School of Health and Life Sciences

Magnetic Resonance Imaging 2nd Discipline

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologists operate medical diagnostic equipment that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to create images of almost every part of the human body without the use of harmful radiation. The MRI 2nd Discipline Program is an online, part-time certificate program that complements students' previous study in Medical Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Combined Laboratory and X-ray, or Ultrasound. Utilizing state-of-the-art MRI simulation software, students will have the opportunity to practice and simulate real-life MRI scanning exams and image analysis.

There are three (3) program intakes per year - January, May, and September. This competency-based program can be completed in as little as four (4) semesters, with the average student completing the program in two years. Students are strongly advised to complete all required courses within a three (3) year period to increase their chances of successfully passing the National Certification exam. The didactic courses in the program are completed entirely online, allowing students the flexibility to learn at their own pace. Students can enroll in one or two courses each semester but need to be aware that some courses must be taken in sequence.

Clinical sites are located throughout Canada. Relocation may be necessary if a clinical site in your area is not available. Room and board plus incidental expenses are the student's responsibility. Alberta clinical placements are limited, and there are currently no clinical training placements available within Edmonton.

After graduation, students are eligible to write the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and/or American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) MRI National certification exams. This certification qualifies graduates to work across Canada and/or the United States, and it allows MRI technologists to apply for registration with provincial regulatory bodies such as the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT).

Quick Facts

Credential: Post-Diploma Certificate

A post-diploma certificate is a credential designed for individuals wishing to upgrade their skills, learn a new technology, or learn the management side of their industry.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for Open Studies. Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program. It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in. View courses

International Students: Not Accepted

This program is not accepting international students for this intake.

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Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging 2nd Discipline Program provides the opportunity to study MRI without disrupting your busy life. All courses are delivered online with the exception of the 15 week clinical practicum. The clinical practicum is required once all didactic courses are completed.

The learning outcomes and program goals are aligned with the 2019 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 and/or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) MRI National certification exams 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.

Please refer to the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) website to learn more about their requirements for licensing/mandatory registration and declaration of conduct, which may include disclosure of information related to criminal convictions and professional misconduct or incompetence as well as any personal factors that could impact the ability to practice safely.

Program outcomes:

These program outcomes are aligned with CAMRT 2019 National Occupational Competency Profile.

  • Demonstrate conduct in alignment with professional expectations, standards of practice, ethical guidelines, regulation, and legislation.
  • Integrate safety practices and guidelines as they relate to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), patients, staff, and the work environment.
  • Implement scanning techniques and utilize MRI and accessory equipment to acquire images for diagnostic purposes.
  • Evaluate the quality of MRI images and adapt procedures based on patient and equipment considerations.
  • Provide compassionate patient-centred care and appropriate interventions to a diverse population.
  • Demonstrate effective communication, conflict resolution, and critical thinking skills within an interprofessional team environment.

Enter the workforce with confidence

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.

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

Some NAIT programs are unavailable to international students because they do not meet eligibility for a study permit or Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). 

  • Study Permit: This program is delivered through distance learning and therefore does not meet the criteria for a study permit.
  • Co-Op: Due to this program not meeting the criteria of a study permit, it also does not meet the criteria for a Co-Op Work Permit.
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit: This program is delivered part-time and through distance learning and therefore is not eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program. Completion of this program will not make you eligible for a PGWP.

International students who have questions about permissions to take this program can contact a NAIT Academic Advisor – International to discuss options.

Courses and Advanced Credit

Current and recently admitted students can find information and updates about their program on their My Program page in the MyNAIT Portal. To monitor your course progress and the courses still needed to graduate, visit your Academic Progress Report.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section, your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C- 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.

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.


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

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