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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program (Minnesota)

Student assisting and observing with an MRI test as part of the MRI Program.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologist education at Mayo Clinic

Program description

The one-year Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, provides both the knowledge and necessary hands-on experience to pursue a career in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Along with lecture courses, the program provides applied learning through lab and clinical experiences at one of the best health care facilities in the world.

As a student, you will gain 900 clinical hours caring for patients, operating MRI equipment, and learning from experienced registered MRI technologists, radiologists, physicists, and other allied health professionals.

Choosing Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic's large medical practice allows you to learn from the best, have access to a wide variety of resources, and gain hands-on experience in a variety of clinical and field rotations.

Program highlights

  • Exposure to diverse clinical rotations and cutting-edge technology at one of the largest and most advanced MRI installations in the world with field strengths from 1.5 Tesla to 7.0 Tesla
  • Hands-on curriculum that includes a blend of online, in-person and lab education
  • You'll start working with patients after just six weeks, ensuring that you will be fully prepared to start your career at the end of the program

After successfully completing the program, you will receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. Graduates are eligible to take the magnetic resonance imaging certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Students seeking a degree from one of the program’s affiliated academic institutions also receive a degree from their respective college university upon program completion.

How to apply

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Choosing Mayo Clinic

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Campus and community

Rochester, MN

Accreditation information


This program is pending accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300

Mayo Clinic and its affiliated institutions are members of the North Central Association of Colleges and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Mission statement, program goals, and objectives

Mission statement

The mission of the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences MRI Program is to provide premier didactic and clinical education that prepares graduates to excel as patient-centered technologists who are committed to safe MRI practices and delivering the highest quality imaging.

Goal 1: Students and graduates will demonstrate critical thinking.

  • Students and graduates will evaluate image quality.
  • Students and graduates will demonstrate the ability to make appropriate adjustments to obtain diagnostic images.

Goal 2: Students and graduates will demonstrate competency in clinical skills appropriate to an entry-level MRI technologist.

  • Students and graduates will demonstrate safe MRI practices for patients, staff and self.
  • Students and graduates will demonstrate clinical competence in producing diagnostic quality images.

Goal 3: Students and graduates will develop and apply skills in effective communication necessary for successful MRI practice.

  • Students and graduates will demonstrate effective verbal communication skills.
  • Students and graduates will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Program effectiveness measures

Program effectiveness data (credentialing examination pass rate, job placement rate, and program completion rate) is collected throughout the program. After the first cohort (2021-2022), the data will be located on the program’s website and then updated on an annual basis. This information is also reported annually and may also be found on the JRCERT website.

The following is an overview of the program effectiveness data collected:

  • Students will complete the program.
  • Students will pass the national certification examination on the first attempt for examinations taken within six months of graduation.
  • Students will be employed in the MRI profession within twelve months of graduation.

Grievance policy

All students have the right to appeal administrative decisions made by faculty and staff of the MRI Program. The student must follow the levels as listed in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science grievance procedure. Once the student has proceeded through all three levels of the grievance policy, the student has the right to appeal to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology (JRCERT).

Date of website revision

This website was last updated on Jan. 27, 2021.