MRI1 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Specialist, Technical Certificate of Credit

Offered at the Henry Site

Program Entrance Term: Fall
Minimum Length of Program: 2 terms
Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 24

Program Description

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technical certificate program provides educational opportunities to the post-graduate registered Radiologic Technologist, registered Radiation Therapist, registered Sonographer, and registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist in good standing. It provides students with the knowledge needed to perform MRI exams, and to sit for the Post-Primary Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Certification Examination. The academic component is designed to meet competency requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), as well as providing for continuing educational requirements.


College Admission Requirements: 

Prospective students entering all degree, diploma and certificate programs must do all of the following: 

Program Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed College and Allied Health Applications together with applicable fee(s)
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Submit HESI A2 exam scores – students must score a minimum of a 60 for program admission
  • Meet assessment requirements
  • Must be registered and in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
  • Allied Health Application submitted no later than one month following the end of spring semester

If a student transfers from another Magnetic Resonance Imaging Specialist Program, 50% of the program must be taken at SCTC.


Applicants are accepted into the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Specialist Program fall semester (August). Applicants must submit current HESI A2 Examination (HOAE) scores along with the Allied Health Application and current ARRT card. Should there be more qualified students competing than available spaces, candidates are admitted based on the results of the HESI A2 Exam for program entrance. Spaces are filled from the highest score downward until the maximum enrollment total has been reached. The student’s program application date will break any tie. Application date is defined as the date when the student completed the Allied Health Application. HESI A2 scores cannot be more than one year old at the time of program application. The HESI A2 can only be taken twice within the calendar year. Program faculty recommend students take the examination at Southern Crescent Technical College. It is administered in the Community Service Building and the results are accessed online by program faculty. The HESI A2 schedule of dates and times is located online at The student will be responsible for notifying program faculty, or his/her intent to compete, by completing the Allied Health Application no later than one month following the end of the spring semester and HESI A2 Exam results have been submitted. Program faculty will NOT accept late submissions of Allied Health Applications or HESI A2 Exam results. If the student is not accepted and wishes to re-compete the following year, the student must resubmit a new Allied Health Application and new HESI A2 Exam results. Allied Health Applications are available on the Southern Crescent Technical College website at is NO waiting list!

The College accepts credit from the College Board's College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). A grade of EXP is assigned for awarded CLEP credit. Quality points are not awarded for CLEP, therefore, courses with CLEP credit are not calculated into the GPA during the competitive admissions process.

During the first term of the program and prior to the start of clinical, each student is required to complete an online drug screen/background check through Advantage Students. The student must also submit a current copy of an American Heart Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

NOTE: Grading standards for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Specialist courses are very stringent. For students to progress to the next course of study, a minimum grade of “C” must be achieved in every MRIM course. Students must also maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program.

Readmission Policy

Readmission Policy If a student withdraws for any reason, the student may be allowed to re-enter the program the following year at the point in which the student withdrew from the program unless the student withdraws prior to the completion of the first semester of the program. This courtesy is extended only once. Upon readmission into the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Specialist Program, the student must prove content retention and complete additional requirements as deemed necessary by the program faculty. Readmission will be based on available space within the classroom and clinical sites. For more information, please refer to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Specialist Program Handbook.

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks

Equipment/supplies (approx.) $100
Uniforms (approx.) $200
Liability Insurance $ 20
Medical Fees (approx.) $400
Registry Application Fee $200
Graduation Fees $75 

NOTE: A student who has been or becomes convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be accepted into the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Specialist Program as long as there are program clinical affiliates that will allow that student in for rotations. However, such a conviction may cause a student to be ineligible to take the national examination. Permission to sit for the national examination rests solely with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). If a student is concerned about qualifying to take the ARRT examination because of the student’s record, the student may choose to prequalify by visiting the ARRT website,, before starting the core classes or the program. The student should also notify the program faculty prior to starting the program to ensure there are clinical sites that will allow the student to rotate through to meet clinical requirements.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

Contact Us

Tiffany Whitley, M.S.R.S., RT(R)(MR), Program Coordinator


Phone: 770.229.3225


Program Courses

First Term

MRIM 2300Orientation and Introduction to MRI


MRIM 2320MRI Procedures and Cross Sectional Anatomy


MRIM 2350Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical Education I


Second Term

MRIM 2330MRI Physics and Instrumentation


MRIM 2360Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical Education II


MRIM 2370MRI Review