Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI Scanning)


Certificate (446.1)

This is a two-semester program designed for certified radiologic technologists, RTR (R) or radiation therapist RTR (T) or nuclear medicine technologists RTR (N) or CNMT to expand skills for specialization in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI Scanning).

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a field that utilizes scanners to produce images of human anatomy as an aid in the diagnosis of disease and injury.

MRI scanning technologists work in hospitals, clinics, healthcare centers and private imaging radiology departments.

The availability of clinical sites and other factors limit enrollment. Students must make separate application to the program. Applications are available in the campus Admissions Offices.

Applicants should have a successful record of achievement in a regionally approved accredited radiologic technology program or radiation therapy technology program or nuclear medicine technology program, be registered in radiography or radiation therapy or nuclear medicine, with the certification examination having been passed at least one year prior to sitting for the advanced level examination in magnetic resonance imaging.

Graduates are eligible to make application to take the advanced certification examination provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) (MR). All examination requirements are available at

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Function as a competent, technically proficient entry-level MR technologist who can apply and perform safe patient care magnetic imaging protection practices according to industry standards.
  2. Utilize safe screening methods of a patient's medical history prior to performing a magnetized medical scanning procedure. 
  3. Operate magnetic resonance imaging scanners safely to meet standardized protocols under the direction of a radiologist.
  4. Perform equipment manipulation functions to produce quality magnetic MRI images.
  5. Employ professional characteristics required by the radiologic technology profession.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Universal Precautions training and certification is provided.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Certificate Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 12

First Semester

Course #

Course Name



Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Instrumentation & Equipment



Cross-sectional Anatomy for
Magnetic Resonance Imaging



Patient Care & Magnetic Safety 





Second Semester 


Clinical Applications of Magnetic Resonance Imaging  









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