Program Description

Magnetic resonance imaging technologists work in a highly specialized field operating sophisticated computerized equipment. They provide detailed cross-sectional images of the human body, assisting physicians with quality patient diagnosis and treatment.This is a full-time, six-month certificate program requires two quarters: Spring and Summer. The program starts in April and ends in September. During the program students take formal course work along with clinical instruction. There are no arrangements for part-time or evening status. Clinical sites are available but the student is not guaranteed placement close to the his/her residence.

The program requires 40 hours per week, which includes didactic and clinical experience. Clinical involves four eight-hour days per week. Classes are scheduled for one day per week and may require the student to be on campus.

A combined twelve-month MRI/CT program is also offered. Interested applicants should check the appropriate box on the application.

The MRI Student Profile
Enthusiastic and interested in maintaining high standards of academics, clinical performance, and patient care.  Possesses a broad knowledge of human anatomy and computer skills.  Strong academic performance in science and related courses.  Students should be detail-oriented, able to work under pressure with critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Program Website

Program Length

2 quarters or 6 months

Possible Careers

MRI Specialist in a hospital or clinic setting.

Application Deadlines

There are currently no published application deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

The applicant should submit meaningful recommendations from prior teachers, work supervisors, or health professionals who are knowledgeable about his/her qualifications. An applicant who is completing a program in radiologic technology prior to the start of the program may apply as long as s/he has completed ARRT, CRT, and CPR requirements by the program start date.

Program Requirements

  • Current ARRT license in Radiography (R)
  • Current California (CRT) license
  • Current CPR card with the American Heart Association.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 must be maintained in all didactic and clinical course work. Each student must complete all clinical requirements and class work, including assignments, quizzes, and exams.
  • Venipuncture is highly recommended
  • Current required vaccinations by program start date

Observation Experience

A minimum of 12 hours of career observation in MRI is required.  Students interested in combined CT & MRI program will need 12 hours of observation in each modality.  The Career Observation Form is available as a download from the forms page on the Web site.

Discipline Accrediting Agency

Loma Linda University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, and the Radiologic Health Branch of the Department of Health Services.
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.


The Special Imaging program is full-time for each quarter. The cost for the program is subject to change. Since this is a certificate program, financial aid is not available for the CT or MRI certificate programs. Please contact the Student Financial Aid Office at 909-558-4509 if you have specific questions. 
This program qualifies for VA tuition benefits. Visit: for details.