About the Program
Magnetic Resonance provides the skills needed to perform various Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) procedures. Students learn to function effectively in diverse settings from busy trauma centres to outpatient clinics.
It is a 20-month program consisting of full-time academic studies and practicum experience at participating sites throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. Students attend classes on a full-time basis at NAIT for the classroom portion. During the clinical practicum, students spend a majority of their time at one site but may be rotated through different MRI facilities, giving them optimal exposure to MRI procedures. Students are expected to experience all shifts in the MRI departments, including weekends and evenings when applicable. Study days are provided during the clinical practicum to complete assignments.
Note: A 2nd discipline MRI certificate is also available for students with previous training in medical radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy or ultrasound.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $180
Tuition Cap: $1,940
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $3,500
Semester 2: $500
Semester 3: $250
Semester 4: $250
Semester 5: $1,300
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
60% in each of:
- English 30-1
- Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1 or Math 30-2
- Physics 30
- Biology 30
1 credit of post-secondary Medical Terminology completed within 5 years of the application deadline with a final grade of 60% or greater or completion of NAIT's Medical Terminology challenge examination with a minimum 60% pass. The NAIT course that meets this prerequisite requirement is ITMS100 - Medical Terminology.
It is not a requirement for Medical Terminology to be completed by the application deadline; however, if accepted into the program, proof of completion of the course or challenge exam with a passing grade of at least 60% MUST be submitted to the student application file by July 31.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
- Online Interview
- CPR (Basic Life Support - BLS) - Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification prior to commencing clinical training. BLS certification must remain current throughout clinical training therefore it is recommended that certification be obtained just prior to clinical training. The BLS certification course that meets this requirement must be designed for individuals who will be health care providers. The NAIT Continuing Education Course that meets this requirement is CPRS100 - Basic Life Support | NAIT.
- Immunization Requirements - Students are required to be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, as determined by the Alberta Health. After acceptance into the program, students will be given further information on requirements. Failure to meet the Police Information Check, immunization and tuberculosis testing requirements may result in denial of access to clinical training.
- Police Information Check - Students are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Security Clearance or Criminal Record Check) which must include a Vulnerable Sector Search. Please do not proceed with the Police Information Check until an offer of acceptance and follow-up instructions have been issued by the program. The Police Information Check is only considered valid when reviewed by a NAIT official within 90 days of completion.
The interview process will involve questions regarding the Magnetic Resonance Imaging profession. Suggested methods of investigation include:
- Review of Program Website
- Open House
- Information Sessions
- Clinical Site Tours
Student Selection Process and Criteria
Student selection is competitive and based on criteria that may include academic achievement beyond the stated minimum prerequisites. The selection process is based on:
- Phase 1 - Academic entrance requirements are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and applicants are shortlisted for interviews. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 80.5%. Applicants with prior NAIT Health Sciences credentials or who have successfully completed at least one approved Open Studies course in the School of Health and Life Sciences with a minimum of 75% may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist.
- Phase 2 - Shortlisted applicants are interviewed and ranked. Final selection is based strictly on the interview scores; academics presented in Phase 1 must be maintained. The format for Phase 2 is prerecorded online video interviews. Candidates who are successful in moving to Phase 2 will be given adequate notice of the interview requirements and instructions. Prior to being granted full acceptance in the program, all successful applicants will be required to complete an MRI Screening form to ensure their eligibility to work in the MRI environment.
- Additional Requirements and Information - Any prospective students with back, arm, shoulder, wrist or neck problems or significant health challenges should consider their options carefully before applying and are advised to consult with the program.
Students participate in clinical education at a practicum site performing MRI procedures in accordance with the clinical outcomes and objectives. The clinical practicum allows students to apply concepts in MRI procedures, patient care, and instrumentation while under the direct supervision of a registered technologist. In addition, students acquire experience in professional behavior and critical thinking skills. Emphasis is placed on performing MRI screening, patient positioning, patient preparation and MRI scanning. Upon completion of the second clinical practicum, students are expected to be competent in all areas of MRI.
- Length: 11 months
- Salary: There is no salary or stipend received during the clinical practicum.
- Dates: May - April
- Relocation: The clinical sites are located throughout the province of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Room and board plus incidental expenses for the clinical practicum experience are the responsibility of the student.
Accreditation & Industry Certification
This program is accredited.
Scholarships & Bursaries
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I||$1000||7|
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II||$1000||4|
|Eileen Turgeon Bursary||$2000.00||1|
|International Health and Life Sciences Scholarship||$2500||1|
|Katie & John Lashuk Bursary||$2000||2|
|Magnetic Resonance Bursary||$1000||1|
|TH Bursary I||$1000||1|
|TH Bursary II||$1000||1|
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.