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: $2000
Semester 2: $250
Semester 3: $450
Semester 4: $250
Semester 5: $Spring:TBA
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 or 30-2
- Math 30-1 or 30-2 or Pure Math 30
- Physics 30
- Biology 30
- The 1st round of interviews will occur in December for shortlisted applicants who complete their applications by November 1st.
- The 2nd round of interviews will occur in April for all other shortlisted applicants.
Applicants offered an interview in the first round will not be offered a second interview if the first is incomplete, unsuccessful, low scoring, or if they decline the opportunity. An applicant cancelled based on the outcome of this interview, or for choosing not to complete it, should not reapply for the same intake as a second interview offer will not be extended.
1 credit of post-secondary Medical Terminology completed within 5 years of the application deadline with a minimum final grade of 60% 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. Find more acceptable courses here. Applicants must submit proof of course completion with a minimum passing grade of 60% by July 31st.
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.
Applicants are shortlisted for the interview based on their academic average for the required high school courses. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 81%.
Applicants with prior NAIT Health and Life 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.
Final selection is based strictly on the interview scores. Applicants who are offered conditional acceptance need to maintain the academic average presented in phase 1 in order to secure final acceptance. Please refer to Student Selection Processes for more information.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Additional Requirements and Considerations
The following activities are encouraged to ensure an understanding of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program and profession:
- Review of Program Website
- Open House
- Information Sessions
- Clinical Site Tours
- Health Program Interview Workshop
Tuesday, October 23rd at 4:30 pm. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, November 9th at 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
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.
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. If you do not meet the immunization requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, and there may be restrictions to campus lab and clinic experience, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.
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. If you do not meet the police information check requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.
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.
All costs associated with the following requirements, CPR (Basic Life Support - BLS), Immunization Requirements and Police Information Check are the responsibility of the student and are not reflected in the Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester) above. Students can expect to spend between $110 - $500 to cover the costs of these requirements.
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
|Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary - Health Sciences||1250.00||1|
Available to full-time students entering a Health Sciences program at NAIT of two or more years' duration. Awarded on the basis of superior academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I||1000.00||3|
Available to second year students in the schools of Business Administration and Health Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first year marks.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II||1000.00||4|
Available to first year students in the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Health and Life Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first semester marks.
|Eileen Turgeon Bursary||2000.00||1|
Available to students enrolled in the second year of the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology, Cytotechnology, Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic, Magnetic Resonance, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Radiologic Technology or Respiratory Therapy program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|International Health and Life Sciences Scholarship||2500.00||1|
Available to International students enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of a credit program in the School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of highest academic achievement in the previous semester.
|Katie & John Lashuk Bursary||2000.00||2|
Available to students entering the second year of a program in the School of Health Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first year and demonstrated financial need.
|Magnetic Resonance Bursary||1000.00||1|
Available to students enrolled in the third semester of the Magnetic Resonance program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need, a minimum academic achievement of 75% in the first year of the program and community involvement.
|TH Bursary I||1000.00||1|
Available to a second year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
|TH Bursary II||1000.00||1|
Available to a first year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.