Future Students

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Graduate Certificate Program

Interested in a career in Magnetic
Resonance Imaging (MRI)?

What is MRI?
What does a MRI Technologist do?
Why become a MRI Technologist?
Career Opportunities
What can I expect in the program ?
Admission Requirements
Minimum System Requirements
Tuition
How do I apply?
What will I learn? What is the schedule and fees?
Textbook List
Clinical sites
Accreditation
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scholarships
Interesting Links
Previous MRS Student Applying to the MRI Program

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): At A Glance
Credential(s) Earned Graduate Certificate
Program Length

19 months

PLEASE NOTE: Students are required to complete the program within 3 years upon acceptance to MRI Program.

Delivery Method Distance: Distance education for theory courses + full-time clinical component
Start Date

**TWO INTAKES for 2014**

May 2014

September 2014

**TWO INTAKES for 2015**

May 2015

September 2015

Program Tuition

 

   
International Tuition  
Application Deadline

May 10, 2013 for September 2013 start

January 10, 2014 for May 2014 start

May 9, 2014 for September 2014 start

January 9, 2015 for May 2015 start

May 8, 2015 for September 2015 start

Apply Through Michener
 
A $25 fee applies for a replacement Contrast Injection Certificate

What is MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a procedure that creates images of the body using radio waves in conjunction with extremely powerful magnets. This non-invasive technique relies on the magnetic properties of atoms, rather than radiation that is used in many other imaging procedures.

What does an MRI Technologist do?

 

MRI technologists utilize their communication, patient care and collaborative skills to interact with patients and other members of the health care team. They are responsible to ascertain each individual's safety in the MR environment before entering the magnetic field. MRI technologists utilize their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and the principles of MRI to safely and efficiently operate MRI scanners, assisting in the diagnosis of disease and injury. Effective MRI technologists are patient advocates who display reflective, responsible practice and have strong problem solving and technical skills.

Why become an MRI Technologist?

MRI technologists enjoy the challenges of working with new and emerging technologies.

  • MRI is an expanding and growing imaging modality
  • MRI technologists play a vital role within the diagnostic imaging team
  • New MRI units are currently being installed in hospitals and clinics. Competent MRI Technologists are in demand
  • Becoming an MRI technologist is a great opportunity to expand your skills within the Imaging field

Career Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to write the MRI National Certification Examination conducted by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT). This certification is required to be eligible to work as an MRI technologist in most provinces. Employment options include hospitals, clinics and private sector education, sales and research. Graduates may apply for advanced standing at Ryerson University and have the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor and/or Masters degree of Applied Science (Medical Imaging) through distance education from Charles Sturt University.

CMA fully accredited program!

What can I expect in the program?

The MRI Graduate Certificate program is a 19-month competency based program offered in a delivery mode designed with the working technologist in mind. You can continue working full-time while taking the didactic (theory) courses. The program finishes with a clinical semester. This requires full-time attendance at the clinical site.

  • Please note that your clinical placement must be completed within 20 months of starting the program.
  • The Distance program is web-based with weekly on-line chats with instructors and fellow classmates. Attendance at Michener is required one weekend in the second semester as well as for the first week of the clinical semester. Exam dates are to be determined by the beginning of each semester. Students living within 100 km of Michener must attend Michener to sit the exams. Students living at a distance greater than 100 km from Michener may arrange for their exams to be proctored.

Start Date

**Two separate start dates for 2014** Applications will be considered for the affiliated start date only (see application deadlines). Start dates are: May 2014, September 2014.

**Two separate start dates for 2015** Applications will be considered for the affiliated start date only (see application deadlines). Start dates are: May 2015, September 2015.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit a certification and registration license as a technologist in Radiation Technology, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy (RTR, RTNM, RTT,) or Ultrasound (RDMS). An RDCS certification does not meet the admission requirements to this program.

Internationally educated and trained technologist must submit the following:

  • a WES (World Education Services) evaluation of their international transcripts.
  • an assessment of their language fluency (Students must meet Michener’s English language proficiency policy. Please view the English Language Proficiency Policy for further information. If you require an English language assessment, please review our English Language Assessment page for specific requirements.).
  • if you have had an assessment of your credentials and field related work experiences, please provide.

Students must have access to a computer that meets the minimum system requirements, and access to the Internet.

Previous Medical Radiation Sciences (MRS) Students Applying to the MRI Program


Previous MRS student applying to the MRI program requesting exemptions from any MRI courses that they have successfully completed must apply for exemption at the time of application to the program. Exemption application(s)* (exemption application) requested after applying to the program will not be considered. Approval of exemptions is at the discretion of the program. Challenge exams* may be required.

In addition, students who are granted exemption(s) will NOT be "fast-tracked." They will be in the cohort that they applied to and will be inserted into the program where they need to resume.

* Fees may apply.

Tuition

Check here for current Program Tuition information

Tuition is payable on a semester-by-semester basis and includes some program materials, tutor support and evaluation. See the Course Schedule and Fees below.
Please visit the International Students page for the International Student tuition fees.

How do I apply?

Please submit the following to The Michener Institute:

  • Completed Michener Application form
  • Official academic transcripts and official copies of certification documents. Official Notarized copies will also be accepted.
  • Resume including relevant continuing education
  • Confidential assessment forms from three referees
  • A one-page, typed letter stating why the applicant wishes to study MRI
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide proof of an English language assessment.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide a comprehensive WES evaluation
  • $30 non-refundable application fee
  • MRI screening form

Please submit your application to:

Office of the Registrar
The Michener Institute
222 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1V4
Canada

For more information on the application process please visit Michener's Admissions page.

Application Process for International Applicants

All International students (on a study permit/work permit in Canada, or residing overseas) have a separate application process. Please apply directly to The Michener Institute. For more information please refer to the International Admissions page.

Application Deadline

January 10, 2014 for May 2014 start and May 9, 2014 for September 2014 start

January 9, 2015 for May 2015 start and May 8, 2015 for September 2015 start

What will I learn? What is the course schedule and fees?

 

The MRI Graduate Certificate program is a comprehensive, learner-centered program that provides the knowledge and skills necessary to competently perform MRI procedures and operate MRI scanners.

  • Enhance your patient care skills and your working knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy
  • Practice MRI safety guidelines and screening procedures
  • Perform MRI procedures
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to recognize abnormalities on the resultant image

Course Schedule and Fees

2014 - INTAKE (fees are subject to change)

  May 2014 start ($8,702) Tuition September 2014 start ($8,963) Tuition
Program duration 19 months 19 months  
PHMR110 Physics of MRI May to August 2014 $900 September to December 2014 $934
PCMR121 Patient care, Safety and Professionalism
includes a Contrast Injection Course and certificate upon completion.
September to December 2014 $900 January to April 2015 $934
PAMR120 Introduction to Anatomy and Pathology September to December 2014 $900 January to April 2015 $934
APMR130 Cross-Sectional Anatomy & Physiology January to April 2015 $900 May to August 2015 $934
MRMR241 Methodology I May to August 2015 $1,000 September to December 2015 $1,000
MRMR251 Methodology II September to December 2015 $800 January to April 2016 $900
CLMR251 Clinical Education September to December 2015 $3,302 January to April 2016 $3,327

 

2013 - INTAKE (fees are subject to change)

  May 2013 start ($8,449) Tuition September 2013 start ($8,702) Tuition
Program duration 19 months 19 months  
PHMR110 Physics of MRI May to August 2013 $850 September to December 2013 $900
PCMR121 Patient care, Safety and Professionalism
includes a Contrast Injection Course and certificate upon completion.
September to December 2013 $900 January to April 2014 $900
PAMR120 Introduction to Anatomy and Pathology September to December 2013 $900 January to April 2014 $900
APMR130 Cross-Sectional Anatomy & Physiology January to April 2014 $900 May to August 2014 $900
MRMR241 Methodology I May to August 2014 $1,000 September to December 2014 $1,000
MRMR251 Methodology II September to December 2014 $750 January to April 2015 $800
CLMR251 Clinical Education September to December 2014 $3,149 January to April 2015 $3,302

2012 - INTAKE

  May 2012 start ($7,800) Tuition September 2012 start ($8,449) Tuition
Program duration 19 months 19 months  
PHMR110 Physics of MRI May to August 2012 $850 September to December 2012 $850

PCMR121 Patient care, Safety and Professionalism
includes a Contrast Injection Course and certificate upon completion.

September to December 2012 $800 January to April 2013 $900
PAMR120 Introduction to Anatomy and Pathology September to December 2012 $650 January to April 2013 $900
APMR130 Cross-Sectional Anatomy & Physiology January to April 2013 $750 May to August 2013 $900
MRMR241 Methodology I May to August 2013 $1,000 September to December 2013 $1,000
MRMR251 Methodology II September to December 2013 $750 January to April 2014 $750
CLMR251 Clinical Education September to December 2013 $3,000 January to April 2014 $3,149
 
 

Note: Clinical education includes a scheduled simulation experience at Michener (first week of clinical semester) and a placement in an affiliated clinical site. Courses are taken sequentially. Pre and co-requisites are indicated on the course outlines. *All students are required to be N95 - mask fitted, which requires students to be clean shaven.*

Textbook List

 

Clinical Education

Length:             14 weeks

Start:                September or January

End:                  December or April

You will be assigned to clinical placement site(s) through Michener’s Office for Clinical Education. This process begins with an information session in the first year of your program.

As clinical education is a major component of all Michener programs, our affiliated clinical sites are integral to your education. They include teaching and community hospitals as well as  private clinics primarily in Ontario. Working closely under the supervision of MRI Technologists, you will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills into practice during the clinical phase of your program. Clinical placements give you hands-on experience in work environments and the opportunity to network with potential employers.

You may be placed in more than one clinical site during your clinical placement period, based on the required clinical competencies for your program and the range of services at the clinical sites. 

Clinical partner sites are subject to change, therefore, specific geographic regions may not be available at the time of your placement; other regions may be added. Please note that when you accept a seat in the program, you also accept to go to any of the program’s affiliated clinical sites available at the time of your placement.


Accreditation

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging program is a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) accredited program and has achieved a six year accreditation status. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that programs enable their students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as competent health practitioners for the benefit of all Canadians. Accreditation, an external validation of program quality, is the public recognition that an educational program has met national standards (CMA)

Graduating from an accredited program means that:

  • your education has met national standards
  • your program has patient care and student welfare at the forefront
  • your education is relevant to current medical practice
  • you have access to professional registration
  • you have attained the competencies required for entry to practice
  • your education is recognized by employers and the public
  • you have greater mobility as a health science practitioner

MRI Scholarships

Interesting Links

Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

 

 

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