a part of this fast-growing, in-demand career field with the Academic Associate of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging from Smith Chason College.

What to Expect

  • Multiple Start Dates in A Year
  • 21-Month Program
  • Hands-On Learning in Offsite MRI clinics
  • ARRT and ARMRIT Registry Preparation
  • Hybrid Courses (Online Lecture, In-Person Labs & Clinicals)
  • 6 months of Externship Experience
  • No Prerequisites Required
  • Programmatically Accredited by ARMRIT
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We are a true partner in your journey to becoming part of the medical imaging profession.

For over 25 years, the founders of Smith Chason College have made it our mission to produce graduates who display academic excellence with the highest levels of integrity.

At Smith Chason, our associate degree in MRI uses a combination of teaching methods and techniques, including online classes, in-person lectures, hands-on education in lab settings, and externship experience. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging program includes coursework on:


  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • MRI Cross-Sectional Anatomy
  • MRI Fundamentals of Medical Imaging
  • MRI Physics, Safety, Bio-Effects
  • MRI Pathophysiology
  • How to operate MRI scanners
  • How to perform MRI pulse sequences to optimize image contrast
  • Identify pathologies seen on MRI scans
  • Demonstrate entry-level clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the care of patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging procedures
  • A commitment to ethics and professionalism
  • Get hands-on learning throughout the program at offsite MRI clinics and labs

At Smith Chason College, our commitment to comprehensive education extends beyond the classroom. Through our externship and clinical programs, we seamlessly integrate theoretical knowledge with practical experience, empowering our students to thrive in their respective fields. Collaborating with esteemed hospitals and clinics nationwide, we offer unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning under the guidance of experienced mentors. Whether aspiring to become proficient sonographers, MRI technologists, nurses, or healthcare professionals, our students gain invaluable real-life experience, ensuring they emerge as exceptional practitioners prepared to meet the demands of their chosen profession. 

These immersive experiences are typically conducted toward the end of the program, allowing students to apply their accumulated knowledge in real-world settings. Moreover, these opportunities often serve as a gateway to potential job opportunities, enabling students to forge connections and establish themselves within their chosen field even before graduation. At Smith Chason College, we believe in equipping our students with not only the requisite skills but also the practical experience and industry connections necessary for a successful career in healthcare. 

Course Name Course # Lecture Hours Lab/Externship Hours Credit Hours
Algebra I ALG201 30 0 3.0
Anatomy and Physiology I AP100 75 0 7.5
Anatomy and Physiology II AP200 75 0 7.5
Oral Communication OCOM201 30 0 3.0
Written Communication WCOM201 30 0 3.0
Medical Terminology MT200 48 0 3.0
MRI Fundamentals of Medical Imaging Patient Care FMIS101 54 0 4.0
MRI Fundamentals of Medical Imaging Clinical Lab FMIS101L 0 54 2.5
MRI Fundamentals of Medical Imaging Patient Ethics FMIS102 54 0 4.0
MRI Fundamentals of Medical Imaging Physics FMIS103 24 0 1.5
MRI Fundamentals of Medical Imaging Informatics FMIS104 24 0 1.5
MRI Fundamentals of Medical Imaging EKG, CIEDs and Monitoring Devices FMIS105 40 0 2.5
MRI Cross Sectional Anatomy Lecture MXAN201 96 0 7.0
MRI Cross Sectional Anatomy Laboratory MXAN201L 0 120 6.0
MRI Physics, Safety, Bio-effects Lecture MPHY101 96 0 7.0
MRI Physics, Safety, Bio-effects Laboratory MPHY101L 0 120 6.0
MRI Pathophysiology I MPATH101 48 0 3.5
MRI Pathophysiology II MPATH201 48 0 3.5
Externship I (MRI) EXTM201 0 500 16.5
Externship II (MRI) EXTM202 0 500 16.5

Program Objectives:

  1. Conduct screening of patients for MRI exams following all MRI safety requirements and patient care procedures as Level II MR personnel.
  2. Determine patient specific care and education needs by interpreting physicians’ orders for MRI exams.
  3. Perform MRI imaging procedures utilizing appropriate patient, technical and procedural, evaluation skills.
  4. Apply legal aspects of patients’ rights and laws governing patient care in practice.
  5. Choose appropriate imaging parameters, contrast, and options to optimize MRI image quality.
  6. Integrate knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy and patient set-up utilizing correct imaging planes to properly visualize anatomy and pathology.
  7. Demonstrate essential knowledge, skills, and abilities required to apply and sit for nationally recognized certification exams and registration.

Class schedules are subject to change. Students will be notified of any change prior to the start of the quarter. Not all schedules are available at all campuses. Speak to an admissions representative to learn more about which schedules are available for your requested start date.


  • Mornings: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Evenings: Monday through Friday, 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM


  • Saturday – Sunday, 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Friday – May be required

All applicants must meet the Smith Chason College General Admissions Requirements and pass the entrance exam to be eligible for enrollment.

Entrance Exam  

All applicants for the Associates MRI program must pass the Wonderlic entrance exam with a minimum passing score of 21 at all College campuses.

Prepare for Your Future at Smith Chason

Our dedicated healthcare professionals are always ready to impart their knowledge towards your development. At Smith Chason College WCUI School of Medical Imaging, we’re committed to ensuring your education continues seamlessly, empowering you with the essential knowledge and skills to stand alongside them.

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    Campus Ultrasound Labs

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    Offsite Externship and MRI Lab Experience

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    Sit for Your Registries

Take the next step

Find the information you need to apply to Smith Chason College on our Admissions Page.

  • STEP 01

    Connect with an admissions advisor

  • STEP 02

    Register for your entrance exam

  • STEP 03

    Start your educational journey