Magnetic Resonance Imaging Specialist

Program Description

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging 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 Certification Examination.  The academic component is designed to meet competency requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, as well as providing for continuing educational requirements.

Program Details

  • Major Code: MRI1
  • Award Level: Certificate
  • Location: Henry Center
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall
  • Minimum Length of Program: 2 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 24

Admission Requirements

    • Submit completed application and application fee
    • 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
    • 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)
    • Submission of PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Examination
    • Allied Health Application submitted no later than two weeks 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 Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Examination 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 PSB HOAE Exam for program entrance. Spaces are filled from the highest score downward until the maximum enrollment total has been reached. Scores cannot be more than a year old. 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. Southern Crescent Technical College administers the PSB test every Monday. Please call 770-228-7364 for an appointment. Available seats fill up fast, especially in the spring semester. Schedule early and do not wait until the last minute. If a student takes the PSB HOAE at a different testing site, it must be the 3rd edition and all attempts must be transferred to Southern Crescent Technical College via PSB, at an additional cost to the student. For test question samples, visit


    NOTE:  Grading standards for Magnetic Resonance Imaging 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

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 Specialist Program, the student must 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 Specialist Program Policy Manual.

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

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

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

First Term
MRIM 2300Orientation and Introduction to MRI3
MRIM 2320MRI Procedures and Cross Sectional Anatomy3
MRIM 2350Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical Education I6
Second Term
MRIM 2330MRI Physics and Instrumentation3
MRIM 2360Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical Education II6
MRIM 2370MRI Review 3
Computed Tomography Specialist

Academic Advisors

Tiffany Whitley
Program Coordinator