Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging:
at a glance

Credential(s) Earned

Graduate Certificate Program

Program Length

68 weeks PLEASE NOTE: Students are required to complete the program and clinical placement within 3 years upon acceptance to MRI Program.

Delivery Method

Part time

Start Date

September 2018 (Application Deadline: June 15th 2018)

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.

Why the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program at The Michener Institute?

Graduates are eligible to write the Magnetic Resonance Imaging National Certification Examination conducted by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT). This certification is required to be eligible to work as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologist in most provinces.

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 during the first week of the clinical semester. Please note MRMR242 will have a compulsory lab component in the GTA. Students living more than 100km from Michener may complete their labs at a different site (but will be responsible for coordinating their own site).
  • 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. Please refer to the Distance Education and Part Time Examination Invigilation Policy for more details.

Start Date

Applications will be considered for the affiliated start date only (see application deadline). Start date is: September 2018.

Admission Requirements

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

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


B) Internationally educated and trained applicants must meet Internationally educated medical radiation technologist (IEMRT) requirements.


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

Please apply for transfers/exemptions from any MRI courses that you have successfully completed at the time of application using the EXEMPTION FORM.

  • Exemptions requested will only be considered if the course was taken within a three (3) year time period.
  • Exemptions 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: July 15, 2018 for the September 2018 start date

How do I apply?

Click for application instructions by program
International students follow a separate application process. Click here to view the International Admissions and Procedures

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 2017 to August 2018

Note: Fees are subject to change. Students will be responsible for any additional charges that may not have been included in the original student admission, such as the student activity fee, and if applicable, invigilation fees.  Please note, tuition/course fees are subject to change and students are responsible for any increase as noted in the invoice.

For Domestic  Tuition fees, click here
For International Tuition fees, click here


Clinical Education

Length:            15 weeks*

Start:                January

End:                  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.

*First week mandatory attendance at The Michener Institute is required for clinical readiness (regardless of residential address, all students commencing clinical MUST attend).


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