Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

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Which campus is this program located at?

The MRI Technologist Training Program is located at the Sylvania Campus.

What are my chances of getting in?

The size of the class accepted is dependent on the availability of clinical space. Our average class size is 12 students. Preference is typically given to the more experienced technologist and/or an employee of a clinical affiliate hosting a MRI student.

What does the program cost?

Tuition, lab and fees will cost approximately $5000 for tuition, fees, and books. See the Tuition and Fees website for more information. Additional living costs include: food, housing, school supplies, childcare, transportation, health insurance, immunizations, and professional membership.

PCC has a variety of financial aid options and scholarship opportunities available for students.

What are the clinical sites that participate?

The clinical sites vary from year to year. Some are out-patient imaging centers, some are hospital. All applicants will be contacted with a site preference sheet after the final clinical sites have been determined.

Do I have to find my own clinical site?

No. You apply to the PCC MRI Technologist Training Program and the sponsoring clinical sites will select their student(s) from the applicant pool after all applicants have completed their job shadow/interview that PCC assigns you.

Can applications be hand-delivered?


Can applications be faxed?


Will incomplete or late applications be considered or accepted?


Do I need to include transcripts with my application?

Yes and No. Generally, including college transcripts is not required. However, if you have listed Cross-Sectional Anatomy courses and/or MRI Physics courses on your application you must provide official transcripts of those courses.

Do I need to include copies of other paperwork?

Yes. You must include a copy of your Radiography, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy certification and any other special awards or certifications.

Who should I get to fill out my Applicant Recommendation forms?

All recommendation forms must be completed by people you have worked with within the medical profession. Those with the most recent experience with you would be the best to contact. All three(3) Applicant Recommendation forms must be submitted in sealed envelopes with the recommender's signature across the seal. Sealed envelopes should be returned to you – to be included with your other application materials

Can a student(s) get "pre-selected" or automatically entered into the program?

Yes – but only when the sponsoring clinical site indicates that they have one of their current employees that they wish to have as the MRI student at their site. This is usually the case for about 50% of our clinical affiliates.

How does the selection process work?

You submit a completed application by the April 15 deadline. If you are an employee of a sponsoring institution – you must complete a job shadow/interview at your clinical site between April 15 and April 27. Any applicant not selected by their employer will enter the main applicant pool. Students may interview at more than 2 sites. The interviews/job shadows must be completed between May 1st and June 1st. You will be scored on each of your interviews/job shadows. Your site visit scores will be added to your point total. The clinical sites will review your application, letters of recommendation, site preference sheet and one-page essay. The clinical sites representatives will then gather to select students by the end of the second week of June. You will be notified by June 15 about your status, and if selected, you will be sent information about an orientation session that will be scheduled by the end of June. You must successfully pass the criminal background check and the drug screening to finalize your selection.

What are the hours of the program?

Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm. Clinical hours may be any day of the week – both day and evening shifts. Clinical shifts (hours and days) are coordinated with the sponsoring clinic or hospital, however, clinical hours are typically day shift hours – Monday thru Friday.

What are the biggest challenges for the MRI students?

The biggest challenge students have reported has been trying to work during the program. Your clinical training hours are typically during day shift – 21hrs/week Fall Term and 28hrs/week in Winter and Spring Terms – as a result, trying to coordinate work hours while completing your MRI clinical hours is the greatest challenge. The didactic classes are on Tuesday evenings (Fall Term) and Tuesday evening (Winter and Spring Term) – finding time to work for around those requirements is a challenge.

What are the next steps if I am selected?

We will contact you following student selections with information about a mandatory orientation session (2-3 hours) that will occur between June 15 and June 22. During that orientation session, you will complete your background check forms (you will need to bring money for the background check fee), be given the forms and information for your drug screen exam (must be completed by June 29) and the schedule for the Intro to MRI session that will occur in September – the week before Fall Term begins. During that same week in September – you will be scheduled at your clinical sites for orientation activities as well.

When your results are known from the background check and drug screen you will be notified of your final acceptance into the PCC MRI Technologist Training Program.

During the summer you should organize and plan your finances to make your work schedule during the MRI Program as easy as possible.

Do I get paid for my hospital/clinical training experience in the program?


Am I guaranteed a job at the clinical site after I finish my training?


Once I complete the program will I be licensed or certified?

Once you complete the program you will be eligible to take the ARRT national certification examination. When you pass that exam, then you'll be certified in MRI by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

What type of degree will I have when I'm finished with the program?

Certification of Completion – MRI Technologist Training Program

What are the critical dates for applicants?

  • Applications accepted: March 1 – April 15
  • Employee Job Shadows/Interviews: April 15 – April 27
  • Applicant Pool Job Shadows/Interviews: May 1 – June 1
  • Notification following selections: by June 16
  • MRI Orientation Session: date TBA – June 15 – June 29; mandatory 2-3 hours
  • Intro to MRI session and Clinical Orientation: week before Fall Term begins