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  • 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

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Magnetic Resonance technologists operate medical diagnostic equipment that uses magnetic fields and radio waves. Combining hands-on learning and simulation, the Magnetic Resonance program gets you ready for an exciting career working alongside physicians, nurses, and other technologists. The program uses MRI simulation software, MRI extremity scanner, IV arms and other industry-standard equipment, giving students the opportunity to practice and simulate MRI scanning exams and image analysis. Students learn in a variety of settings from busy trauma centres to outpatient clinics.

In the MRI program, courses are delivered through a mixture of face-to-face classes, off-site lab sessions, clinical practicum training and online study.

After graduation, you’ll be able to register with the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists.

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.

Our 20-month program consists of full-time academic studies and practicum experience at participating sites throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. You’ll attend classes on a full-time basis at NAIT before spending your clinical practicum at one or more facilities to get optimal exposure to MRI procedures.

You will be expected to experience all shifts in the MRI departments, including weekends and evenings when applicable.

You can expect to spend on average: 

  • 25 hours per week in class
  • 10 - 20 hours per week studying 


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.

Graduates of this program  will have work opportunities in hospitals, clinics and public health agencies, and work in diverse settings from busy trauma centres to outpatient clinics.

Upon graduation, you’ll be able to continue your studies at:

  • Athabasca University, Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences
  • Thompson Rivers, Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland, Bachelor of Technology
  • University of New Brunswick, Bachelor of Applied Management

 

If you’re looking for more information or have a question about the Magnetic Resonance program, we can help.

Our program advisors are here to answer your questions.

Email: MRD@nait.ca

  • Tel: 780.471.7036
  • Fax: 780.471.8389

 



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Term 1

ANPH1130Anatomy & Physiology
  • Requisites: This course is restricted to students in the Magnetic Resonance program.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI1130
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students develop an understanding of the structure and function of organs and systems in the normal human body. A study of basic chemical principles is included. Medical terminology and pathology are introduced. This course is intended to extend the learner's prior knowledge of high school biology and provide an understanding of the human body in health and disease.

MRID1120DI Anatomy I
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI1120
  • Open Studies: Available

Students identify soft tissue and skeletal structures on radiographic and magnetic resonance (MR) images for the skull, spine, chest, abdomen and pelvis. This course also includes topographical anatomy as an aid to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) positioning. Basic radiographic imaging positioning is also studied to develop a greater understanding of X-ray images.

MRID1140Professional Practice
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI1140
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will learn the diverse needs and human relations posed by healthcare clients. Students will analyze their personal effectiveness related to wellness and stress management. Students will explore legislation and standards of practice as they pertain to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

MRID1150Patient Care
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Magnetic Resonance program.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI1150
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn basic principles of patient care and assessment as well as the fundamental elements specific to radiology; ethical practice, medico-legal issues, infection control, handling of the sick and injured patients, patients with special needs (pediatric, geriatric, emergency, and trauma), medical accessory equipment and supplies. Students will demonstrate skills in effective communication during patient interaction and patient transfer techniques.

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.

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.

Term 2

IPHE1201Interprofessional Healthcare Education
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students from different health care professions will learn with, from and about one another to improve patient care. Role clarity, communication, and patient-centered care will be explored, along with conflict, team work and patient safety from an interprofessional perspective. Students will use these skills to practice effectively within a diverse interprofessional team.

MRID1220DI Anatomy II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: MRID1120. This course is available to Open Studies students. A completion grade of C- in MRID1120 is required to enroll.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI1220
  • Open Studies: Available

Students identify soft tissue and skeletal structures on radiographic and Magnetic Resonance (MR) images for upper and lower limbs of the body. This course also includes topographical anatomy as an aid to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) positioning. To develop a greater understanding of X-ray images, basic radiographic imaging positioning is also studied.

MRID1240Pathology
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program. Prerequisites: ANPH1130, MRID1120. Co-requisites: MRID1250, MRID1260, MRID1220. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisites is required to enroll.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI1240
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students are introduced to the pathologies common to the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) environment. This course covers pathologies in all areas of the body with correlation to other Diagnostic Imaging (DI) modalities when possible.

MRID1250Techniques and Applications
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program. Prerequisites: ANPH1130, PHYS1110. Co-requisites: MRID1240, MRID1260, MRID1220. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisites is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will discuss how and why magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques are applied in the MRI environment. There will be an opportunity for lab work in a simulated setting as well as labs on an MRI scanner. Students will be exposed to a variety of techniques utilizing different coils, positioning techniques and scanning protocols.

MRID1260IV Insertion
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program. Prerequisites: ANPH1130, MRID1150. Co-requisites: MRID1240, MRID1250, MRID1220. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisites is required to enroll.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI1260
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn the basics of intravenous (IV) insertion. Students will practice starting IV's in a simulated setting as well as starting actual IV’s.

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.

Term 3

MRID1391MRI Clinical I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program. Prerequisites: MRID1220, MRID1240, MRID1250, MRID1260. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisites is required to enroll.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI1310
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Clinical I allows the student to apply the knowledge from semester 1 and 2 in the MRI environment. Students will spend their time in a hospital/clinic in a variety of diagnostic imaging modalities. Students will gain a greater appreciation for the other diagnostic imaging (DI) fields and see how they interact with each other. Students will also begin their orientation to the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) environment. During the MRI rotation, students will assist with patient preparation and screening as well as learning how to work effectively in a DI environment.

Term 4

MRID2192MRI Clinical II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program. Prerequisite: MRID1391.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI2110
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students participate in clinical education at a clinical site performing MRI procedures in accordance with the clinical outcomes. This course provides the students with an orientation to the profession of MRI and the 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 behavior and critical thinking skills. Emphasis is placed on performing MRI screening, patient positioning, patient preparation and MRI scanning of routine protocols.

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.

Term 5

MRID2193MRI Clinical III
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program. Prerequisites: MRID2192.
  • Course Equivalencies: MRI2120
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will continue their MRI training at a clinical site performing MRI procedures in accordance with the clinical outcomes. This course provides the students with an orientation to the profession of MRI and the 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 in this clinical will continue to be on patient screening, patient positioning and basic scanning. Students will also be expected to start scanning more complex cases, such as abdominal, contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE MRA), sedation cases and assisting with cardiac procedures. Upon completion of this clinical, students are expected to be competent in all areas of MRI. Students are to have the NAIT logbook completed with signatures in every area.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $180
Tuition Cap: $1,940

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $567
Tuition Cap: $6,111

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: $2,000
Level 1 Term 2: $250
Level 2 Term 1: $450
Level 2 Term 2: $250

Dates & Deadlines

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

Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: CL
International Applicants: CL

Entrance Requirements

  • 60% in each of:

    • English 30-1 or 30-2
    • Math 30-1 or 30-2 or Pure Math 30
    • Physics 30
    • Biology 30
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

  • Online Interview:

    • The 1st round of interviews will occur in December for applicants who complete their applications by November 1st.
    • The 2nd round of interviews will occur in April for all other shortlisted applicants.
    • Please refer to the Online Interview handout for more information.
  • 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. 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.


Competitive Entrance Requirements:

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 the Student Selection Criteria and Process for more information.

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
  • Program Preview
  • Clinical Site Tours

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 | NAIT.

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 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.

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.

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Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

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.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

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