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Magnetic Resonance Imaging - Advanced Placement

Curriculum Description

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) curriculum prepares students to become MRI technologists and skilled health care professionals that are educated to use magnetic energy fields to produce images of the human body.

Course work includes Imaging fundamentals, MRI physics, procedures, anatomy, pathology, patient care, and Imaging ethics and law, in a medical environment. Students should be able to demonstrate all functional areas related to the magnetic resonance imaging field.

Graduates of accredited programs may be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ (ARRT) national examination for certification and registration as MRI technologists. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices, government agencies and research.

The following represents one way in which the diploma can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.


NC CIP: 51.0920
POS Approved: Fall 2015

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MRI 213 MRI Patient Care & Safety 2 0 0 2
MRI 216 MRI Instrumentation 2 0 0 2
MRI 250 MRI Clinical Ed I 0 0 12 4

Class Hours: 4
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 12
Credit Hours: 8

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MRI 214 MRI Procedures I 2 0 0 2
MRI 217 MRI Physics I 2 0 0 2
MRI 241 MRI Anatomy & Path I 2 0 0 2
MRI 260 MRI Clinical Ed II 0 0 21 7

Class Hours: 6
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 21
Credit Hours: 13

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MRI 215 MRI Procedures II 2 0 0 2
MRI 218 MRI Physics II 2 0 0 2
MRI 242 MRI Anatomy & Path II 2 0 0 2
MRI 270 MRI Clinical Ed III 0 0 24 8
MRI 271 MRI Capstone 1 0 0 1

Class Hours: 7
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 24
Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 36


  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

Advanced Placement into the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program is available to graduates of Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography or Radiation Therapy programs accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, or Nuclear Medicine. Individuals from these programs must have equivalent college transfer credit or complete the necessary general education course work required for the degree. These courses include: BIO 163 or BIO 165 and BIO 166 or BIO 168 and BIO 169, CIS 111, ENG 111, ENG 112 or ENG 114 or ENG 115, PSY 150 and Humanities/Fine Arts Elective.

Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screening
Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/or state registry and/or licensure boards may prohibit
eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on