School of Health and Life Sciences

Magnetic Resonance Imaging 1st 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 Magnetic Resonance Program offers five (5) semesters of hands-on learning experience along with simulation to prepare students for a rewarding career working alongside physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals. Utilizing state-of-the-art MRI simulation software, an MRI extremity scanner, IV arms, and other industry-standard tools, students practice and simulate real-life MRI scanning exams and image analysis.

In the MRI program, courses are delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and virtual classes, on and off-campus lab sessions, clinical practicum training and online study. Students will learn in a variety of clinical settings, from busy trauma centres to outpatient clinics across Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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).

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.

Sep 01, 2023

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

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

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

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.

Grad Employment Rate

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Median Starting Salary

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Hands-on, industry-relevant training

Our 20-month program consists of full-time academic studies and practicum experience at participating sites throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan.

You will be expected to experience all shifts in the MRI departments, including weekends and evenings when applicable. You’ll attend on-campus and virtual 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 can expect to spend on average: 

  • 27 hours per week in class
  • 10 - 20 hours per week studying 
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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.

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.

A new frontier in hands-on health-care training

CAE Healthcare and NAIT have entered a simulation research partnership to improve health-care education and patient safety, including support for the polytechnic's simulation research initiatives.

Pushing the limits of simulation training

NAIT's Simulation Centre re-creates the real world of health-care careers

Keeping it Real

From practicing on high-fidelity manikins to learning on the latest software, watch how NAIT students practice the best patient care.

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.

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

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

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: Due to the length of the clinical, this program does not meet the criteria of a study permit.
  • Co-Op Work Permit: 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 does not qualify for a study permit 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

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


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Tuition & Fees

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.

Admission Requirements

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