Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Magnetic Resonance Imaging program offers graduate Radiologic Technologists, Radiation Therapists, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, and Diagnostic Medical Sonographers the opportunity to complete both didactic coursework and clinical skills experience necessary to prepare to meet eligibility for the professional certification in this field. The program focuses on specific skills and knowledge necessary to become proficient in this field.


Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Interpolate anatomic relationships of structures using medial, lateral, superior and inferior directional terms.
  2. Identify specified anatomical regions of the human body as seen in transverse, sagittal and coronal planes on magnetic resonance images.
  3. Describe the history of magnetic resonance imaging and how it compares to/compliments radiography.
  4. Describe fundamentals of image production.
  5. Identify and explain the potential physical and biological hazards associated with magnetic resonance imagining.
  6. Explain the physical properties and interactions that occur with magnetic resonance imaging.
  7. Specify the ideal physical location and electromagnetic and magnetic shielding consideration in the design and construction of a magnetic resonance imaging facility.
  8. Identify and explain specific factors that influence the quality of magnetic resonance images.
  9. Describe considerations in designing an imaging protocol and state the application of protocols in specific situations.
  10. Describe advantages and disadvantages of axial, sagittal, coronal and oblique images (i.e. what structures are best demonstrated).
  11. Explain pathologies that commonly require magnetic resonance investigation.
  12. Display understanding of the signal characteristics displayed by abnormal tissues during various pulse sequences and imaging modes in demonstrating pathological processes.
  13. Describe basic pathological processes demonstrated by magnetic resonance.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Admission Criteria

1. Certified by American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiography or in Radiation Therapy, OR Certified by ARRT or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) in Nuclear Medicine, OR Certified by American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or ARRT in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, OR Radiography, Radiation Therapist, Nuclear Medicine or Sonography student currently enrolled at GateWay, or registry eligible graduate.
2. Admission to the program is required.
3. Background Check Requirements: Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check standards. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD background check policy.
4. Clinical Health and Safety requirements must be met. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD clinical health and safety policy.
5. Inability to comply with Background Check requirements and/or Clinical Health and Safety requirements at the start of classes may result in cancellation of enrollment.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
DMI/ICE233 Fundamentals of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Critical course Gateway course 1
Sectional Anatomy or Sectional Anatomy for Nuclear Medicine 3
Please visit with your advisor or program faculty.

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ICE229 Magnetic Resonance (MR) Multi-Planar Sectional Anatomy 2
ICE254 Advanced Imaging Practicum 1
ICE264 MRI Physics, Instrumentation and Safety 3
If you are intending to transfer, meet with a transfer specialist.

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ICE268 MRI Advanced Imaging Practicum 2
ICE269 Magnetic Resonance Procedure Protocols 3
ICE272 Magnetic Resonance Pathology 3
ICE292 MRI Board Exam Review Preparation 1
You are ready for your graduation check.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.