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Magnetic Resonance Imaging - Advanced Placement

Curriculum Description

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) curriculum prepares students to become MRI technologist and skilled health care professionals that are trained to use magnetic energy fields to produce images of the human body.

Course work includes clinical rotations, imaging fundamentals, MRI physics, procedures, anatomy, pathology, patient care, and imaging ethics and law, in a medical environment. Students should be able to demonstrate all functional areas related to the magnetic resonance imaging field.

Graduates of accredited programs may be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ (ARRT) national examination for certification and registration as MRI technologists. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices, government agencies, and research.

The following represents one way in which the diploma can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.


NC CIP: 51.0920
POS Approved: Fall 2020

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
IMG 130 Imaging Ethics & Law 3 0 0 3
MRI 213 MRI Patient Care & Safety 2 0 0 2
MRI 216 MRI Instrumentation 2 0 0 2
MRI 250 MRI Clinical Ed I 0 0 12 4
  Total: 7 0 12 11

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MRI 214 MRI Procedures I 2 0 0 2
MRI 217 MRI Physics I 2 0 0 2
MRI 241 MRI Anatomy & Path I 2 0 0 2
MRI 260 MRI Clinical Ed II 0 0 21 7
  Total: 6 0 21 13

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MRI 215 MRI Procedures II 2 0 0 2
MRI 218 MRI Physics II 2 0 0 2
MRI 242 MRI Anatomy & Path II 2 0 0 2
MRI 270 MRI Clinical Ed III 0 0 24 8
MRI 271 MRI Capstone 1 0 0 1
  Total: 7 0 24 15

Total Credit Hours: 39

Additional Information

Advanced Placement into the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program is available to graduates of Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography or Radiation Therapy programs accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, or Nuclear Medicine. Students must maintain current certification in their respective primary registries prior to admission and throughout the duration of the program. 

Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screening
Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/or state registry and/or licensure boards may prohibit
eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on