Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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Program at a glance:

Credential(s) Earned

Graduate Certificate

Program Length

4 semesters (3 part-time didactic semesters plus 1 full-time clinical semester)

Delivery Method

Part time Online

Start Date

September 2021

Application Deadline

June 14, 2021

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.

Graduates are eligible to write the MRI national certification examination conducted by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT). Certification qualifies graduates to work across Canada and allows MRI Technologists to apply for registration with the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO). MRI is a regulated profession within the province of Ontario.

About the Program

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program is a part-time program designed with the working medical radiation sciences professional in mind. This program consists of both didactic and clinical components spread across four semesters. The didactic courses are offered online (three part-time semesters). The final semester is the clinical semester; it begins with a mandatory four-day Clinical Readiness component (a combination of online and onsite sessions) to ensure that students are fully prepared to start their full-time clinical practicum. Graduates are eligible to write the national certification examination administrated by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT). Certification qualifies graduates to be eligible to work across Canada and allows them to apply for registration as an MRI Technologist with the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO) .

The MRI Program is accredited by Accreditation Canada . Accreditation is a quality improvement process that ensures educational programs meet national standards and that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies for safe and effective care at entry to practice.

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About the Profession

MRI is an imaging modality that creates images of the body using radiofrequency waves in conjunction with extremely powerful magnets. This non-invasive technique relies on the magnetic properties of atoms (rather than radiation) and provides valuable diagnostic information to aid in patient management. MRI is widely used.

MRI technologists use their communication, patient-care and collaborative skills to interact with patients and other members of the health care team. They are responsible for the safety of patients and other staff members in the Magnetic Resonance environment. Using their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology along with the principles of MRI physics and methodology, MRI technologists operate MRI scanners to create images of a patient’s body tissues, which physicians then use as an aid to diagnose patients. The skill of the MRI technologist is extremely important in obtaining high-quality diagnostic images. MRI technologists work with radiologists and other healthcare providers.

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

Admission Requirements

Domestic applicants

  • Completed Michener Application Form
  • Completed Supplementary Application Form
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Certification/licensure in one of the following four disciplines:
    • Nuclear Medicine (RTNM ) – certification from CAMRT or equivalent
    • Radiological Technology (RTR ) – certification from CAMRT or equivalent
    • Radiation Therapy (RTT ) – certification from CAMRT or equivalent
    • Ultrasound (RDMS ) – Please note that RDCS certification does not meet the admission requirements of this program

Internationally educated Medical Radiation Technologists (IEMRTs) and Sonographers:

  • Completed Michener Application Form
  • Completed Supplementary Application Form
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Internationally educated medical radiation technologists (IEMRTs) must provide a WES (course-by-course) or ICAS (comprehensive) evaluation
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide proof of an English Language Assessment
  • Internationally educated and trained applicants must meet the corresponding Canadian certification body requirements and should consult with:
    • Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) for the Internationally Educated Medical Radiation Technologist (IEMRT) requirements , or;
    • Sonography Canada’s External Candidate requirements .

Please submit your application to:

Registrar’s Office – The Michener Institute of Education at UHN
222 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1V4, Canada
Fax: (416) 596-3122

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 Study?

The MRI Graduate Certificate program is a comprehensive, learner-centered program that provides the knowledge and skills necessary to care for patients in the MR environment and competently perform MRI procedures.

When you enroll in the MRI program, you will study MRI safety guidelines and requirements; patient care and safety skills; how to prepare and position patients for their MRI examinations; how to apply knowledge of MRI physics and methodology, cross sectional anatomy and pathology to produce high-quality diagnostic MRI images; how to use sophisticated MRI scanners to perform complex cross-sectional imaging procedures.

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.

Clinical Education

Length: 15 weeks*
Start/End: September to December
Alternate Start/End: January to April

You will be assigned to a 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 and 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

I took MRI courses as selectives as part of my first discipline program – will this count towards any coursework in the MRI Program?
A:
Graduates of the joint University of Toronto / Medical Radiation Sciences program who have successfully completed one or more MRI courses as electives will be given the opportunity to apply for transfer credit once accepted into the MRI Program.

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

A: Internationally Educated Applicants:

  • Official credential evaluation of studies
    • WES Course-by-Course OR
    • ICAS Comprehensive
  • English language assessment
  • Internationally educated and trained applicants must meet the corresponding Canadian certification body requirements and should consult with:
    • Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) for the Internationally Educated Medical Radiation Technologist (IEMRT) requirements, or;
    • Sonography Canada’s External Candidate requirements
  • Supplementary Application Form

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 is considered part-time.

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.

Does the program have a summer semester?
A: Yes, there is a 12-week summer semester that is delivered fully online (May – July inclusive)

Is the program designed to go at your own pace?
A: No, there is a set order to the courses and timelines, and each course has a weekly schedule, with fixed start and end dates, structured deadlines for assessments, etc. that students will need to follow.  As part of the didactic courses, students are expected to completely weekly activities online, both on their own and together with their faculty and peers.

What kind of structured deadlines do you have for assignments and exams?
A: Every course follows a structured schedule with set deadlines for submission of assignments and examination date.  All assignments and exam dates are listed in the course outline that you will be able to access once you are enrolled in each specific course.

As an international student, am I eligible to take the program as a distance learner?
A: All the didactic courses are delivered online, which you can take wherever you may be. For the final clinical semester, you will be required to be present in Toronto at The Michener Institute during the first week, followed by 14 weeks of clinical at one or more of our affiliated clinical sites.

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.

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.

Accreditation

The Program is accredited by Accreditation Canada.

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Testimonials

“At the end of your didactic learning, you spend four months in a clinical placement where you get to put all of your knowledge and skills to work – its easily the most exciting and valuable part of your education.”

Sandra T.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Graduate