MRI technician schools include offerings by technical schools, community colleges and four year colleges and universities.  These MRI schools offer programs leading to certificate, associate's and bachelor's degrees.  An associate‚Äôs degree is the most common educational requirement.

According to O*Net Online, the distribution of MRI technician education is as follows:

  • Associate's degree             61%
  • Some college, no degree   26%
  • Bachelor's degree                9%


MRI technician programs vary in length. MRI certificate programs can range from one semester to one year. MRI associate degree programs can take up to two years and generally require a hands-on clinical training component.  MRI programs at the associate's degree level  require the student to participate in clinical hands-on experience at a hospital or medical clinic.  MRI bachelor's degree programs generally require completion of bachelor's programs in radiologic science with training and specialization in MRI procedures.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology accredits most formal MRI technician courses.  Completing an accredited MRI program is required for licensure in some states.  Prospective students should make sure their chosen MRI school program or courses are accredited by the JRCERT  in order to be eligible for certification. For more information on certification see the MRI Technician Certification page on this site.

Given the hands-on nature of the occupation you cannot become an MRI technician entirely online. Online MRI technician programs are available but typically they are in a hybrid format. That is, they combine distance learning classes with hands-on on-site clinical requirements.  Online MRI programs also generally require as a prerequisite that you be a certified diagnostic imaging professional such as a Registered Radiologic Technologists or Registered Sonographer.  Online MRI continuing education classes are also available for practicing professionals.

Information on this page summarized from:
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Radiologic and MRI Technologists,
(2) "Radiologic technologist." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,
(3) O*Net Online,summary report for:29-2035.00 - Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists,
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