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Magnetic Resonance Imaging Undergraduate Certificate

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Undergraduate Certificate

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Apply continuing education credits deemed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

Program Overview

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging undergraduate certificate program provides coursework in anatomy, patient management, procedures, and image production. Students observe magnetic resonance imaging procedures, perform procedures under direct supervision by registered technologists, and complete required clinical competencies toward the national certification exam for magnetic resonance imaging or to be applied toward continuing education requirements as deemed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are ordered on orthopedic, neurological, cardiovascular, cancer, and non-trauma patients and are extremely beneficial for examining soft tissue structures. An MRI technologist works in hospitals or outpatient healthcare facilities using an MRI scanner that uses a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in the body. The images are assembled and reconstructed digitally to create a series of diagnostic images that physicians use to interpret for a patient diagnosis.

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging certificate offers a seamless transfer pathway into the Bachelor of Radiologic Imaging Sciences Technology (B.R.I.T.) degree. Students are able to complete the certificate, sit for the national certification exam, begin working in the profession and then enroll in the B.R.I.T. degree and complete the remaining requirements to earn the bachelor’s degree. The BRIT degree requires a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in the required RIS courses and a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA in the major.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge to the practice of magnetic resonance imaging.
  • Effectively utilize critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills in the practice of magnetic resonance imaging.
  • Effectively communicate in oral and written form with patients, customers, and all members of the health care team.
  • Successfully perform magnetic resonance imaging procedures and attain results of high diagnostic value while providing patient care.
  • Exhibit personal and professional attributes and values relevant to the practice of magnetic resonance imaging.

This program is designed to be completed in 2 semesters.

Program Structure

  • 18 minimum total credits
  • 9 courses, 2 credit hours each

Students are encouraged to register for the following courses during the summer term: RIS 44066 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques is a review course for the national certification exam. RIS 44073 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical Education III allows students to gain added experience in MRI and to complete required clinical competencies for the ARRT exam. The courses are not required to graduate with the certificate.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to this program is selective. Applicants must have graduated from a program in radiologic technology, diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy and be a registered or registry-eligible radiologic technologist, diagnostic medical sonographer, nuclear medicine technologist, or radiation therapist. Applicants must have a minimum 2.50 overall GPA prior to program entry.

The program begins in the fall with an application deadline of July 1 each year.

For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.

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Important Dates


Classes Begin

Spring 2023 Semester


Classes Begin

Summer 2023 Semester


Courses for the certificate can be found at the link below:

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Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents Non-Ohio Residents
Per Credit Hour Per 2-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost Per Credit Hour Per 2-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost
Upper Division Courses
$1,112.40 $6,700 $380.80
Upper Division Courses
$1,142.40 $6,900

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $15 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

*Out-of-state/International tuition includes a surcharge of $10 per credit hour for all students enrolled in an online program.

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