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Magnetic Resonance Imaging Admission Requirements

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Admission Requirements

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a special modality that utilizes computer technology in conjunction with magnetic fields and radiofrequency signals to obtain sectional images in any body plane. An MRI has the ability to distinguish differences in tissue composition and is the modality of choice in imaging the central nervous system and a variety of soft tissue structures.


This one-semester program prepares radiographers to perform MRI procedures in hospitals and imaging centers. The curriculum covers all subject areas listed in the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ Content Specifications for the Post Primary Examination in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.



Admission Requirements:


  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete a general application for admission to the College -
  2. Submit official transcripts from high school and all post-secondary educational institutions.
  3. Graduate from an A. R. R. T. approved radiography program with a 2.5 or higher cumulative G. P. A. on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Provide evidence of active registration with the A. R. R. T. or registry-eligible status.
  5. Complete an application for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program. Program application is available online.
  6. MRI 255 practicum requires immunizations with titers, TB skin test, current Healthcare Provider CPR certification, 10 panel drug screen, background check, and a physical. Student is responsible for all fees incurred.
  7. All students that receive conditional admission must attend a mandatory orientation session.


Technologists employed in MRI may seek enrollment in the online classroom-only portions of the program, if desired.


Program admission is competitive and fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission. Class size is limited and is determined by the number of available clinical sites within each community-college district. Participating community college districts (in addition to Carl Sandburg College) include: Blackhawk, Heartland, Illinois Central, Illinois Valley, John Wood, Lincoln Land, Parkland, Richland, Sauk Valley, Scott (IA), Southeastern (IA), and Spoon River.


Applications will be accepted from June 1 through October 1 for a January semester start. If necessary, additional review dates may be scheduled. Applicants will be notified by letter by mid-November whether or not they have been accepted in the program.