Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

This certificate prepares students for entry-level MRI Imaging Technologists.

This is a G3 program.  Students may qualify for free tuition, fees, and books.

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Career Studies Certificate

Credit Hours


Required Courses

  • RAD 115: Principles of MRI - 3 credits
  • RAD 196: On Site Training- or MRI - 5 credits
  • RAD 247: Cross Sectional Anatomy - 3 credits
  • RAD 248: Case Studies in MRI - 3 credits
  • RAD 251: Advanced Patient Care - 3 credits
  • RAD 296: On Site Training II - CT or MRI Clinical - 5 credits

Admissions Requirements

In addition to admission to the college, students must also meet eligibility requirements specific to this program, and only a limited number of students are admitted into a given cohort.  If there are more applicants during a cycle than there are available positions in the cohort, eligible applicants will be ranked according to specific criteria and students are admitted or deferred according to that rank.

Please see the Admissions Information Book below for program requirements, minimum eligibility requirements, applicant ranking criteria, and other important information for prospective students.

Note that Health and Life Sciences will treat final grades of “P+” as a ”C+” with a GPA of 2.5 when determining GPA/points for competitive admissions decisions. Other final grades which are outside of the standard A-F scale will be assigned values at the discretion of the admissions committee and/or in accordance with the admissions information book.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are provided each application cycle for prospective students. The purpose of these sessions is to help students to decide if this program and profession will be right for them, and to walk students through the application and admissions process. Attendees will also be able to ask the faculty questions about the program and the profession.

Attendance at an information session is strongly encouraged for all students. Refer to the current Admissions Information Book for information regarding whether your application will be ranked based on attendance.>

Students interested in the PVCC CT, MRI, or Mammography programs are highly encouraged to attend one of our Advanced Imaging Programs Information sessions in person (or via Zoom). This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions about the admissions process. The September and November sessions will be held via Zoom (meeting invitations will be sent to participants' email addresses). The October and December sessions will be held in the RAD lab (K102). This is subject to change due to current COVID-19 restrictions.

The Advanced Imaging Programs Information session schedule for Fall 2021 has been updated. Spring 2022 dates will be added by December 15, 2021.

Advanced Imaging Information Session Sign Up [SignUp Genius]

For students who are unable to attend an 'in-person' session, please view our pre-recorded abbreviated information session.

Apply for Admission

Applications are accepted through the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal. Hardcopy applications and applications received outside of the portal will not be considered for admission. Applying to other health sciences programs has no impact on an applicant’s qualifications for this program. Applications for previous years are not valid for current or future application years.

All applicants must be current PVCC students to begin their health sciences application. If you are not a current PVCC student, please click the “Apply Now” link at the top of this page and complete a VCCS/PVCC application.

Applications for the Fall 2022 cohort open at 9:00 AM on February 1, 2022, and will close at 5:00pm on May 1, 2022.

Sign into the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal to begin your application.

Program Information

Occupational Objectives: Successful graduates will be prepared to operate magnetic resonance imaging scanners in healthcare facilities to create diagnostic images. Successful completers will sit for the MRI certification exam through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Compliance Requirements Successful completion of clinical compliance documentation, including criminal background check, drug screening, and immunization documentation, is required for clinical internships. Please contact division office for detailed information at