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Magnetic Resonance Imaging Qualification Certificate

Enroll Now! Start July 2024

Become a Student

If you are an MRI technologist currently working in the field and interested in becoming a registered MRI tech, it’s easier than ever to get started

Smith Chason College offers a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Qualification Certificate program that can be completed in a matter of months, allowing you to grow your knowledge and become eligible to take the ARRT (MR) registry exam.

What to Expect

  • Multiple Start Dates in A Year
  • 9-Month Program
  • Hands-On Learning in Offsite MRI clinics
  • ARRT (MR) Registry Preparation
  • Hybrid Courses (Online Lecture, In-Person Labs & Clinicals)
  • 3 months of Externship Experience
  • Applicants must be a non-registered MRI Technologist or a ARRT Credentialed Technologist
  • Ideal for applicants looking for formal education to help them sit for the Advanced‐Level ARRT MRI exam
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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.

Through classroom lectures and hands-on experience, including an externship, students in our Magnetic Resonance Imaging Qualification Certificate program will learn:

  • MRI Cross-Sectional Anatomy
  • MRI Physics, Safety, Bio-Effects
  • MRI Pathophysiology
  • 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
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 6.5
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

Program Objectives:

Graduates of the certificate Magnetic Resonance Imaging Qualification Certificate Program will:

  1. Conduct screening of patients for MRI exams following all MRI safety requirements and patient care procedures as Level II MR personnel.
  2. Perform MRI imaging procedures utilizing appropriate patient, technical and procedural, evaluation skills.
  3. Choose appropriate imaging parameters, contrast, and options to optimize MRI image quality.
  4. Integrate knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy and patient set-up utilizing correct imaging planes to properly visualize anatomy and pathology.
  5. Demonstrate essential knowledge, skills, and abilities required to apply and sit for nationally recognized certification exam 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.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Qualification Certificate (MRQCP) applicants must also qualify by one of the following criteria:

ARRT Credentialed Technologist: Provide proof of graduation from an accredited medical imaging program and possess a current Certification and Registration through ARRT by holding ARRT Credential in one or more of following categories/disciplines:

  • Radiography (R): R.T.(R)(ARRT)
  • Sonography (S): R.T.(S)(ARRT) and/or RDMS
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology (N): R.T.(N)(ARRT) and/or NMTCB
  • Radiation Therapy (T): R.T.(T)(ARRT)

MRI Technologist: Be a non-registered MRI Technologist who has graduated from an associate degree program (or higher) and meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • MRI associate degree (or higher) from an educational institution not approved by ARRT at time of graduation
  • Three failed attempts of the ARRT Certification and Registration Examination for MRI Program
  • Did not apply for ARRT Certification and Registration Examination exam within three years of graduation from MRI Program

MRI Qualification Certificate applicants must meet with the Program Director prior to enrollment in the program and provide proof of completion/transcripts of the associate (or other) degree. All applicants’ obtained degrees-USA based or international-must be acceptable by ARRT. International applicants holding one of the categories must provide evaluated transcripts by an USA-based International Credential evaluation agency approved by ARRT for program and PD review.

Entrance Exam 

All applicants for the MRI Qualification Certificate 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 the Smith Chason College School of Nursing on our Admissions Page.

  • STEP 01

    Connect with an admissions advisor

  • STEP 02

    Study and register for your entrance exam

  • STEP 03

    Start your educational journey