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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

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 more 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.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

The Magnetic Resonance 2nd Discipline Program provides the opportunity to study MRI without disrupting your busy life. All courses are delivered online with the exception of the 16 week clinical practicum. The clinical practicum is required once all didactic courses are completed.

The learning outcomes and program goals are aligned with the 2014 CAMRT Competency Profile. Upon successful completion of the MRI program the graduate is eligible to challenge the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) entry-to-practice certification examination to become a certified Magnetic Resonance technologist.

To practice as a Medical Radiologic Technologist in the discipline of MRI in the province of Alberta, technologists are required to be registered with the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) to obtain a license to practice.

Program goals and outcomes:

These program goals are aligned with CAMRT 2014 National Occupational Competency Profile.

  1. Practice in accordance with legislation, regulation, professional expectations, and ethical guidelines of the ACMDTT and CAMRT
  2. Practice safety protocols and guidelines
  3. Operate current MRI equipment and follow quality control protocols
  4. Utilize current and appropriate MRI scanning techniques
  5. Acquire and evaluate MRI Images for diagnostic purposes
  6. Administer compassionate, safe and quality healthcare to a diverse population
  7. Practice effective communication & critical thinking skills

Open Studies Pathway

You now have an additional pathway to the School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT. Complete one or more select Open Studies courses to be guaranteed a program entrance interview.

As an MRI Technologist, many of the examinations and procedures involve working alongside physicians, other technologists, nurses and non-medical personnel. The ability to work closely with others, and a demonstrated sense of responsibility are important attributes for a Magnetic Resonance Technologist.

For more information about career paths, duties, working conditions and salaries, visit:

Graduate information and opportunities:

  • Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT).

    To view the details of specific agreements, please visit transferalberta.ca or contact articulations@nait.ca
     
  • For questions regarding transfer agreements or to obtain a course description/outline that is no longer available on our website, please contact articulations@nait.ca

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For more information about the MRI 2nd Discipline program or about Advanced Credit, please contact:

Email: mri2nd@nait.ca

Phone: 780.471.7619



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MRID1230MRI Equipment and Safety
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the MRD or MRI 2nd Discipline program. Prerequisites MRI: MRID1280,1380, PHYS1110,1210. Co-requisites MRD: PHYS1110, ANPH1130, MRID1140,1150. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisites is required to enroll.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI100, MRI1250
  • Open Studies: Not Available

There will be extensive discussion on the components of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system and an MRI department. This course also prepares students for patient screening, assessing and assisting patients with MRI exams. The following areas are discussed at a level required of a MRI Technologist: clinical history taking, patient and public screening, contrast agents and sedative administration, physical and psychological preparation for a MRI exam, safety regulations and biological hazards associated with MRI.

MRID1280MRI Cross Sectional Anatomy I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI102, MRI1280
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is designed to enable students to identify anatomical areas in several different planes: on slides, cadaver specimens and on Magnetic Resonance (MR) images. Concentrating on the nervous system, chest, abdomen and pelvis, the course utilizes the NAIT Diagnostic Imaging (DI) viewer, which contains hundreds of labelled MR images in different imaging planes and with different image weightings.

MRID1330Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques and Application
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: PHYS1110, PHYS 1210, MRID1230, MRID1280, MRID 1380. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisites is required to enroll.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI200
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course, students will begin applying the theory acquired in earlier coursework. Students will learn various pathologies and how they are viewed on the Magnetic Resonance (MR) images. Students will begin to develop an understanding of how and why MRI techniques are applied in the field. Several images showing basic positioning and coil use will prepare the student for the clinical environment.

MRID1380Cross Sectional Anatomy II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program. Prerequisites: MRID1280. A completion grade of C- in MRID1280 is required to enroll.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI1380, MRI202
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course builds on earlier cross-sectional anatomy studies, dealing primarily with the musculoskeletal system, and covering the upper and lower limbs. Working with the NAIT DI (Diagnostic Imaging) viewer, students will be able to learn from hundreds of labelled MR (Magnetic Resonance) images in different imaging planes and with different image weighting.

MRID1590Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program. Prerequisites: MRID1280, MRID1380, PHYS1110, PHYS1210, MRID1230, MRID1330, RSCH1100. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisites is required to enroll.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI300, MRID1500
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course provides a clinical orientation to the profession of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Students have an opportunity 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 behaviour and critical thinking skills. Emphasis is placed on performing MRI screening, patient positioning, and patient preparation. Students participate in this sixteen week clinical experience at a hospital or clinic that has been approved by NAIT for training in MRI. It may be necessary to rotate between clinical sites to receive a well-rounded MRI experience.

PHYS1110MRI Physics I
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI101, MRI1110, MRID1110
  • Open Studies: Available

This course provides detailed examination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methodologies, including the fundamentals of magnetic resonance (MR) physics and discussion of pulse sequences. Physics I starts with the basic principles of MRI and atomic physics. A majority of the course will be spent on complex MRI topics such as image weighting and pulse sequences.

PHYS1210MRI Physics II
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: PHYS1110. This course is available to Open Studies students. A completion grade of C- in PHYS1110 is required to enroll.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI1210, MRI201
  • Open Studies: Available

This course provides a detailed examination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methodologies, building on the outcomes introduced in PHYS1110. Outcomes covered in Physics II includes the process of image formation, image optimization, artifacts and flow phenomena. Advanced concepts such as parallel imaging, MR spectroscopy (MRS) and functional imaging will also be discussed.

RSCH1100Research in Healthcare
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will be introduced to research methodologies, evidence-based practices, information collection, and critical appraisal of research literature in healthcare. This course will provide healthcare students with the underlying theory and practical skills required to participate in research activities.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $150
Tuition Cap: $1,883

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $623
Tuition Cap: $7,814

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $1,000
Level 1 Term 2: $300


Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Aug 26, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: OP
International Applicants: OP

Entrance Requirements

  • One of the following three proof:

    • 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
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

  • 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.

  • The MRI Applicant Screening Form must be completed and uploaded to your myNAIT portal for verification.

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.

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. 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.

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If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
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*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 4

Criteria:
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.

Katie & John Lashuk Bursary $2,000.00
  • Award Amount: $2,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 2

Criteria:
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.

Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary - Health Sciences $1,250.00
  • Award Amount: $1,250.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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 $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 3

Criteria:
Available to second 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 year marks.

TH Bursary I $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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 $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
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.

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