About the Program
The MRI 2nd Discipline Program focuses on practical experience and training that complements your previous study in Medical Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Combined Laboratory and X-ray, or Ultrasound.
There are 3 program intakes per year - January, May, and September.
Students can take one or two courses per cohort, but need to be aware that some courses must be taken sequentially. All didactic components of the program must be completed before students can do their clinical practicum.
This program can be completed in its entirety online and upon completion, graduates are eligible to write the CAMRT and/or ARRT MRI exams.
All applicants must submit a copy of their Diploma, active practice permit, certification/membership, Letter of Recommendation, as well as a completed copy of the MRI Applicant Screening Form for verification before entrance into the program.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $150
Tuition Cap: $1,883
Health & Dental: $132
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $1950
Semester 2: $350
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.
To be eligible for acceptance for the MRI 2nd Discipline Program one of the following criteria must be met:
- A current practice permit through a provincial/national regulatory body, membership with CAMRT, and diploma from an accredited institute in Medical Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy.
- Active membership with Sonography Canada (Generalist) and a diploma from an accredited institute in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
- A current practice permit through a provincial regulatory body (ACCLXT) and diploma from an approved accredited institute in Combined Laboratory & X-Ray.
Effective October 1, 2017 for the 2018-19 academic year beginning in Fall 2018,
Students will be required to provide proof of successful completion of an approved IV Certification course prior to enrolling in the clinical training.
MRID1400 IV Certification will no longer be delivered within the program. Students will be required to provide proof of successful completion of an IV Certification course prior to enrolling in the clinical training.
RSHC1100 Research in Healthcare added to the curriculum and is a requirement for program completion.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Letter of Recommendation - A Letter of Recommendation from a physician, supervisor or department head indicating the capacity in which they are familiar with the candidate and their suitability to a career in MRI. The letter should also show the applicant's relevancy with regard to communication, critical thinking and professionalism in a healthcare environment.
MRI Applicant Screening Form - The MRI Applicant Screening Form must be completed and uploaded to your portal for verification before entrance into the program.
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.
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.
Additional Requirements and Information - Prospective students for the MRI program must consider personal physical conditions that may limit their ability to perform the role safely. 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. A prospective MRI student also must meet the safety requirements to work in an MRI environment. Please reference the MRI screening form for clarification or consult the program if more information is required.
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. 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 Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
- Length: 16 weeks
- Salary: There is no salary or stipend received during the clinical practicum.
- Relocation: Clinical sites are located throughout Canada. Depending on where your clinical practicum is located, room and board plus incidental expenses are the responsibility of the student.
Accreditation & Industry Certification
The program is fully accredited.
Scholarships & Bursaries
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.