Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging:
at a glance

Credential(s) Earned

Graduate Certificate Program

Program Length

19 months PLEASE NOTE: Students are required to complete the program within 3 years upon acceptance to MRI Program.

Delivery Method

Part time

Start Date

May 2015 (Application Deadline: Feb 7th) & September 2015 (Application Deadline: June 15th 2015)

Apply Through

Directly to Michener

Career Opportunities

Employment options include hospitals, clinics and private sector education, sales and research. Graduates may apply for advanced standing at Ryerson University and have the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor and/or Masters degree of Applied Science (Medical Imaging) through distance education from Charles Sturt University.

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What is MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a procedure that creates images of the body using radio waves in conjunction with extremely powerful magnets. This non-invasive technique relies on the magnetic properties of atoms, rather than radiation that is used in many other imaging procedures.

What does an MRI Technologist do?

MRI technologists utilize their communication, patient care and collaborative skills to interact with patients and other members of the health care team. They are responsible to ascertain each individual’s safety in the MR environment before entering the magnetic field. MRI technologists utilize their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and the principles of MRI to safely and efficiently operate MRI scanners, assisting in the diagnosis of disease and injury. Effective MRI technologists are patient advocates who display reflective, responsible practice and have strong problem solving and technical skills.

Why become an MRI Technologist?

MRI technologists enjoy the challenges of working with new and emerging technologies.

  • MRI is an expanding and growing imaging modality
  • MRI technologists play a vital role within the diagnostic imaging team
  • New MRI units are currently being installed in hospitals and clinics. Competent MRI Technologists are in demand
  • Becoming an MRI technologist is a great opportunity to expand your skills within the Imaging field

What can I expect in the program?

The MRI Graduate Certificate program is a 19-month competency based program offered in a delivery mode designed with the working technologist in mind. You can continue working full-time while taking the didactic (theory) courses. The program finishes with a clinical semester. This requires full-time attendance at the clinical site.

  • Please note that your clinical placement must be completed within 20 months of starting the program.
  • The Distance program is web-based with weekly on-line chats with instructors and fellow classmates. Attendance at Michener is required one weekend in the second semester as well as for the first week of the clinical semester. Exam dates are to be determined by the beginning of each semester. Students living within 100 km of Michener must attend Michener to sit the exams. Students living at a distance greater than 100 km from Michener may arrange for their exams to be proctored.

Start Date

**Two separate start dates for 2014** Applications will be considered for the affiliated start date only (see application deadlines). Start dates are: May 2014, September 2014.

**Two separate start dates for 2015** Applications will be considered for the affiliated start date only (see application deadlines). Start dates are: May 2015, September 2015.

Admission Requirements

A) Domestic applicants* must be certified and registered as a technologist in one of the following four disciplines:

  • Nuclear Medicine (RTNM)
  • Radiological Technology (RTT)
  • Radiation Therapy (RTR)
  • Ultrasound (RDMS) Please note: a RDCS certification does not meet the admission requirements to this program.


B) Internationally educated and trained applicants must meet the following requirement:

  • Internationally educated medical radiation technologist (IEMRT)


*Graduates of the joint Michener-University of Toronto Medical Radiation Sciences (MRS) program applying to the MRI program:

Please apply for any exemptions from any MRI courses that you have successfully completed at the time of application using the EXEMPTION FORM. Exemptions requested after applying to the program will not be considered. Approval of exemptions is at the discretion of the program. Challenge exams may be required.

In addition, students who are granted exemption(s) will NOT be “fast-tracked.” They will be in the cohort that they applied to and will be inserted into the program where they need to resume.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 7, 2015 for the May 2015 Intake

What will I learn?

The MRI Graduate Certificate program is a comprehensive, learner-centered program that provides the knowledge and skills necessary to competently perform MRI procedures and operate MRI scanners.

  • Enhance your patient care skills and your working knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy
  • Practice MRI safety guidelines and screening procedures
  • Perform MRI procedures
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to recognize abnormalities on the resultant image

For more detailed course information, visit the MRI Curriculum Page.

Tuition Fees

MRI Course Fees for September 2014 to August 2015

A $25 fee applies for a replacement Contrast Injection Certificate.

Note: Fees are subject to change.

To ensure that you are registering for the correct course for your cohort, please refer to the model route that represents when you started the program.


May 2013 Model Route:
September 2013 Model Route:
May 2014 Model Route:
September 2014 Model Route:
May 2015 Model Route:


Fall 2014 (September 2 to December 12, 2014)

MRMR 251 Methodology II $800
CLMR 251 Clinical practicum $3,302
MRMR 241 Methodology I $1,000
PCMR 121 Patient Care, Safety and Professionalism $934
PAMR 120 Introduction to Anatomy and Pathology $934
PHMR 110 Physics of MRI $934


Winter 2015 (January 5 to April 24, 2015)

MRMR 251 Methodology II $800
CLMR 251 Clinical Practicum $3,302
APMR 130 Cross Sectional Anatomy and Physiology $934
PCMR 121 Patient Care, Safety and Professionalism $934
PAMR 120 Introduction to Anatomy and Pathology $934


Summer 2015 (May 4 to July 24, 2015)

MRMR 241 Methodology I $1,000
APMR 130 Cross Sectional Anatomy and Physiology $934
PHMR 110 Physics of MRI $934



Clinical Education

Length:            14 weeks

Start:                September or January

End:                  December or April

You will be assigned to clinical placement site(s) through Michener’s Office for Clinical Education. This process begins with an information session in the first year of your program.

As clinical education is a major component of all Michener programs, our affiliated clinical sites are integral to your education. They include teaching and community hospitals as well as  private clinics primarily in Ontario. Working closely under the supervision of MRI Technologists, you will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills into practice during the clinical phase of your program. Clinical placements give you hands-on experience in work environments and the opportunity to network with potential employers.

You may be placed in more than one clinical site during your clinical placement period, based on the required clinical competencies for your program and the range of services at the clinical sites.

Clinical partner sites are subject to change, therefore, specific geographic regions may not be available at the time of your placement; other regions may be added. Please note that when you accept a seat in the program, you also accept to go to any of the program’s affiliated clinical sites available at the time of your placement.


The Magnetic Resonance Imaging program is a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) accredited program and has achieved a six year accreditation status. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that programs enable their students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as competent health practitioners for the benefit of all Canadians. Accreditation, an external validation of program quality, is the public recognition that an educational program has met national standards (CMA). Graduating from an accredited program means that:

  • your education has met national standards
  • your program has patient care and student welfare at the forefront
  • your education is relevant to current medical practice
  • you have access to professional registration
  • you have attained the competencies required for entry to practice
  • your education is recognized by employers and the public
  • you have greater mobility as a health science practitioner