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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program (Minnesota)

How to Apply

MRI technology in a reading room

Enrollment options

When it comes to applicants, we look at more than test scores and grades. While those numbers are important, we also care about your career aspirations and goals. We’ve designed this program to have two pathways to admission. Discover what comes next on your path to becoming an MRI technologist.

Affiliated associate degree option

Students seeking an associate of applied science degree at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) are eligible to apply to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences MRI Program. Students who pursue this pathway must complete 28 credits at RCTC prior to starting the MRI Program at Mayo Clinic.

For more information, view our affiliation agreement documents.


Certificate pathway

If you have already completed an associate or bachelor’s degree and the pre-requisites before the start of the program, you may be eligible to apply for the MRI Program.

The certificate option will grant you a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and allow you to sit for the credentialing exam directly after completing the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program.

Transfer student policy

Rochester Community and Technical College may accept transfer credit for previous general college coursework. Refer to those institutions to learn about their transfer policies. Transfer students from other MRI programs are not accepted. For more information, review the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science credit transfer policy.

Admission requirements


To be eligible for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program, you must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete at least four hours of job shadowing in a MRI department at Mayo Clinic or another health care institution (this requirement has been waived for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle)
  • Be currently enrolled at one of the program’s academic affiliates and be on track for degree completion or have already earned an associate degree (or higher)
  • Complete the following prerequisite coursework with a C or higher prior to the program start date; pass/fail will not be accepted

Subject and minimum requirements

SubjectMinimum requirements
English One semester of college-level English composition
Mathematics One semester of college algebra; a higher-level math course also satisfies this requirement
Anatomy and physiology Two semesters of college-level anatomy and physiology with a lab component. This can be fulfilled by completing Anatomy & Physiology I and II OR Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses.
Physics One semester of college-level physics with lab component
Speech or interpersonal communications One semester of college-level speech or interpersonal communications
Chemistry One semester of college-level chemistry with a lab component
Ethics One semester of college-level ethics or medical ethics

In addition to the prerequisite courses listed above, some affiliates may have additional degree requirements or prerequisites.

Competitive applicants

Students will be most competitive if they meet the following criteria:

  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, including courses in mathematics and sciences
  • Have completed the prerequisite coursework within five years of applying
  • Have previous patient care or customer service experience
  • Demonstrate genuine interest in the MRI profession

Safety information for prospective students

Students that are pursuing a career in MRI need to be fully aware of the magnetic fields that are used and also understand the consequences of not following safety guidelines. Students that are offered an interview during the admissions process will be required to undergo safety screening by completing the MRI Screening Form. Admission to the program is conditional upon the screening form being reviewed and deemed safe for the student to perform their duties in the MRI environment. Review the following information regarding MRI safety and the American College of Radiology Guidance Document on MR Safe Practices: 2019.

MRI safety policy

Our program is dedicated to providing safe clinical experiences for students. The MRI safety policy serves to define safe MR practices for students and reflects current American College of Radiology MR Safety guidelines to assure that all students are appropriately screened for magnetic field or radiofrequency hazards.

Technical standards

The MRI program is committed to diversity and educating students who will make the population of health care professionals a true representative of our diverse community. The MRI program technical standards are not intended to deter any candidate for whom reasonable accommodation will allow the fulfillment of the complete curriculum. Program applicants and admitted students with disabilities are confidentially reviewed to determine whether there are any reasonable accommodations that would permit the individual to satisfy the program standards. To seek exceptions to these standards, students accepted for admission must initiate a request at least six weeks before the program begins.

Application process

Application timeline

Application windowProgram start dateApply
Dec. 1, 2020 – Jan. 29, 2021 June 2021 Online application

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select - Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • CV/resume: Upload your resume in the application system. Your resume is a chance to highlight your experiences and skills.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a rating form and upload a letter.
    • Academic: Choose a person familiar with your educational qualifications and your potential for success in the field of MRI. References may include current or former teachers or professors.
    • Professional: Choose a person familiar with your professional qualifications and your potential for success in the field of MRI. References may include employers, teachers or supervisors.
  • Unofficial college transcripts must be postmarked by Jan. 29 and should be sent directly to the address below. Submit a transcript from every college and university you have attended. If appointed to the program, official transcripts must be mailed directly to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences from each educational institution.

    Send your transcripts to:

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program
    Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    Siebens Building, 11th Floor
    200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905

Note: Incomplete applications or applications postmarked or electronically submitted outside the Dec. 1-Jan. 29 time frame, may not be processed. Program information and application materials are updated each year and therefore are not valid for subsequent applications.

Any updates or changes to the published information that affect applicants for the next class are made on this website before the application window opens

Interview process

Applicants considered for acceptance will be offered an interview. For the 2020-2021 application cycle, all interviews for the program will be conducted 100% virtually. Interviews will occur in January and February.

Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination or equivalent examination.

MRI applicants who apply for multiple programs during the admissions cycle must determine their first and second choice program preference by Feb. 23, 2021 if they are also applying for the Radiography program.


For the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, the MRI program may accept up to 10 students. All acceptance letters are emailed in March. Your reply is required within seven business days. Acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of the occupational health review and background checks (federal and Minnesota). Students are responsible for the associated fee required to complete these requirements.

Enrolled students are required to be covered in a medical insurance plan throughout their educational program at Mayo Clinic. Students who do not have health care coverage should purchase a policy from an agency or company of their choice. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences does not endorse any particular plan or provider.

Admission policies

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen’s applicant’s policy.

Equal opportunity 

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, or veteran status. For more information, see the Education Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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