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MRI Specialization

The MRI Specialization offered at Oregon Tech Online allows non-degree students and radiology students to gain a valuable understanding of magnetic resonance imaging.

About Our Program

When it comes to presenting the physics of MRI, the fundamentals can be edited for brevity, but a student must understand the concepts in enough depth that the formation of the MR signal and the manipulations that control image contrast make sense! The only comparable subject in the Radiologic Science curriculum is the physics of radiology. Like voltage, amperage, capacitance, induction and the like, the physics of MR deals with quantities unseen, that most people are totally unaware of. As Arthur C. Clark famously said, “Any significantly advanced technology Appears to be magic."


The Specialization in MRI was designed to demystify and reveal the Magician’s tricks. The magician practices untold hours to make that card appear, and there are no short cuts to understanding MRI. Reading, thinking, asking questions, and repeating as needed is the key. It’s the old fashioned way, but it’s tried and true.

One other ingredient is required for success, enthusiasm. Pursuing an endeavor such as this is a good indicator of yours’ to start with. If you’re up for the challenge, and looking for a means to provide the opportunity, this may be the program for you. If you’re looking for faculty who know their business, and are not only willing but eager to help you through the rough spots, that’s our commitment. If you want a quality education from a top ranked school, welcome to Oregon Tech!

Common Questions about the MRI Specialization

What are the primary objectives?

To gain the understanding of MRI physics, and the clinical experience to competently perform magnetic resonance examinations safely, accurately and professionally.

What is the goal of the specialization?

In six words and an acronym: to become registered and certified in MRI.

Who is eligible for the program?

To enroll you must hold a current credential approved for the ARRT’s MRI Certification and Registration Post-Primary Pathway and have clinical access to MRI.

Why a specialization?

The rules for classifying educational programs define this as a specialization based on credits and how it’s accomplished. A minor must be in conjunction with a major. A specialization is special!

Is this a comprehensive study of cross sectional anatomy, the physics of MRI, clinical practice that covers the requirement for application to the ARRT examination, and review to prepare for and take the registry?


How is clinical practice accomplished?

There are two ways:

  • You have the opportunity to cross train into MRI as OJT, and gain clinical experience as an employed technologist.
  • You arrange to be trained on your time.

Who serves as the clinical instructor?

Typically, a supervisor or manager in the MRI department, or a lead technologist. Ideally, the CI will love to teach.

How many hours of clinical time are required?

There is no clock hour requirement. Progress in the externship (MIT 411) is measured by clinical exams captured for application to the ARRT registry.

Why is the clinical practice called an externship?

The origin of that designation goes back to before many of us were born. Its comes from a unique aspect of the Rad Science program at Oregon Tech. On-campus students leave campus their senior year for four terms of clinical practice at sites all over the northwest and beyond. Then they graduate. Since they leave campus they are externing, rather than the more familiar term, interning. But even the spell checker prefers interning!

Is there a sheepskin awarded on completion?

It's paper, but a certificate suitable for framing is awarded for the accomplishment.

Requirements of the Specialization

To see which quarter(s) each class will be offered during the current academic year, please review our Annual Planning Schedule.

Course Description Credits
BIO 335 Cross Sectional Anatomy 3
BIO 375 Cross Sectional Anatomy II 1-3
MIT 341 Magnetic Resonance Imaging 4
MIT 342 Magnetic Resonance Imaging II 3
MIT 365 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Review 2
MIT 411 Magnetic Resonance Externship 5

**Students must earn a "C" or better in all courses to be awarded the specialization.
**Online students must have access for clinical practice at their place of employment, and permission from management.

Obtaining consent to cross train in a modality can be frustrated by concerns with liability, HIPAA, scheduling, others in training, and fairness to other employees. Student status does not guarantee access to clinical practice at a student’s place of employment, but it conveys the sincere interest, motivation and desire of the prospective trainee. There are still are logistics. Prospective students need to discuss their opportunities with management before registering for courses.

How to Apply

Full admission to Oregon Tech is not required to complete the MRI specialization. Financial aid is not offered for this program but a payment plan is available. Follow the steps below to get started on the specialization:

  1. Complete an Eligibility Verification.
  2. Submit the Non-Degree Seeking Application.
    • Select MRI Specialization as your program of study.
  3. Watch for an email from the Online Education office about registration.

As you near completion of the specialization, send the Application to Graduate to for review. An Online Education team member will submit it for processing.