MRI Certificate Program in Radiologic Sciences

The MRI Certificate Program consists of 12-15 total credit hours.

RADS 3213 Advanced Clinical Practice Skills          
RADS 4733 Sectional Anatomy
RADS 4743 Magnetic Resonance Imaging 
RADS 4773 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Applications   
RADS 4933 Advanced Modalities Special Topics (if needed)

See the Course Description link on the left for detailed course descriptions.

All MRI Program courses are offered as MSU online courses and must be taken from MSU. An equivalent upper-level Sectional Anatomy course may be accepted as transfer credit for RADS 4733 but will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Each course has a syllabus that identifies the course objectives, structure, requirements, textbooks, assignments, due dates, etc.  Many courses require students to demonstrate college-level writing skills based on APA formatting. Many courses require students to take proctored tests or final exams. Students must schedule test times with the online proctoring site, ProctorU. Proctor guidelines for each course are located in the course syllabi.  Syllabi for the current and previous semesters can be viewed on the MSU website.  Textbook information is available on the MSU Bookstore website.


Must be currently certified and registered as a radiologic technologist (R), or radiation therapist (T), or as a nuclear medicine technologist (N) with the ARRT or NMTCB, or as a sonographer with the ARRT or the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Students in the MSU BSRT program are also eligible to apply.

Program Timeline and Curriculum

The MRI Certificate Program is designed to be completed within two to three semesters. This is a lock-step program; thus failures, withdrawals, or a grade lower than 70 require reapplication. RADS 4733 Sectional Anatomy and RADS 3213 Advanced Clinical Practice Skills can be completed before the MRI courses but must be completed by the end of the second semester in the MRI Program. All MRI Certificate Program courses must not be over five (5) years old at the time of completion.

Ideally, the student will have concurrently completed the clinical experience requirements required by the ARRT in the same time frame.

Summer courses are 10 weeks long. Fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks long.

Highly Recommended (prior to start)

Anatomy and Physiology I & II

MRI Program Courses
Semester/s Offered

RADS 3213, Advanced Clinical Practice Skills

Acceptance into program

Fall, Spring, and Summer on occasion.

RADS 4733, Sectional Anatomy

Acceptance into program

Fall, Spring, and Summer on occasion.

RADS 4743, Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Acceptance into program

Fall only

RADS 4773, MRI Applications

Acceptance into program

Spring only




RADS 4933, Advanced Modalities Special Topics  

*This course is optional if students need more time to complete clinical exams.

RADS 4773, MRI Applications

Summer Only

*RADS 3213, 4733, 4743, & 4773 courses cannot be over five (5) years old.
*All current program and grading progression policies apply.

Must maintain a 70 or better in all MRI Program courses. 

Note: The ARRT requirements for both the structured education requirements and the clinical experience requirements must not be more than 24 months old at the time of application for The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT®) MAgnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Examination.