Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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Program at a glance:

Credential(s) Earned

Graduate Certificate Program

Program Length

19-month competency based program. Didactic: 4 semesters (12 weeks each, part-time); Clinical: 1 semester (15 weeks, full-time)

Delivery Method

Part time (Online)

Start Date

September 2020

Application Deadline

June 15, 2020

Career Opportunities

MRI Technologists find rewarding careers in clinical environments such as hospitals and independent health facilities.  Other career opportunities can be found in the areas of education, sales, applications, and research.


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

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program is a part-time program designed with the working medical radiation sciences professional in mind. All didactic courses are offered online, which allows students to continue to work in their current roles, wherever it is located. 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 Canada.

What is MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a procedure that creates images of the body using radio frequency waves in conjunction with extremely powerful magnets. This non-invasive technique relies on the magnetic properties of hydrogen 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. Effective MRI technologists are patient advocates who display reflective, responsible practice and have strong problem solving and technical skills. They are responsible for ensuring each individual’s safety in the MR environment before entering the magnetic field. MRI technologists utilize their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and the principles of MRI safety to efficiently operate MRI scanners.

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.  The didactic courses are delivered on a part-time basis so that students can continue to work during this time.  The clinical component takes place in the final semester and is full-time, starting with a readiness week at Michener, followed by a full-time clinical practicum for 14 weeks at a designated program-affiliated clinical site. This requires full-time attendance at the clinical site.

  • The didactic courses are delivered virtually, with weekly on-line sessions with instructors and fellow classmates. Each course has a schedule, with fixed start and end dates, structured deadlines, etc. that students will need to follow.  As part of the didactic courses, students are expected to participate in synchronous discussions online (typically held weekly, in the evening (Eastern Standard Time), 1-2 hours in duration). Exam dates are determined by the beginning of each semester for each didactic course. Exams may be in person or online, depending on the course.  For in person exams, 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 in person exams to be proctored closer to home. Please refer to the Offsite Examination and Invigilation Policy and Procedure for more details.
    • Please note in semester 4, the MRMR242 course currently has a compulsory lab component in the GTA. Students living more than 100km from Michener may complete this lab at a different site (but will be responsible for coordinating their own site).
  • Attendance at Michener is required during the first week of the clinical semester.

Admission Requirements

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In preparation for entry to the clinical practicum portion of the program, all MRI students need to demonstrate their eligibility to enter the MR environment as part of the mandatory Health and Safety Requirements. All applicants to the program are strongly encouraged to review the non-patient safety screening form to self identify whether they are eligible.

How do I apply?

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International students follow a separate application process. View the International Admissions and Procedures

In preparation for entry to the clinical practicum portion of the program, all MRI students need to demonstrate their eligibility to enter the MR environment as part of the mandatory Health and Safety Requirements. All applicants to the program are strongly encouraged to review the non-patient safety screening form to self identify whether they are eligible.


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

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.

Domestic  Tuition fees

International Tuition fees


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). ONLY students that have completed all Health Requirements documentation will be able to proceed to their clinical placement.


The Program is accredited by Accreditation Canada.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How many intakes does the MRI Program have?
A: We currently accept one intake annually, which takes place in September.

Q: MRS students have been offered in the past to bridge into the MRI Program, are we able to Fast Track into the program?
A: Students in the joint University of Toronto / Medical Radiation Sciences program who have successfully completed one or more MRI courses as selectives will be given the opportunity to apply for consideration to bridge into the program.  This is dependent on available capacity, etc.  Your offer of admission is conditional upon the following being satisfied by the deadlines indicated in the offer letter (typically by mid-August):
1. Successful graduation from your Medical Radiation Science program.
2. Successfully passing the licensing exam – You will be required to submit proof that you have passed the exam.

Q: What do I need to submit with my application?
A: Canadian Educated Applicants:

  • Official academic transcript
  • Certification/licensure in one of the following four disciplines: Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Radiological Technology or Sonography/Ultrasound
  • Supplementary Application Form (can be found at:

A: Internationally Educated Applicants:

Q: Will I be eligible for OSAP?
A:  Unfortunately, no – Although MRI students are full-time during clinical, they are not eligible for OSAP as the program as a whole is considered part-time.

Q: I am in another program, but taking MRI courses, would I be able to enter my MRI courses in my CMRITO record for CE and PD?
A: You will need to contact CMRITO directly to determine if your current course work would be considered eligible. If so, the hours would be indicated in your model route and course outlines.

Q: Does the program have a summer semester?
A: Yes, there is a summer semester that is delivered by distance the beginning of May to end of July.

Q: Is the program designed to go at your own pace?

A: Each course has a schedule, with fixed start and end dates, structured deadlines, etc. that students will need to follow.  As part of the didactic courses, students are expected to participate in synchronous discussions online (typically weekly, in the evening (Eastern Standard Time), 1-2 hours in duration).

Q: What kind of structured deadlines do you have for assignments and exams?
A: All assignments and exams dates are listed in the course outline that you will be able to access once you are enrolled in each specific course. All the courses, except during your Clinical Practicum (last semester) course are online based, using Michener’s Learning Management System.

Q: As an international student, am I eligible to take the program as a distance learner?
A: Yes, all our didactic courses are online except the Clinical Practicum course, which is held in the last semester. For this you will be required to be present in Toronto at the Michener Institute for the first week, followed by 14 weeks of clinical at one or more of our affiliated clinical site(s).

Q: I am currently working at a non-Canadian clinic. Would I be able to complete the clinical portion at the hospital I work at?
A: Currently we only place students at our affiliated Canadian sites in Canada.

Q: Will I require a study permit or work visa for my clinical practicum?
A: The clinical placement is under 6 months, you will not be required to apply for a study permit, only a visitor visa is required. Please refer to the CIC Government website for more information on obtaining a visa to study in Canada.