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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.
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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:
These program outcomes are aligned with CAMRT 2014 National Occupational Competency Profile.
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.
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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.
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Focusing on anatomy, patient care, communication and safety in the MRI environment, students learn to function in diverse settings from busy trauma centres to outpatient clinics.
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.
NAIT's Simulation Centre re-creates the real world of health-care careers
From practicing on high-fidelity manikins to learning on the latest software, watch how NAIT students practice the best patient care.
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