What are the steps to prepare for an MRI technician career?  You can understand these steps by researching  the profession.

Use this site and other references to learn how to prepare for an MRI Technician career by researching the job description and duties, education, skills, schools, training, certification and licensing requirements.

You may have questions such as:

  • how do I prepare for an MRI technician career?
  • how long does it take to become an MRI technician ?
  • how many years of school does it take to become an MRI technician?

Step 1. High School Preparation

You must complete your high school diploma or GED.  If you know you are interested in preparing for an MRI technician career  you should take courses such as math and science, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics. Enrollment in AP programs is a plus as is taking electives in courses like health and computer science.  Volunteering or interning at a hospital or other health facility over summers or part time gives you some experience in a medical related field. This may benefit you on your college application.

Step 2. Understand Degree Options and Requirements

You should understand that an MRI technician needs an associate's degree in radiologic technology or a related field in addition to 1 to 2 years studying in an MRI technology certification program. If you do not have experience as a radiologic technologist you must first complete an accredited formal education program before taking the MRI certification exam.  

Step 3: Enroll in and Complete an Associate's Degree in Radiologic Technology

Select and enroll in a program to complete an Associate's degree in radiologic technology. You should make sure the program and school yous select is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology or the Commission on Accreditation of the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists. This will require a combination of classroom and hands-on clinical experience.  You may be able to satisfy some of the classroom study requirements with online courses.  For more details see the MRI Technician Schools or the MRI Technician courses pages on this site.

Step 4: Complete an MRI Training Program

To be certified as an MRI Technician by American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT) you must complete a one to two year accredited training program.  The program will include both classroom and hands-on clinical training.  Programs are offered by colleges, community colleges, and hospitals.  For more details see the MRI Technician Schools or the MRI Technician Courses pages on this site.

Step 5: Take the MRI ARRT Certification Examination

To be eligible to take the ARRT certification exam you must have completed your associate's degree and your training program.  Upon passing the examination you will be a registered MRI technician and can seek MRI employment. For more details see the MRI Technician Certification page on this site.

Information on this page summarized from:
(1)  Bureau of L6bor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Radiologic and MRI Technologists, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
(2) "Radiologic technologist." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiologic_technologist
(3) O*Net Online,summary report for:29-2035.00 - Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2035.00
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