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: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $1000
Semester 2: $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.
To be eligible for acceptance for the MRI 2nd Discipline Program one of the following criteria must be met:
- A current practice permit through 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 diploma from an accredited institute in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- A current practice permit through provincial regulatory body (ACCLXT) and diploma from an approved accredited institute in Combined Laboratory & X-Ray
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 myNAIT portal for verification.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Additional Requirements and Considerations
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 the 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
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.
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.
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 clinical practicum, students are expected to be competent in all areas of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Students will be required to provide proof of successful completion of an IV Certification course prior to enrolling in the clinical training. All cost associated with obtaining IV Certification is the responsibility of the student and not included in the program tuition or fees.
- 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. There are currently no clinical training placements available within Edmonton.
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.